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Perfection Over the Years

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near St. Louis

It is said that wine gets better with age, it could be argued that the Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near St. Louis has gotten better with age as well. There have been five generations of the Dodge Grand Caravan, and we think that this latest generation has bben the best yet! Let’s take a look at the latest generation!
he fifth generation van had debuted at the 2007 North American International Auto Show with exterior styling by Ralph Gilles. Beginning with Generation V in model year 2008, Chrysler only made the long wheelbase Grand Caravan. With discontinuation of the short-wheelbase Caravan, Dodge offered the Journey on nearly an identical wheelbase and as a crossover rather than a minivan. Although the SWB model, which had accounted for half of all sales in Canada, cost approximately $2,000 less and offered a four-cylinder engine option with improved fuel economy, Chrysler executives stated the SWB Caravan was discontinued to accommodate new features offered in the Grand Caravan, consistent with the demands of the majority of the minivan market.

“A new six-speed automatic transmission became standard with the 3.8 L V6 and the new 4.0 L V6. The four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the 3.3 L Flex-Fuel V6. This generation of Grand Caravan and its Town & Country counterpart were not available with an all-wheel-drive system. The previously unavailable Electronic Stability Control was made standard on this generation.”-dodge.com

For more information on the Dodge Grand Caravan, please head to All Star Dodge. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff would love to get you behind the wheel of this wonderful minivan today. You deserve to drive the best generation of the Dodge Grand Caravan – you deserve a great new car! Get to All Star today!

Chrysler in the New Millennium

New Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Wentzville

All month long, we have been bringing you the history of Chrysler as well as the history of some of their top vehicles. Today we want to take a look at the changes that Chrysler saw in the new millennium.

2000: The new millennium ushered in a decade of innovation and design accomplishments for Chrysler, most notably the launch of the iconic Chrysler 300C-the latest generation in a long pedigree of champion 300s built for excitement since 1955. When it was launched in 2005, the stunning 300C turned the eyes of the automotive world back to Detroit. And shone a new spotlight on great American design.

But the Chrysler 300C wasn’t the only shining example of Chrysler design innovation this decade-the introduction of the PT Cruiser fused modern amenities with a retro sensibility romanticizing an era of hot rod Model A wagons. And the decade was one of remarkable reinvention of the minivan. By the people who invented it. With the family flagship Town & Country receiving a host of technology and safety innovations to maintain its status as the minivan benchmark into the new millennium and beyond.

“Chrysler was founded on the philosophy of design with purpose. To build revolutionary new cars – affordable luxury vehicles known for their innovative, forward-thinking engineering. And it is their purpose today and for tomorrow. Their alliance with Fiat Group now gives us the competitive advantage of access to new technologies and advanced engineering solutions that further their mission.”-chrysler.com

Head to All Star Chrysler near Wentzville and check out their vast collection of Chrysler Cars. We are sure that you will drive off in one of their fantastic vehicles today! The team at All Star would love to get you behind the wheel today!

 

Is Guaranteed Financing Right for Me?

Guaranteed Financing at All Star Dodge near Ladue

We know that sometimes situations in our lives knock us down. It’s just a part of life, but those times do not have to keep us down. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to get a different car but don’t have the best credit, the team at All Star Dodge near Ladue is there to help! All Star offers a guaranteed financing program that allows them to help you by getting you a car and improving your credit.

How does guaranteed financing work? – “We have lenders that work with individuals with a variety of credit issues. Depending on the extent of your credit issues, you may be required to have a cash down payment up front. The amount that you are allowed to borrow will depend on your credit application. To determine your qualifications, simply fill out a credit application and we will get back to you within minutes! The terms of the loan allowed for the annual percentage rate will vary depending on your credit history.”-314allstar.com

Is there a benefit of using All Star over another dealership with a similar program? – YES! All Star has an experienced sub-prime business manager, Eric Taylor, who has the experience necessary to find the right lending source and financing that suits your needs. His experience with specific lending sources has allowed him to build an established relationship with these institutions. All Star has lending sources available that no other dealers have. If you have been to another dealer and your visit was less than perfect, you will now find with All Star that you will get the help and answers you need.

To learn more about the guaranteed financing program at All Star, stop by the dealership today!

 

Ram 3500 Generations of Greatness

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO

The Ram 3500 has gone through a number of changes through the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is character of this fantastic truck. Though the Ram 3500 operated under Dodge during the 1980’s, the early 1990’s brought about the second generation and the official Ram 3500 badge.

The second generation launched in 1994, providing drivers with a complete redesign over the previous iteration, and given the fact that the development started in 1986 you can bet they took their time to get this absolutely perfect. In just one year, from 1993 to 1994 sales for the Dodge RAM lineup went from 78,000 to 240,000 – an obvious sign that the word was out and the Dodge RAM was the truck drivers deserved to drive. The second generation also happens to be marked as an important distinguishing year where Dodge introduced the 2500 and 3500 models officially.

A third generation launched in 2002 and ran until 2008, with impressive sales and more powerful engine options, these Cliff Wilkins-designed vehicles offered a more iconic appearance backed by a mechanical design process that ensured power and mobility without neglecting all the features that the brand had laid claim to since the ’90s. Along with the 1500, 2500, and 3500 model levels, Dodge introduced two more chassis models including the 4500 and 5500 as Class-4 and Class-5 trucks for absolutely incredible capabilities.

The current fourth generation has taken a step further towards redefining the capabilities of the modern truck – along with a recent introduction on the 1500 of an EcoDiesel, the RAM 3500 continues to step up the game and offer drivers the impressive options that stand above the rest. (This information was compiled from ram.com.)

You can get the 2017 Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO today. It’s time that you drive a great truck!

CPO All the Way!

Certified Pre-Owned Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles

When you are looking to change up your car game by getting a different vehicle at All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles, you might be wondering if a Certirifed Pre-Owned model would be right for you. CPO vehicles are a great option and we want to share with you some of the benefits of buying a certified pre owned car from All Star.

“The certified label is really all about buyer confidence. No one wants to purchase a used car—or a new one—that they have to dump a bunch of money into to keep running. A CPO model gives consumers some protection against defects and expensive repairs. While buyers shouldn’t necessarily pay more for a certified version, a competitively priced CPO model could make for a better value proposition over a comparatively priced used car. “-jalopnik.com

The general rule of thumb is that for mainstream models that have a good reputation for reliability, the CPO isn’t worth spending more money on, but if you can get the extra coverage without any additional cost that is probably the car to buy. On the other hand, if you are concerned with the expensive maintenance associated with a used luxury car, pay a little more for a certified model, but find ones that are priced competitively. The luxury models that are found at All Star, like Fiat for example, may require more expensive repairs because of where the repairs parts need to travel from. This is just another reason why CPO can be a really great option!

We invite you to head to All Star today and check out their vast selection of new cars. We are sure that you will find the right certified pre owned car!

You Look Like You Need a New Car!

New Car Inventory Specials at All Star Dodge near Ballwin

It is summer time in the St. Louis area! The Cardinals are playing, and winning, and the pools are opening up this weekend! We think that you might need a new car to get to and from all of your fun summer activities. All Star Dodge near Ballwin has a great selection of new cars from which you can choose, as well as some great inventory specials that give you an incredible value on your new car purchase!

Things to Consider When Buying a New Car

  1. Determine your budget – When shopping for a new car, make sure you determine how much you can spend on it. Most financial services experts advise allocating no more than 15 to 20 percent of your total monthly budget to car-related expenses. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of car insurance in addition to your monthly car payment.
  2. Know how you are going to pay for your new car – Before jumping into the driver’s seat for a test-drive, decide on the type of financing you’d like to use (loan, lease or cash). If you’ll be going for a loan or lease, arrange for financing ahead of time; the team at All Star in the financing department will work with you to get you approved for a loan. Their guaranteed financing program ensures that you will get approved!
  3. Know the value of your trade in, if you have one – While you’ll probably get more money for your old car if you sell it yourself, you may not want to deal with the hassle. If you’re planning to trade in your used vehicle, make sure you know its trade-in value.

We invite you to head to All Star today and check out their inventory specials, you are sure to find a great new car!

Real Renegade Review!

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Chesterfield

We can tell you just how wonderful the Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Chesterfield is until we are blue in the face, but maybe you want the opinion of someone who has bought the Renegade and drives it on a daily basis. It just so happens that we know someone who bought the 2017 Jeep Renegade earlier this year and got them to share with us their feelings on their vehicle purchase.

This is my first Jeep purchase. I had liked the design of the Renegade since it was introduced and had been waiting for my old car to die before looking into them. I ended up liking the Trailhawk trim better than the others and opted for that one given it’s more off-road-ability (her word) and extra ground clearance. It actually is really fun to use in manual mode and responds perfectly to your needs. After a month of usage in the winter I am getting descent fuel economy. Right now averaging around 23 mpg. On a longer road trip I was getting 27. It seems to be getting better as I break it in and the weather gets warmer. The inside is very well laid out.  The driver display is awesome and can be customized to show what you want from radio stations to the digital speedometer or trip computer. I have the bigger Uconnect display and navigation package which are great additions. Bluetooth functionality is great and can stream your music without issue. You can also hook up anything via USB cable and it will pick up those devices to play music from. For one of the smaller compact SUVs in this segment Jeep makes it feel very spacious in the inside. -Marsha

You can get your Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer today!

You Family’s Safety is a Priority!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Mehlville

When you are looking for the right vehicle for your family, we know that safety is your top priority. There are few vehicles that are safer than the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Mehlville. Today we are going to take a look at the different things that the Pacifica has to offer as well as its safety rating!

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with a 287-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates are 18 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, which are good numbers for the class. Only one other vehicle can match the Pacifica’s fuel economy on the highway. The Pacifica feels faster than most rival minivans, so climbing hills or passing on the highway should be no issue. The only downside to the Pacifica’s V6 is that it isn’t quite as smooth as the V6 in the Honda Odyssey.

The Pacifica’s nine-speed transmission is based on one that is shared by many other vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee. Reviewers have complained that other nine-speeds don’t shift smoothly and have so many gears that they have trouble finding the right one. However, the Pacifica’s transmission shifts with refinement.

“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid minivan with a V6 engine and two electric motors. According to Chrysler, it can go up to 30 miles on battery power alone and achieves an mpg-e rating of 80 in combined city/highway driving. It’s due out later this year.”-usnews.com

The Chrysler Pacifica also has top safety ratings! It scores a top score in all areas as well as 4 to 5 stars! This is incredible for a vehicle!

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star. Their team would love to assist you in getting the safe Pacifica!

More Than Expected

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton

It’s easy to see what the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton is an incredibly off-road capable vehicle. Today we are going to take a look back at how the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited got its start. Remember, you can always get the latest generation at All Star!

The JK series 2007 Wrangler Unlimited was unveiled at the New York Auto Show on April 12, 2006. It is stretched even more than the TJ model, and featured four doors. This change made it the last-remaining 2-door SUV in North America to gain a four-door option and made it the only four door convertible in production. A full 20.6 inches (523 mm) was added to the JK Wrangler’s 95.4-inch (2423 mm) wheelbase. It hit production line in August 2006 and was priced near $21,000.

The Unlimited has the same engine and transmission choices as a short-wheelbase JK. X and Sahara trims offer an option of 4×2 rear-wheel drive in the USA. Optional 4×2 was discontinued after the 2010 model year for the Unlimited. 4-wheel drive became standard for the 2011 model year. It is the only four-door convertible available in the US, since the Hummer H1 with optional rag-top is no longer sold.

The Unlimited offers more options and equipment than any previous Wrangler model, including standard electronic stability program and optional seat-mounted side airbags, remote keyless entry, navigation system, and Sirius Satellite Radio.The navigation and satellite systems are a part of the MyGig Entertainment system that also has a hard drive allowing for the storage of MP3 music files and pictures. (This information was compiled from jeep.com and wranglers.com.)

Head to All Star and test drive the powerful Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. We are sure that you will love this powerful, off-road ready SUV!

Jeep Wrangler: An Interesting History

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood

This year marks the 76th anniversary of Jeep. more specifically the Jeep Wrangler that you can get at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood. This model was born out of a difficult time in our nations history. Today we want to take a look back at how the Jeep Wrangler got its start.

On the battlefield, the Jeep was fast, nimble and tough. It could handle nearly any terrain, and when it did get stuck, it was light enough for soldiers to lift free. It towed anti-tank weapons that could be deployed quickly, and it could mount a machine gun for fighting infantry.

The Jeep also served as an ambulance on the battlefield. It forded rivers and traversed lakes, it came ashore on D-Day, and it carried the Allies all the way to Berlin and onto Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima and, eventually, onto the mainland shores of a defeated Japan. But Jeep’s postwar life has been a decades long trail of both rousing successes — and abject failures.

Jeep had a complicated birth, and much controversy remains about its origin. But some facts are undisputed. As World War II began to ravage Europe and Asia, the War Department realized the armed forces needed a small reconnaissance vehicle. It put out requests for proposals to U.S. automakers on an extremely aggressive timetable.

The first prototype military Jeep was developed by Bantam. Designed in 18 hours by Karl Probst, a freelance auto designer from Detroit, the 1,840-pound Bantam exceeded the Army’s expectations during initial testing in September 1940.

The War Department, however, had concerns about Bantam’s ability to meet the military’s capacity needs. As a result, it invited Willys-Overland and Ford Motor Co. to bid on the reconnaissance vehicle contract, this time using Probst’s design as a guidepost and allowing engineers from the two automakers to inspect and measure the Bantam.

Learn more about the history of the Jeep Wrangler at All Star today!