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Don’t Forget About the Dodge Grand Caravan!

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Ballwin

Some people think that it is pretty easy to forget about the Dodge Grand Caravan in light of the wonderful Chrysler Pacifica. We do not understand why though. The Dodge Grand Caravan is delightful in its own right. It is comfortable, seats a whole family, and drives incredibly well. We did have some concerns that the Dodge Grand Caravan would be going away sooner rather than later, but it looks like this wonderful minivan will be around through 2019 at least.

Despite earlier rumors that the Grand Caravan would disappear after this year, Automotive News has confirmed that we will still get the Dodge at least through mid-2019. But production for the U.S. will stop for several months later this year to update the side curtain airbag system for compliance with new regulations. Originally Dodge planned to drop the Grand Caravan rather than bring it into compliance, but they seem to have changed their mind on that decision.

There is nothing wrong with the Grand Caravan’s current side curtain airbags. The change is necessary to meet new federal regulations that require more window coverage, and for the airbags to remain inflated longer, to help prevent occupants from being ejected from the vehicle. Unifor Local 444 President Dino Chiodo, who represents workers at FCA’s Windsor assembly plant, told Automotive News that production of Grand Caravans will not stop altogether this summer. “Grand Caravans will continue to be assembled and shipped without any engineering changes to dealers in Canada and Mexico through the fall. When the design changes are ready for production, they will be implemented in all Grand Caravans for all markets.”-thedrive.com

To get your Dodge Grand Caravan and to take a test drive, head to All Star Dodge near Ballwin today!

Changes Coming for Chrysler

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

If you are like us, you have probably noticed that the Chrysler lineup at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield has been looking a little thin. While the Chrysler 200, 300, and Pacifica are all great, we want more! It looks like Chrysler has heard our cries and is going to be making some changes to the lineup, including the additions of some new crossovers.

300: Sources say a planned redesign of the LX-based 300 onto the Giorgio platform, originally scheduled for 2020, has been scrapped. Instead, designers will do a major freshening of the 300 in 2019 in hopes of shedding weight and improving fuel economy. The addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder is a strong possibility to augment an improved V-6 to help get the job done. In the meantime, Chrysler will put a Hellcat engine in its luxury sedan in late 2018 because why not?

Pacifica: The well-regarded minivan will be freshened in 2020.

Midsize crossover: The front-wheel-drive midsize crossover, to be built at FCA’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois beginning in 2019, will share a platform with the Jeep Cherokee and have three rows of seating, similar to the Dodge Journey.

Portal: Chrysler’s electric and autonomous minivan concept received high praise when it debuted in January. FCA realizes it must get into the electric vehicle business eventually, if only to meet regulatory requirements in states such as California, and the Portal would be a competitive offering. However, there are no announced plans to move toward production.

Full-size crossover: Plans call for Chrysler to resurrect the Aspen name in 2021 for a full-size, three-row crossover on the Pacifica platform.

These are just some of the plans that Chrysler has in mind. As soon as we know more, we will let you know! In the mean time, head to All Star Chrysler and get your Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, or Chrysler Pacifica today!

Financing at the Dealership

Guaranteed Financing at All Star Dodge near Mehlville

When you are needing a new car, you might not be sure the best way to go about getting financing. Luckily at All Star Dodge near Mehlville, they offer in house financing as well as guaranteed financing for those with little to no credit. Today we want to share with you the benefits of in house and guaranteed financing.

It’s a smoother process – Instead of spending extra hours or days trying to get pre-approved for a loan through a third institution, in-house financing car lots ensure a quicker process with more benefits that can include extended warranties and flexible interest rates. It often means a short cut to owning the vehicle and driving it off the lot days sooner than can be expected when going through the bank.

It’s easier to get qualified, this is where guaranteed financing comes in – For those with fair to poor credit, in-house financing is more flexible with approval. However, it does not guarantee lower interest rates and may still require higher rates or a higher monthly payment. Fortunately, those with bad credit can refinance their higher interest rate loan after a year or so of monthly payments paid in full and on time.

It’s a more flexible process – “In-house financing car lots tend to receive a large amount of applications, resulting in a well-oiled machine that allows the dealership to be more accommodating and flexible. They’ll likely do the best they can to work with your specific budget, while also allowing you to be pickier about the type of car you want to purchase. They’re even known for throwing in a few incentives.”-autocitycredit.com

Take advantage of the guaranteed financing options that All Star Dodge has to offer. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help you!

Ram 3500 Wins Tug of War

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

When you need a powerful truck with all the bells and whistles and a comfortable ride to boot, then you need the Ram 3500 from All Star Dodge Ram near North County. Today we want to talk about the added towing capacity that will be available on the 2018 Ram 3500.

If you have your eye on a 2017 Ram 3500HD equipped with the optional turbocharged 6.7-liter inline-six diesel engine with an intent to tow, then we’d recommend you wait to sign the paperwork. Next year’s truck equipped with the Cummins-sourced diesel engine will be available with a massive 930 lb-ft of torque—a gain of 30 lb-ft over the torquiest 2017 Ram 3500HD. 

The Ram’s extra grunt isn’t for naught, either, as the model is now capable of towing up to 30,000 pounds when equipped with the brand’s new fifth-wheel hitch design. That’s an increase of 5000 pounds over the 2017 truck. The hitch will set Ram buyers back $1395 but allows the 3500HD to tow up to 2500 pounds more.

“The 2018 Ram 3500HD goes on sale soon with pricing that’s expected to remain close to the numbers for its 2017 counterpart. Although Ram isn’t ready to release horsepower figures for its diesel variant, we expect similar output to the 385-hp unit that currently sits at the top of the 2017 Ram 3500HD’s diesel totem pole.”-caranddriver.com

We know that you will want to test drive this powerful truck for yourself, so head on over to All Star Dodge Ram today. Their friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to share with you all of the benefits that this great truck has to offer. Remember, this truck not only has a massive towing capacity, but also has one of the most luxurious interiors on the market. You can have it all when you buy a Ram 3500 from All Star!

Benefits of Certified Pre-Owned

Certified Pre-Owned at All Star Dodge Ram near Arnold

When you are shopping for a different vehicle, you have a number of great choices! At All Star Dodge Ram near Arnold there are a number of great new, used, and certified pre-owned Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars. Today we want to talk about the benefits of buying a certified pre-owned car, truck, or SUV from All Star Dodge Ram!

Only Vehicles in the Best Condition Qualify–Late-model, low-mileage vehicles with clean vehicle history reports are accepted into certified pre-owned programs sponsored by auto manufacturers. If a vehicle does not meet specific criteria, which varies depending on the automaker, it cannot become a CPO vehicle.

Multi-point Inspection and Reconditioning Process–The number of things that a dealer will examine and, if necessary, recondition or replace to meet CPO program standards varies by manufacturer, but generally a CPO vehicle has endured between 100 and 200 individual item checks and is approved by the time it goes on sale as a certified used vehicle.

Extended Warranty Protection–“Many CPO programs extend both the original basic and the original powertrain warranty on a CPO vehicle. Typically, those companies that provide shorter-term time and mileage limits for the original new car warranty are likely to extend their CPO programs by significant amounts in an effort to be competitive. Other manufacturers that provide generous new car warranty coverage may not increase limits for their CPO vehicles as much or at all. Rather, the remainder of the new car warranty is transferred to the new owner.”-jdpower.com

Take a look at the vast selection of certified pre-owned vehicles that All Star has to offer. We are sure that you will find one that you will want to take home today!

Buy a New Car!

New Car Inventory Specials at All Star Dodge near Ladue

Is that old car of yours looking a little worse for the wear? Is it just too small for your growing family? Are you just tired of the vehicle that you have? If so, then you need to head to All Star Dodge near Ladue and check out their selection of new car inventory specials. Today we want to share with you some of the best reasons to buy a new car!

They are reliable: According to J.D. Power, more than half of car buyers claim that after exterior and interior styling, reliability is the most important factor when choosing a vehicle. Because new cars are typically more reliable than used cars, consumers are likely better served by choosing a new one instead of a used one. Qualified language is necessary here because reliability means different things to different people. Especially in recent years, consumer dissatisfaction with user experience and design has colored perceptions of quality and reliability.

They come with a warranty: New cars come with a warranty, and some are quite generous. This means that if something does break or fails to work as designed or intended, you can get it replaced at no cost.

“They have the latest safety features: During the past half-decade, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has set the safety agenda and requirements for the automotive industry, pushing beyond the minimum standards required by the federal government. After giving car companies advance notice that it was doing so, the IIHS developed the small overlap frontal impact crash test, which measures how well a vehicle’s underlying structure deflects collision force when an impact occurs at the front corner of a vehicle.”-nydailynews.com

Check out the rest of the new car inventory specials at All Star Dodge today!


Is a Jeep Renegade Right for You?

Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton

When you are shopping for a new SUV, we know that you have quite a few from which to choose, but we think that you should consider looking at the Jeep Renegade at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton. Today we want to share with you some information on this wonderful SUV!

“The Jeep Renegade is the small, fuel efficient, manual 4×4 wagon(ish) the world has been yearning for. What do you need to know before you buy a Jeep Renegade? The Renegade wears the “Jeep” costume pretty well, and the Trailh.comawk can make its way down a road rough enough to send most crossovers scurrying back to the safety of proper pavement. But the little Renegade no Wrangler. That’s a bummer when you’re trying to rock crawl, and a godsend everywhere else.”-jalopnik

Renegade’s true nature as a compact car isn’t as exciting to talk about as off-road abilities but the reality is, it makes for a much better daily drive.

Handling is well-balanced and the brakes are more than strong enough to keep the little car in check. Especially since it’s in no hurry at all to accelerate, even with the bigger 2.4 engine.

In town is the ideal setting for a Renegade as power feels plenty adequate from stopped to 35 MPH and the stubby shape is ridiculously easy to park. The nine-speed automatic transmission stays busy and never seems to make it to top gear, but operates smoothly enough that you’re never going to think about it.

A lot of the Renegade’s “fun feel” is derived from its looks, and you never forget you’re playing Jeep with all the cute “SINCE 1941″ accents around the interior. For more information on the Jeep Renegade, head to All Star today!

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – What’s New?

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near University City

While the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is not yet available at All Star Chrysler near University City, we did get word on some of the changes that are coming for this wonderful minivan. We want to share a few of those changes here with you today. If you have any questions, please head to All Star and talk with a member of the All Star team!

The Chrysler Pacifica, a minivan that earned Cars.com’s top award with its arrival for 2017, enters its second model year with a host of small changes. All variants have upgraded multimedia systems and a standard blind spot warning system with cross-traffic detection, with a new base trim level that’s a lot cheaper than before. The Pacifica Hybrid gets reshuffled trims, too.

On the multimedia front, a 7-inch dashboard touchscreen replaces last year’s 5-inch unit as the base system. A larger screen (8.4 inches) remains optional, and it now has HD radio and 4G LTE Wi-Fi if you get the optional navigation system. Both touchscreens have updated Uconnect multimedia systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which was previously unavailable. The available Wi-Fi now offers unlimited data through an AT&T subscription, though AT&T can throttle back your speed after a certain limit. Pricing becomes more affordable at the low end with a new entry-level trim called the Pacifica L, which starts $2,000 lower than the erstwhile-lowest LX.

“Other trims run $400 to $800 higher except the new Touring Plus, which replaces last year’s Touring version and runs $1,600 more. That makes six trim levels for 2018 — in ascending order, the L, LX, Touring Plus, Touring L, Touring L Plus and Limited; the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid comes in Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited variants.”-cars.com

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star!


More Shots of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer in Missouri

We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the latest Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer in Missouri. We have been getting glimpses of what the new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited might look like, thanks to some spy shots. Today we want to share with you more of what we saw in those spy shots.

The latest shots show a prototype for the 4-door Wrangler Unlimited while earlier shots showed a test mule for the 2-door Wrangler. Both are due to be revealed late this year or early next, likely as 2018 models. A debut during November’s 2017 Los Angeles auto show is a strong possibility. From the shots, it’s clear the design will be evolutionary.

The boxy silhouette of the new Wrangler, the JL series, looks almost identical to the current JK, seen in one of the shots. Up front will be round lights and a slatted grille, while out back we can see square-shaped taillights similar to those on the current model albeit with an hourglass design.

We can also see similar door cut-lines to the current model, helping to retain the familiar rugged design cues of past Wranglers. Other signature Wrangler cues include the extended front bumper, exposed door hinges and chunky side mirror caps.

“The latest prototype to be spotted is sporting BFGoodrich All Terrain T/A tires, and they appear to be KO2s. Mounted in the center of the tailgate-mounted spare tire appears to be a backup camera setup.”-motorauthority.com

We really are getting super excited about the newest Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Soon you will be able to get this wonderful Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer. We hope to see it on the Jeep dealership lot sometime in November, but we still are not sure when. Keep your eyes out for the new Unlimited!


Wanna Hear a Secret?

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO

So it isn’t so much a secret as there may or may not have been some leaked documents that tell about the 2018 Jeep Wrangler and what it has going on. Today we want to share with you what some of those documents said. Soon you will be able to get the 2018 Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO.

While the giant owner’s manual and user guide laid out towing specs for the two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited, it did not have any information on the pickup truck’s capabilities. Since the Pickup (known as “JT” will theoretically be used more as a workhorse, towing and cargo capacity there are of particular interest.

The paperwork we’ve seen looks legitimate enough to be worth our attention, and its max trailer rating for the regular Wrangler lines up with what we saw in the owner’s manual. And since truck fans love obsessing over weight capacities and specifications, we thought you might like some of the specifics. While we cannot show you what appear to be power point slides, we will outline a little bit of the information here.

Besides confirming what’s ostensibly been established regarding the new Wrangler’s engine options, this doc tells us that U.S.-market Wranglers will be able to tow 3,500 pounds or carry between 1,075 and 1,310 pounds inside.

“We can also deduce curb weights of these Wrangler trims by subtracting the Max Payload (what a truck’s rated to carry) figure from the GVWR (what a truck’s rated to weigh in total including max cargo.) Using that logic, it looks like a 2.0-liter Sport will weigh 3,797 pounds and a 3.0-liter (that’s the diesel) Rubicon will be 4,390.”-truckyeah.jalopnik.com

Get your 2018 Jeep Wrangler soon at All Star. Their team is ready to serve you!