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No Shame in Loving a Minivan!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

For a long time, the minivan has had a negative connotation. Driving a minivan meant that you weren’t cool anymore. Gone are the days of sporty sedans, you had kids, you don’t get to drive something fun any more. At least, this is what the common thought was, however, Chrysler is changing the way we think about minivans with the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Chrysler Pacifica entered the market as a replacement for the Town and Country. And while it still looks like a minivan in some ways, it drives more like an SUV.  Navigating the roads in the rolling hills of Southern Missouri a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long to find out. A revised 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivered 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, making the climbs up Missouri’s hills effortless. Likewise, the new nine-speed automatic transmission never strained or felt clunky, like it has in other recent products like our long-term Jeep Cherokee. The harmonious combination of the upgraded engine and transmission felt like the single-biggest differentiation between the old and new minivans.

Chrysler boasts that the Pacifica’s new unibody structure provides a stiffer foundation, which in turn provides sedan-like agility. But let’s not get carried away. No one will confuse this minivan – or any other – with a 300 sedan in terms of driving dynamics. But as minivans go, the Pacifica felt responsive with minimal levels of body roll.
The exterior look of the car is also brand new. Gone is the frumpy, toaster-like shape of the Town & Country and Grand Caravan. The wheelbase remains exactly the same, but engineers shortened the front overhang and lengthened the rear one, giving the Pacifica a more rectangular shape. Corners have been rounded and side-view mirrors are body-mounted.

Stop by All Star Chrysler near Arnold for more information!

The Chrysler 300 Still has It!

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in Bridgeton

If you are in the market for a quality sedan with lots of space, power, and aesthetic appeal, then you need to check out the Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in Bridgeton. Though the Chrysler 300 has been around for a while, it is still one of the most popular sedans in the United States. Let’s take a look at a few things that make the Chrysler 300 Cars so desirable.

A Few Key Facts on the 300:

* Performance: 3.6-liter, V6, 292 horsepower; 3.6-liter, V6, 300 horsepower; 5.7-liter, V8, 363 horsepower
* Mileage estimate: 19-30 mpg ; 16-25 mpg
* Price: $32,350- $43,500
* Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles; drivetrain 5 years/100,000 miles; corrosion 5 years/unlimited; roadside assistance; 5 years/60,000

“When purists consider purchasing a large sedan, performance is a major factor. One chief selling point with the Chrysler 300 is the “old-school” engineering of offering a rear-wheel drive American sedan. The car purists love this about the 300 because it’s become very rare. Most large sedans are front-wheel drive only.” -rocklindaily.com

The 300 is an appealing car visually, featuring a wide stance and a fairly tapered front end that exudes an aggressive kind of elegance. A new grille is a plus and the 300 has updated LED rear taillights. It’s a family sedan that has a large trunk, pleasing style and big horsepower,

Performance is impressive throughout the Chrysler 30 lineup. There are two models with nearly identical engines. One is the 3.6-liter, V6 that features 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The other V6 is also a 3.6-liter and generates just a little more horsepower (300) and torque (264 pound-feet). We encourage you to head to All Star and check out the performance of the Chrysler 300 for yourself. Feel the power from behind the wheel.

Get more information on the Chrysler 300 at All Star. Their team would love to assist you in getting behind the wheel of a 300 today!

Do You Know How to Buy a New Chrysler?

New Chrysler Cars at All Star in Missouri

Just about anybody can buy a new Chrysler at All Star in Missouri, but do you know how to buy a new car? It is so much more than just picking out which vehicle you want to buy. There are a few more steps to take in the process to help you insure that you get the very best deal and the right vehicle for your driving lifestyle.

  1. Determine the type of vehicle you need. Once you’ve established the kind of vehicle that fits your lifestyle, it’s time to choose the model you want. Do your research on the Internet before going to a dealership. Talk to others who have the same kind of car – what do they like about it? What do they NOT like about it? How do the gas mileage and insurance cost compare to your current vehicle? Are there features you want your vehicle to have that are not available or come standard on another model? These are all things to consider when purchasing a new vehicle. Having a good idea of what you want is a good idea, but don’t “marry” yourself to just one. Keeping two or three options open will allow you flexibility if, for any reason, something goes wrong along the way.
  2. Just before visiting the dealership, you can usually check out their inventory online to make sure they have the vehicle of your choice in stock. If you head out, ready to buy, only to find out they don’t have one and you can’t even complete a test drive, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment from the start.

All Star has an amazing selection of new and used Chrysler Cars, stop by the dealership to check them all out!

Cross Over to this Crossover!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis

The Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Louis is a delightful crossover that is fuel efficient and fun to drive. Not only that, but it also offers a lot of seating and is perfect for a family vehicle. Today we want to take a look at the history of the Chrysler Pacifica, where it started and how far it has come.

Chrysler entered the crossover vehicle segment for the first time in 2004 with a vehicle called the Pacifica. The same chassis used by Chryslers minivan line-up served as the basis of the Chrysler Pacifica. The 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was offered as a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configuration. Standard power for the 2004 Pacifica was derived from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

The 250-horsepower V-6 engine of the 2004 Chrysler Pacifica was paired with a four-speed automatic transmission incorporating an AutoStick shifter. Attempting to showcase the Pacifica as a luxurious alternative to the minivan, Chrysler included a sizable complement of standard equipment on the crossover vehicle. 17-inch aluminum wheels, air suspension, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel were all included on the 2004 Chrysler crossover vehicle.

Three-row seating came standard on the 2004 Pacifica providing interior accommodations for six occupants. In 2005, with the addition of Touring and Limited trim levels, the third row seating was no longer included on the base model of the Chrysler Pacifica. For 2006, 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine replaced the 3.5-liter powerplant as the base propulsion of the crossover. The following year, the Chrysler Pacificas older engine was replaced by a 4.0-liter V-6 powerplant generating 255 horsepower. (This information was compiled from nadaguides.com and chrysler.com.)

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica and its different options, head to All Star Chrysler today!

Know Chrysler History

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Oakville

Did you know that Chrysler has been around for nearly one hundred years. It started as a small company and has grown into one of the most loved auto brands in the country. Today we want to take a brief look back at the history of Chrysler. This impressive legacy is easy to be a part of, you just need to head to All Star Chrysler near Oakville.

1946-1954: The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI® combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.

1955-1962: Exner revived Chrysler production car design with the sleek, sculptured Forward Look designs of 1955 that transformed the product line overnight. The Forward Look flagship was the 1955 Chrysler 300, a striking automobile that combined smooth styling with brawny HEMI power. The 300, arguably the first muscle car, became a legend on and off the race track and set records throughout the 1950s, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach. As the Fifties progressed, Chrysler products began to sprout distinctive tailfins, ostensibly to improve handling and stability above 70 miles per hour. The 1957 Chrysler brand standard-bearer, the 300C, was equipped with a standard 392-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower HEMI, two four-barrel carburetors, a high-output camshaft, Torsion-Aire suspension and the new Torqueflite transmission, making it the fastest, most powerful production car built in America that year and earning it the appellation “beautiful brute.” (This information was compiled from chrysler.com and nadaguides.com.)

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Chrysler 300: Power Car

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in MO

The Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler in MO is a sedan with a long history of power and agility. We want to take a look back at what started the legacy of the Chrysler 300.

There was a bright young man working for Chrysler in the 1950’s who had a great idea to improve upon the existing Hemi-engined model that Chrysler was already making. This young man proposed that Chrysler build a special car, a two-door hardtop, for the Hemi. There wasn’t any budget for new sheet metal, so he bolted the top-of-the-line Imperial’s nose onto a New Yorker hardtop two-door body shell with Windsor model rear quarter panels to produce the 1955 300. Chrysler’s chief designer, Virgil Exner, tweaked the design by excising the Imperial’s massive front bumper in favor of the less ornate one used on the base Chrysler, and the 300 went into production. Today the Chrysler 300 is the herald of a new rear-drive future for Chrysler and the most spectacular home yet for an all-new Hemi V8. It’s amazing how Chrysler came back to the young man’s basic idea nearly a half century later.

The current Chrysler 300 is nothing short of sensational. Except for the fact that it’s built in the same plant and can be had with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine in lower-end models (there’s also a base model with a 2.7-liter V6), the new 300 shares practically nothing with the outgoing 300M. The new unibody structure mounts a rear-drive drivetrain and incorporates suspension components originally developed for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The styling is aggressively American with more than a taste of gangster influence. (This information was gathered from chrysler.com and classiccars.com.)

For more information on the current Chrysler 300, head to All Star and work with a member of the All Star team!

Chrysler History Revealed!

Chrysler 200 at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

Chrysler has been a long time member of the auto family. They are known for their wonderful sedans, like the Chrysler 200 at All Star near Arnold, and their minivans. Today we want to take a look back at part of their history. After all, it is nice knowing where one comes from!

1920-1924: Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers, Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer, to design a revolutionary new car. They defined what the products of the Chrysler brand would be – affordable “luxury” vehicles known for innovative, top-flight engineering.

1924: The first was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations – a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first time four-wheel hydraulic brakes were standard on a passenger car. The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.

1930-1935: Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation’s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Chrysler’s list of early automotive “firsts” included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields.

Chrysler entered a higher level of competition with its richly appointed Imperial series. With a custom-built body from LeBaron or Briggs, a 145-inch-wheelbase chassis, a 125-horsepower engine and a price tag of $3,145, a typical Imperial of the early 1930s rivaled a Duesenberg in style, but cost only about a third as much!

1946-1954: “The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.”-chrysler.com

A History Worth Remembering

Chrysler Cars at All Star near Town and Country

We don’t know what it is, but we have a tendency to get a little nostalgic this time of year. Maybe it’s because it is cold outside and we stay inside looking through old photos. Today we want to take a look at the history of Chrysler. You can always get your Chrysler Cars at All Star near Town and Country.

From 1920-1924: Chrysler teamed up with three ex-Studebaker engineers, Fred Zeder, Owen Skelton and Carl Breer, to design a revolutionary new car. They defined what the products of the Chrysler brand would be – affordable “luxury” vehicles known for innovative, top-flight engineering.

1924: The first was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations – a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first time four-wheel hydraulic brakes were standard on a passenger car. The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.

From  1930-1935: Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation’s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Chrysler’s list of early automotive “firsts” included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields.

“Chrysler entered a higher level of competition with its richly appointed Imperial series. With a custom-built body from LeBaron or Briggs, a 145-inch-wheelbase chassis, a 125-horsepower engine and a price tag of $3,145, a typical Imperial of the early 1930s rivaled a Duesenberg in style, but cost only about a third as much!” -chrysler.com

For more information on the different models made by Chrysler, stop by All Star today. Their team would love to share more of the history of this great model with you!

 

Chrysler Plans for the Next Few Years

Chrysler Cars at All Star near IL

Over the past year we have seen some changes in the Chrysler line up, but it turns out that there might be more changes coming to the beloved auto brand. We want to take a look at what some are saying we should expect over the next few years. As soon as these new cars are available, you will be able to see them at All Star near IL.

Chrysler 100: Plans for a Chrysler 100 small sedan have been shelved as part of the automaker’s production conversion to build more Jeeps and Rams. However, there has been talk about continuing with the plans for the 100 now that FCA has decided to invest in their existing factories instead of building in Mexico.

A Midsize Crossover?: Delayed to 2019, the front-wheel-drive, three-row vehicle will share a Fiat platform and many components with the Jeep Cherokee.

Chrysler 300: Redesign of Chrysler’s large sedan has been delayed until 2020, when it would move to the Giorgio platform if the model is continued. But the 300 is under consideration to be withdrawn after the 2020 model year.

The Hybrid Pacifica: The minivan will pick up a hybrid variant this fall that is expected to achieve an equivalent of about 75 mpg. Its next redesign won’t come until at least late 2019.

A Full-Size Crossover: The all-wheel-drive crossover with three rows of seats will share a platform and many features with the Pacifica, but without its sliding doors and Stow ’n Go seats. It has been delayed until 2018.

Bear in mind, this is just conjecture at this point, we are not sure about any of  these plans actually come true, except for the Hybrid Pacifica, that is happening. Stay tuned for more changes in the Chrysler line up; check them out as soon as they are available at All Star!

The New Minivan in Town

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Wentzville

There is a new name in the minivan game, and that name is the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Wentzville. This model is replacing the Town and Country, and we certainly don’t hate it. Today we want to investigate the new things that the Chrysler Pacifica has to offer.

“The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the next big idea in the segment. In fact, we think its plug-in hybrid powertrain is the biggest minivan idea since the original. Yes, we’re excited about a hybrid people mover.”-autoblog.com

For 2017, Chrysler has reworked, refocused, and renamed its minivan effort, ditching the Town & Country moniker in lieu of the Pacifica nameplate. The odd recycled name aside, it’s not only far superior to Chrysler’s outgoing minivan, but, with most of the competition several years old, the new Pacifica is easily the current class leader.

Owing in part to its newness, the non-hybrid Pacifica was already one of the most fuel-efficient minivans on the market, with ratings of 28 miles per gallon highway, 18 city, and 22 combined. Add in the hybrid equipment, with its 16-kWh battery pack providing 30 miles of electric-only range, and the new Pacifica Hybrid achieves an astounding 84 MPGe, trouncing everything else in the segment (because, again, it’s the only hybrid van). When working as a hybrid and not in EV mode, the Pacifica Hybrid nets a combined rating of 32 mpg. On a full tank and a full charge, it has a range of 566 miles.

We could not be more excited about this new hybrid minivan option! You can test drive this model now at All Star. Their team would be more than happy to show you everything that the new Chrysler Pacifica has to offer. The minivan hybrid is here!