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We Love the Dodge Journey!

Dodge Journey at All Star near Fenton

The Dodge Journey is a delightful crossover that has been well loved since it was introduced in 2007. Over the years it has a number of updates and each one has been more incredible than the last. Today we want to take a look back at the journey the Dodge Journey at All Star near Fenton has taken.

Identified internally as the JC49, the Journey shares a modified platform with the Dodge Avenger and an identical wheelbase to the outgoing short wheel base Chrysler minivan, a slightly shorter wheelbase 113.8 in (2,891 mm) than the outgoing Chrysler Pacifica. Featuring 5 or (5+2) passenger seating with four forward-hinged doors, the Journey is available with a four-cylinder engine, as with past models of the Chrysler minivans.

Production versions of 2009 model year vehicles went on sale in March 2008 in North America, and mid-2008 elsewhere. A version for the Chinese market was unveiled at Auto China in 2008, marketed as the JCUV. Initial model production began in 2009.  Halfway through the 2009 model year, the model name emblem moved to the right-end of the trunk lid, replaced by the brand emblem.

Revisions for the 2011 model year include modifications to the grille, lower front fascia, redesigned interior, suspension, steering, powertrain, and use of Dodge’s new logo, launched in 2010, as well as LED Taillights as standard on SE and above trim levels.

For the 2012 model year, the Journey becomes Dodge’s smallest SUV after FCA stopped manufacturing smaller but more expensive counterpart, the Nitro. In 2014 the Journey Crossroad was introduced, with a crossover theme. The Crossroad has “platinum chrome” accents along the lower part of the body and in the interior, a large bumper, smoked head- and taillights, a black grille, rocker panels, rails for a roof rack, and a skid plate simile at the rear. (This information was compiled from dodge.com and nadaguides.com.)

Durango – A Top SUV!

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge near Mehlville

The Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge near Mehlville is one of the top selling SUV models on the market today. It is known for its drive-ability and immense comfort. Today we want to take a look at how the Durango started.

“Entering the sport utility vehicle market in 1998, Dodge Durango debuted as a competitor to the popular Ford Explorer and the Toyota 4Runner. With the optional forward-facing third row seat, the 1998 Dodge Durango could accommodate up to seven occupants.”-nadaguides.com

Standard engine power of the sport utility vehicle came from a 5.2-liter Magnum V-8 powerplant while a 5.9-liter was presented as an option. All Dodge Durango’s built during the first production year were equipped with four-wheel drive while an option of a part-time or full-time transfer case was available. For the 1999 model year, a more affordable two-wheel drive version was offered with the Durango as was a 3.9-liter Magnum V-6 engine as an alternative to eight-cylinder power.

In 2004, the Dodge Durango received a major update that resulted in the sport utility growing in proportions. The wheelbase of the 2004 Durango was three inches longer than its predecessor and was 4.3 inches taller. Increased exterior dimensions reflected in a larger interior space for additional passenger and cargo room. Base power was sourced from a 210-horsepower, 3.7-liter PowerTech V-6. Eight-cylinder propulsion from the Dodge Durango was derived either from a 4.7-liter PowerTech V-8 or from an all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 producing 335 horsepower. In 2006, the HEMI V-8 engine added Multi-Displacement System allowing better fuel management. The convenience equipment on the Dodge Durango was also upgraded in 2004 with satellite radio, automatic temperature control air conditioning and Uconnect hands-free communication with Bluetooth offered for the first time. Briefly in 2009, the Dodge Durango was offered as a hybrid vehicle using a two-mode transmission.

All Star Dodge Ram is the Best!

All Star Dodge Ram Jeep Chrysler near Arnold

There are a lot of dealerships in the St. Louis area from which you can choose to buy a new or used Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Today we want to talk about All Star Dodge Ram near Arnold. It is a truly fantastic dealership – but don’t just take our word for it! Today we want to share with you some reviews of people who have absolutely loved their experience at All Star. We asked and they answered with impressive reviews of the All Star dealership.

“Big Johnny was by far the best salesman I’ve ever had to work with! He was so nice and friendly and honestly just relate-able. He never once made us feel pressured or like we were just customers. He made us feel like family.” – Jacob

This is my first time buying a car, I had gone to a dealership before this one who treated me horribly as they saw me as a 20 year old who will do whatever they want. Big Johnny was so kind from the moment we met him, he did so much to get exactly what I wanted and everything he told me was the truth and to help me in the long run. I will recommend this place to all of my friends and tell them to make sure to go to Big Johnny. I’m in love with my Dodge Charger and being a 20 year old and having one is one of the biggest blessings. Also the finance manager was amazing and very helpful getting my payment plan together. I can’t thank you guys enough! Thank you so much Johnny, I’ll be coming here for all my car purchases! -A huge fan of the Dodge Charger

Head to All Star today to experience excellent quality service!

 

 

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Dodge Parts? More Please!

Dodge Parts at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

It is absolutely no secret that we LOVE Dodge Ram vehicles and one of their great dealers, All Star Dodge near Town and Country. It is also no secret that we love the Dodge parts at All Star as well. In the beginning, before the Dodge brothers built their first car, they were a huge manufacturer of auto parts. The Dodge brothers gained such notoriety for their quality of parts that Mr. Olds, you might know him from Oldsmobile, decided to make the Dodge brothers the primary manufacturers of their engine parts. However, Oldsmobile was not the only auto maker who wanted to get Dodge parts in their cars.

On February 23, 1903 the Dodge brothers formally agreed to supply Henry Ford with 650 chassis (including engines, transmissions, and axles) for $250 each, thus beginning a profitable relationship between the two firms. This contract kept the 150 men at the Hastings Street plant fully occupied and the Dodges began working exclusively for Ford. He built a plant on Mack Avenue to assemble cars from parts made elsewhere, the entire operation dependent upon extensive credit from his parts suppliers. In return for an investment of $10,000 ($7,000 in materials and a $3,000 bank note), the Dodge brothers accepted 100 shares (one-tenth of the total) in the Ford Motor Company., newly-incorporated on June 16, 1903. Dodge delivered the first shipment of chassis to Mack Avenue in July via horse-drawn hayracks and the Ford Motor Company assembled its first cars. (Part of this information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com). It is not uncommon to find Dodge parts in old Ford models.

To get your own Dodge Parts, head to All Star Dodge. Their parts department is stocked with knowledgeable technicians that will help you get the right parts for whatever job you need to get done!

Charging from the Past

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Ballwin

The Dodge Charger at All Star near Ballwin is an iconic piece of American history. It was introduced at the beginning of the golden age of muscle cars and was well loved. For a time, the Dodge Charger was not in production, but in the mid-2000’s Dodge brought the Charger out of retirement and back into the spotlight. We want to go back and learn about the start of the Dodge Charger.

“Dodge was in desperate need of a car that appealed to anyone under the age of 80, and the way to do that quickly was to develop a fastback version of its Coronet midsize car. That car appeared in the fall of 1965 as the 1966 Charger.”-edmonds.com

Except for the two-door fastback roof and some unique trim, the Charger was every inch a Coronet. That meant it was a simple unibody structure with an unequal length control arm front suspension that used torsion bars as a springing medium and a solid rear axle on semielliptical leaf springs in the back.

And “every inch a Coronet” also meant that the Charger was pretty big. At 203.6 inches long it was a full 22 inches longer than a ’66 Mustang and 3.5 inches longer than the four-door 2K6 Charger. The first Charger’s 117-inch wheelbase was relatively long for the era in which it was designed, though it seems modest by 21st-century standards when engineers try to shove the wheels out to a car’s corners (the 2K6 Charger’s wheelbase is 120 inches). While the styling of the Charger’s front clip was similar to that of the Coronet’s, there was a full-width convex grille in front with hidden headlights that gave the car a unique look.

For more information on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star!

Dodge Challenger: An American Classic

Dodge Challenger at All Star near Mehlville

The Dodge Challenger is considered a classic muscle car that has not only survived generations of drivers, but thrived. While we have enjoyed the re-release of the Challenger in recent years, it is nice to look back at where the Challenger started. Of course you can get the 2017 Challenger at All Star near Mehlville.

The first car that carried the Challenger name was the introduction of a limited edition Dodge Silver Challenger Club Sedan to the 1959 full-sized Dodge Coronet (fourth generation) model line produced in Detroit, Michigan.

The Silver Challenger came only in silver paint and exclusively on Chrysler’s 217.4 in (5,520 mm) long two-door body style riding on a 122.0 in (3,100 mm) wheelbase. It was available with either the 230 cu in (3.8 L) “Getaway” L-head straight-six engine for $2,297, or powered by the 325 cu in (5.3 L) “Red Ram” V8 for $2,408. This car was marketed for the spring selling season to the “new-car buyers who’ve been waiting to get the most for the least.” A column-shifted three-speed manual transmission was standard and an automatic was optional.

The 1959 Silver Challenger was marketed with extra features at no extra cost. These included premium white wall tires, full wheel covers, electric windshield wipers, as well as an upgraded interior with silver metallic vinyl and black “Manchu” fabric upholstery, dual arm rests and sun visors, as well as deep pile wall-to-wall carpeting.

When the name lapsed Studebaker introduced its own Challenger model in 1964 which was an entry level version of the Studebaker Lark series. (This information was gathered from dodge.com.)

This was just the first generation. The Challenger has gone through several redesigns over the years, but each redesign has remained true to the original aesthetics that made it so great. See the latest generation of the Dodge Challenger at All Star today!

The More You Know!

Used Cars at All Star near Fenton

We love the Dodge Ram line up of vehicles. They are stylish and iconic, and by George, just fun to drive. We want to take a further look at the history of Dodge Ram. To become part of the Dodge Ram legacy, check out the used cars at All Star near Fenton.

The Ram line was redesigned for the 1994 model year. Development on a second generation began in 1986, ending in late 1992. A more conventional design was originally scheduled for a 1991 production; when Bob Lutz showed it to the new styling designers, chief designer Phillip E. Payne told him, “It looks like nothing more than a rehash of everybody else’s truck.” At that, Lutz told him he had 6 months to come up with something better. The exterior styling of the truck that was eventually released was the result of design concepts by Payne during 1988-1990. A review by the Dodge pick-up truck studio designers felt that modern pick-ups looked “too flat and sedan like”, while the early 50’s Studebaker pick-up and the 18 wheeler trucks had just the right “macho” look to them. The design featured a big-rig-looking front end and a large grille that was nothing like the current Ford or Chevy/GMC pickups in design.

The redesigned 1994 Ram was a sales success, with sales rocketing from 78,000 units in 1993 to 240,000 in 1994, 410,000 in 1995, and nearly 480,000 in 1996. That year, it was prominently featured as the hero vehicle in the film Twister. Sales of this generation peaked at just over 400,000 in 1999 before declining against the redesigned Ford and GM trucks. By 2001, Ram sales figures were below those of Ford and Chevy trucks. (This information was compiled from dodge.com, ram.com, imbd.com, and edmonds.com).

Check out the incredible used cars at All Star today!

Dart Technology

Dodge Dart at All Star near Clayton

While FCA is no longer building Dodge Dart models, they made sure to construct enough before shutting the line down. This means that you can still get this technologically advanced model at All Star near Clayton. Today we want to take a look at some of the technologies that the Dodge Dart has to offer.

As the most technologically advanced car in its class, the Dodge Dart
offers a number of Class-Exclusive features including an available premium
7-inch customizable Driver Information Digital Cluster Display. Real-time information is presented in rich graphics that truly bring this display to life.

Dodge Dart is tuned to deliver with the available Radio 8.4. It includes an 8.4-inch high-resolution touchscreen, an AM/FM radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with one year of service included, a remote USB port, SD card slot, audio input jack and available features that include Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Voice Command, Hands-Free Calling and Voice Text Reply (not compatible with iPhone mobile devices). Get up-to-the-minute weather, fuel prices, sports and movie listings with Garmin®Navigation and SiriusXM Travel Link included on the available 8.4 NAV.

Only get lost when you want to. Touchscreen menus are intuitive, so you can tap in an address, get directions and be on your way fast. If you prefer, audible turn-by-turn directions adjust the volume of your music and play over your driver side speaker.

“You’re connected to your car and the world outside with the available Radio 8.4 and Radio 8.4 NAV. Navigate with available built-in Garmin Navigation. Enjoy SiriusXM Satellite Radio with one year of service included, available Voice Command, Hands-Free Calling and Bluetooth Streaming Audio, all from an available Class-Exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen.” -dodge.com

For more information on the Dodge Dart, head to All Star where they still have a lot of this incredible models available.

 

Pacifica NOT Replacing the Dodge Grand Caravan Just Yet!

Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Illinois

There was talk that started last year that the Chrysler Pacific would be replacing the Dodge Grand Caravan. There was a little evidence that this was happening, as production on the Grand Caravan decreased, however, the Grand Caravan is still available for purchase. We want to take a look at what the Grand Caravan offers.

Most of us presumed that the arrival of Chrysler’s shiny new high-tech Pacifica minivan would deal a death blow to Dodge’s Grand Caravan. After all, these days most dealers sell both brands, so why bother rebadging a Dodge? Well, it turns out that A) the new Pacifica is a bit too fancy to play at a mid-$20s price point, B) thanks to a flexible manufacturing system and skilled workforce, the old and new minivans can easily be built alongside one another, and C) the old van still makes a reasonably convincing argument for itself with available second and third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and almost the same Pentastar V-6. (Lower compression and the lack of variable intake-valve lift drop the Dodge’s output 4 hp and 2 lb-ft.) So Dodge’s minivan is, in the immortal words of Monty Python, “not dead yet.”

“In an interesting pricing move, Dodge increased the 2016 Grand Caravan pricing by $1,000 very late in the model year, perhaps to minimize the apparent price rise of the 2017 model. As for the model realignment, an entry level American Value Package model that’s been offered for the past few years is gone, leaving the SE model as the base offering with more standard equipment but also an opening price that increases by another $1,400 to $25,990.” -motortrend.com

Test drive the Dodge Grand Caravan at All Star Dodge near Illinois. Experience everything that this minivan has to offer.

 

What is Guaranteed Financing?

Guaranteed Financing at All Star in Bridgeton

Let’s say that you want to buy a new car, but your credit isn’t awesome. What do you do? The answer is simple, you head to All Star in Bridgeton and talk with their finance team about guaranteed financing. Today, we want to give you a little bit of a description of what guaranteed financing is and what to expect in the financing process.

Who is guaranteed financing for? It may be good for those individuals who are looking to purchase a new car through financing, but do not have the credit standing necessary to purchase a vehicle. Guaranteed car finance is a relatively new concept in auto financing. It is an innovative way for a lender or car dealer to provide a car to a new buyer, regardless of their credit history.

What is guaranteed financing? – It is typically a free service and is currently available primarily to borrowers with poor or bad credit. Companies offering guaranteed car finance allow buyers to request the amount of credit needed to purchase a new car. The terms of the agreement with guaranteed car finance lenders are not limited to purchasing the vehicle from the lender or dealer. A new buyer is permitted to shop elsewhere and bring in their outside loan agreement for financing.

What are some examples of the terms of the loan? – “The loan agreement is a contract for hire arrangement where the finance company takes ownership of the vehicle during the loan period. The company charges a monthly rental fee to the borrower in exchange for use of the car. The monthly rental fee is comprised of the loan amount plus an interest and financing charge,” (carsdirect.com). This is just an idea of what terms might be, your terms may be different.

For more information, talk to the team at All Star!

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