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Ram 3500 Goes Heavy Duty

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

When you want a truck that can handle the work loads you demand all while riding in comfort, you get the Ram 3500 from All Star Dodge Ram near North County. Today we want to share with you how the Ram 3500 is getting even more heavy duty.

The 2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty has 930 lb-ft of torque. Go ahead and let that sink in for a second.

Cummins has massaged its 6.7-liter I6 diesel to produce 30 lb-ft more than before and officially make it the class leader in torque (that’s 155 lb-ft per cylinder, by the way). For reference, the Ford F-Series Super Duty diesel makes 925 lb-ft, and GM’s Heavy Duty trucks get by with a measly 910 lb-ft.

While a 5 lb-ft lead over the competition isn’t necessarily something to shout from the rooftops about, Ram can now unequivocally say it offers more grunt than any other truck in its class. This extra power over last year’s engine comes from higher boost limits through a variable geometry turbo and an increase in fuel flow rates.

Another place where the Ram takes the cake is fifth-wheel towing, with a maximum of 30,000 pounds there. A new in-house hitch design gives the truck that capability. It’ll be yours for $1,395. Gooseneck and conventional hitch maximums aren’t industry leaders, but 31,210 and 20,000 pounds, respectively, is still way more than most need.

“Ram says the increased fifth-wheel towing capacity allows people to buy the 3500 instead of a Class 4 or 5 truck to haul the heaviest travel trailers out there. We don’t often have gargantuan-sized towing needs — and found the 900 lb-ft from before more than adequate — but 930 lb-ft of torque from a pickup truck is still a mind-boggling number.” -autoweek.com

Experience the power of the Ram 3500 at All Star today!

 

You Need a Certified Pre-Owned Dodge Ram

Certified Pre-Owned Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood

When you are looking to change up the vehicle that you are currently driving, you might not be sure if you should go with a new car or a used car. We think that you should try to split the difference and go with a Certified Pre-Owned Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, or Jeep from All Star Dodge Ram near Kirkwood. These vehicles are used, but they have passed rigorous screenings and meet high criteria, this puts them in like new condition! You will also find that a lot of the pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs offer amazing safety features. Today we want to share with you a myth about driving on icy roads, so that you can realize how important it is to be a safe driver with a safe vehicle.

Myth: Winter tires, 4WD, AWD, stability control, ABS and/or traction control allow for safe travel on icy roads at highway speeds.

Truth: The reality is that there is no technology, no tire nor any vehicle type that allows SAFE travel on any type of icy road at speeds greater than 45mph. Not traction control, electronic stability control, 4WD, AWD, antilock brakes or the most expensive brand-new snow tires. While all of those safety features will improve a vehicle’s handling and control to some degree, they do not eliminate the danger of losing control at highway speeds over 45mph in any type of road icing condition. The general driving public has been poorly informed about this critical point. “Most assume that icy road accidents are caused by either an inexperienced or reckless driver, or a vehicle with bad/worn tires. This certainly is a contributing factor to road ice accident numbers, implicitly suggesting that the product allows a the driver to continue normally in icy conditions without a reduction in speed.”-icryroadsafety.com

Find your safe certified pre-owned car at All Star today!

Don’t Let Icy Roads Get You Down

Collision Repair Center at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters

We are getting to the time of year that icy roads are going to start happening. Welcome to the St. Louis area in winter! What do you do if you were to get into an accident on an icy road that causes damage to occur to your Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, or Jeep car, truck, or SUV? The solution is simple, you head to All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters and let their Collision Repair Center handle all of your repairs! Their talented staff can get your vehicle repaired and back on the road quickly. Today we want to address a common myth about driving on icy roads.

Myth: I have a lot of experience driving in winter weather, I should be fine.

Truth: “The stats show that no one has the skill to drive at highway speeds on icy roads.”-icyroadsafety.com

A factor in many of the serious and fatal crashes is overconfidence in one’s abilities and/or equipment (traction control, antilock brakes, stability control, good tires). Some feel that they have sufficient experience in winter driving, and can therefore continue normally (at or above the speed limit). But a fishtail on ice that occurs at highway speeds is usually unrecoverable by even the most quick-witted and experienced drivers. Practicing slow-speed slides in parking lots is useless for what happens to a vehicle at highway speed. A person who enters a high-speed slide will quickly learn that it is something they can’t handle – but all too late.

Remember, no matter your level of experience driving in winter weather, it is never safe to drive on icy roads. Please be careful this weekend and through the rest of the winter months. However, should your vehicle be damaged, head to the Collision Repair Center at All Star.

Too Early to Think 2020?

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ballwin

We don’t know about you, but we are planners. We like thinking and looking ahead and making plans and goals for the upcoming  year or years. That’s why when we got wind of spy shots of the 2020 Ram 2500, we had to take a look at share our findings with you. We know that you won’t be able to get the 2020 Ram 2500 at All Star just yet, but you can get the 2018 Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ballwin today!

Pickups are tough, beastly things that have grown beyond all practical proportion in recent years; Ram’s offerings perhaps especially so. The new HD models are looking like they’ll go even farther. That’s a good thing for most truck buyers, however. Towing, hauling, and apparently dominating the road are all on the capabilities list for the newest member of Ram’s fold.

One powertrain you can bet will be in the new HD models will be a 6.4-liter V-8 with 410 hp and 429 lb-ft. This is the option that should appear in a new generation of Ram’s 2500 Power Wagon. And for diesel fans there will be the 6.7-liter turbocharged inline-6 from Cummins. This unit supplies a monster 930 lb-ft. With so much twist, you’ll be able to haul well over 30,000 pounds.

“Pickup trucks are huge sellers for the Detroit 3 automakers, so though won’t want to rock the boat when designing a new one. In the first 10 months of the year, the entire light truck market is up 5.2 percent, with Ram selling 374,901 pickups. Even with the new models just around the corner, current sales of Ram’s pickups are up 3.8 percent on the same period last year.”-motorauthority.com

Look for a debut of the 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty in late 2018 or early the following year. They will be at All Star Dodge Ram sooner than you think!

Winter is Coming – Service Now!

Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville

We have certainly had our cold snap in the St. Louis area! One day it starts out at seventy degrees and end that same day at thirty degrees. Talk about weather whiplash! This colder weather has gotten us thinking about getting our vehicles serviced at the Service Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville. You might be thinking, do I really need to get my Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler Cars serviced now? It is just started to get cold. Now is the perfect time to get your vehicle serviced!

Imagine that you are out driving home from a delightful day of Christmas shopping. Everything has gone your way. You found the perfect gifts, they were on sale, and the salesmen were all polite as could be. You load up your SUV and start out towards your house, thinking that all is well with the world. And why wouldn’t you think that? You just had a great day! Then all of a sudden it starts to snow and you think to yourself how great the light snowfall is going to look. Then the snow starts coming down harder and you have to turn your windshield wipers on, but the blades are pretty worn and not cleaning the windshield off like they should. You then notice that the road is getting slippery and you can feel your vehicle starting to skid. This is likely happening because your tires are worn through. This very situation is exactly why you need to get your vehicle serviced now and before you find yourself stuck in a sticky situation. Never fear, the team in the All Star Service Center is here to help. Bring your vehicle in and let them service it so that you are ready for whatever the season may bring.

We’re Thinking Used Cars

Used Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Creve Coeur

We have used cars on the brain today! Maybe it is because we are looking at the car our spouse is driving and thinking that it is time to get something different, but that we do not really have the budget to buy a new car. Luckily for us, All Star Dodge Ram near Creve Coeur has a huge selection of used cars and inventory specials that are just ripe for the picking! Today we want to take a look at some of the benefits of buying a used car.

Less Depreciation: New cars typically depreciate about 20 percent when they are driven off the lot. Most cars will lose another 10 percent in value during the first year. That’s a 30-percent loss in value during the initial year of ownership. A $30,000 car loses roughly $9,000 in value during that period. You can avoid that hit by buying a one-year-old used car. He cautions that one-year-old used cars are hard to come by, but it’s becoming easier to find two- and three-year-old used cars. Additionally, with the “right” used car, it’s possible for an owner to buy it, drive it and sell it with little loss in equity.

Less Insurance Costs: A key factor in determining the cost of car insurance is the value of the car. Because a used car has less value than a newer version, the cost of insurance should be less. Experts say that even more money can be saved because some elements of car insurance can be dropped. “Collision and theft: Once a car is old enough, you can do away with those if you choose,” Reed from Edmunds says.

For more information on the benefits of buying a used car from All Star, stop by the dealership today!

More 1500 Spy Shots!

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton

When you are shopping for a great truck, you know that you need to check out the Ram truck lineup at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton. We are super excited to share with you what we saw on some of the recent spy shots that were captured of what we think will be the new 2019 Ram 1500.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ money-making Ram 1500 truck is getting a major overhaul, this generation was introduced for the 2009 model year. We expect styling will be evolutionary and that Ram won’t follow Ford down the aluminum road, using a steel bed and primarily steel body panels. The truck in these spy photos is almost entirely covered in camo, but peering through it as best we can, it appears as if the grille will partially bleed into the headlights, an industry-wide design trend. These photos also show a massive cab, possibly indicating the introduction of the Mega Cab to the 1500 series (it previously has been available only on the heavy-duty models) or simply that the truck is getting bigger. There also have been rumors, stoked due to a patent filing in 2014, that this next-gen Ram would have a split-door tailgate, but no center seam is evident on this test truck.

“These shots provide a pretty clear look at the interior, highlighted by a massive squared-off UConnect infotainment screen. The redesigned climate controls feature a three-dial row beneath two radio knobs, and aeronautical-style switches can be seen at the bottom of the center stack. We also can see that Ram’s rotary gear selector survives the makeover.”-caranddriver.com

For more information on the Ram 1500, head to All Star Dodge Ram today. Their team is ready to help you get behind the wheel of a great Ram 1500 today!

Ram 1500 Getting a New Interior

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO

When you want a great pick up truck, you think Ram. They have the power, the agility, and the comfort to get the job done. We added comfort in there because we know that for a long time trucks were all work and no play. Trucks were rough and tumble but not that comfortable to ride in. Ram changed that game and for the next model year, they are making the interior even more comfortable.

“The new Ram truck will get much of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ latest interior technology as it tries to get ahead of the updated Ford F-150 and upcoming replacements for the current GM twins [the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500]. The new Uconnect 4.0 multimedia system is likely present here, but with a taller, vertically arranged information/navigation screen found in other FCA products with physical buttons running along the sides and underneath.”-news.pickuptrucks.com

Other features we’re hearing about include self-park assist, a lane-keeping assist system and other driver assistance technology, as well as a relocated integrated trailer brake controller.

In addition to a key-activated automatic tailgate opener (press the icon on the key fob), the Ram 1500 will provide remote control over the access height when air suspension is selected, so passengers and cargo can be loaded more easily without having to start the truck first.

We know that it will be a little while before the new interior is available for us to take home, but we are still so excited to see it! Soon you will be able to get the latest Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO. Just talk to a member of the All Star team about all of the great features that the Ram 1500 has to offer!

Is Buying New Right for You?

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton

There is a lot of debate over whether it is best to buy a new or used car. Today we are going to share the benefits of buying a new car from All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton. All Star has the latest and greatest selection of new cars in the St. Louis area and we are sure that they will have the right new car for you!

Made to Order — Chances are, you can spec a new car just the way you want it, or at least have the dealer search for one with the right combination of options and interior and exterior colors.

It’s Not Used — Well, duh. A new car hasn’t been in any accidents, hasn’t been mistreated by unknown evildoers, doesn’t smell funny, has seen no wear or tear, and comes with a clean history that includes only being driven off the line, onto a transporter, and around the dealer’s lot.

Warranty — Like the rest of it, the new car’s warranty is untouched. You can buy warranties for used cars or go the certified preowned route, but the best warranty you can get—without paying extra—will be the one that comes with a new car from the manufacturer.

Latest Gizmos — “The newer the car, the more modern the geeky tech that’s packed inside. Multimedia and navigation interfaces are constantly evolving and improving, so if you have to have the latest in gadgets (and don’t want to add them yourself post-factory) the selection will be better in the new-car showroom.”-caranddriver.com

There are so many more great benefits of buying a a great new Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep car, truck, or SUV. Learn more at All Star Dodge Ram today!

Ever Wonder How Ram Trucks Got Their Start?

Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near O’Fallon

We love the Ram truck line up that you can find at All Star Dodge Ram near O’Fallon but we have sometimes wondered where and how these trucks got their start. Let’s take a look back in time at the start of the Ram lineup of trucks.

The Dodge brothers (John and Horace) got their start making parts for Oldsmobile, Ford, and others; then they struck out on their own, with the first Dodge Brothers automobile in 1914 instantly earning a strong reputation and good sales. They did not build a truck until World War I — and that was a panel van, not a pickup – with a half-ton capacity and a 35 horsepower engine. The underlying chassis was likely almost unchanged from their cars.

In 1921, Graham Brothers started selling one-and-a-half ton pickups through Dodge dealers, using their own bodies on Dodge chassis. A one-ton showed up later in the 1920s, powered by that same four cylinder engine. Dodge Brothers bought Graham Brothers over 1925 and 1926 — and thereby made their first civilian trucks. (The Grahams moved on to bigger ventures.)

In 1928, Chrysler acquired Dodge Brothers, after giving Plymouth dealers a line of Fargo trucks, which sold in the US from 1928 through 1930, and continued for decades as an export brand; they had nothing in common with Dodge trucks, sharing parts with Plymouth and DeSoto instead.

“Dodge launched a half-ton pickup for 1929 just after its acquisition by Chrysler, the last truck designed by the old Dodge Brothers company. Three engines were available – two Dodge engines with six cylinders (63 and 78 hp), and a Maxwell four cylinder that produced just 45 hp. The trucks had four wheel hydraulic brakes, a major safety feature unique among pickups.”-allpar.com

Get the latest generation of the Ram truck lineup at All Star Dodge Ram today!