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Comfortable Ride in the Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge Ram near IL

You find yourself needing a vehicle in which you can ride comfortably for long trips. There are a number of great vehicles from which to choose, but we think that you will really like the Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge Ram near IL. We want to talk a little bit about the seating of the Journey.

The Journey comes standard with two rows and seating for five on cloth upholstery. A third row that increases capacity to seven is available as an option or standard in higher trims. Other optional seating features include premium cloth seats, leather-bolstered seats with cloth inserts, full leather seats, a six-way power driver’s seat, heated seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

There are two complete and one partial LATCH system in the Journey, which are on the outboard and middle seats of the second row, respectively. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the system as Marginal, which is the second-worst designation. On all three seats, the top tether anchor is hard to find and could be confused with other hardware. The middle seat borrows one lower anchor from the passenger side seat, and it’s difficult to maneuver around the anchors. “On the second row driver’s side seat, the lower anchors are too deep in the seat cushion. There are optional integrated child booster seats available for the second row that are easier to manipulate than the standard LATCH tethers and anchors.”-cars.usnews.com

For more information on the Dodge Journey and if you want to explore all of the features that the interior has to offer, head to All Star today. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of a Dodge Journey!

Big Plans at Chrysler

New Chrysler Cars at All Star in Bridgeton

Chrysler is making some big moves in 2017. Probably the biggest move is that Chrysler is making is the Pacifica. Chrysler has begun making a SUV and minivan super vehicle, known as the Chrysler Pacifica. We are going to take a look at this impressive crossover.

A minivan may be a box, but the Pacifica is undeniably a good-looking box. Wider and with a more aggressive stance than the Town & Country, it presents a crisp, sleek profile and is arguably the best-looking minivan on the market. As before, the sliding-door tracks are tucked away under the rear windows, further smoothing the look. And its shape also makes the Pacifica the most aerodynamic minivan, according to Chrysler, which improves fuel economy. It lets the Odyssey contend for best-in-class highway mileage at 28 mpg, and the Pacifica does that with 39 more ponies. The Pacifica overachieved its highway rating with an impressive 31 mpg on our real-world highway fuel-economy test, performed at a steady 75 mph.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is about the only piece of the Pacifica that is not new, but it has been tweaked for greater power and fuel economy. Good for 287 horsepower and paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, it delivered a 7.3-second zero-to-60-mph time—quicker by a few tenths than its closest competitors.

“A plug-in-hybrid version is promised later this year. It will pair the V-6 with an electric motor, fed by batteries tucked into the compartments that are reserved for folding second-row seats in gasoline-powered versions. Chrysler claims the hybrid will be able to travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone before the V-6 kicks in and will deliver 80 MPGe in the city.”-caranddriver.com

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star Chrysler in Bridgeton and talk with a member of their staff. They would love to help you!

Parts! Parts! Parts!

Parts at All Star Dealership near Saint Charles

We are often asked if people should take their Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler cars to the All Star Dealership near Saint Charles for servicing, or if they can just take their vehicles to an independently owned shop. We believe that dealership service is the best service, and we would like to tell you why, today.

Advanced Training – In order to maintain their franchises dealerships must pay for training their technicians and providing special tools and equipment. Dealers also have access to proprietary information, information on new vehicles they sell and service. This means that no one else can access this information, which is often necessary for diagnosis and repair. In addition, dealership service departments work mainly on the makes and models that they sell. Since they are very familiar with the particular car line, they can usually pinpoint a problem more quickly and more accurately. The faster they can figure the problem out, the faster they can work to correct it, and the faster you get your car back. This also can mean big savings since the technicians are able to correct the problem faster – less time on repairs means less money out of your wallet.

It used to be that a dealership’s hourly rates were higher than the independent shops because of overhead, cost of tools, and training. However, this isn’t the case any more. Car technologies are advancing so quickly that the independent shops are incurring a lot more costs just trying to keep up with the technology, the need for ongoing training and the purchase of new equipment and tools. The dealerships can keep up and be ahead of the changes because they represent the company that is making the changes.

Have all your Dodge Cars serviced by the All Star Parts and Service Department!

Used Inventory Specials – Highlights!

Used Car Inventory Specials at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville

If you are in the market for new car but don’t want to pay a new car price, then you need to look at the used cars that are currently on special at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville. These used cars are offered at amazing discounts – this means you get more car and more options for your money! Today we want to highlight a couple of models that are currently on special at All Star. If you like what you see, get a hold of All Star as fast as possible – these cars won’t be available for long!

2016 Dodge Challenger – HIGH PERFORMANCE! Super Clean! 20-Inch x 9.5-Inch Brass Monkey SRT(R) Forged Wheels, One Owner, Challenger SRT Hellcat, 2D Coupe, 6.2L V8 Supercharged, 6-Speed Manual, RWD, Billet Clearcoat, and Black/Sepia Leather. GPS Nav! This 2016 Challenger HellCat is for Dodge fans looking all around for a great one-owner gem. So go ahead and feel free to flex your muscle in it. It will go from 0-60 in just about the same time it’ll take you to catch your breath. Head to All Star to feel the power of this Challenger!

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited – JEEP CERTIFIED & LOADED! 5.7L V8, Navigation, Sunroof, Leather, Tow Hitch, Gorgeous, One Owner, Grand Cherokee Limited, 4D Sport Utility, 5.7L V8 Multi Displacement VVT, 8-Speed Automatic, 4WD, Granite Crystal Metallic Clearcoat, and Leather. Get the NEW look for the used price on this one owner vehicle. Previous owner purchased it brand new! Jeep Certified Pre-Owned means you not only get the reassurance of a 3Mo/3,000Mile Maximum Care Limited Warranty, but also up to a 7-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty, a 125-point inspection/reconditioning, 24/7 roadside assistance, rental car benefits, and a complete CARFAX vehicle history report. (This information was compiled from 314allstar.com.)

For more information on the Used Car Specials currently available, head to All Star!

Top Reasons to Buy a Used Car at All Star

Used Cars at All Star Dodge near University City

Are you unsure about buying a used car? Do you have concerns about the quality of vehicle you may end up with? If so, this is understandable! So many of us have those terrible memories of shopping for a used car with the stereotypical greasy used car salesman. Thank goodness All Star Dodge near University City is here to soothe your concerns and provide excellent customer service – no greasy salesmen at All Star! Another great thing about All Star is that all of their used cars are top notch and always a great buy. Today we want to share a couple of reasons why buying a used car from All Star is a great idea.

More for your money – Because of depreciation, your hard-earned money can take you a lot further in the used car market than if you were to buy new. Your budget may afford you only a base trim or entry-level car on the new market, but if you shop used, that same budget can buy you something significantly more fancy or better equipped.

You can go CPO – For many shoppers, having a warranty to protect them against a vehicle’s shortcomings is well worth the premium they pay for a new car. “Today, however, virtually all car makers offer some version of a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program, making a used-car purchase a much less worrisome endeavor. CPO programs vary depending on the manufacturer. All manufacturer CPO vehicles include some level of warranty (although the mileage and time covered vary) and often additional perks like free roadside assistance or a free loaner car when yours needs to head to the shop.”-cargurus.com

To check out the used car inventory at All Star, stop by the dealership today! Their team would love to assist you!

Is New Right for You?

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Illinois

It is officially spring in the Midwest – those storms we got the other day are definitely proof of that! Spring in the St. Louis area is a time of rebirth and renewal. Things are turning green and soon the flowers will be in bloom. We find ourselves spending more and more time outside, and that means more time traveling to the beautiful sites that the St. Louis area has to offer. You might start to notice that your current vehicle is looking kind of shabby against the new, lush landscape in which you find yourself. You might start to realize that you need a new car, truck, or SUV from All Star Dodge Ram near Illinois.

All Star Dodge Ram is a full service dealership that has all of the latest models and trims that are being put out by Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep. Their talented salespeople will help you find the best new car to match your driving lifestyle. They know the right questions to ask you to find out what is important to you in a new car; everything from intended uses of your vehicle to what you like to have in the vehicle, entertainment wise, for longer car rides. The All Star team will hon in the things that are most important to you and then translate those into features into a list of requirements for your new car. They will then take this list and translate it into the right Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep model for you! All Star goes above and beyond to make sure that their customers get the right car. Experience the impressive customer service at All Star Dodge Ram. Their friendly team members are waiting to help you get behind the wheel of a great Dodge Ram today!

Extreme Ram Test Drives

New Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters

One of the best ways to decide whether or not you like a vehicle is to take a test drive. Of course you can take a test drive at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters. Their friendly team is knowledgeable and is sure to help you see all of the great attributes that the different Dodge Ram vehicles have to offer. However, what if you really want to push a Ram to the limit, you might want to take a test drive on The Mojave Road. We want to share with you just what you can expect from this more intense test drive.

One could argue that a Ram Power Wagon is more able than necessary for the Mojave Road, and as long as everything’s going your way it is. However, with questionable weather, that dry lake that sometimes isn’t, a long-wheelbase two-wheel drive and a highway-tire four-wheel-drive truck in the convoy, and solo exploring on the agenda, extra capability is always welcome. And then there’s the fatigue-fighting factors of relaxed body motions on the trail and a quiet highway ride because from almost anywhere the Mojave Road is a highway ride away.

“The Power Wagon’s extra compression suspension travel, well calibrated Bilsteins, and flexible sidewalls (it’s the only three-quarter-ton truck on Load Range D tires) make it surprisingly good for a 7,400-pound truck that also manages highways well.”-autoblog.com

What makes the Mojave Road a great place to test drive the Ram is that on this one road, you encounter nearly every road type and condition, along with every weather condition. There are few places better than this road to get a comprehensive glimpse at Ram performance.

For more information on any of the Ram models and their capabilities, head to All Star today!

Dodge Ram – Looking Ahead

New Dodge Ram at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

In the auto industry, as with most industries, you are only as good as your last product. This means that they always have to look ahead at how they are going to improve their vehicles in the coming years. This also gives customers a look at what they can expect from the Dodge Ram family of vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of the things we expect to see from Dodge Ram in 2019.

The next generation of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, coded DT, is likely to have some lighter materials accompanying the usual steel, to increase the fuel economy and load capacity. Some models may gain some cab space, as well. It’s scheduled to go into production in early January 2018, as a 2019 model, at the Sterling Heights assembly plant — a move from the traditional Warren plant. The new Rams are supposed to have grilles that are not quite as tall, so they can improve their aerodynamics. The huge Rebel tailgate letters may be replaced by the Ram logo or smaller letters; but the “big rig” styling will continue. The crosshair is said to be returning in force, with Dodge giving it up instead of Ram. Automotive News wrote that the headlights will be smaller and integrated into the grille, with horizontal fog lights put into the bumper; they also projected a flatter center console to provide more space.

“The 1500 is getting a Pentastar upgrade with direct injection should boost power to 310-320 hp, with higher economy and better low end torque. A twin-scroll V6 is expected around 2020, but may arrive earlier; and there’s even talk of a four cylinder turbo, production around 280 hp, as an economy option for fleets.” -allpar.com

For more information on the existing Ram 1500 and the other vehicles in the Dodge Ram lineup, head to All Star near Ellisville today!

The Face of Chrysler in 2017

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Chrysler. They are expanding their manufacturing in the United States, switching up their line up, and looking at ways to merge new technology with their classic automobiles. Today we want to share with you a little glimpse of the changes that you will see from Chrysler this year.

Town and Country: “The ‘Town & Country’ tag is out, a resurrected Chrysler Pacifica tag is in, and both the design and content are transformational – at least in the context of a minivan available in North America. And for those looking to both capacity and efficiency, Chrysler now offers a plug-in Pacifica hybrid with 30+ miles of all-electric range. While all Pacifica trims represent good value, with federal tax credits the Pacifica Plug-In is great value.”-autoblog.com

200: In 2017 Chrysler offers a 200 with both a new Dark Appearance package and an Alloy Edition. The ‘Alloy’ offers a sport-tuned suspension in combination with an all-wheel-drive system featuring a ‘sport’ mode for better all-season traction. However, soon Chrysler will be discontinuing the 200; we expect to see a replacement soon.

300: The venerable 300 continues the long run with fourth-generation Uconnect, along with the addition of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Beyond that, it’s a new year with new colors, trims and packaging. And while the platform may be showing its age, it remains a compelling option for those wanting upmarket content at a reasonably accessible ($30K to $40K) price point (this is just a basic price range, you can find the exact price of a Chrysler 300 at All Star).

For more information on the different Chrysler models, head to All Star near O’Fallon. Their team would love to help you pick out the right vehicle for your driving lifestyle.

More Chrysler Investments!

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Wentzville

We LOVE Chrysler Cars! We love the styling of exteriors, the comfort of the interiors, and the power of the engines. What makes Chrysler even better is that they are not only a company that produces fantastic automobiles but that they also believe in investing in the United States. More investments in the US mean more jobs starting with the production line all the way through to the dealerships. We want to take a deeper look at this investment today.

“The automaker will add 2,000 jobs at factories in Michigan and Ohio, the Italian-American company said Sunday ahead of the Detroit auto show. It will retool the facilities by 2020 and add the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer sport utility vehicles and a pickup model to its lineup. After improvements to a plant in Warren, Michigan, the site will be able to assemble Ram HD trucks now produced in Saltillo, Mexico,” (bloomberg.com). Chrysler is moving jobs in other countries back to the United States!

The company is set to start producing a new version of its Jeep Compass SUV for the U.S. market at the Toluca plant. Its factory in Belvidere, Illinois, which used to assemble the model as well as the Jeep Patriot and Dodge Dart compact car, is being retooled to make Jeep Cherokee SUVs.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles $1 billion plan to build in the U.S. three new Jeeps and a Ram pickup now produced in Mexico won plaudits from President Trump. (The new President is trying to inspire the auto industry to move more manufacturing to the United States; he is very pleased with Chrysler’s announcement to move some of their manufacturing to the US.)

Fore more information on the different models in the Chrysler lineup, head to All Star Chrysler near Wentzville.