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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!

Repairs are Important!

Collision Repair Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Ballwin

With all of this early spring weather we have been having has been fantastic! We have noticed a lot of people taking drives and enjoying the sunshine and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, more people on the road usually translates to more accidents. What do you do with your Dodge Ram cars after an accident? Do you take it to the Joe Smoe shop down the street and hope for the best? Or do you take your vehicle to the people who know your model inside and out and has all of the tools and parts at their disposal to get it repaired properly? If you are like us, then you want to take your Dodge Ram vehicles to the people who know what they are doing. You want to take your vehicles to All Star Dodge Ram near Ballwin.

At All Star, their team is stocked with factory trained and certified technicians who know each Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler model inside and out. (They could probably do the repairs with their eyes closed, they know so much, but they won’t.) The team at All Star has all of the latest and greatest tools to get any and all repairs done. Another added benefit of taking your vehicles to All Star is that their parts department is fully stocked with factory made and certified parts that were specifically designed for each individual model. This is a big deal because parts that were specifically for your vehicles means that they allow your vehicle to perform at its peak. You get the best fuel economy, the best performance, and the longest life out of your vehicle when you use factory made parts. For more information on the repairs process, head to All Star today!

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.)

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.)

Get your Chrysler Cars at All Star today!

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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Springtime Service!

Service at All Star Dodge Ram near Ladue

Has anyone else been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather we have been having, in February, non-the-less! The groundhog may have said that it would be six more weeks of winter, but we are beginning to think that Phil was wrong. This early spring is awesome and it has us thinking about springtime auto maintenance. After winter, it is incredibly important that you take all of your Dodge Ram vehicles into All Star Dodge Ram near Ladue and let their service department give your vehicle a look over.

Why is auto maintenance is so important after winter? It is important because during the winter your vehicle passes perils that it wouldn’t encounter in other seasons. Icy conditions and salt can be hard on the belts in your car. Having a factory certified technician inspect and service your car will help to ensure that everything is running as it should. A properly running vehicle means that you are getting the best fuel efficiency possible.

It is really easy to have your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles serviced at All Star. You can even schedule your service appointment online!

All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep’s service center is staffed with expert mechanics who provide high-quality Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge auto repair in St. Louis. We understand how much you depend on your vehicle, so our auto repair staff will work to get your Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge vehicle back on the road as fast as possible.

The All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep auto technicians work to industry specifications to ensure your Chrysler, Jeep, or Dodge vehicle runs well for many miles to come. Our St. Louis car repair staff is trained to correctly diagnose and fix any issues your vehicle may have.

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!

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!

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!

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