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More People Movers Coming for Dodge?

New Dodge at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters

One thing that Dodge Ram, or FCA as the parent company is called, has noticed through the years is that buyers love people movers. However, the people movers cannot just be all about utility, they have to be stylish and capable. This is the goal that FCA is looking to accomplish with the introduction of the Dodge Magnum. Today we want to share some more information on this new possible vehicle.

Right now its speculation but one problem of making Dodge’s full lineup more consistent with its image is that the best sellers are the people-movers — the Dodge Journey and Dodge Caravan.

Long ago, product planners were going to fix that by putting the Journey name onto an Alfa Romeo Stelvio-based crossover made in Italy. The current Journey’s role as a people-moving-front-drive-crossover would go to a new Chrysler.

One way to keep repeat Journey and Caravan buyers might be moving the car names over to Chrysler. Thus, the company could launch two new crossovers at once — the Alfa-based Dodge Magnum (etc.), and the CUSW-derived Chrysler Journey.

“There would still be a Journey in the showroom, three rows of seats and all; and there would still be a Caravan for Canadians and some Americans to buy. With that move, Dodge could move one step closer to being the American performance brand, and any lingering rumors about Chrysler’s viability would disappear. That is, if buyers accepted the Journey and Caravan as Chryslers. If not, well, the long-term viability of Chrysler might be seriously discussed in Turin and Auburn Hills.”-allpar.com

You can get the latest Dodge Ram vehicles at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Peters. Their friendly and knowledgeable team will help you pick the right people mover for you!

 

New Millennium – New Durango

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton

This month we have been taking a look at how some of our favorite Dodge Cars got their start. Today we are focusing on the impressive and capable Dodge Durango that you can find at All Star Dodge Ram in Bridgeton.

Though the Dodge Durango was officially introduced in 1993, the introduction of a new millennium meant some delightful changes – changes that some believe were the start of amazing model that we love today. The successful Dodge Durango underwent numerous changes for 2000. There was a new Sport model, with new fabrics and two-tone fascias; and, for all models, optional factory installed running boards, and five-spoke aluminum wheels. There were additional color keyed components for all models, including the steering wheel, floor console, various bezels, levers, and switches, and air outlets. There were newly redesigned gathered leather front and intermediate seats in the SLT+ group, with maple woodgrain bezels and accents and a leather wrapped steering wheel.

“The 4.7 liter V8, available for the moment just on four wheel drive models, was new, and was combined with a new 45RFE automatic transmission that had four regular gears and a special kickdown gear for better highway passing. The 318 remained for rear wheel drive buyers; it had better “grunt” but lower peak horsepower and torque, and lower gas mileage. The 4.7 reported cost the company much less to build than the outgoing 318 or 360 (5.2 or 5.9).”-allpar.com

4×4 models were improved in numerous ways, with a new front axle that was better made, higher capacity, and lower weight; a smoother and easier to use transfer case shifter; and an optional full-time four wheel drive transfer case.

To see what the 2017 Dodge Durango has to offer, head to All Star today. Test drive the Durango and fall in love!

Where Has Dodge Been Made?

Dodge Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton

It’s no secret that Dodge Ram cars have been part of the American landscape for a long time now. They are quality built automobiles that have stylish bodies and interiors, powerful engines, and long lives. Today we want to take a look back at one of the original Dodge manufacturing facilities that was in use for a long time.

When the Dodges decided to move to larger quarters, they bought a large parcel of land in the City of Hamtramck on the outskirts of Detroit. Perhaps they were already considering building their own automobile, but the first wave of construction in 1910-1913 simply provided them with facilities to produce gears, other machined metal products, forgings, and castings. The building contractor, Bryant & Detwiler of Detroit, broke ground on June 1, 1910 and the Dodge brothers began moving into the new buildings in December. Albert Kahn designed a modest brick office building, a small steel and brick powerhouse, a brick watchman’s house, and two steel-framed buildings, a forge shop and blacksmith shop, each 400 feet long. One of Kahn’s 1910 designs was the Machine Shop, a four-story reinforced concrete building with flat-slab framing and ten-sided concrete columns with flared capitals. There were two wings, each 65 feet by 405 feet, joined at the northern end by a segment measuring 65 feet by 235 feet. For Kahn, this was a small project compared to the vast Highland Park complex he planned for Ford. The Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman & Grylls designed a foundry (1912) and a heat treatment building (1913), both ordinary steel-framed industrial buildings of the era. After 1912, Smith, Hinchman & Grylls designed almost all of the additional construction. (This information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com and dodge.com.)

You can get the latest Dodge Ram models at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton!

Where it All Started

New Dodge Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Florissant

Dodge has a long history of making the automobiles on which this country runs. Started by the Dodge brothers in the early 1900’s, Dodge is now an emblem of an enduring tradition of quality vehicles. We want to take a look at how Dodge got its start.

“The incredible Dodge Main plant in Hamtramck was started in June 1910, completed in the same year, and staffed with five thousand workers ($6 million in annual payroll); the unusual 24-acre multi-story plant had the assembly line moving from floor to floor, eventually becoming extremely complex. According to Greg Kowalski, one reason for choosing Hamtramck was because it was on two railroad lines, once of which went straight to Ford’s new plant.”-allpar.com

John and Horace Dodge were in sharp contrast to Henry Ford when it came to employee care; they did not invade their houses or dictate religious practice, but did have a fully staffed medical clinic, a department to look after workers’ social needs, and, perhaps most significantly, a machine shop called “the Playpen” where men could fix or invent things after hours. Employees were served huge platters of sandwiches and pitchers of beer at lunch hours, paid for by the company. In the heat of summer, beer was served in the afternoons in the foundry and forge. You might say that Dodge was the originator of the Google model of handling employees – give an employee freedom and perks and they will be more loyal and more productive than if you were to treat them other wise.

This is just a small glimpse of the overall history of Dodge, you can learn even more at All Star Dodge Ram near Florissant. Get your own Dodge and become a part of the legacy that the Dodge brothers started all those years ago.

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!

Dodge Ram – Ready for Their Close Up!

New Dodge Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton

We LOVE movies! We especially love movies about cars that feature Dodge Ram vehicles! One series of movies that really highlights the different models in the Dodge Ram lineup, many of which are available at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton, is the Fast and the Furious movie series. The latest movie, Fast 8, which is set to be released soon, features several different models, which have been modified for the movie of course. (There is some speculation the the “ice” series of Dodge Ram vehicles will be available commercially, but we are not sure about that at this time.) Let’s take a look at the special Dodge Ram vehicles that are being featured in the up coming film.

What else could Dominic Toretto drive than a Dodge? The previous film showed a Charger fitted for off-road driving, and this time the classic shape has been formed into an ice racer. “The muscle car is still recognizable, but the altered wheelbase and fender flares make this something quite different. And as the bullet holes testify, the matte black machine is definitely going to see some action. To top it off, there are some tank-like machines: There’s a tracked Ripsaw for Tej Parker and an “Ice Ram” for Hobbs, who is played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.” – autoblog.com

We are sure that these incredible vehicles will be the stars of the upcoming film, as they often are in the Fast and the Furious films. You can check out the equally fast but not so furious Dodge Ram models featured in the film at All Star Dodge Ram. Talk with the team about how you can get a great Charger or Ram truck today! See you in the movies!

Pre-Owned? Yes Please!

Certified Pre Owned Dodge Cars at All Star near Mehlville

When you are looking at getting a different vehicle, you have a lot of options. One option that we suggest you take is getting a pre-owned vehicle from All Star near Mehlville. Today we want to share with you some of the benefits of buying a pre-owned vehicle.

Only Vehicles in the Best Condition Qualify–Late-model, low-mileage vehicles with clean vehicle history reports are accepted into certified pre-owned programs sponsored by auto manufacturers. If a vehicle does not meet specific criteria, which varies depending on the automaker, it cannot become a CPO vehicle.

Extended Warranty Protection–Many CPO programs extend both the original basic and the original powertrain warranty on a CPO vehicle. Typically, those companies that provide shorter-term time and mileage limits for the original new car warranty are likely to extend their CPO programs by significant amounts in an effort to be competitive. Other manufacturers that provide generous new car warranty coverage may not increase limits for their CPO vehicles as much or at all. Rather, the remainder of the new car warranty is transferred to the new owner. You can also sometimes purchase additional warranties or pay to extend the existing warranty. This can be a huge benefit over the life of the vehicle.

Low Interest Financing–It’s true that CPO vehicles are usually more expensive than similar models that have not been certified, but CPO vehicles can also qualify for lower finance rates, typically equal to the loans offered on new vehicles. For buyers who are financing their CPO vehicle, the lower interest rate effectively lowers the monthly payment, helping to ameliorate the effect of the higher asking price on the household budget.

For more information on the Certified Pre-Owned Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles, head to All Star. Their team is ready to assist you!

Car Parts Galore at All Star!

Dodge Parts at All Star near Clayton

The mere mention of the words “auto maintenance” have a tendency to illicit one of two reactions. One is of absolute elation. This response is uncommon and is usually expressed by those who really love working on their own vehicles. The other reaction, the more common reaction, is that of uncomfortable squirming. This reaction is understandable as cars now have a bunch of computer systems and complicated machinery under the hood. We are no longer in the days of working on our vehicles on a cool Saturday afternoon. Those days are, unfortunately gone. (Unless you have complex equipment to read the computer codes.) So what are we left to do? Do we remain in our uncomfortable squirming or do we seek out a simpler solution? We seek out the simpler solution. That solution is taking all of our Dodge Cars to All Star near Clayton and letting their technicians in the service center do all of your auto maintenance.

At All Star, their technicians are factory trained to handle every repair, big or small. They also have all of the factory certified parts that your Dodge cars may require. Factory parts are the best to use when doing repairs or having regular maintenance performed because they were designed specifically for your vehicle. While aftermarket parts can be purchased to fit your vehicle, they were not specifically designed with your vehicle and its ideal performance. Ideal performance cannot be achieved without the specific parts for your specific Dodge cars.

If you are interested in purchasing factory parts and doing your own maintenance and repairs, more power to you, just be sure not to void your warranty. You can get all of the parts that you need for your Dodge cars at the All Star Parts Department.

Did You Say Pre-Owned?

Pre-Owned Dodge Cars at All Star Dodge in Missouri

Did we just hear you say that you are considering getting a pre-owned vehicle at All Star Dodge in Missouri? We sure hope that we did! All Star has a crazy impressive inventory that is stocked with just about any Dodge Ram vehicle you can think of, maybe not some of the classic and collectors vehicles, but you never know what you might see! Today we want to share with you some of the vehicles that are currently available at the dealership.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 2 Door Car – This model was originally $44,846! It is a local trade in that has a navigation system, along with 6-Speed Manual! It has only had one owner and is in like new condition! Challenger SRT8 392, 2D Coupe Features: SRT HEMI 6.4L V8, Tremec 6-Speed Manual, RWD, Sublime Pearl Coat, and Leather. Just in, this charming 2015 Dodge Challenger comes with a SRT HEMI 6.4L V8 engine and Tremec 6-Speed Manual. Technologically masterful machine that marries high performance with good road manners. It is currently on sale for $39,890.

2016 Dodge Journey SE Sport Utility – This wonderful pickup truck was originally $20,387, but has been reduced to $17,962! The Dodge Journey is roomy and has 3 Rows of Seats. This Journey SE, 4D Sport Utility features: 2.4L I4 DOHC 16V Dual VVT, 4-Speed Automatic VLP, FWD, Redline 2 Coat Pearl, and Black Cloth. Don’t miss out on buying this fantastic-looking 2016 Dodge Journey. There are also a number of additional, optional equipment packages included, like the Customer Preferred Package 22F, Flexible Seating Group, Second-Row 40 / 60 Tilt and Slide Seat, Third-Row 50 / 50 Fold / Reclining Seat, Air Conditioning with 3-Zone Temperature Control, and Radio 4.3.

For more information on the different models All Star has available on their pre-owned lot, head to All Star today!

New Car Considerations

Smiling happy elderly couple in the new car

New Dodge Cars at All Star near St. Peters

When you are trying to decide if a new car is the right choice for you, there are a few considerations. We want to share those with you today. For more information on the new Dodge Ram cars and financing options available, head to All Star near St. Peters.

Will a new car save you on fuel costs? – There have been so many technological advancements in the fuel front over the last five years. If you can is more than 7 to ten years old, depending on the brand, your current car could be costing you more at the gs pump than what you really need to be spending. It is wise to add up your fuel costs for the year and see what you are spending per mile on gasoline. If you drive a lot for work, a new car could end up saving you a lot of money on gasoline alone. Not to mention that a lot of newer vehicles do not need to be serviced as frequently as older models.

Will a new car be safer than your current vehicle? – Safety technologies have grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, how does your current vehicle stack up to the new technologies. If your answer is, “not well”, then it might be time to consider a new, safe vehicle. There are so many safety systems, like post-collision alerts and built in crumple zones (these channel the force of impact to the crumple zones and away from the passengers). If you are in an accident, your vehicle needs to protect you as much as possible. If your current vehicle cannot handle the job, then get something new!

For more information, head to All Star today!