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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.)

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!

FCA-Dodge Ram Parent Company-Investing in the U.S.

Dodge Ram at All Star near O’Fallon

We don’t know if you have been following the news lately, but FCA, the parent company of Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep, has just announced that they are going to invest $1 billion in their Michigan plant! This is huge! We want to discuss this here today.

FCA, the U.S. arm of automaker Fiat-Chrysler, announced on Sunday that it would invest a total $1 billion in plants in Michigan and Ohio, which will add 2000 new jobs in the United States. The announcement, in what the company said was the second phase of a plan it first made public a year ago, came days after Ford Motor Company decided to scrap a plan to build a facility in Mexico, instead opting to invest in a plant in Michigan.

“Consistent and combined with previously announced investments, FCA US is further demonstrating its commitment to strengthening its U.S. manufacturing base, and aligning U.S. capacity to extend the Jeep product lineup,” FCA said.

In a statement, FCA said it would retool and modernize its Warren Truck Assembly Plant to produce a new Jeep and Grand Wagoneers, while a facility in Toledo would build a new Jeep pickup truck. These plans will be in place by 2020, the company said.

“The move “is a continuation of the efforts already underway to increase production capacity in the U.S.on trucks and SUVs to match demand,” the company said, adding that it would help solidify the U.S. as “a global manufacturing hub” for its flagship brands.”-cnbc.com

We are so excited about this investment into the United States and that it will so greatly further the auto industry in this great country. We are also glad that so many great Michigan families will have a better life because of these jobs! You can get a Dodge Ram vehicle at All Star near O’Fallon.

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!

Get Out There in a Compass

Jeep Compass at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue

Could the new year mean a new car for you? Why not! Now is a great time to buy at All Star Jeep Dealer near Ladue. There are a lot of great specials and bonus cash back on the different Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep models. Today we want to talk about the 2017 Jeep Compass.

An outstanding blend of aggressive styling and urban chic, the Compass exterior was designed to stand out and impress. The signature seven-slot grille announces its legendary capability while distinctive chrome accents, premium exterior details and up to 30 highway mpg make it a real value. Whether you’re cruising the concrete jungle or exploring sunny shores, Compass will make sure you look good doing it.

The Jeep Compass also boasts an upscale interior featuring contemporary fabrics, stylish accent stitching, satin chrome accents, a distinctive instrument panel and premium soft-touch materials on the center armrest and door armrests for added comfort.

You might be wondering if this vehicle is built to go off road, the answer is yes! With features like Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist and the available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group, Compass 4×4 models deliver exceptional Trail Rated® off-road capability. With the available Freedom Drive I 4×4 System, when combined with the available All-Weather Group, you can drive confidently knowing that your Compass can also adapt to almost any environment and pull through when you push the limits.

But is it safe? Absolutely! Compass helps protect you with engineered crush zones, side guard door beams, an ultra-high-strength steel crossbeam and six airbags—including supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags.

This is just a little bit of all of the things that make the Jeep Compass such an incredible vehicle. For more information, stop by All Star today!

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Still Time to Dart Past the Competition

Dodge Dart at All Star near Clayton

We hope that everyone is having a wonderful start to the new year. We know that once we get used to writing 2017 on everything, things will be even better! Today we want to take a little bit of time and talk about the Dodge Dart that is still available at All Star near Clayton. We say that it is still available because FCA (the company that owns and makes, Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles) stopped the production of the Dart at the end of last year.

One of the most notable things about the Dodge Dart is its 2.0L Tigershark engine. The 2.0L Tigershark® four-cylinder engine features 16 valves and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) to maximize performance. Standard on Dart SE, it delivers 160 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque with the standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission. This efficient powertrain features fuel economy ratings of up to 25 city / 36 highway mpg. There are 2 other engine options available on the Dodge Dart, the 1.4L Mutliair Turbo Engine and the 2.4L Multiair 2 Engine.

Dodge says, The Dodge Dart may have smooth curves and sleek style, but the six-speed close-ratio manual transmission gives its driver a real feel for what it can do. If you like the easy shifting that comes with an automatic transmission, then choose the available six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission or the available six-speed dual dry clutch automatic transmission with AutoStick.

If you are more of the sporting type, then you might want to check out the Dodge Dart GT. The Dodge Dart GT Sport comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension system that corners more tightly at higher speeds for fun-to-drive handling dynamics. High-performance shock absorbers provide highly responsive control as well as a smooth ride.

To get your Dart, head to All Star.

More of a Good Thing

Dodge Journey at All Star near Ellisville

It seems like every model in every auto maker’s lineup is getting redone for the 2017 model year. Some vehicles need it, some just need a face lift, and some really don’t need anything at all. One such model that is not going to be seeing a lot of work done on it, is the Dodge Journey at All Star near Ellisville. Let’s take a look at what is not really changing.

The Dodge Journey, which was to be redesigned on a new platform this fall, instead will soldier on with few changes for at least two more model years, according to a company source. The three-row crossover was to shift to Fiat Chrysler’s CUSW platform, which underpins the Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee.

Redesigning the Journey likely would have meant moving its production from Toluca, Mexico, to the United States to share an assembly line with one of those vehicles. But FCA’s decision to outsource production of the next-generation Dart and 200 appear to have changed the strategy.

An FCA source said the 2017 and 2018 Journey will maintain the JC body code at least through the 2018 model year. In the company’s internal model nomenclature, a vehicle’s body code changes when it is redesigned using a different platform.

“The 2017 Journey is scheduled to begin production July 25 and the 2018 model will enter production in Toluca on July 17, 2017, the source said.”-autonews.com

The Journey, which began significant U.S. sales in 2008, has a four-speed automatic in its most fuel-efficient model rated at 19 mpg city/26 highway.

Though the Journey received its last major freshening for the 2011 model year, its U.S. sales have continued to climb. Its 105,400 U.S. sales in 2015 marked the nameplate’s fifth consecutive year of sales increases.

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

What to Expect from FCA?

New Cars at All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon

We have to go back, back to the future! Every once in a while we like to talk about the future of FCA and the Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, and Jeep vehicles that it makes. Looking forward, there are some pretty great things that appear to be coming down the pipeline for some of our favorite models. Let’s explore what is coming!

Around 2021, there may be a front wheel drive Chrysler car based on the Chrysler Pacifica. A planned crossover has been delayed. The future AWD set might use electric motors for the rear. Here’s what we think a front wheel drive 300 may look like. The main difference from the image at the top of this page is bringing the cab forward a bit more (no need to fit a V8), while leaving more room for the rear passengers.

The Dodge Caravan will continue alongside the new Town & Country into 2017, and will likely then be dropped.

“While the “Small” architectures have been lauded in Renegade and Tipo form, the CUSW setup has been praised in Cherokee and Pacifica form, and there may be one more car for it: the Dodge Journey replacement, to come out as a Chrysler. Will it be the Chrysler Voyager or the Chrysler Journey, or something completely different (Town & Country, even)? Only Auburn Hills — perhaps Turin — knows.”-allpar.com

Chrysler 100 and/or 100C, if it arrives in the US, is likely to be a true compact on the SUSW platform. There is already a Fiat Tipo (same body) sold in Mexico as the Dodge Neon, but the 100 was supposedly not just a Tipo rebadge/repower. Reportedly there is a team in Mexico trying to convert the Tipo-Neon into a car suitable for sale in the US, with a standard Fiat 1.4 turbo.

For more information on the futures of these models, head to All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon today!

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.