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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!

Do You Feel Patriotic?

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois

When you are shopping for a great Jeep to drive, you might wonder which Jeep at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois would be best for you. We are going to talk about the Jeep Patriot and the different things that it offers to its drivers.

Here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. the Patriot uses either the 2.0 L or 2.4 L World gasoline I4 engine. (In Europe and Australia there are some different engine types.)Both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available. The Patriot features two four-wheel drive systems both of which are electronically controlled. The basic four-wheel drive system is called Freedom Drive I. This system is a full-time front-wheel-drive based 4WD/AWD system that is front-wheel-drive when it has traction, but can automatically put up to 20-30% power to the rear wheels, or can be locked in 50-50 below a certain speed. The other system, called Freedom Drive II, is based on Freedom Drive I, but by using the vehicle’s CVT transmission it is capable of a 19:1 gear reduction simulating a low range usually found in vehicles with dedicated transfer cases. The 2.4 L GEMA I4 is an option for the 4X2 model Patriot. (The Patriot uses a continuously variable transmission equipped with a four wheel drive system, marketed as Freedom Drive II, capable of holding the lowest ratio the CVT can reach, in lieu of a traditional two-speed transfer case. The Patriot carries Jeep’s “Trail Rated” badging.)

In 2009, Jeep Patriot added an extended range electric vehicle to its trim line up. It was not well received and lacked the driving power most Jeep drivers want, so FCA got rid of this model. (This information was compiled from Jeep.com.)

For more information on the Jeep Patriot, head to All Star today!


We’re About the Ram 2500

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near University City

Living in the St. Louis area, we love trucks. There is just something about driving through the rural communities in a truck that makes us happy. Not to mention that trucks make it really easy to get around in the winter, can we get a four wheel drive?! Today we want to talk a little bit about the Ram 2500 and what it offers.

Here are some highlights:

  • America’s off-road truck leader adds to its lineup with new Power Wagon and new Ram 2500 4×4 Off-road Package
  • 2017 Ram Power Wagon design includes new interior, wheels, grille, bumpers and legacy graphics, taking cues from 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon”
  • Ram 2500 4×4 Off-road Package features a list of essential components available on 2500 Crew and Mega Cab 4×4 models:
    • Hill-descent Control
    • Tow hooks
    • Transfer case skid plate
    • Bilstein shocks
    • Limited-slip Differential
    • On-/Off-road tires (18-inch or optional 20-inch)
    • Wheel flares
    • Off Road decal
  • Standard 6.4-liter HEMI on Laramie, Laramie Longhorn and Limited trims
  • Bilstein monotube shocks standard on Laramie Longhorn and Limited 4×4 models, enhancing already best-in-class ride and handling
  • All Ram trucks receive a new five micron cabin air filter

For 2017, Ram continues to offer the most capable three-quarter and one-ton pickups in the segment with 31,210 pounds of towing, 7,390 pounds of payload and 900 lb.-ft. of torque. Ram owns the titles, which are most important to HD buyers. “Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty trucks also offer more innovative features and better ride quality than competitors’ trucks, including a five-link coil suspension with optional air suspension on Ram 2500 and a supplemental air bag suspension option on Ram 3500.”-voicenews.com

For more information on the Ram 2500, head to All Star near University City. The team will show you even more of what the 2500 features and take you on a test drive. Get your pick-up truck today!

Wanna Go Off-Road?

Leningrad region, Russia , August 25, 2016 , Jeep Wrangler on the banks of the river Tosno in the Leningrad region, the Jeep Wrangler is a compact four wheel drive off road and sport utility vehicle

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton

If you are someone who longs for adventure and wants to take the road less traveled, then you need a Jeep Wrangler from All Star Jeep Dealer in Bridgeton. The Jeep Wrangler is designed for off-road excitement. Today we want to share with you some of the amazing features of the Jeep Wrangler.

Made for Off-Road – The Wrangler’s off-road capabilities extend beyond its impressive 4WD system. Just a short trip off the pavement makes it clear that the Jeep was designed for rugged environments. It uses combined short approach angles in the front and rear, along with a tall ride height, to keep it well clear of obstacles and make steeply angled transitions without hitting the dirt.

Great Pricing – A basic 2-door sport model starts at $23,390 (including a $995 destination charge), and from there the options abound. The high-end Rubicon X Unlimited with every option and upgrade available costs $46, 545. The number of available trims, upgrades, and features makes a Jeep Wrangler available to almost anyone who wants one, in any way they want one.

It Looks Beautiful – When it comes to exterior design, the Wrangler’s iconic look dates back to the earliest days of its existence. Jeep has remained true to that design throughout the years, and a Jeep today is as recognizable as ever. ” classic look of a Wrangler makes its competition, like the Mazda CX-5 and the Nissan Rogue, all look the same. People often want to own a jeep for this reason alone, and Jeep offers plenty of options to enhance the Wrangler’s curb appeal while not sacrificing its off-road abilities.”-carbuyingstrategies.com

For more information on the Jeep Wrangler, head to All Star today and speak with a member of their team. They would love to serve you!

Changes on the Jeep Wrangler JL

Novgorod oblast, Russia , 03 August, 2015 , Jeep Wrangler on a rural road in the Novgorod region, the Jeep Wrangler is a compact four wheel drive off road and sport utility vehicle

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer in MO

The Jeep Wrangler is one of the most loved Jeep models of all time. There are a number of great trims that make up the different model types under the Jeep Wrangler umbrella. Today we want to talk about the changes that are coming for the Jeep Wrangler JL.

“The 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL is perhaps the most highly anticipated SUV in America. The next-gen Wrangler is expected to get a host of updates that include new front and rear end designs, as well as an all-new pickup truck variant,” (autoblog.com). Here’s everything we know about the next version of Jeep’s iconic SUV.

October 18, 2016: Images of the upcoming Wrangler JL from a supposed Jeep dealer meeting surface, revealing the SUV’s updated front and rear end design. The renderings point towards the next-gen Wrangler maintaining a seven-slot grille and round headlights. The SUV, though, will obtain LED light bars on the front fenders, while the taillights get a similar design to the units found on the Renegade crossover. Overall, the renderings display a smoother shape than ever before.

September 16, 2016: A report from JL Wrangler Forums indicates that the next-gen Wrangler JL would utilize aluminum on the hood, as well as on the front and rear doors. The report claims the Wrangler will get its aluminum from supplier Alcoa, in the form of the company’s C6A1 high form alloy, 6022 alloy sheet, and A951, which is the company’s sheet bonding technology.

While we don’t know much right now on what the 2018 Jeep Wrangle JL will for sure offer, we can enjoy speculating right now. It is always interesting to talk about what new and exciting things Jeep is developing for their customers. For more information, stop by All Star Jeep Dealer in MO.

Replacement is Coming!

Leningrad region, Russia , July 30, 2016 , Jeep Wrangler at sunset on grief Pulkovo, the Jeep Wrangler is a compact four wheel drive off road and sport utility vehicle

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood

We have been a longtime fan of the Jeep Patriot that is available at All Star Jeep Dealer near Kirkwood. We found out earlier in the year that the Jeep Patriot was in its last year of production and that we would have to say goodbye to this model. The Patriot model is not the only one that is going away, the Jeep Compass is also going away. These two models being gone was going to mean a serious gap in the Jeep lineup. No worries though, Jeep decided to replace the Patriot and the Compass with a model that is a combination of all of their best features. We recently got to view some spy shots of the replacement model, and we want to share with you what we saw in the photos.

“Starting with the skin, it’s like Jeep’s designers scaled down the Grand Cherokee’s profile to fit on the new crossover’s stretched Renegade platform. The headlights, grille, and taillights looked like shrunken items from Jeep’s flagship crossover, too. This is good news – even after its 2011 facelift the Compass was a homely little thing, and the Patriot was boxy at a time when CUVs were going for smoother, more aerodynamic lines. Jeep’s new CUV is avoiding those mistakes by aping one of the company’s most popular designs.” -autoblog.com

Under hood, there are reports that FCA’s nine-speed automatic will be the only transmission choice. FCA will call on its new 2.0-liter, Hurricane four-cylinder engine, the spies claim, but we also expect the less powerful 2.4-liter, four-cylinder from the Renegade and Cherokee.

For more information on the existing Jeep Patriot, head to All Star. There is still time to get this great model before it is gone!

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Patriot – Super Safe

Leningrad region, Russia , July 30, 2016 , Jeep Wrangler at sunset on grief Pulkovo, the Jeep Wrangler is a compact four wheel drive off road and sport utility vehicle

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near St. Peters

When you are looking for a new SUV to buy one of the things that is at the forefront of your mind is probably safety. At least, that’s what is at the front of our minds. One of the safest SUVs on the road is Jeep Patriot that is available at All Star Jeep Dealer near St. Peters. It has a top safety rating from the IIHS and we think that it’s amazing! Today we want to share with you a few of the attributes that make the Jeep Patriot so safe.

“Given it’s a Sport SUV that will be cruising at top speeds, the Jeep Patriot 2016 definitely has to come with safety guards to protect against any mishap on the road. It is fitted with 4-wheel ABS brakes reinforced with emergency braking assist. The front disc and rear drum are well ventilated to ensure your brakes don’t overheat, hence cutting down the effects of wear and tear.” – carbuyingstrategies.com

The interior is surrounded with safety airbags on the front, rear and side mounts. For child safety, the Jeep is fitted with seat anchors and safety locks on rear doors. While in motion, the Jeep Patriot 2016 has a built-in stability and traction control feature, to keep the car steady despite the road conditions. A digital tire pressure monitoring system is included as well.

(Tires are also really important to how safe your vehicle is too. The wheel quality used on the 2015 model has been maintained in the 2016 Jeep Patriot. It spots high-grade steel wheels that hold 16 x 6.5 inch tires. The tires are P205/7OR16 models and are designed for all seasons. Two spare tires are offered on purchase—an inside mounted spare as well as a temporary spare.)

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Ram 2500: King of the Winter

Los Angeles USA - November 19 2015: Ram 2500 Power Wagon on display during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Ram 2500 at All Star near Creve Couer

We are just past the middle of January, half down, half to go! This cold winter weather is almost behind us. Living near St. Louis means we get to enjoy all of the seasons but that they are sometimes really extreme. Winter driving can be really tricky at times and it is for this reason that the Ram 2500 from All Star near Creve Coeur is one of the most popular truck purchases; it is great at getting around in rough winter weather!

The Ram 2500 has a durable body and amazing four wheel drive (if you selected this option). The truck itself is heavy enough to help create traction on snowy roads but not to much as to get stuck. The four wheel drive enables you to have amazing amounts of control while driving. Few other truck manufacturers can boast in similar areas. The tires that are on the Ram 2500 are also a pretty big deal. These tires are made for more difficult driving tasks like hauling; this makes them great for getting around in the snow.

Why are tires such a big deal when it comes to winter driving? Does the quality of your tires really matter? The answer is this, tires are a big deal because they are what holds you to the roads when they are covered in ice or snow. Good quality tires will have a hearty tread designed to help create friction in rough conditions. The Ram 2500 can also be equipped with specialty snow tires for an added level of driving control.

For more information on the Ram 2500, head to the All Star Dodge dealer today. They would be more than happy to show you all of the features that make the 2500 King of Winter. Stop by today!

Winter Won’t Stop a Dodge!

Burr! Could it get any colder outside?! We know it can but do not want it to. The colder it gets the more snow and ice it seems we get. That snow and ice can make for some really scary and unsafe driving conditions. We are not sure how some people make it around in the vehicles that they drive. Some of them seem so lightweight that there is no way that they will be able make it anywhere! If you are one of those people who are having a hard time getting around in rough conditions, then it is time for you to head to All Star near St. Peters and check out their selection of Dodge Cars.

Dodge has been making some of the finest automobiles around for a very long time. One of the great things about this manufacturer is that they make their vehicles to last and to hold us under some of the worst conditions. For example, we heard about a gentleman in the area who owns a Dodge Durango. His Dodge has four wheel drive and a Hemi engine. This SUV can get through anything will almost no trouble. One day, his wife got to work downtown and then a freak snow and ice storm hit. He wasn’t going to have her drive her small car home or stay at the office until everything was clear. He got in his Dodge and drove downtown and got her safely back home with no trouble at all. While others were sliding, his vehicle was eating up the roads. While not everyone will have this experience, it is nice to know that a Dodge was able to get this family home safe and sound.

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

Set to Debut at the Geneva International Auto Show – The All-New 2014 Jeep Cherokee Diesel

Clayton Area Jeep Dealer InventoryAt the 84th Annual Geneva International Auto Show, the European market will get it’s first look at the all-new Jeep Cherokee.  The show is set to take place on March 4th and will feature the new 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine Cherokee with the new nine-speed automatic transmission.

European buyers will have the ability to choose from two versions of the new turbo diesel including:

  • The 170 horsepower, 2.0-liter engine with nine-speed automatic transmission OR
  • The 140 horsepower, 2.0-liter engine with six-speed manual transmission.

With both versions, buyers get the benefits of added fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions thanks to ‘Stop/Start’ technology.

Buyers in Europe will additionally have the option of a 3.2-liter V-6 Pentastar petrol engine with the new nine-speed automatic that produces 272 horsepower and 232 foot-pounds of torque.  Those in Russia and the Middle East will have yet another offering featuring the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I-4 petrol engine.

Other features that will be available in these markets include: the choice of three trim levels including the Longitude, Limited, and Trailhawk; the choice of three four wheel drive systems; heated/ventilated/memory adjustable seats; TFT 7-inch full-color reconfigurable instrument cluster; leather-wrapped/three-spoke steering wheel with remote audio/voice/speed controls; seven airbags including front seats multistage air bags, side bags, window bags, driver side knee air bag; ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with ERM (rollover mitigation); plus ABS (anti-lock brake system) with both on-road and off-road calibration.

European buyers can expect the Cherokee to be available in their market starting the second quarter of 2014.  During the first two months of sales in the United Stated more than 29,000 2014 Jeep Cherokee SUVs were sold!

Visit your new Jeep dealer St Louis, All-Star Dodge to take a look at the 2014 Jeep Cherokee today!