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Jeep Cherokee: A Wonderful SUV

Jeep Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois

Spring is officially here in St. Louis, as the ridiculous amount of rain we have gotten over the last few days can attest to. (We hope that all of our readers are safe and sound, we know that the flooding has been incredibly dangerous. Please do not drive on flooded roads, the signs are posted for your safety.) Springtime makes us think of rebirth and of the history of our favorite automobiles. Today we want to take a look at the start of the Jeep Cherokee that is always available at All Star Jeep Dealer near Illinois.

The first Jeep Cherokee, launched in 1974, was simply a two-door version of the Jeep Wagoneer. In 1977, the Jeep Cherokee, still a low-end version of the Wagoneer, was available with both two and four doors.

After ten years, a new and completely different Cherokee was brought out, which would revolutionize American SUVs. This new Jeep Cherokee had a shorter wheelbase than the original, and a shorter length – seven and 21 inches respectively – helping it to check in at a svelte 3,100 pounds, a thousand pounds less than the Wagoneer-based model, around the same weight as a Plymouth Valiant. “The new Cherokee was more economical, and easier to drive both on and off road. Again, both two and four door models were available; a pickup version called the Comanche was built on the same assembly line. In front, a multi-link front suspension with a track bar and coil springs was used, with recirculating ball steering; traditional leaf springs held up the rear.”-allpar.com

The first two generations of the Jeep Cherokee were the beginnings of the wonderful Jeep Cherokee we know and love today. Learn more about the Cherokee at All Star today!

Charging from the Past

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Ballwin

The Dodge Charger at All Star near Ballwin is an iconic piece of American history. It was introduced at the beginning of the golden age of muscle cars and was well loved. For a time, the Dodge Charger was not in production, but in the mid-2000’s Dodge brought the Charger out of retirement and back into the spotlight. We want to go back and learn about the start of the Dodge Charger.

“Dodge was in desperate need of a car that appealed to anyone under the age of 80, and the way to do that quickly was to develop a fastback version of its Coronet midsize car. That car appeared in the fall of 1965 as the 1966 Charger.”-edmonds.com

Except for the two-door fastback roof and some unique trim, the Charger was every inch a Coronet. That meant it was a simple unibody structure with an unequal length control arm front suspension that used torsion bars as a springing medium and a solid rear axle on semielliptical leaf springs in the back.

And “every inch a Coronet” also meant that the Charger was pretty big. At 203.6 inches long it was a full 22 inches longer than a ’66 Mustang and 3.5 inches longer than the four-door 2K6 Charger. The first Charger’s 117-inch wheelbase was relatively long for the era in which it was designed, though it seems modest by 21st-century standards when engineers try to shove the wheels out to a car’s corners (the 2K6 Charger’s wheelbase is 120 inches). While the styling of the Charger’s front clip was similar to that of the Coronet’s, there was a full-width convex grille in front with hidden headlights that gave the car a unique look.

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

Ram Power Wagon Getting ‘Macho’

DETROIT MI/USA - JANUARY 14 2016: Dodge RAM 1500 Rebel truck grille at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the most influential car shows in the world each year.

Ram Trucks at All Star Dodge Ram in MO

It is the time of year when the different auto manufacturers begin to leak information about what the next year’s models might look like and have in the way of features. Ram is no different. One such bit of information that was leaked was regarding the Power Wagon trim that will be available for the Ram truck models. This power wagon trim was designed for those who want to take their truck off road.

Upon seeing the sneak peeks of this truck, some have described it hearkens back to the 1979 “Macho” Power Wagon driven by Gerald McRaney’s character in the classic TV detective show “Simon and Simon.” This is apparently due to the graphics package, which do include some powerful looking vertical bedside stripes.

“Along with the vertical bedside stripes, the Power Wagon now sports a black, snout-like grille just like the one on the smaller Ram 1500 Rebel, black metal bumpers and front skid plate, and RAM lettering across the tailgate that’s big enough to read from space.”

“Standard seats feature synthetic upholstery embossed with the tread pattern from the Power Wagon’s 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, while leather is optional. The overall look of the interior is toughened up with iron grey metallic-painted trim.”

“The Power Wagon comes with a 410 hp 6.4-liter Hemi V8 under its bulging hood, Ram’s “articulink” front suspension with detachable sway bar for extreme off-roading, front and rear locking differentials, 14.3 inches of log-hopping ground clearance, and a 12,000-pound Warn winch with 125 feet of cable.”

This level of commitment on the part of Ram to put out such an impressive off-roading truck is great. It is nice to see this auto maker put out a vehicle that is designed for sport driving. For more information on the specs of the Power Wagon, head to the All Star Dodge Ram Dealer in MO.

Dodge Ram 3500 Towing Features Make It Superior Truck Choice!

Best ChoiceThe Dodge Ram 3500 lineup offers buyers a number of towing friendly features not found with any other automaker.  Today, the team at All-Star’s Town & Country area Dodge Ram dealership introduces you to just some of the features that make a Ram 3500 perfect for towing!

  • Snow Chief Package – This package can be added to your 2015 Ram 3500 4×4 purchase starting at just $490 MSRP.  With this purchase you will receive the following add-on’s: Transfer Case Skid Plate, 220-Amp Alternator (180-Amp with 5.7L Engine); Clearance Lamp; Aux I/P Switches; 18-inch On-/Off-Road Tires (20-inch available on Laramie Limited).
  • 50 KSI Hydroformed Steel Frame
  • Three-Link Front Suspension
  • Separate Auxiliary Leave included on Dual Rear Wheel models.
  • Class-Exclusive available Rear Air Suspension
  • 5.7L HEMI V8 Enginew with Variable Valve Timing that offers 383 horsepower, 440 pound-feet of torque, 13,900 maximum towing capacity, and a maximum payload of 4,580 pounds.
  • 6.4L HEMI V8 Engine with Fuel Saver Technology that offers 410 horsepower, 429 pound-feet of torque, 16,520 maximum towing capacity, and a maximum payload of 7,390 pounds.
  • 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine that offers 385 horsepower, Best-in-Class 865 pound-feet of torque, Best-in-Class 30,000 maximum towing capacity, a maximum payload of 6,720 pounds, maximum gross vehicle weight rating of 14,000 pounds, a Best-in-Class 15,000-mile oil change interval, and class-exclusive smart diesel exhaust brake.
  • Three transmission choices that include the  available 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission,  class-exclusive available G56 six-speed manual transmission, and available AISIN AS66RC six-speed auto transmission.
  • Other standard and available features like Trailer Harness Connector, Heavy-Duty Hooks, Class-Exclusive Available Ram Active Air Intake, Available Tow/Haul Mode Select, and Upfitter Interface Module.

It’s easy to see that Ram 3500 buyers are sure to be pleased by the diversity of choices they will have when making their Town & Country area Dodge Ram purchase! Don’t wait any longer to get the capability you need to get your work done right.  Contact the All-Star team about a Ram 3500 purchase today!

2014 Dodge Ram Towing Features

TowingIf your new Dodge Ram truck near Clayton needs to be ready to take on some superior towing jobs, you’ll be glad to find a number of towing features that maximize your new Ram’s performance.  Take a look at some of these features below!

2014 Ram 1500 – With a starting price of $24,810 MSRP and six trim level choices, buyers have access to the following standard and available towing features:  Active-Level Four-Corner Air Suspension; Hill Start Assit; Integrated Trailer; Trailer Sway Control; three engine choices including the 3.6L Pentastar V6, 5.7L HEMI V8, and 3.0L EcoDiesel V6; and two transmissions including the TorqueFlite 8 Eight-Speed and the Six-Speed Automatic.

2014 Ram 2500 – With a starting price of $30,115 MSRP and ten trim level choices, buyers have access to the following standard and available towing features:  50-KSI Steel Frame designed for heavy-duty work; Five-Link Coil Rear Suspension (Standard); Three-Link Front Suspension; Rear Air Suspension;  three engine choices including the 5.7L HEMI V8 VVT, 6.4 HEMI V8, and 6.7L Cummins; and two transmissions including the 68RGE Six-Speed Automatic and G56 Six-Speed Manual.

2014 Ram 3500 – With a starting price of $30,910 MSRP and six trim level choices, buyers have access to the following standard and available towing features: 50-KSI Steel Frame designed for heavy-duty work; Three-Link Front Suspension; Rear Suspension; Rear Air Suspension;  three engine choices including the 5.7L HEMI V8 VVT, 6.4 HEMI V8, and 6.7L Cummins;  and four transmissions including the 66RFE Six-Speed Auto, 68RFE Six-Speed Automatic, G56 Six-Speed Manual, and AISIN AS66RC Automatic.

Next time you are in the market for a new Ram truck, let the team at All-Star’s Dodge Ram dealership near Clayton assist you!  Our team understands the towing features you need and will pair your work load with the right truck everytime!

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Option Groups for the 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup!

OptionIf you are looking to purchase a new Dodge Ram truck for sale near Chesterfield, consider adding one of these great option group packages!

Comfort Group – This group includes heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Convenience Group – This group includes automatic high beam headlamp control, Keyless Enter n’ Go, rain sensitive windshield wipers, and remote proximity keyless entry.

Exterior Appearance Group – This group includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, bright front bumper, bright grille, and bright rear bumper.

Luxury Group – This group includes Ash Tray Lamp, Auto-Dimming Exterior Mirrors, Automatically-Dimming Exterior Passenger Mirror, 7-Inch Multi-View Cluster, Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signals, Exterior Mirrors with Courtesy Lamps, Glove Box Lamp, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, Overhead Console with Garage Door Opener, Universal Garage Door Opener, Power Folding Mirrors, Power Heated Mirrors with Manual Fold-Away, Rear Dome with On / Off Switch Lamp, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with Microphone, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Control, Sun Visors with Illuminated Vanity Mirrors, and Under Hood Lamp.

Popular Equipment Group – This group includes cloth 40/20/20 split bench seat, front armrest with three cup holders, rear folding seat, storage tray, remote keyless entry with all-secure, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year radio subscription.

Power and Remote Entry Group –  This group includes Black Exterior Mirrors, Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element, Power Heated Mirrors with Manual Fold-Away, Power Door Locks, Premium Vinyl Door Trim with Map Pocket, Power Windows with Front One-Touch-Down Feature, and Remote Keyless Entry with All-Secure.

Premium Group – This group adds 9 amplified speakers with subwoofer.

Protection Group –  This group includes front suspension skid plate and transfer case skid plate.

Contact the team at All-Star’s Ballwin, MO area Dodge Ram dealership for all the details regarding the option group packages above!

 

 

Dodge Dealers Announce Refresh for 2015 Charger

new Dodge Charger in MOAll Star new Dodge Dealer in St. Louis, home of a wide selection of new Dodge Chargers, is pleased to announce the new 2015 Dodge Charger is scheduled to be unveiled in mid-2014.

The redesign may not be a complete revamping, (which may be postponed until around 2017) but in late 2012 Chrysler announced that it would have an “unexpected L-car refresh, covering Charger and 300/300C,” according to AllPar.com. So the 2015 Charger will be a “polish-and-update of the current cars.”

Many car experts felt that the Charger and 300C would receive an 8 speed automatic as standard in 2015, which would make the V8 Police Car more competitive against Chevy’s V8 Caprice Police Vehicle.

A major revision of the front suspension is less likely, “moving from the Mercedes-influenced high-wishbone design to Maserati’s new low-stacked wishbone, as seen in the Maserati Ghibli. However, Chrysler engineers are likely to do what they can to edge closer to the livelier Maserati configuration, without causing too much disruption at the plant.”

The Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Chrysler 300C are each expected to be phased in at various points in time, which according to AllPar.com may limit just how many changes are feasible.  Ralph Gilles has reported that the Chrysler 300C will not be “moving to the new Chrysler styling theme for this refresh, because the changes would be too extensive, the rear suspension may or may not adopt some of the Ghibli tuning changes, where time and cost permit,” says AllPar.

“The speculative rendering above wraps current Dodge cues around the shape of the Ghibli, and might be a rough pointer as to where the Charger will end up in its 2017-2020 reincarnation,” says Dodge News report, AllPar.com.