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Go Your Own Way in a Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near IL

The Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near IL is a wonderful vehicle that has a bunch of surprises that you might not expect. While some people only think of the Dodge Journey for its family hauling capabilities, it really has a lot of other wonderful things to offer. Today we want to share with you part of a conversation that we recently had with someone who bought the latest version of the Dodge Journey.

What were your initial impressions?: The engine has more power than I really need, all the room I could ask for (including two beer coolers that are removable under the second row seats), AWD, a huge infotainment screen that I still have yet to touch because it kind of intimidates me, and a bunch of other little niceties that I didn’t really expect (self-dimming rear view mirror, built in booster seats for kids, removable flashlight built into trunk, actual power outlet in the backseat).

How do you like driving it?: It rides like a cloud, smooth and quiet. Though the trim piece around the infotainment screen makes a slight creak on the occasional bump.

Do you see yourself driving this vehicle long-term?: Overall I think I am going to be very happy with this car, I like sitting up higher and after driving my previous car, it is going to take some getting used to but you certainly can’t argue that it’s an extremely versatile vehicle. If all goes well reliability wise, which it should since it’s from All Star, I think I will keep this SUV for a long time.

For more information on the Dodge Journey, head to All Star Dodge today. Their team would love to help you get behind the wheel of this wonderful model today!

Would the Dodge Durango be the Right Choice for You?

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge Ram near Florissant

If you are shopping around for a great SUV that has 3 rows of seats and loads of character, you need to check out the Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge Ram near Florissant. This SUV is as powerful as it is comfortable, but don’t take our word for it! We want to share with you what some real owners had to say about their Dodge Durango!
Great vehicle, great value. I was in the market for a new good size SUV ,with great towing features and capacity. Dodge Durango was the perfect fit. I use this vehicle to transport cargo and family. This vehicle covers all aspects of my busy lifestyle from camping,towing my boat, bringing stuff home for my lawn and garden. I couldn’t find a better fit for my lifestyle. I am impressed with the design and performance from this vehicle. If you are looking for a vehicle that’s not going to put you to sleep the Durango is what you are looking for. I am very satisfied in my choice. I smile every time I get in and start this SUV.-James

We bought a new 2017 Durango AWD RT after having an accident in our trusty Jeep Commander HEMI. I drive a Corvette with 465hp and must say, this thing is a BLAST to drive (Keep sport mode on and “eco” mode off). For a family car, you just can’t go wrong. Our Commander was nice, but so much improvement in engine/transmission/electronics over the past 6 years means a MUCH smoother, faster, better sounding beast than I could have imagined. I love this truck and am truly happy with it. Highly recommended! PS, the kids love the extra room in the 3rd row over the Commander too. -Dev

Test drive the Dodge Durango at All Star today!

Self-Driving Chrysler Pacificas a Realilty!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters

It is an amazing time in the auto industry! There is now news that Google and Chrysler have paired up to create self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans! While you cannot get the autonomous Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near St. Peters right now, (but who knows-it may be sooner than we think) we want to talk a little bit about what we heard about these self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving automobiles they are building under an expanding partnership.

The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Those vehicles have been tested in Arizona, California and Michigan. “Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, said it will allow hundreds of people in Phoenix to take rides in the vehicles so that it can get feedback on the experience. People can apply on Waymo’s website. The company also said that it’s expanding its fleet to 500 Pacifica hybrids.”-driving.ca

Waymo said it wants to learn where people want to go in a self-driving vehicle, how they communicate with it and what kinds of information and controls they want.

Fiat Chrysler builds the Pacifica minivan in Windsor, Ontario, just across the border from Detroit. It adds Waymo’s self-driving software and hardware, including sensors and cameras, at a facility in Michigan. Fiat Chrysler’s U.S. headquarters is in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

“This collaboration is helping both companies learn how to bring self-driving cars to market, and realize the safety and mobility benefits of this technology,” said Waymo chief John Krafcik in a company release.

For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, head to All Star today. You can test drive this wonderful minivan!

What’s Coming for Dodge?

New Cars at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton

We love the current line up of vehicles at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton, but it’s nice to look to the future to see what we can expect to see from Dodge in the coming years. Today we want to look at a little timeline to see what models are coming.

2018: Jeep Wrangler (JL), Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, Dodge Durango SRT and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2019: Ram 1500 (DT), Special new performance packages on Charger and Challenger SRT392 and Hellcat models, Jeep Cherokee (KL) refresh, Jeep Renegade (BU), Ram HD (DJ/D2) refresh, JT pickup

2020: Jeep Grand Cherokee (WL), Dodge Durango (WE?), Grand Wagoneer/Wagoneer (WS), Stelvio-Journey replacement (??), Chrysler midsize CUV based on KL, Chrysler fullsize CUV (RD), Jeep K8 (Euro-Asia), Ram ProMaster (VG)

2021: Chrysler 300 (GX), Dodge Charger (GD), Dodge Challenger (GA), new Ram HD (DK/D3), Ram ProMaster City (VN)

2022: Dodge midsize RWD Sedan (G?), Portal based electric minivan (RE?)

Ram HD moved back to 2021; current trucks will get a 2019 mild refresh.

“The Chrysler and Dodge large cars (Challenger, Charger, 300) might still be updated for model-year 2019 to get updated Pentastar engines and other refinements for their final two or three years. Here’s another rendering of what the 2019 Chrysler 300 may look like. (Sources are now saying the current versions will soldier on until they are replaced around 2020-21.) The Chrysler Portal was, we were told, a preview of new styling themes to come — perhaps replacing the relatively low-key Pacifica’s themes.”-allpar.com

For more information on the different models that are coming out in the upcoming years, or to take a test drive in the current models, you need to head to All Star Dodge. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to get you behind the wheel of this line up!

So Many Options with the Ram 2500

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale

The Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale is a top performing pick up truck that is so incredibly diverse in its different trims options, that you are sure to find one that will suit how you drive and your driving lifestyle. Today we want to talk a little bit about some of the top trim levels on the Ram 2500.

The Big Horn  adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, chrome grille slats, foglights, remote ignition, a 115-volt power outlet, a 10-way power driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), premium cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

The Laramie builds off the Big Horn /Lone Star and adds a standard 6.4-liter V8, two-tone paint, more chrome trim (including the bumpers), projector headlights, LED taillights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a six-way power front passenger seat (with power lumbar adjustment), heated and ventilated front bucket seats, a heated steering wheel and a 10-speaker surround-sound audio system. The limited-slip differential is dropped as standard equipment but is available as an option.

“The Laramie Longhorn adds to the Laramie’s substantial features list by including a chrome mesh grille, cream-colored bumpers, running boards, a spray-in bedliner, remote ignition, a full center console, upgraded leather upholstery, wood interior and steering wheel trim, power-adjustable pedals (with memory settings), heated rear seats, a navigation system and HD radio.”-edmunds.com

There are quite a few other trims that we suggest that you look at – Dodge Ram has them all! There is even a off-road themed trim, known as the Power Wagon. Take a test drive of one of the amazing Ram 2500 trims today at All Star!

 

All Star Service

Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

When it comes to getting your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler cars, trucks, and SUVs serviced, there is no better option than the Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville. Their certified technicians are factory trained and know exactly what needs to be done to keep your vehicles in top running condition. Today we want to share with you some of the benefits of dealership service.

Dealerships have the advantage of being associated with certain manufacturers, which means all of their technicians receive manufacturer-specific training. The technicians are usually specialists on certain vehicle makes and models and only work on those two or three brands.

Edmunds explains, “The manufacturers offer these training programs only to their network of dealers. The dealers typically pay for these programs to keep up with the latest vehicle enhancements and repair techniques.”

“While the manufacturer-specific training may only be available at certain dealerships, independent mechanics have the ability to receive certified training through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). When choosing a mechanic, make sure you choose someone who is ASE-certified rather than some guy down the street who supposedly does good work. Certifications and experience are important, so ask questions before you decide to have a local mechanic work on your vehicle.”-motors.com

This whole concept of factory training is something that we cannot emphasize enough. You wouldn’t let just anyone come in and work on your electricity in your house, so why would you let just anyone work on your car? While sometimes dealership services may be a little more expensive (a lot of the time not, but this is a common misconception for people), you are getting far better quality repairs, and in the long run, a vehicle that will run like new for a lot longer period of time.

Check out the Service Center at All Star today!

All Star Parts Make Everything Right

Parts Department at All Star Dodge near WEntzville

When you are in need of parts for your Jeep, Dodge, Ram, or Chrysler cars, trucks, and SUVs, you need look no further than the parts department at All Star Dodge near Wentzville. The parts that All Star offers are designed specifically for the vehicles that they sell and can allow you to keep your automobiles in top running condition. Today we want to take a look at how factory parts are best!

Parts built by the exact same manufacturer that made the ones originally installed on your vehicle when it was built are known as “OEM”, signifying they are made by the original equipment manufacturer. Whether they were built by the automaker themselves or contracted to an outside supplier to build, they are fully authorized by the carmaker as “genuine” or “authentic”. The expression “OE” (signifying “original equipment”) is used in the business just as often to signify a genuine or authentic part. Dealership parts departments and manufacturers use the term “OEM” when they refer to parts the vehicle manufacturer authorizes.

New car manufacturers typically provide bumper-to-bumper warranties for three or four years on newer cars, and may continue coverage of certain items for up to six years on vehicles bought with a Certified Pre-Owned warranty. Additionally, some powertrain warranties cover running gear such as internal engine, transmission, and drivetrain components for longer amounts of time. When warranty coverage is involved, new car manufacturers always want the failed parts shipped back to them. They will automatically reject coverage if a failed part is an aftermarket one, or the part in question failed because of a connected aftermarket part elsewhere. (This information was compiled from carid.com.)

For more information on the different parts offered at All Star, head to the parts department today!

Dealership or Private Seller?

Inventory Specials at All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville

This is question that is frequently posed by people looking to buy a car. Should I buy from a dealership or from a private seller. We believe that the best way to protect yourself is to get your next vehicle from a dealership, a dealership like All Star Dodge Ram near Mehlville.

But what do we mean by protecting oneself? This means that you do everything in your power to ensure that you are getting a good deal and that you are getting a quality vehicle that won’t break down on you in a short period of time. Auto dealerships are held to higher standards than private sellers. Those higher standards are designed to protect the buyer. If you decide to go the private seller route, you have to be ready to do a really thorough inspection yourself, or pay to take it to someone to inspect for you. “The car may look great from the exterior, but what’s happening under the bonnet? Some of the most critical (and expensive to repair) parts are not clearly visible unless you know what to look for. A private seller is not necessarily going to disclose or even be aware of all the potential issues with the car.”-macquarie.com

If you buy from a dealership, you get an added benefit of a warranty – you won’t get one of those from a private seller. When you buy a car through a licensed car dealer, the car will be covered by a statutory warranty which guarantees that certain defects found after purchase will be repaired free of charge within the warranty period. Dealerships may be able to offer additional warranties, which could be comforting if you are buying a used car.

Skip the hassle of a private seller and head to the All Star Dodge Ram dealership and check out their inventory specials today!

Which Jeep Patriot is Right for You?

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton

There are a number of wonderful SUV models on the market today; you could say that every auto dealer has their own version that they claim is the best. Truth be told, some of the very best SUV models on the market come from the Jeep line up. One model in particular, the Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton, is a top notch SUV with a vast selection of options. Today we want to take a look at some of the top trim levels offered on the Patriot.

The 75th Anniversary package includes 17-inch bronze-painted alloy wheels, bronze exterior accents, remote engine start, a sunroof, mesh upholstery and a cargo cover.

“The Latitude comes with all of the features of the Sport with the Power Value Group, plus air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, a height-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats, reclining rear seat backs and a 115-volt power outlet.”-edmunds.com

A few options packages are available on the Patriot Latitude. The Premium Sound Group adds nine Boston Acoustics speakers, including two that flip down from the tailgate. The Sun and Sound Group includes those features and a sunroof. The Security and Cargo Convenience Group includes a cargo cover, adjustable roof-rack crossbars and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Finally, the High Altitude package consists of unique 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, a sunroof, leather upholstery and a power driver seat (with manual lumbar adjustment). (This information was compiled from edmunds.com and jeep.com.)

To get your Jeep Patriot, head to All Star Jeep Dealer today. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and happy to help you get the trim that would best suit your needs!

Which Jeep Grand Cherokee Should I Buy?

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton

It is an easy decision to buy a Jeep. They are fantastic vehicles that are incredibly capable and stylish to boot! The decision making starts getting harder when you have to pick a model from the Jeep line up. We recommend the Jeep Grand Cherokee from All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton. It has a lot of great new features this year, including a Trailhawk model with extra off-road kit debuts for 2017, while the top-of-the-line Summit gets slightly revised styling and additional luxury-oriented interior garnishes. Newly available features include a self-parking system and lane departure warning. A rearview camera and rear parking sensors are now standard on every Grand Cherokee.

Now that you know you want to get a Jeep Grand Cherokee, you might wonder which trim will be right for you. There is a trim that we think is pretty neat, and it’s new too! We are talking of course about the Trailhawk! The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a lot of standard and optional features to choose from, but in general, we’re most fond of the off-road-ready Trailhawk. “It can go nearly anywhere and yet still comes with swanky equipment such as ventilated seats and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. The Trailhawk’s standard V6 is capable, but an upgrade to the diesel-powered V6 or the 5.7-liter V8 will significantly increase tow ratings. Beyond the extra pulling power, the diesel V6 offers impressive fuel economy, and the V8 gives this Jeep the character of a classic muscle car.”-edmunds.com

Go to All STar today and check out the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk today. We are sure that you will love this stylish and capable model. You deserve to drive a great SUV – you deserve to drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee!