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Which Dodge Journey is Right for You?

Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near St. Peters

When you are in the market for a new minivan, you need to get yourself the Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near St. Peters. This minivan comes in a variety of trims and today we want to share with you each trim and what they have to offer.

The SE comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels, roof rails, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a sliding and reclining second-row seat, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

Moving up to the SXT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a unique front fascia, LED taillights (also standard on the SE AWD), body-colored exterior mirrors and the Flexible Seating package.

The Crossroad adds 19-inch wheels, gloss black and chrome exterior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and satellite radio.

The Crossroad Plus expands upon the Crossroad’s feature content with tri-zone automatic climate control, LED interior lighting, leather upholstery with mesh inserts, a six-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), a fold-flat front passenger seat with a hidden storage bin, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, an in-dash DVD player, an SD card slot and a cargo net.

The GT adds the V6 engine as standard, plus different 19-inch wheels, remote engine start, a body-color grille, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic headlights, perforated leather upholstery with red stitching, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an interior observation mirror, a premium audio system with a subwoofer and a 115-volt power outlet. (This information was compiled from edmunds.com and dodge.com.)

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

 

A First Look at the 2018 Dodge Durango

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale

We love the Dodge Durango and the many wonderful qualities that it has to offer. We are also super excited to share with you some of what we saw when we got our first look at the 2018 Dodge Durango. While it is not yet at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale, it will be soon!

“When it comes to three-row SUVs, most manufacturers highlight civility, practicality and economy. Not Dodge. For the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Dodge rolled out a brash, in-your-face zag to everyone’s zig in the form of the 2017 Dodge Durango SRT. Dodge calls it “America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV.””-edmonds.com

With a 6.4-liter V8 producing 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, the Durango SRT can accelerate to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, according to Dodge. In other words, not only can this SUV seat six and tow up to 8,600 pounds, it can keep up with many a German sport sedan. Thank the new launch control feature for this feat. Like sports cars, the Durango SRT can optimize traction control and shift parameters to ensure the fastest acceleration possible. It has multiple drive modes that are capable of changing the calibration of everything from the suspension and stability control to the center-differential torque split and transmission shift parameters. Combined with stiffer rear damping, springs and anti-roll bars, the Durango SRT is bound to handle about as sporty as a gigantic three-row SUV can. Bringing the speed down are Brembo brake calipers and 15-inch brake rotors up front and 13.8-inch brake rotors on the rear axle.

So when you think Dodge Durango, think utility meets sports car. Think agility and comfort. You will not find a better SUV on the market. So get to All Star and place your order for the 2018 Dodge Durango!

Dodge and Chrysler Ending Production???

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ellisville

We thought that title might get your attention! Dodge and Chrysler are not ending production, so no need to worry. They are talking about ending production on the right hand driving models. While this does not really apply to us here in the St. Louis area, it is going to make a global impact. Let’s look a little deeper into this.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reportedly bringing an end to right-hand-drive production of Chrysler and Dodge vehicles at its Windsor and Brampton factories in Canada. FCA had already pulled the plug on Chrysler and Dodge’s UK efforts, but it looks as if it will now exit other RHD markets in South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Australia, too.

The report, which initiated in South Africa, suggested that the Chrysler 300 will be available in Australia despite the move, but FCA itself has said it’s still fully committed to right-hand-drive markets. The basis of the claims was a quote from FCA South Africa CEO Robin van Rensburg, who suggested Chrysler and Dodge were out due to them no longer being produced in RHD configuration in North America.

“FCA announced in early 2015 that 2017 would be the last year Chrysler products would be offered in the UK, citing the need to concentrate on the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep brands, as well as dwindling sales, as the reasons behind the decision. Dodge left the UK market back in 2010.”-msn.com

We are not super surprised by this decision, but it has us wondering if FCA will be expanding the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, and Jeep lines in the UK, and maybe here too. In the mean time, head to All Star Chrysler near Ellisville and check out their huge selection of Chrysler Cars.

Go Five Star with All Star

All Star Dodge Ram Jeep Chrysler near O’Fallon

When you are shopping for a new car, truck, or SUV, there is no better place to go than All Star Dodge Ram near O’Fallon. The All Star dealership is a full service dealership that offers everything you might need for your new or used Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, or Jeep. Financing, service, parts, anything that you might need is there waiting for you! We do not just want you to take our word for it, so we thought we would share with you what we heard from some folks who recently shopped or had service done at the five star, All Star dealership!

They were very friendly and efficient. They were fair on my trade as well as the price. I would highly recommend All Star for you next car purchase. – Naomi

Tim is excellent to work with. All service agents should have actual hands on automotive experience like he does. Gives you a feeling of confidence of making service decisions since you don’t get to speak with the individual who is actually working on your car. – Grand Caravan owner

Came in without an appointment, as usual, to see if I could get an inspection on my 2013 Dodge Dart. Tim Hoxwoth was able to get me in and out within an hour. Pretty darn good I’d say for not having an appointment. That’s why I keep coming back! – Mr. Schuh

Very cooperative and business-like. Salesman did not try to “sell” just let the product speak for itself. Seemed knowledgeable and straightforward. -Jeep owner

Head down to All Star Dodge Ram Jeep Chrysler and experience this great dealership for yourself. The team at All Star knows what they are doing and are ready to help you get behind the wheel of a great new or used car!

But How Does it Work?

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis

Have you ever wondered how the engine on the Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near St. Louis works? Today we would like to provide you with a basic explanation on how the engine works. Remember, there is a lot more going on under the hood of the Ram 2500 than what we can explain here, but we think you are going to like learning about these powerful engines.

Most pickup trucks sold today have internal combustion engines. Passenger vehicles are powered by two main types of engines: compression, aka diesel, and spark ignition, aka gasoline.

Both spark ignition and compression ignition engines can work on a two- or four-stroke cycle. The more common of the two for automobiles, and certainly pickups, is the four-stroke. If we follow the path of the air entering a four-stroke engine, the strokes (or stages) in order are:

  1. Intake: The piston moves from top dead center to bottom dead center with the intake valve(s) open. If fuel is injected into the throttle body or intake manifold, then it is pulled into the cylinder with the air. If fuel is directly injected, then it may be injected near the end of the intake stroke and into the beginning of the compression stroke.
  2. Compression: All valves close and the piston moves from bottom to top dead center. Near the end of the compression stroke the spark plug fires, igniting the air-fuel mixture.
  3. Power: The piston moves from top to bottom dead center with all valves closed. The air inside the cylinder expands from the combustion of the air-fuel mixture. This provides the driving force for the engine.
  4. Exhaust: The piston moves from bottom to top dead center with the exhaust valve(s) open, pushing the exhaust out. (This information is compiled from news.pickuptrucks.com.)

Learn more about the Ram 2500 and its engine options at All Star Dodge Ram!

Do I Really NEED Dealership Service?

Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles

We hear this question all the time. The short answer is YES! We will get into the long answer shortly. Whenever you need anything done to any of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler cars, trucks, or SUVs, you should really bring it to the Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Saint Charles. Their team knows just how to handle any and all situations that may come up. Now here’s the long answer…

One of the biggest advantages of servicing a vehicle at the dealership begins right in the service bays. Dealerships employ technicians that are considered specialists in working on a particular line of vehicles. They are manufacturer-trained and, in most cases, only work on the make of vehicles that are sold through that particular dealership.

The specialist training is often only offered to a manufacturer’s network of dealerships, and encompasses not only the service technicians, but service managers, advisors and support staff as well. This means that the men and women working on the vehicles have intimate knowledge of how these vehicles are supposed to perform and how/when to make necessary repairs.

“Another advantage is the relationship that is built with the dealership. By having a vehicle serviced regularly at the dealership, they have an accurate and up-to-date picture of the road and service history of that vehicle. They are better equipped to understand what is going on with each individual vehicle because they have all prior service records right at their fingertips.”-tischerauto.com

When it comes time to get any of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, or Chrysler vehicles serviced, head straight to All Star. Their team is ready to assist you in whatever you might need done!

 

What Parts Commonly Need Replacing?

Parts Department at All Star Dodge near Mehlville

Did you know that All Star Dodge near Mehlville has a full parts department? They do! They also have friendly and knowledgeable staff that are ready to help you order and find any part that you might need for any of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars! Have you ever stopped to think about which auto parts are most commonly replaced? We got to thinking about it the other day after we had a lot of people looking for air filters and thought we would do a little digging and share with you what we found!

Since we already mentioned it….Air Filters – This part generally needs replacing around every 40,000 miles or possibly sooner if your vehicle is driven on dirty or gritty roads where large amounts of particles can be kicked up.

Brake Parts – Brake Components – All of the parts that are associated with the brake fluid system will succumb to internal corrosion over their lifetime. You will need to replace the calipers, wheel cylinders and master cylinder once every 100,000 miles.

Shocks and Struts – In some vehicles it may be the case that you never have to replace the shocks, however a slight unbalance in the car can cause the shocks to wear prematurely, as can travel on poor and degraded road surfaces. It is recommended that you change all your shocks at once to keep the ride quality consistently good.

Oil and Oil Filter – One of the most commonly changed car parts, your oil needs checking and replacing around every 4,000 miles to ensure the good, smooth running of your vehicle.

Alternator – “This part can suffer fatigue if it is used to run too many high power applications in the car. However it is always recommended to test the wiring and connections before replacing the entire unit.”-breakerlink.com

Get all of your auto parts at the All Star Dodge Parts Department!

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What Did We Hear?

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Clayton

So not too long ago, we reported on a possible Chrysler 300 Hellcat. It turns out that this may not be happening, but maybe something else might be coming. We love looking at the possibilities so we want to share more about what we heard. Remember, what we are talking about here may never be anything more than a rumor or a fantasy, but the 2017 Chrysler 300 is very real and you can buy yours now at All Star Chrysler near Clayton.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ plans to move the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan to the Alfa Romeo Giulia platform have reportedly been scrapped. However, rumor is that the Chrysler flagship may add a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine to the lineup and that, on the other end of the scale, the 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats could show up in the 300 at the end of 2018.

According to Automotive News, the 300 will undergo an extensive refresh for the 2019 model year. The updated 300 will continue to use FCA’s aging LX platform as a base. The company, though, is expected to integrate additional weight-saving technologies to help fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, a rumored four-cylinder 300 would probably use the same turbocharged unit that is slated for the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler. (The LX-platform-based Dodge Charger and Challenger will also see the 2019 updates before being replaced in 2021, according to the report, with new models based on the Maserati Ghibli platform.)(This information was compiled from caranddriver.com as well as automotivenews.com).

An FCA spokesperson contradicted that report, telling Car and Driver that the company currently has no plans to produce a 300 variant featuring the Hellcat supercharged V-8. Sure. We’ll play ball for now FCA, but we will hold out and hope that the Hellcat really will be coming!

Get your Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler today!

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Should You Check the Accident Report?

Used Car Specials at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton

When you go to buy a used car at All Star Dodge Ram near Fenton and you are looking through the inventory specials, you might have some questions about some of your favorite models on the lot. One question that we hear on a regular basis is whether or not you should look at the accident history report. This is up to you, of course! However, if you decide you might want to look at it, we wanted to let you know what you would be seeing, where these reports come from, and what they mean.

How do you get it? Using the vehicle identification number (VIN), you can get a detailed report of the car’s history from Carfax or AutoCheck. It’s a quick way to know if you should seriously consider buying this car.

What am I going to find out? Here is some of the important information you’ll learn:

    • Does this car have a clean title? If a car’s been in a serious accident, fire or flood, and was “totaled” by the insurance company (declared a total loss) it still might be driveable. However, the insurance company will issue a “salvage title” to alert future buyers. Steer clear of cars with a salvage title because it kills the resale value, and the car might still have hidden problems.
    • Serious accidents are reported to the insurance company and will probably be on the vehicle history report.
    • It’s nice to think the car you’re interested in was driven to church by a little old lady for its entire life. If you order the report, you’ll know for sure each time it changed hands.
    • Some reports show if required maintenance was done on time and where the work was performed.

We hope that you found this information to be helpful, now head to All Star and check out their selection of used car inventory specials!

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All about the Jeep Patriot

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Arnold

The Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Arnold is an SUV that doesn’t like to toot its own horn, it likes to lay back and enjoy the ride. While the Patriot isn’t the most rough and tumble of the Jeep line up, like the Wrangler is, this model is still up for more than most SUV models. Let’s take a look at what the Jeep Patriot has to offer.

The Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover available in two main trim levels: Sport and Latitude. Both trims offer various subtrims. The Sport trim is sold in Sport SE and 75th Anniversary Edition subtrims, while Latitude buyers can choose the High Altitude subtrim. The base Sport provides 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, a four-speaker sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port. The Latitude adds heated mirrors, air-conditioning, power accessories, alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat and heated front seats. Options include distinctive flip-down tailgate speakers, a rearview camera, a navigation system, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and roof rails.

The standard engine for front-wheel-drive models is a 158-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. A 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 172 hp is optional on front-wheel-drive Patriots and is required on all Patriots that have four-wheel drive. All models come standard with a five-speed manual transmission, and models with the 2.0-liter engine are eligible for an optional continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Patriots with the 2.4-liter engine may be equipped with an optional six-speed automatic, and the sole exception here are models equipped with the Freedom Drive II off-road package. (This information was compiled from edmunds.com and jeep.com.)

Get your new Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer today! Their friendly team is waiting to help you get behind the wheel of a Patriot today!

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