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2018 Jeep Wrangler Spotted!

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Town and Country

We love when there are leaks of what the latest Jeep models will look like when they are released. It’s like getting to watch a long trailer for the hottest movie that will be coming out. We recently got a look at what the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will look like once it is available at All Star Jeep Dealer near Town and Country.

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler isn’t scheduled to be officially revealed for a few more months, but leaked images may have uncovered its new design. The overall look hasn’t changed much, but there’s a longer hood, a more prominent front bumper, vents behind the front fenders, and a character line running under what appear to be taller windows.

“A kinked grille has outer slats that curve around the headlights, while the turn signals move to the fenders. The Wrangler’s signature hood latches and exposed door hinges remain, as does its fold-down windshield, despite rumors that the feature wouldn’t make the cut.”-foxnews.com

If authentic, the images also confirm that the next-generation Wrangler will have a fully removable roof and doors, with framework replacing the sport bar used on the current model. Overall, the look is in line with a lot of rumors that have been floating around about the 2018 Wrangler. We loved the look of the leaked Jeep Wrangler and can only hope that the model released to dealerships will look very similar to the mules we saw on the road. (A mule is a prototype of a car.)

For more information on the current Jeep Wrangler or if you would like to take a test drive, stop by All Star Jeep Dealer today. Their team would love to take you out to experience its capability!

The Face of Chrysler in 2017

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for Chrysler. They are expanding their manufacturing in the United States, switching up their line up, and looking at ways to merge new technology with their classic automobiles. Today we want to share with you a little glimpse of the changes that you will see from Chrysler this year.

Town and Country: “The ‘Town & Country’ tag is out, a resurrected Chrysler Pacifica tag is in, and both the design and content are transformational – at least in the context of a minivan available in North America. And for those looking to both capacity and efficiency, Chrysler now offers a plug-in Pacifica hybrid with 30+ miles of all-electric range. While all Pacifica trims represent good value, with federal tax credits the Pacifica Plug-In is great value.”-autoblog.com

200: In 2017 Chrysler offers a 200 with both a new Dark Appearance package and an Alloy Edition. The ‘Alloy’ offers a sport-tuned suspension in combination with an all-wheel-drive system featuring a ‘sport’ mode for better all-season traction. However, soon Chrysler will be discontinuing the 200; we expect to see a replacement soon.

300: The venerable 300 continues the long run with fourth-generation Uconnect, along with the addition of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Beyond that, it’s a new year with new colors, trims and packaging. And while the platform may be showing its age, it remains a compelling option for those wanting upmarket content at a reasonably accessible ($30K to $40K) price point (this is just a basic price range, you can find the exact price of a Chrysler 300 at All Star).

For more information on the different Chrysler models, head to All Star near O’Fallon. Their team would love to help you pick out the right vehicle for your driving lifestyle.

No Shame in Loving a Minivan!

Chrysler Pacifica at All Star Chrysler near Arnold

For a long time, the minivan has had a negative connotation. Driving a minivan meant that you weren’t cool anymore. Gone are the days of sporty sedans, you had kids, you don’t get to drive something fun any more. At least, this is what the common thought was, however, Chrysler is changing the way we think about minivans with the introduction of the Chrysler Pacifica.

The Chrysler Pacifica entered the market as a replacement for the Town and Country. And while it still looks like a minivan in some ways, it drives more like an SUV.  Navigating the roads in the rolling hills of Southern Missouri a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long to find out. A revised 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine delivered 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, making the climbs up Missouri’s hills effortless. Likewise, the new nine-speed automatic transmission never strained or felt clunky, like it has in other recent products like our long-term Jeep Cherokee. The harmonious combination of the upgraded engine and transmission felt like the single-biggest differentiation between the old and new minivans.

Chrysler boasts that the Pacifica’s new unibody structure provides a stiffer foundation, which in turn provides sedan-like agility. But let’s not get carried away. No one will confuse this minivan – or any other – with a 300 sedan in terms of driving dynamics. But as minivans go, the Pacifica felt responsive with minimal levels of body roll.
The exterior look of the car is also brand new. Gone is the frumpy, toaster-like shape of the Town & Country and Grand Caravan. The wheelbase remains exactly the same, but engineers shortened the front overhang and lengthened the rear one, giving the Pacifica a more rectangular shape. Corners have been rounded and side-view mirrors are body-mounted.

Stop by All Star Chrysler near Arnold for more information!

Ram 3500 is the Tops!

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

The Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country is a top pick up truck. It is highly capable and comfortable to ride in. Today we want to talk a little bit about how the Ram 3500 pick up truck got its start.

The Ram 3500 was part of a radical for the Dodge full-sized truck line-up that emerged during 1994. Existing as the largest capacity version of the pickup truck, the dual rear wheel, one-ton Dodge Ram 3500 featured an eight-foot long bed box and power from a host of potent engines. A 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 furnished base power for the 1998 Ram 3500 generating 250 horsepower.

Optional engines available with the Dodge Ram 3500 in 1998 consisted of a gasoline-powered Magnum V-10 and a Cummins diesel. Rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations were offered with the pickup truck. In 2001, a Ram 3500 equipped with the 5.9-liter Cummins turbocharged diesel mated to a six-speed manual transmission could pull up to 15,100 pounds of weight using a 4.10 rear gear.

“In 2003, a new version of the one-ton Dodge pickup truck featured a larger front grille and was offered with a regular cab or Quad Cub body style. A four-door Mega Cab was added to the Ram 3500 line-up starting in the 2006 model year. The 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 came with standard power from a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine producing 345 horsepower. A 305-horsepower 8.0-liter Magnum V-10 powerplant was offered for the final time in 2003 on the Dodge Ram 3500.”-nadaguides.com

For more information on the Ram 3500, head to All Star today. You can test drive this powerful pick up truck and experience its comfortable ride. We are sure the that Ram 3500 is just the truck you need to handle all of your tough jobs. Experience the Ram 3500 today!

Dodge Parts? More Please!

Dodge Parts at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

It is absolutely no secret that we LOVE Dodge Ram vehicles and one of their great dealers, All Star Dodge near Town and Country. It is also no secret that we love the Dodge parts at All Star as well. In the beginning, before the Dodge brothers built their first car, they were a huge manufacturer of auto parts. The Dodge brothers gained such notoriety for their quality of parts that Mr. Olds, you might know him from Oldsmobile, decided to make the Dodge brothers the primary manufacturers of their engine parts. However, Oldsmobile was not the only auto maker who wanted to get Dodge parts in their cars.

On February 23, 1903 the Dodge brothers formally agreed to supply Henry Ford with 650 chassis (including engines, transmissions, and axles) for $250 each, thus beginning a profitable relationship between the two firms. This contract kept the 150 men at the Hastings Street plant fully occupied and the Dodges began working exclusively for Ford. He built a plant on Mack Avenue to assemble cars from parts made elsewhere, the entire operation dependent upon extensive credit from his parts suppliers. In return for an investment of $10,000 ($7,000 in materials and a $3,000 bank note), the Dodge brothers accepted 100 shares (one-tenth of the total) in the Ford Motor Company., newly-incorporated on June 16, 1903. Dodge delivered the first shipment of chassis to Mack Avenue in July via horse-drawn hayracks and the Ford Motor Company assembled its first cars. (Part of this information was compiled from dodgemotorcar.com). It is not uncommon to find Dodge parts in old Ford models.

To get your own Dodge Parts, head to All Star Dodge. Their parts department is stocked with knowledgeable technicians that will help you get the right parts for whatever job you need to get done!

Time to Pull Ahead

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

When it comes to the muscle coupe category, there is some really stiff competition. The front runners of this pack have been the Mustang, Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger. There has always been a kind of tit-for-tat between these vehicles, but we believe that the Dodge Challenger is getting ready to pull ahead of the pack. We want to talk about this more today.

The Dodge Challenger is doing something unconventional for a muscle coupe. It’s adding all-wheel drive. “It’s a new feature for Detroit’s pony cars – none of the three have ever had it – and it could be a game-changer. Called the Challenger GT, the Dodge launches this winter for a starting price of $34,490.” -foxnews.com

The Challenger GT comes with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It teams with an eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission and is estimated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. An FCA spokesperson said no manual transmission or V8 models will be offered on the all-wheel-drive Challenger. It will be on display in January at the Detroit auto show.

All-wheel drive is a widely expected addition for the Challenger. The coupe shares underpinnings with the four-door Charger, which offers an all-wheel drive variant and the cars have similar powertrain offerings (the AWD Charger is also V6 and automatic only). Naturally, the Challenger borrows the Charger’s AWD system and during regular driving conditions, the front axle disengages and full torque goes to the back wheels, allowing the Challenger to function as a rear-wheel drive car. It automatically goes back to AWD when more traction is needed.

Learn more about the addition of All Wheel Drive to the Challenger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country!

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited – Losing Some Weight

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star near Town and Country

In 2018, the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will be making its debut, but it should have a noticeable difference. It should be losing some weight. Today we want to look at what changes are being made to the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited to account for this weight loss. For more information, you can always talk with the team at All Star near Town and Country.

Rumor had the Wrangler switching to an aluminum tub, but in May 2015, Sergio Marchionne said, “I think we can do almost as well without doing it all-aluminum.” The Wrangler will likely use a tough hydroformed steel frame to save weight and increase rigidity. Redesigning the top of the Wrangler could save even more weight. Cars without tops need heavy bolstering; engineers may replace the “safety bar” with stronger tubes over the top and reduce lower-body reinforcement, partly to avoid being punished by regulatory changes. Jeep could then also do a fixed-roof version with relatively little re-engineering and retooling. The new open-roof setup may not look far off the 2016’s.

“The looks of the Wrangler is not likely to change much, other the “roof replacement” structure, and aerodynamic improvements may be brought about mostly by changes in the windshield angle, mirrors, and underbody covers. The front turn signals are to be pushed back onto the fenders, as in a past generation, so no sidelights would be needed in North America. The tail-lights are likely to change to Renegade-style ones, and the headlights, while sticking to round shapes, should gain an LED or HID option.” -allpar.com

Most of this expected changes are yet to be substantiated, but we look forward to seeing what else will come out on the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

Let’s Talk Pacifica

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Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Town and Country

Today we want to talk about the Chrysler Pacifica at All Star near Town and Country. This lovely vehicle is great for those who want something they can take on the road with their family. The Pacifica is available with several different body options, so let’s learn about those today!

The Chrysler Pacifica minivan comes in five trim levels: LX, Touring, Touring-L, Touring-L Plus and Limited. The Pacifica Hybrid will be sold as Touring and Limited Platinum, but check back later for complete information on the hybrid.

Starting things off is the Pacifica LX with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, seven-passenger seating, folding/collapsible second-row seats (“Stow ‘n Go”), a 60/40-split folding third-row seat, an eight-way power driver seat, three-zone climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an electric parking brake, a 5-inch center touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, voice commands, Uconnect Access and a six-speaker sound system with USB and auxiliary inputs.

The midgrade Touring-L adds on a power liftgate, fancier exterior trim, foglights, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, LED taillights, a security alarm, automatic climate control (three-zone), leather seating, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and added storage for the first-row floor console.

You get even more with the Touring-L Plus. Its features include the above plus upgraded headlights, an eight-way power passenger seat, an upgraded driver information display, ambient interior lighting, second- and third-row sunshades, heated second-row seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, a 13-speaker sound system and a second-row rear entertainment system with dual 10-inch touchscreens, a Blu-ray player and additional USB and HDMI inputs. (Some of this information was pulled from edmonds.com).

There is another trim, the Limited, and it is the top tier of this model. For more information on the Chrysler Pacifica, stop by the dealership today.

Lay It On the Line

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All Star near Town and Country

Sometimes the best approach is the most direct approach. This can be true when you are going to purchase Chrysler Cars from All Star near Town and Country. If you like a car and want to buy it, then you should just lay it on the line – get it all out there. Today we want to give you a few examples of what we mean to lay it on the line.

Let’s say that you love a specific Chrysler model and you want to buy it. You have done your research and know what you want to pay. There is nothing wrong with telling your salesperson that, if they are willing to sell it to you for a specific price, that you will take it today. “Got a price in mind? Don’t be afraid to tell the dealer that. This can cut out a bunch of negotiation and save both you and the dealer some serious time. We understand that some shoppers prefer to keep their magic number close to the chest. They want to see what the dealer comes back with, hoping that it will be lower than their target price. But let us tell you: The chances of that happening are low. In our years selling cars, we were involved in thousands of car deals and can count on one hand the number of times a shopper told us that my selling price was lower than their target price,” (edmonds.com).

There is nothing wrong with setting up expectations with your salesperson; it can even be really helpful. When you set up certain expectations, you are letting your salesperson know what you expect and that you mean business. For more information on the Chrysler Cars that All Star offers, stop by the dealership today!

Tips for Trading In

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Value Your Trade at All Star near Town and Country

When you go to purchase a Chrysler Car at All Star near Town and Country, you might have a vehicle that you would like to trade in and use that money toward your new vehicle. We are sure that you want to get the very most for your trade, so we would like to share with you a few tips on how to get the most for your trade in.

First you need to determine the estimated value for your vehicle. Edmunds.com and KBB.com (Kelley Blue Book) are good resources for establishing a base value of what your vehicle is worth. Make sure you are realistic about the condition of your vehicle as you enter the information and remember the valuation is simply an estimate. If you want a true valuation of your vehicle based on current market value, you will need to have it appraised at the All Star dealership.

Have your paperwork handy. f you own your vehicle outright, be sure you have the proper title documents before you go to a dealership with the objective of trading the vehicle. Also, if there is a co-owner on the title, that person will need to be available to sign the trade documents.

If you are leasing or still paying your car off, call and get the payoff quote. Then compare that amount to the estimated vehicle value from step one. Doing so can reduce unexpected surprises at the dealership when you owe more than the vehicle is worth. Negative equity, or being upside down as it is sometimes called, is not uncommon and can sometimes be “rolled” (included) into the financing of your new vehicle.

We hope that you have found this information to be helpful. For any questions, stop by All Star today.