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Bad at Keeping Secrets About New Models

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

There have been mules galore on the road near FCA’s plants and we have been loving all of the spy shots that we are getting to see! Today we want to share with you some of the things that we saw on the 2018 Ram 1500, which will soon be available at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country.

“Luckily we were able to take a quick peek inside the cabin of the future 1500, and things look promising. For starters, the test mule had the same steering wheel as the Pacifica. This could suggest the two are going to share the same infotainment system and a similar setup for the adaptive cruise control system. On top of that, a new rotary gear selector seems to be in use on the truck while the design looks to be slightly more modern than before.”-carttraction.com

The 2018 1500 which now goes under the code name DT also has an extensive vertical bar and a little slimmer horizontal slot. It seems that they will follow fashion that suggests that slimmer is prettier because the headlights will also be thinner and they will also lose some of its square shape. No need to mention that front lights will most likely feature high-end LED tech. Moving onto the lower end of the front fascia, we see empty spaces probably reserved for a new set of fog lights, while the skid place is now off-colored and leaves space for work in progress which 2018 Ram 1500 certainly is. As far as the hood goes, it will continue to be a bit bulky just as the RAM fans love it. Just, this time around it will feature more pyramidal shape instead of an old rectangular. (Information compiled from carttraction.com, ram.com, and widely released spy shots.)

Get to All Star today and learn more about the Ram 1500!

Should I See My Dealer for Servicing?

Collision Repair Center at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

This is a question we hear about all of the time. Should I take my car back to the dealership or will the neighborhood guy do the same thing for less? While it is sometimes true that the local guy will perhaps be slightly cheaper, on the bid at least, you do not always know what kind of service you are getting and if they really know what they are doing. A dealership service center has factory trained and certified technicians that know exactly how to properly and efficiently repair any of their manufacturers vehicles. This means that the job will be done correctly the first time and that the proper part will be used. (Don’t get us started on how important the factory made replacement parts are!)

Another important thing to remember is your warranty. When you buy a car from All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country, a lot of the time, you will have a warranty to cover the costs of some repairs that need to be done. Usually this warranty requires that the dealership do the servicing to keep the warranty in force. This is because the manufacturer trusts their dealerships with the technicians that they trained, to do the job correctly and without causing problems in other areas because of a lack of understanding on how that particular vehicle runs.

Basically it comes down to this, if you want any of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler cars serviced properly and repaired in a timely fashion, you need to take it to All Star! Their team of factory trained technicians will get your vehicle back into top notch running condition. Head to All Star today and look at their collision repair and servicing center!

Dodge Charger Fun Facts

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

The Dodge Charger is one of the fastest cars in the Dodge lineup. Its speed and classic body styling reminds us of the past glory days of the muscle car. Today we want to share with you some fun facts about the Dodge Charger that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country.

  1. It’s supercharged –  The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a supercharged, 6.2-liter, Hemi Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The Charger SRT 392 employs a standard, 6.4-liter, 392 Hemi V-8 engine that makes 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.
  2. Get it with leather – Both the Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat feature standard ultra-premium Laguna Leather interior appointments, Uconnect 8.4 with navigation, HD Radio, and 5 years of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic service.
  3. Dodge brought back a classic – Dodge has brought back the Blacktop Appearance Group to the Charger SXT and R/T. New for 2017, back for a limited time, Plum Crazy joins TorRed and B5 Blue high-impact heritage hues. New for 2017, the Super Track Pak provides the V-6-powered Dodge Charger SXT with a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades for upgraded performance.
  4. Advanced technologies – The 2017 Dodge Charger’s all-wheel-drive system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect technologies, and makes 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. Electric power steering provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on every 2017 Dodge Charger.
  5. Got to love the interior – “Interior design elements include thick-rim, 3-spoke steering wheels; customizable 7-in. full-color driver information display cluster; choice of 19 trim and color combinations; and available 8.4-in. touch-screen media center, electronic shifter, and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start across all trim levels.”-jdpower.com

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

Ram 1500: A Powerful History

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

Ram has a history of making the very best pick up trucks on the market, not only today, but for a long time. Each of the Ram trucks has a wonderful slew of features to offer, but we want to focus on the Ram 1500. You can get your own Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country.

1981-1993 – Although Dodge had produced trucks since 1917, the 1981 pickups were the first to sport the Ram name. Dodge actually used a Ram’s head hood ornament back in 1933 to characterize its trucks as rugged vehicles. The symbol was dropped in the 1950s and then resurrected for 1981 when Lee Iacocca (then President and CEO at Chrysler Corp.) and Dodge’s marketing team decided to name Dodge’s trucks after the tough beast and brought back the old mascot. We don’t know why they ever stopped using the Ram symbol, though it was likely due to a poor management decision.

The 1981 pickups kept the previous year’s model designations, i.e., a “D” for two-wheel-drive trucks and a “W” to signify four-wheel-drive trucks. The numbers after the letter indicated what the truck was rated to haul: 150 meant half ton, 250 meant three-quarter ton and 350 meant one ton. Thus a Ram D150 was a two-wheel-drive, half-ton pickup. Four-wheel drive versions were called Power Rams.

“As before, Dodge’s pickups could be had in a variety of cab and bed configurations. Standard cab, extended cab (called Club Cab) and four-door Crew Cab styles offered various passenger-toting ability with wheelbases that ranged from 115 inches (for a standard cab with a 6.5-foot bed) to 165 inches (for a Crew Cab with an 8-foot bed). Bed styles consisted of the nostalgic Utiline (that featured separate rear fender pods and a narrow bed) and the more modern and smooth-sided Sweptline models.”-edmonds.com

You should get your Ram 1500 at All Star today!

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!