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Dodge Charger: Unassuming and Classy

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

When you think muscle car, you probably think of a loud engine, hard body lines, and a kind of “owning the road” attitude. With some muscle cars, this is true, but with the Dodge Charger it just isn’t so. Today, we want to talk a bit about why the Dodge Charger is different than the rest of the muscle car class. When you are ready to get your own Dodge Charger, head to All Star Dodge near Town and Country.

“If a “sleeper” is defined as an unassuming car that can blow the doors off most vehicles around it on a racetrack or drag strip, then we’re living in a golden age of sleepers. Practically every German luxury sedan that’s not powered by a four-cylinder wears stately sheet metal and packs upwards of 350 or 400 horsepower, so if every sedan is a sleeper, are any of them, really?”-nydailynews.com

The Dodge Charger is one you’d expect to fit the bill exactly. It’s even a cop car. And with the Challenger satiating the hunger for “no replacement for displacement” Mopar muscle car fans, the Charger reserves the right to do things subtly and with a bit more class. While the 392 is not the most powerful V8 in the Dodge stable, it’s arguably the best, offering plenty of tire-roasting torque and more usable power on a daily basis, not to mention cylinder deactivation technology that can help you achieve fuel economy that approaches a normal car when you’re cruising on the highway.

Take a test drive of the wonderful Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge today. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to help you get behind the wheel of one of these unassuming and classy muscle cars today!

When Will We See the New Wrangler Unlimited?

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited at All Star Jeep Dealer near Town and Country

News has been buzzing all year that 2018 is going to mean a new generation of the Jeep Wrangler and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The main question that everyone has been asking is when? When will be get to see the new next generation? We think we may now know! We’ve done some looking around online and found some interesting news.

“Jeep fans know the countdown clock for the new Wrangler—code-named JL—is ticking. According to an unnamed dealer source cited by JLWrangler Forums, the 2018 Wrangler will roll off the Toledo assembly line in mid-November, although some variants won’t start production until months later.”-caranddriver.com

The forum reports the four-door Unlimited V-6 hardtop will be the first out, followed by the Dual Top and softtop versions in December. Next up, in February, are the two-door V-6 hardtop and various versions of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder Unlimited. Softtop versions of the four-cylinder, in both body styles, start in March, at which point Jeep will stop building the current JK. A power top (possibly as both hard- and softtop) will be built starting in May 2018, with the diesel coming in August. A hybrid based on the V-6 will arrive later as a 2019 model.

None of these claimed production start times are confirmed by Fiat Chrysler, nor are they on-sale dates. They’re also subject to change. Fans who can’t wait to see the new Wrangler’s sleeker interior and largely same-looking body in person should book a flight to L.A., as the JL will be unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this fall.

So while this information is not yet confirmed by the higher ups at FCA, we are hopeful to see the newest Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sooner rather than later at All Star Jeep Dealer near Town and Country!

Ram 1500 Details!

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

We are so excited for the 2019 Ram 1500 and we want to shout it from the rooftop! It won’t be long now and the 2019 Ram 1500 will be at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country. Today we want to share with you some of the details on the 2019 Ram 1500!

There are many details on this uncovered prototype that clearly match the heavily shrouded Ram 1500 prototypes that have been caught over the last couple of weeks: First, the placement of the shark-fin antenna is an exact match. Second, the interior A-pillar grab handle is identical in both the covered and uncovered trucks. Third, the trucks are riding on the exact same six-lug wheels. Fourth, the same assembly details are visible under the rear wheel well, telling us that the covered and uncovered trucks are the same animal.

The prototype’s headlights and taillights are revealed completely free from disguise. The headlights’ new shape is shown in profile in the less disguised photo along with further details revealed in the LED lighting details visible behind the mesh on another camouflaged prototype. The Ram 1500’s headlight design will be slimmer and more aggressive than on the current model. The undisguised taillights show LED strips that match perfectly the LED strips visible behind the camouflage mesh.

Although it wasn’t captured in photos, we were able to visually confirm that the less camouflaged Ram test truck was still fitted with a variant of Dodge’s familiar crosshair grille on this particular trim package. (This information was compiled from news.pickuptrucks.com, ram.com, as well as our own looks at the spy shots.)

Get your Ram 1500 at All Star today! We are sure that you will love how how this powerful truck handles!

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!