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Ram 3500 Generations of Greatness

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO

The Ram 3500 has gone through a number of changes through the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is character of this fantastic truck. Though the Ram 3500 operated under Dodge during the 1980’s, the early 1990’s brought about the second generation and the official Ram 3500 badge.

The second generation launched in 1994, providing drivers with a complete redesign over the previous iteration, and given the fact that the development started in 1986 you can bet they took their time to get this absolutely perfect. In just one year, from 1993 to 1994 sales for the Dodge RAM lineup went from 78,000 to 240,000 – an obvious sign that the word was out and the Dodge RAM was the truck drivers deserved to drive. The second generation also happens to be marked as an important distinguishing year where Dodge introduced the 2500 and 3500 models officially.

A third generation launched in 2002 and ran until 2008, with impressive sales and more powerful engine options, these Cliff Wilkins-designed vehicles offered a more iconic appearance backed by a mechanical design process that ensured power and mobility without neglecting all the features that the brand had laid claim to since the ’90s. Along with the 1500, 2500, and 3500 model levels, Dodge introduced two more chassis models including the 4500 and 5500 as Class-4 and Class-5 trucks for absolutely incredible capabilities.

The current fourth generation has taken a step further towards redefining the capabilities of the modern truck – along with a recent introduction on the 1500 of an EcoDiesel, the RAM 3500 continues to step up the game and offer drivers the impressive options that stand above the rest. (This information was compiled from ram.com.)

You can get the 2017 Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram in MO today. It’s time that you drive a great truck!

Ram 2500: One Powerful Truck

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale

Through the years Ram has put out a number of fantastic trucks, one of which is the Ram 2500 that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale. Let’s take a look back at how the Ram 2500 got its start and at what it is now!

The Ram 2500 got its start in 1998.  The 1998 Ram 2500 was the first truck of its kind that was offered with four-doors. Integrated new front seatbelts separated the Quad Cab seats. The interior was completely overhauled, too, with a new side airbag cut-off switch and depowered airbags all around. In 1999, the “express down” feature was added for powered window models, and ABS was made a standard feature for 10,000-pound plus haulers. An updated steering and suspension system was unveiled for 2000, alongside several new packages. A new Cummings turbodiesel engine (optional) was introduced for 2001, offering 245 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque. In 2001, the Ram 2500 was entirely redesigned, carrying over to 2002 as an all-new model that offered more power, better towing performance and enhanced handling with more effective safety equipment. (This information compiled from nadaguides.com and ram.com.)

What’s new for the 2017 Ram 2500? The Dodge Ram 2500 is a heavy-duty pickup truck that’s available in three different cab sizes and three bed sizes, with the ability to seat up to four passengers. The base model two-door regular cab is offered in seven trim levels. Standard equipment includes 17” steel wheels, lockable tailgate, 40/20/40 splitting front bench seating, tilting steering wheel, USB integration, vinyl upholstery, all-powered accessories, heated/powered side mirrors and six-speaker audio system with USB integration.

You can get more information and take a test drive of the Ram 2500 at All Star. Their team would love to share with you more about this powerful truck! Happy driving!

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!

New Rebel Color!

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri

We love the Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram in Missouri. It is powerful, it is comfortable to ride in, and it is a great utility vehicle. Though the Ram 1500 has remained true to its original roots, it has gained the latest technologies over the years. Whenever something new come out on the Ram 1500, we get excited! That is why when changes were announced a few days ago, we had to let you know all that we know about them!

“Ram Truck announced a bold new color for the Ram 1500 Rebel pickup and optional monochromatic trim accents for 1500-3500 Limited models. Regarding the former new option for the Rebel, and based on the name, we’re thinking of a nice, juicy steak.”-fleetowner.com

Now available for order and expected to arrive at dealerships starting in May, Rebel 1500 buyers will now be able to pick Delmonico Red for their truck. It’s the seventh choice available on the palette along with Bright Silver Metallic, Bright White, Brilliant Black, Flame Red, Granite Crystal Metallic and Mojave Sand.

Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Limited models can also be ordered with body-colored “RAM” letters across the tailgate as an alternative to the standard bright chrome letters. Limited trucks can also be ordered with body-colored, cab-length running boards “to enhance the monochromatic appearance when paired with the body-colored tailgate lettering,” according to Ram Truck.

While this new color is not yet on display at All Star Dodge Ram, it soon will be, and in the mean time, you can order your new Ram 1500 with the new Delmonico Red color. We are sure that this color is going to be a show stopper!

For more information on the performance of the Ram 1500, head to All Star Dodge Ram today!

Dodge Ram – Looking Ahead

New Dodge Ram at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

In the auto industry, as with most industries, you are only as good as your last product. This means that they always have to look ahead at how they are going to improve their vehicles in the coming years. This also gives customers a look at what they can expect from the Dodge Ram family of vehicles. Let’s take a look at some of the things we expect to see from Dodge Ram in 2019.

The next generation of Ram 1500 pickup trucks, coded DT, is likely to have some lighter materials accompanying the usual steel, to increase the fuel economy and load capacity. Some models may gain some cab space, as well. It’s scheduled to go into production in early January 2018, as a 2019 model, at the Sterling Heights assembly plant — a move from the traditional Warren plant. The new Rams are supposed to have grilles that are not quite as tall, so they can improve their aerodynamics. The huge Rebel tailgate letters may be replaced by the Ram logo or smaller letters; but the “big rig” styling will continue. The crosshair is said to be returning in force, with Dodge giving it up instead of Ram. Automotive News wrote that the headlights will be smaller and integrated into the grille, with horizontal fog lights put into the bumper; they also projected a flatter center console to provide more space.

“The 1500 is getting a Pentastar upgrade with direct injection should boost power to 310-320 hp, with higher economy and better low end torque. A twin-scroll V6 is expected around 2020, but may arrive earlier; and there’s even talk of a four cylinder turbo, production around 280 hp, as an economy option for fleets.” -allpar.com

For more information on the existing Ram 1500 and the other vehicles in the Dodge Ram lineup, head to All Star near Ellisville today!

All Star Dealership Knows You Best!

Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars at All Star near St. Peters

Spring is in the air and we are enjoying the time that we are getting to spend outside. It is the time of year that we start to get get outside and cruise the suburbs of St. Louis in order to take in the beauty of the countryside. How are you getting around this spring? Are you taking that old car you have siting in your garage? It that car tired and worn out? It’s probably seen better days. We think that it is time that you head to All Star near St. Peters and check out their vast selection of new and used cars, trucks, and SUVs. There are so many that you can choose from! If you want something sporty, look at the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger – you can get them with HEMI engines for added power. If you need something for your springtime yard projects, look at the Ram truck models, each of the 1500, 2500, and 3500 models have a little something different to offer. Maybe going off-road is more your style – if so, then you need to check out the entire Jeep line of vehicles; all of which are designed to handle each and every off-road adventure. (It would seem like the only thing that it cannot do is drive vertically!) If you are not sure which of the many vehicles would be right for you, we encourage you to talk with some of the members of the All Star team. They know everything that there is to know about the many models that are on the All Star lot. From the Chrysler 200 to the Jeep Patriot, the All Star team has the knowledge and passion to help you find the right vehicle. Head to All Star today for your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars!

All Star Dodge Ram is the Best!

All Star Dodge Ram Jeep Chrysler near Arnold

There are a lot of dealerships in the St. Louis area from which you can choose to buy a new or used Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans. Today we want to talk about All Star Dodge Ram near Arnold. It is a truly fantastic dealership – but don’t just take our word for it! Today we want to share with you some reviews of people who have absolutely loved their experience at All Star. We asked and they answered with impressive reviews of the All Star dealership.

“Big Johnny was by far the best salesman I’ve ever had to work with! He was so nice and friendly and honestly just relate-able. He never once made us feel pressured or like we were just customers. He made us feel like family.” – Jacob

This is my first time buying a car, I had gone to a dealership before this one who treated me horribly as they saw me as a 20 year old who will do whatever they want. Big Johnny was so kind from the moment we met him, he did so much to get exactly what I wanted and everything he told me was the truth and to help me in the long run. I will recommend this place to all of my friends and tell them to make sure to go to Big Johnny. I’m in love with my Dodge Charger and being a 20 year old and having one is one of the biggest blessings. Also the finance manager was amazing and very helpful getting my payment plan together. I can’t thank you guys enough! Thank you so much Johnny, I’ll be coming here for all my car purchases! -A huge fan of the Dodge Charger

Head to All Star today to experience excellent quality service!

 

 

The More You Know!

Used Cars at All Star near Fenton

We love the Dodge Ram line up of vehicles. They are stylish and iconic, and by George, just fun to drive. We want to take a further look at the history of Dodge Ram. To become part of the Dodge Ram legacy, check out the used cars at All Star near Fenton.

The Ram line was redesigned for the 1994 model year. Development on a second generation began in 1986, ending in late 1992. A more conventional design was originally scheduled for a 1991 production; when Bob Lutz showed it to the new styling designers, chief designer Phillip E. Payne told him, “It looks like nothing more than a rehash of everybody else’s truck.” At that, Lutz told him he had 6 months to come up with something better. The exterior styling of the truck that was eventually released was the result of design concepts by Payne during 1988-1990. A review by the Dodge pick-up truck studio designers felt that modern pick-ups looked “too flat and sedan like”, while the early 50’s Studebaker pick-up and the 18 wheeler trucks had just the right “macho” look to them. The design featured a big-rig-looking front end and a large grille that was nothing like the current Ford or Chevy/GMC pickups in design.

The redesigned 1994 Ram was a sales success, with sales rocketing from 78,000 units in 1993 to 240,000 in 1994, 410,000 in 1995, and nearly 480,000 in 1996. That year, it was prominently featured as the hero vehicle in the film Twister. Sales of this generation peaked at just over 400,000 in 1999 before declining against the redesigned Ford and GM trucks. By 2001, Ram sales figures were below those of Ford and Chevy trucks. (This information was compiled from dodge.com, ram.com, imbd.com, and edmonds.com).

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Not New ’til 2019?

Ram 1500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton

One of the most loved trucks in America is the Ram 1500 that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Clayton. It is durable and hard-working, and is easy to drive. We thought and were hoping that the Ram 1500 would be redesigned in late 2017 or early 2018, but it turns out that it will likely be 2019 before we see the redesigned 1500. We are going to explore this a little today.

The move to wait until 2019 to release the new model, allows Ram to take a two-prong approach to truck sales, offering the current model as a low-cost option for fleet users while pushing retail consumers toward the new pickup. The factories that build the 1500 today – Warren, MI, and Saltillo, Mexico – will assemble around 200,000 trucks in 2018 and 65,000 in 2019 before Ram phases out the older model. Meanwhile, FCA’s Sterling Heights, MI, plant will screw together 325,000 redesigned 1500s starting in 2018, with production to increase to over 400,000 units in 2019.

While Ram refused to comment when AN reached out, FCA CFO Richard Palmer hinted at the move during a conference call last week, saying “having more pickup capacity will allow us also to satisfy the fleet customers’ demand on pickup, which we struggle to do today because we favor retail in the U.S. and Canadian volume, which have higher margins.”

“As we realign our capacity, we’re going to be able to continue to work on improving our fleet mix,” Palmer said. Beyond making a play for fleet buyers, continuing to build the current 1500 guarantees dealerships maintain a solid inventory as Ram ramps up production of the new truck. It has been suggested that the Ram 1500 will not use aluminum, instead it will rely on steel.

For more information, head to All Star and check out the incredible Ram 1500.

A Look Back at Dodge Ram

New Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

Dodge Ram has been an integral part of the American landscape for a very long time. Today we want to take a quick look at the early history of the Dodge Ram. To become part of the long lineage of the Dodge Ram, get your own new cars at All Star Dodge Ram near North County.

The first-generation Ram trucks & vans introduced in 1981 featured a Ram hood ornament, first used on Dodge vehicles in 1933. Dodge kept the previous generation’s model designations: “D”, “B” or Ram indicated two-wheel drive while the “W” or Power Ram indicated four-wheel drive. Just like Ford, Dodge used 150 to indicate a one-half ton truck, 250 for a three-quarter ton truck, and 350 for one-ton truck. Standard cab, “Club” extended cab, and crew cab versions were offered along with 6.5 ft (2.0 m) and 8 ft (2.4 m) bed lengths and “Utiline” and “Sweptline” styled boxes. Externally, the first-generation Rams were facelifted versions of the previous generation Dodge D-Series pickups introduced in 1972. The new model introduced larger wraparound tail lamps, single rectangular headlamps, and squared-off body lines. Variously configured Slant-6 and V8 gasoline engines were available. The interior was updated and included a newer style bench seat, and a completely new dashboard and instrument cluster, with a three-pod design – a speedometer in the center, with the two side pods containing an ammeter on the top left, a temperature gauge bottom left, a fuel gauge on the top right and an oil pressure gauge bottom right. Models not having a full gauge package had only indicator lights in the place of the temperature and oil pressure gauges. (This information was compiled from dodge.com, ram.com, and edmonds.com.)

For more information, stop by All Star today. Become part of the American landscape, get a Dodge Ram!