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What’s Coming for Dodge?

New Cars at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton

We love the current line up of vehicles at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton, but it’s nice to look to the future to see what we can expect to see from Dodge in the coming years. Today we want to look at a little timeline to see what models are coming.

2018: Jeep Wrangler (JL), Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, Dodge Durango SRT and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

2019: Ram 1500 (DT), Special new performance packages on Charger and Challenger SRT392 and Hellcat models, Jeep Cherokee (KL) refresh, Jeep Renegade (BU), Ram HD (DJ/D2) refresh, JT pickup

2020: Jeep Grand Cherokee (WL), Dodge Durango (WE?), Grand Wagoneer/Wagoneer (WS), Stelvio-Journey replacement (??), Chrysler midsize CUV based on KL, Chrysler fullsize CUV (RD), Jeep K8 (Euro-Asia), Ram ProMaster (VG)

2021: Chrysler 300 (GX), Dodge Charger (GD), Dodge Challenger (GA), new Ram HD (DK/D3), Ram ProMaster City (VN)

2022: Dodge midsize RWD Sedan (G?), Portal based electric minivan (RE?)

Ram HD moved back to 2021; current trucks will get a 2019 mild refresh.

“The Chrysler and Dodge large cars (Challenger, Charger, 300) might still be updated for model-year 2019 to get updated Pentastar engines and other refinements for their final two or three years. Here’s another rendering of what the 2019 Chrysler 300 may look like. (Sources are now saying the current versions will soldier on until they are replaced around 2020-21.) The Chrysler Portal was, we were told, a preview of new styling themes to come — perhaps replacing the relatively low-key Pacifica’s themes.”-allpar.com

For more information on the different models that are coming out in the upcoming years, or to take a test drive in the current models, you need to head to All Star Dodge. Their friendly and knowledgeable team would love to get you behind the wheel of this line up!

All Star Service

Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

When it comes to getting your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler cars, trucks, and SUVs serviced, there is no better option than the Service Department at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville. Their certified technicians are factory trained and know exactly what needs to be done to keep your vehicles in top running condition. Today we want to share with you some of the benefits of dealership service.

Dealerships have the advantage of being associated with certain manufacturers, which means all of their technicians receive manufacturer-specific training. The technicians are usually specialists on certain vehicle makes and models and only work on those two or three brands.

Edmunds explains, “The manufacturers offer these training programs only to their network of dealers. The dealers typically pay for these programs to keep up with the latest vehicle enhancements and repair techniques.”

“While the manufacturer-specific training may only be available at certain dealerships, independent mechanics have the ability to receive certified training through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). When choosing a mechanic, make sure you choose someone who is ASE-certified rather than some guy down the street who supposedly does good work. Certifications and experience are important, so ask questions before you decide to have a local mechanic work on your vehicle.”-motors.com

This whole concept of factory training is something that we cannot emphasize enough. You wouldn’t let just anyone come in and work on your electricity in your house, so why would you let just anyone work on your car? While sometimes dealership services may be a little more expensive (a lot of the time not, but this is a common misconception for people), you are getting far better quality repairs, and in the long run, a vehicle that will run like new for a lot longer period of time.

Check out the Service Center at All Star today!

All Star Parts Make Everything Right

Parts Department at All Star Dodge near WEntzville

When you are in need of parts for your Jeep, Dodge, Ram, or Chrysler cars, trucks, and SUVs, you need look no further than the parts department at All Star Dodge near Wentzville. The parts that All Star offers are designed specifically for the vehicles that they sell and can allow you to keep your automobiles in top running condition. Today we want to take a look at how factory parts are best!

Parts built by the exact same manufacturer that made the ones originally installed on your vehicle when it was built are known as “OEM”, signifying they are made by the original equipment manufacturer. Whether they were built by the automaker themselves or contracted to an outside supplier to build, they are fully authorized by the carmaker as “genuine” or “authentic”. The expression “OE” (signifying “original equipment”) is used in the business just as often to signify a genuine or authentic part. Dealership parts departments and manufacturers use the term “OEM” when they refer to parts the vehicle manufacturer authorizes.

New car manufacturers typically provide bumper-to-bumper warranties for three or four years on newer cars, and may continue coverage of certain items for up to six years on vehicles bought with a Certified Pre-Owned warranty. Additionally, some powertrain warranties cover running gear such as internal engine, transmission, and drivetrain components for longer amounts of time. When warranty coverage is involved, new car manufacturers always want the failed parts shipped back to them. They will automatically reject coverage if a failed part is an aftermarket one, or the part in question failed because of a connected aftermarket part elsewhere. (This information was compiled from carid.com.)

For more information on the different parts offered at All Star, head to the parts department today!

All Star Goes Untili

Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van at All Star Dodge near Glendale

As most of you know, All Star Dodge near Glendale is THE place to go for all of your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles. What you might not know is that All Star is also the place to go when you need to get a great Cargo van to be able to handle all of your work needs. Today we want to talk a little bit about the 2017 Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van.

What does the Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van have to offer?

  • ParkView Rear Back Up Camera – Back up more confidently with the available ParkView Rear Back Up Camera, which displays an image of the area behind your vehicle on the Uconnect touchscreen when the Ram ProMaster City is in reverse.
  • 60/40 Split Doors – The 60/40 split rear doors position the narrower door on the passenger side so curb access isn’t blocked when making deliveries.
  • Low Load Floor Height – Easily load cargo in and out of the cargo area thanks to a low load floor height of 21.5 inches.
  • Uconnent Hands-Free Calling – Connect your phone to the available Uconnect 5.0 system using Bluetooth so you can use voice commands to make and receive calls, allowing you keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Driving Features – “Ram ProMaster City keeps your business going farther with features designed to outlast the competition,”(ramtrucks.com). Here are a few of these great features:
    • Best-in-Class 28 Highway MPG
    • 10,000-Mile Oil Change Intervals
    • Class-Exclusive Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission

    For more information on the Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van, head to All Star today! Their team will show you how the ProMaster can help your business go even further that it has before. Get to All Star and take a test drive today!

 

Is the Ram 3500 Really that Amazing?

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Chesterfield

One question that we frequently get asked is whether the Ram 3500 lives up to the hype. People have heard that the Ram 3500 is really impressive but often want to verify what they have heard – this is a totally great idea, and we are happy to report that the Ram 3500 is really as incredible as they claim! Today we want to take a look at a few areas of the Ram 3500 and see how well they excel.

How are the seats? The front seats are well padded and covered with grippy cloth, and they have some lateral support for cornering. The armrests have thick padding. The rear seats are not quite as plush, and the seatback is a bit upright. The middle seat is comfortable enough for short trips.

Is it comfortable to ride in? “The optional load-leveling rear air suspension is there for towing, not comfort. Although the ride isn’t pillowy, it’s still smoother than rivals. The rear can get bouncy over certain freeway sections, but it takes a big hit to upset this truck.”-edmunds.com

It’s a big truck, it is loud? This is a question that is asked a lot. With the bigger trucks, they expect it to be really, really loud to ride in. We are happy to report that the Ram 3500 is amazingly quiet. The diesel engine is impressively quiet at idle, with barely any diesel noise evident at highway speeds. The tires are virtually noiseless, even over coarse pavement, and there’s minimal wind noise, even with wide side mirrors.

For more information on the Ram 3500 and to take it for a test drive, head to All Star Dodge Ram near Chesterfield. Their team would love to show you just how amazing the Ram 3500 really is!

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Nothing Like a Ram 2500

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near North County

The Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near North County is an incredible truck. It is powerful and capable while being comfortable and stylish. Today we want to talk a little more about this amazing automobile.

For 2017  Ram added a 4×4 Off-road package option for the 2500 Crew and Mega Cab 4×4 large pickup configurations when the truck maker begins rolling out the 2017 Ram 2500 HD truck this fall. The Ram 2500 is also available in Regular Cab configuration in 2-wheel drive (2WD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). The various configurations are offered with either a 6-ft., 4-in. or 8-ft. pickup bed. The truck, which engages 4×4 mode easily, can plow across a field of grass and handle even rougher terrain with the Off-road package, which includes tow hooks in front and hill-descent control. A transfer case skid plate is featured along with a limited-slip differential and the truck rides on Bilstein shocks. The Off-road package is available on all trim levels of the 2017 Ram 2500 HD. (Information compiled from jdpower.com and ram.com.)

A fully loaded Ram 2500 can be outfitted with the Chrome Appearance Group that includes full chrome grille, surround, bumpers, chrome sidestep, mirror housings, and door handles plus chrome-finished wheels. The interior features can include charcoal leather seating, leather-covered console, with the dash and doors trimmed and accented in smooth gunmetal finish—a handsome combination and perfect for work and taking your special someone out for a night on the town.

We invite you to stop by All Star Dodge Ram and test drive one of these incredible pick up trucks. You will be able to experience all of the power that the Ram 2500 has to offer. Stop by All Star today and talk with a member of the All Star team!

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Are Manufacturer Parts Important?

Manufacturer Parts at All Star Dodge near Arnold

We get asked this question all of the time, “Are manufacturer parts important?” The short answer is that yes, buying manufacturer parts are important. These are the parts that were designed specifically for your Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler vehicles. They will keep your cars, trucks, and SUVs running as they should. Today we want to share with you what some of the other kinds of auto parts are out there, and why you should NOT get those other parts. You can get all of your genuine auto parts at All Star Dodge near Arnold.

Rebuilt or Remanufactured – A rebuilt or remanufactured part is essentially a used component that was completely taken apart and fitted with new parts. It is then tested to ensure it performs as well as a new part.

Aftermarket – Aftermarket parts are made by a company other than the original manufacturer.  These parts are made to fit and perform as well as, but in many cases, not as well as the original.

Refurbished or Reconditioned – Refurbished or reconditioned parts are used parts that have been cleaned and maybe a few external components replaced like nuts and bolts or gaskets. These are very inexpensive compared to new parts, for a reason.  However, they are used parts and do have some level of wear.

Used or Recycled – Recycled is just the new term for a used part. A used part is an alternative when your car is older or has very high miles. They are also very good choices for parts that don’t wear such as door handles, trim, glass, moldings or body parts. Used parts are the least expensive you can buy but they do have some level of wear already and will not last as long as a new or rebuilt part. Sometimes these parts are the only option if you are restoring a classic Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, or Jeep model.

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Dodge Ram Steel Beauties

New Dodge Ram Cars at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville

There has been a lot of talk lately that the different vehicles on the market are going to switch to being made of aluminum. This is not necessarily a bad choice, but it’s not something that Dodge Ram is planning to do any time before the year 2020. We want to take a deeper look at this topic today. You can always get some great Dodge Ram vehicles at All Star Dodge Ram near Wentzville.

While the lightweight metal has historically been the preserve of premium brands and sports cars, Ford shocked the industry when it announced that its 2015 F-150 would go aluminum-intensive for its new generation. “As it turns out, the material change doesn’t even mean a big jump in the prices for most of its trims. Possibly in reaction to the big change, General Motors is said to be using the lightweight metal in its next-gen trucks, too. That only leaves Ram as an open question among the domestics, and at least for now, the company is apparently in no hurry to push tin.”-caranddriver.com

According to Reuters speaking with two, unnamed insiders, the Ram 1500 isn’t getting an aluminum infusion until sometime after 2020. That’s not to say the truck is going to be stagnant for the next half-decade or more, of course. According to Ram’s five-year plan, there’s a refresh for the 1500 coming soon and much bigger changes on the way in 2017 or 2018. Those same sources tell Reuters that further revisions aren’t expected until at least 2021, which is when the aluminum could be added.

For more information on the steel bodies of the Dodge Ram vehicles, head to All Star today! Their team would love to help you get behind the wheel of a great Dodge Ram!

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!