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Is this the Dodge Durango SRT?

There are no official images of the ever-popular-but-still-rumored Dodge Durango SRT; however, when Allpar’s suzq044 created this rendering, an inside source said it was “very accurate.”

Here is a quick rundown compared to the already sporty Durango R/T:

– The front fascia is similar to the 2017 SRT Jeep, including a large lower-central grille opening flanked by two smaller vents and a long opening along the bottom.
– The upper grille opening has swapped out the crosshairs for the same style mesh as the lower grille opening; the SRT badge has been added to about the same place as it is in the SRT Charger and Challenger.
– The hood has a Hellcat-inspired design, with a front scoop like the Hellcat hoods and two vents from the Jeep SRT.
– This SRT Durango rendering has a far more aggressive stance than any current Durango, requiring a unique suspension tune.
– The wheels are from the Challenger Scat Pack.

The artist changed the front fascia, the upper grille, the hood, the wheels and lowered it a bit, creating what I have been told is an accurate depiction of the upcoming SRT Durango. The fact that so few items have been changed to create such an aggressive looking, high-performance SUV is a testament to just how sporty this big SUV is in its “normal” form.

Still, there are a few features of this SRT Durango rendering which I don’t expect to see on the production model. Mostly, I don’t expect so much Hellcat inspiration in the hood, so scratch the “Hellcat scoop.” I also don’t think that Dodge will use Scat Pack wheels, but I do expect to see something far sportier than the Durango R/T wheels. Finally, I don’t know that we will see a factory SRT Durango that sits quite this low to the ground.

In addition to the 392 cubic inch engine and the unique trim, the SRT Durango will surely have a set of Brembo brakes, lightweight wheels wrapped in high performance tires, and an interior with plenty of logos when it hits dealerships.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/09/very-accurate-srt-durango-rendering-33563

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Running too low, or out of gas can be costly

For those motorists who put off the fuel stop until the last possibly moment, the costs could be higher.

Waiting until your gas tank is almost empty before a fill up can be pricey, could be dangerous and downright inconvenient. “While the cases are rare, there is real potential of a costly mechanical problem,” says Consumer Reports Auto Test Center shop supervisor and certified mechanic John Ibbotson.

The gasoline acts like a coolant for the electric fuel-pump motor, so when you run very low, this allows the pump to suck in air, which creates heat and can cause the fuel pump to wear prematurely and potentially fail. The repair could end up costing a couple hundred dollars to fix—much more than an average tank of gas.

Also, if there is dirt in the fuel tank, it could lead to blocking the fuel filter; again, another expensive repair.

Another effect of driving on a low tank is the risk of getting stranded or even in an accident when the car suddenly stops running–you could be in the middle of a busy highway or on a deserted road.

Luckily, these scary scenarios are preventable. Here are some tips to keep in mind to avoid running out of gas.

– Keep your gas tank no less than 1/4 full.

– Fill up before heading out on a long trip or to work as you could get stuck in traffic and have a longer ride than intended.

– Don’t rely on your car to tell you how many miles are left, as those range numbers can be deceiving and run down quickly, depending on how you drive.

– We all want to save money at the pump, but instead of driving miles away to the gas station, use online tools or even smart phone apps to find the cheapest gas near your house.

50 Years of Charger: Part 4 of 5 | The 2006 Dodge Charger

For the past 50 years, since the first Dodge Charger took to the streets in 1966, Americans have enjoyed an obsession with power, performance and style. The ‘66 Dodge Charger was a flat-out menace on the asphalt, and a game-changer in a hyper-competitive segment and era. With the foundation firmly in place, Dodge Charger continued to grow in size and stature, year after year, always striving for cutting-edge design, awe-inspiring interiors, and performance and capability that broke boundaries with each new iteration of the iconic vehicle.

In this five-part series, the Redline Dodge Blog is looking back at five landmark models in the Dodge Charger’s 50-year history. We started with the 1968, 1969 and 1970 Dodge Charger, and today we’re focusing on the 2006 Charger, with one final blog post to follow on the 2016 Charger SRT® Hellcat.

Strap on your safety belts and prepare to be pressed back into your seat.

The 2006 Dodge Charger: Interior, Exterior and Engine

Following a nearly two-decade hiatus, Dodge Charger roared back onto American roadways in 2006. This sixth-generation model took cues from its forbearers of the muscle car era, and put a modern spin on the iconic nameplate. The Dodge Charger, in its first year back on the blacktop, was available in SE, SXT, R/T, R/T with Road/Track Performance Group, Daytona R/T and SRT8 versions.

The true excitement of the 2006 Dodge Charger is that the muscle car giant returned with a focus on power and performance. The SXT model came equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine, 5-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick® manual shifting feature, all-speed traction control, as well as ABS and electronic stability control.

The 2006 Charger also saw the introduction of all-wheel drive. Additional power was available with the Charger R/T, which packed the punch of a 340-horsepower 5.7L HEMI® V8 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. And at the top of the line, the 2006 Charger SRT8 flew off the line with a 425-horsepower 6.1L HEMI® V8 engine.

For its part, the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T was equipped with a high-output version of 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that boasted 350 horsepower, a retro HEMI decal on the hood and Daytona decals on the rear fenders. The Daytona R/T also included a special front fascia with a chin spoiler and a black rear spoiler.

The exterior appearance of the 2006 Dodge Charger paid homage to the past with reminiscent stamped hood and side panels, and brought its own unique style as a four-door sedan. The SRT8 version featured exterior upgrades such as a special grille, rear spoiler, front fascia and engine cover, larger exhaust tips, and unique colors and exterior trim.

The modern interior of the 2006 Dodge Charger was designed for comfort and loaded with technology. Features included air conditioning, CD player, tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry and power locks, mirrors and windows. The SRT8 took the interior and technology to yet another level, with standard and optional features including heated front seats with perforated suede inserts, automatic climate control, a performance steering gear, power-adjustable pedals, GPS navigation system, 322-watt audio system, sunroof, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and body-color interior trim.

From highways to racetracks (in 2006, the Dodge Charger silhouette design returned to stock car racing) the 2006 Dodge Charger claimed its place at the top of the muscle car scene. Since then, for the past decade, there’s been no looking back.

Read more at: http://blog.dodge.com/heritage/dodge-vehicle-history/50-years-dodge-charger-2006/

2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Getting your heart rate up and adrenaline pumping is the all-new 2017 Challenger Hellcat. Sporting an edgy design and a fiery engine, this muscle car is ready to hit the road. From the moment you take a seat in the 2017 Challenger, you’ll want to call it your very own.

From the inside out, the new Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a breathtaking sight to behold. Boasting striking profile lines and a unique front grille, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat not only looks the part, but is also able to glide down I-275 effortlessly, thanks to its aerodynamic design. To help you see and be seen, the LED taillights and headlights come standard. You’ll ride on stand-out 20-inch wheels that will keep you going along smoothly on any road. The Challenger Hellcat’s streamlined design and alluring appeal will certainly get you noticed!

Raring to go underneath the hood, you’ll find the 6.2L V8 powertrain that knows how to deliver an impressive performance. This incredible engine is able to work up 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque for a race-track ready ride. There is also an available 5.7L V8 powerhouse equipped with two turbochargers that is able to crank out a mighty 700 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque. You’ll be able to switch gears in a matter of seconds using its highly-engineered traditional manual transmission. Thanks to its superior structure and newly-designed mechanics, the 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat takes your drive to the next level.

Once you’re inside the sensational 2017 Challenger Hellcat, you’ll notice sporty details and quality materials placed all throughout the cabin. You can choose between Alcantara®- or Nappa-trimmed calfskin leather-appointed seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel comes standard, so you’ll stay comfortable at the wheel no matter how long the drive. In the center stack, you’ll find an 8.4-inch touchscreen for all of your infotainment needs. Conveniently-placed cup holders, a multi-information display, and chrome accents are just a few out of a long list of luxuries you’ll find gracing the Challenger Hellcat’s interior.

With the 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat there is so much to look forward to! To learn more about this brand-new and exciting sports car visit Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or Dick Scott Motor Mall. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions and get you closer to driving home the 2017 Challenger.

Durango vs Wagoneer: making room

Years ago, when word of a new Jeep Wagoneer first reached Allpar’s ears, we were told that it would replace the Dodge Durango, which is essentially a lengthened, street-tuned Grand Cherokee. That was before a surprisingly successful ad campaign starring Will Ferrell in his Ron Burgundy character.

When Durango sales rose, the thought of having the Durango and Wagoneer co-exist inevitably arose, but how would they differentiate the two?

According to long-time source redriderbob, the first step will be dropping the Dodge Durango Citadel, which is covered in luxury trim. Instead, the future Durango will be performance-focused, fitting the Dodge theme and raison d’être. There will be an entry-level Durango with two-row seating for five, to help absorb some Journey buyers when that crossover is replaced by a smaller, sportier rear drive version.

The Jeep Grand Wagoneer itself is likely to take on all the luxury trappings of the Citadel, but might retain the Grand Cherokee’s off-road-capable suspension design.

There is also speculation that the Wagoneer — since a company rep has talked about there being both a Wagoneer and a Grand Wagoneer — would be a higher-end, lengthened Jeep Cherokee. It could also be based on the forthcoming rear-drive Dodge Journey.

Read more at: http://www.allpar.com/news/2016/09/durango-vs-wagoneer-making-room-33314

When is it OK for Your Child to Ride in the Front Seat?

Recently, we’ve started letting our oldest child who is 10 years old (and big for his age) ride in the front seat. Our logic was he’s as tall and weighs as much as an adult so why wouldn’t he be OK?

Apparently, our logic isn’t aligned with what the experts say on the matter.

As with so many parenting issues, the question of when to let your child ride in the front seat can be confusing. But I did discover the age most experts agree on and why.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all recommend that children stay in the back seat until age 13.

Dr. Susan Bolton, a pediatrician at Christie Clinic, says the size of the child doesn’t matter. It’s all about their age.

“All children under 13 years of age should ride in the back seat regardless of height and weight,” Bolton said.

Bolton says there are several reasons why. A major factor is younger children haven’t fully developed their bones yet, which increases the risk to vital organs in a motor vehicle crash.

“Although children under age 13 may weigh as much or be as tall as some adults, their hip bones are not fully developed,” Bolton said. “Even if the lap belt starts out in the right place, it can ride up onto the abdomen in children which increases the risk of injury to the abdominal organs in a motor vehicle crash.”

Bolton added the sternum (the breast bone) may not be fully developed until 11-17 years of age, which puts the child at increased risk of injury to the heart and lungs in a crash.

Also, the three items in the vehicle that are responsible for the most injuries during a motor vehicle crash are the windshield, the dashboard and the air bag. Bolton said children properly buckled up in the back seat are not likely to come into contact with these items.

Studies have shown that after the age of 13, the risk of injury to a child in a crash becomes equal to the risk in an adult.

The Illinois Secretary of State guidelines, which are based on AAP recommendations, also say children should be kept in the back seat until they are teenagers.

In fact, the state of Illinois guidelines go on to say 8-12-year-olds who aren’t big enough to fit properly in a seatbelt alone should sit in a booster seat. (The image below shows how a seatbelt should properly fit your child.)

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The general consensus says seat belts don’t typically fit children properly until they are at least 57 inches tall (4 feet 9 inches) and weigh between 80 and 100 pounds.

That means small 7th graders should be in a booster seat? I imagine that would be a tough sell for some tweens.

I’m guessing it’s also going to be difficult for my son when I tell him he has to return to the back seat with his little brother and sister.

I’ll just blame it on the experts.

For more information about children’s seatbelt safety laws and guidelines, go to the Secretary of State’s website.

Read more at: http://www.chambanamoms.com/2016/08/19/okay-child-ride-front-seat/

2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat

The newest reiteration of the Dodge Charger Hellcat is here, and it’s ready to give you the ride of a lifetime! With its classic design, powerful performance, and feature-packed interior, expect to fall in love with this full-size sedan from the moment you take the wheel. Here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Dick Scott Motor Mall, we have the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat for sale and our team can’t wait to show you this one-of-a-kind vehicle!

There is plenty of power surging through the 2017 Charger Hellcat. Boasting a 3.6L V6 powertrain, your performance is taken beyond limits with 292 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The impressive powertrain line-up continues with the 5.7L V8 HEMI® and the 6.4L V8 HEMI® powerhouses. The first rewards you with 370 horsepower and 395 lb.-ft. of torque, while the second engine choice takes you to the next level with its 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque. For the ultimate ride, the beastly 6.2L V8 HEMI® powertrain cranks up to 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. When equipped with the 8-speed TorqueFlite® automatic transmission, you’ll be able to ride with optimal precision and swiftness.

You’ll have onlookers stop in their tracks when you’re behind the wheel of the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat due to its commanding presence and bold style. Its athletic frame and carefully-sculpted profile lines highlight the distinct grille, while the aggressive stance of the Charger Hellcat makes for an unforgettable entrance. Made with new lightweight materials, the 2017 Charger Hellcat not only looks sleek and modern, but is able to ride with more agility and control. Eye-catching features like LED headlights and an available rear spoiler allow the Charger Hellcat to stand out in the crowd.

An array of amenities welcome you to relax and set your mind at ease once you’re inside the new Dodge Charger Hellcat. With its driver-centric cockpit loaded with features like a multi-information display, USB ports1, and more, you’ll be prepared for anything that’s in store on the road ahead. The soft-to-the-touch cloth-trimmed seats keep you comfortable throughout the whole ride. However, if you desire more luxury, select the leather-appointed seats to enhance your cabin’s sporty flair.

Here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Plymouth and Dick Scott Motor Mall in Fowlerville, your local Dodge dealers, we now have the 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat! Visit http://www.DickScott.com or stop by our showroom to learn more about this exciting, new vehicle!

Six Ways You Could be Killing Your Car

Owning a car can be a dream or a nightmare depending on how well you take care of your vehicle, says the non-profit Car Care Council. The following are six things that many motorists do that can harm their car and their wallet.

1. Ignoring the check engine light. Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.

2. Failing to change fluids and filters. Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life.

3. Neglecting your tires. Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Underinflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance.

4. Not following a service schedule. Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.

5. Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.

6. Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

“Because auto care isn’t always a top priority for car owners, they might not realize they are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of their car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding headaches and protecting your vehicle investment.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/six-ways-killing-car/

Vehicle Checklist for Back-to-School Carpool Season

School carpool season is upon us and the non-profit Car Care Council reminds drivers to make sure their vehicles are kid-safe and road ready with a five-point checklist:

1. Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check the exterior and interior lights and replace any that are dimming, rapidly blinking or not functioning. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary.

2. Get an annual brake inspection. The braking system is your car’s most important safety feature. Before carpool season gets in full swing, make sure that your brakes are functioning properly. Schedule a brake inspection and look for warning signs that your vehicle may need brake services, such as an illuminated brake light or screeching, grinding or clicking noises when applying the brakes.

3. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth. An easy way to do the latter is by placing a penny head-down in the tread groove. If the tread does not cover Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace your tires.

4. Make sure everyone is buckled up. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website has important tips on seat belt fit and position. For the younger ones riding along, the site has information about how to install car seats as well as guidelines on selecting a car seat or booster based on your child’s age and size.

5. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely solely on these devices, they can help to reduce the risk of backover incidents along with following other prevention tips from NHTSA.

“Back-to-school time is hectic for most families, but scheduling a complete vehicle inspection is time well spent,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Knowing your vehicle was checked by a professional technician will give you peace of mind and make all those trips to school and activities safer and less stressful.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit http://www.carcare.org.

Read more at: http://www.carcare.org/vehicle-checklist-back-school-carpool-season-2/

Customize Your Ram Truck With MOPAR® Accessories

America’s longest-lasting pickup is engineered for work and for play, and designed to perform in nearly any environment. It’s the reason Ram Trucks are as trusted for outdoor pursuits as they are for hauling materials to the worksite.

Of course, every Ram truck owner is driven by their own unique interests, which is why our factory-approved Mopar® accessories are such a great match for adding high-quality, reliable parts to customize your truck for your needs.

Here’s a small sampling of what’s available, to give you a sense of how Mopar can individualize your Ram truck, whatever your interests.

Outfitted for the Outdoors | 2016 Ram 1500

With a class-exclusive available RamBox® Cargo Management System and four-corner air suspension, the 2016 Ram 1500 is perfect for carrying all your toys to the great outdoors. Whether you’re camping, hiking, fishing or hunting, the Ram 1500 is your partner in adventure.

When you need to get your boat to the lake or your ATV to the trails, the carriers and cargo hauling accessories will help with the towing. Additionally, the trailer tow mirror will help improve visibility with convex spotter glass for better blind spot visibility. It’s also mounted on sturdy steel to help ensure stable, vibration-free reflections.

And when the day is through, the Camo Truck Tent in Mossy Oak® is the perfect way for outdoor lovers to spend a night under the stars. This custom-fit tent includes a sewn-in floor, large interior with 5.5 feet of headroom and a full rainfly to protect you from the wettest weather. Campsites have rarely been so mobile.

Workday Comfort | 2016 Ram 2500

For workers who are on the move, day in and day out, the 2016 Ram 2500 keeps the workday moving with a best-in-class gas-powered HEMI® engine featuring 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque.*

As you drive from location to location, and get in and out of your truck, you’re bound to bring the elements in with you. During inclement weather, Mopar all-weather slush mats ensure your truck will stay clean and dry for years to come.

And to make sure you’re comfortable after putting in long hours, the Mopar side window air deflector will allow you cool down the cabin without letting in rain and snow. The workday never felt quite so comfortable.

Tools of the Trade | 2016 Ram 3500

The 2016 Ram 3500 features best-in-class diesel towing of up to 31,210 lbs.* This truck is a flat-out workhorse, and since it’s sure to do its fair share of heavy lifting on the construction site, adding a Mopar toolbox is a great way to keep your tools secure and dry.

3The Mopar toolboxes are constructed of powder-coated aluminum in a diamond plate tread pattern, and can hold up to 300 pounds of cargo depending on vehicle application.

Features include key-locking single-lid design, gas cylinders for easy lift and full weather stripping to help seal out moisture and dust.

Read more at: http://blog.ramtrucks.com/features/customize-ram-truck-mopar-accessories/