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2017 Jeep Patriot

Get out and get moving in the 2017 Jeep Patriot for sale near Livonia, MI. With its rugged capability and iconic style, you’ll be ready for a whole new set of adventures. See it up close and in person here at Dick Scott Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Whether you are meeting friends at Culvers or taking a trip out to Lake St. Clair, you’ll be sure to turn heads in the 2017 Patriot. It’s clean exterior features modern details along with the signature 7-slot grille and round headlights. Be prepared for all types of situations with the fog lamps, rugged roof rails, and available automatic headlamps. Choose the Sport SE trim level and you’ll get an extra dose of style with 17-inch mineral grey aluminum wheels, the exclusive Redline 2-Coat Pearl exterior color option, and a unique hood decal.

There’s nothing holding you back, thanks to the Trail Rated® capability of the 2017 Jeep Patriot for sale near Livonia, MI. When equipped with the available Freedom Drive II® Off-Road Group you’ll have confidence to traverse through mud, rock, snow, and more, knowing it has been tested to withstand it all. In addition to its 4×4 system, you’ll get the advantage of a locking Off-Road mode with Hill Descent Control, heavy-duty forged steel tow hooks, and available all-terrain tires. Combining traction control, extended ground clearance, and comfort, the Patriot encourages you to take the route less traveled.

You’ll also get two powerful engine options to fuel your drive in the Patriot. Cruise along with the standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that can achieve 158-hp and 141 lb.-ft. of torque. Equip it with the convenience of a 6-speed CVT2 automatic transmission and enjoy 26 MPG hwy1 or stay on the road even longer with the 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG hwy2. For a little extra muscle as you travel, the available 2.4L 4-cylinder World Engine can crank out 172-hp and 165 lb.-ft. of torque. Plus, you won’t have to sacrifice efficiency as it still gets a responsible 28 MPG hwy3. If you want to bring your dirt bike or boat along for the weekend, you’ll have no problem with the 1,000-lb. maximum towing capacity4 in the 2.0L engine and 2,000-lb. maximum towing4 in with the 2.4L engine.

Your next adventure or hobby begins with a trip to Dick Scott Chrylser Dodge Jeep Ram! We are happy to show you around the 2017 Jeep Patriot for sale near Livonia, MI. Come experience our dedication to customer service and wide array of Patriot models. We look forward to meeting you!

5 Ways Active-Level™ Four-Corner Air Suspension Goes to Work

The 2016 Ram 1500 is ready to carry the load with class-exclusive available Active-Level™ Four-Corner Air Suspension*. This engineering feat delivers five distinctive operational modes, with individual control at all four corners resulting in an overall superior ride, no matter what you’re carrying in the truck bed. The automatic load leveling is designed to maintain a horizontal plane under heavy payloads, and to help improve capability and maintain exceptional performance.


Adjustable air springs allow drivers to raise and lower the vehicle to one of five ride height settings, depending on where you’re working or how you’re playing. In addition, the constant driving profile delivers a proper headlamp-to-road angle for consistently even forward illumination. All of this can be easily controlled with your fingertips using convenient dashboard buttons.

Here are five modes you can take advantage of when you need to move weight down the road:


Off-Road 2 mode provides impressive ground clearance for the path and trail and generous angles for approach, departure and breakover. The difference from normal is +2.0 inches.


Enjoy outstanding ride balance with Off-Road 1 mode, with an extra degree of clearance when off-road scenarios are less severe than those that warrant Off-Road 2 mode. The difference from normal is +1.2 inches front and +0.9 inches rear.


Normal Ride Height is the most comfortable balance of ride and handling for everyday driving.


At highway speeds, Aero mode automatically lowers the vehicle, reducing aerodynamic drag and “body roll,” and measurably improving fuel efficiency. The difference from normal is -0.6 inches.


For convenience and comfort, Entry/Exit mode automatically lowers the vehicle, making it easier to get in and out of your truck, load your bed or hook up your trailer. This mode is manually controlled by the internal button bank or remotely with the key fob. The difference from normal is -2.1 inches front and -1.7 inches rear.

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Keep Your Car Breathing Well: Change the Air Filters

You need clean air to breathe and so does your car, and a vehicle’s air filters make that possible. The non-profit Car Care Council reminds car owners to have the engine and cabin air filters inspected and changed regularly to ensure vehicle longevity and interior comfort.

“Air filters are your vehicle’s first line of defense against contaminants that reduce cabin air quality and negatively impact engine performance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Community car care events held throughout the country reveal that nearly one out of five vehicles is in need of air filter replacement, so it’s evident that motorists often overlook this simple, yet important service.”

The vehicle’s engine air filter traps dirt particles that can cause damage to engine cylinders, cylinder walls, pistons, piston rings and bearings, leading to the engine losing power. The air filter also plays a critical role in keeping pollutants from contaminating the airflow sensor on fuel-injected cars. A normal wear item that requires regular checks and replacement, air filters should be inspected at each oil change and replaced annually or when showing other signs of contamination.

The cabin air filter is responsible for cleaning the air entering the passenger compartment. Under normal circumstances, it helps trap pollen, bacteria, dust and exhaust gases that may find their way into a vehicle’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, compromising interior air quality and damaging the system. Most cabin air filters are accessed through the panel in the HVAC housing, which may be under the hood or placed within the interior of the vehicle. A cabin air filter should not be cleaned and reinstalled. Instead, it should be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles or per the owner’s manual.

To help motorists “be car care aware,” the Car Care Council has free tools on available on its website, including a personalized service schedule, an 80-page Car Care Guide in English and Spanish, and a Car Care Minute video about cabin air filters.

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 copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit

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50 Years of Charger: Part 5 of 5 | The 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat

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, 1970 and 2006 Dodge Charger. Today, in our final blog post in the series, we’re focusing on the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat.

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

The 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat: Interior, Exterior and Engine

Inside and outside, the 2016 Dodge SRT® Hellcat is a sight to behold — if you can catch a glimpse of it racing by, that is. From the sporty, refined interior to the supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8 engine, every detail of this road warrior is designed for comfort and performance.

Even at a standstill, the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat looks like it’s ready to sprint from the line. The SRT Hellcat front fender badging puts the competition on notice, and the aluminum hood featuring air extractors astride a center NACA duct is both functional for cooling and bold in style.

In addition, the 20×9.5-inch forged aluminum slingshot wheels in standard Matte Black or available Brass Monkey finish exude speed. For muscle car enthusiasts who truly want to stand apart from the crowd, optional SRT Hellcat dual racing stripes add an aggressive appearance to an already intimidating vehicle.

If you thought the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat looked like a beast on wheels, just wait until you feel the power under the hood. The supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 pushes muscle to its very limit, exerting a monstrous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is routed to the rear wheels via a TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission that’s been enhanced with additional pinion gears and five additional clutch pack discs.

To harness all that power, the Charger SRT Hellcat features performance-tuned steering to give the driver good vehicle response and increased ease of maneuverability in tight spaces. Further, the three-mode Bilstein® adaptive dampening suspension works to put the driver in full control no matter the conditions. The Brembo® ultra high-performance brake system boasts monster-sized 15.4-inch two-piece rotors that work with six-piston calipers on the front, and 13.8-inch rear discs for incredible stopping power.

For those who believe driving can be an art form, the interior of the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been designed for comfort and style, with dark satin accents, and engineered for road-ready confidence and control. The SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with gunmetal accents is designed to fit firmly in the palms of your hands, and the 7-inch customizable driver information digital cluster display delivers real-time information. To flex some serious muscle on the interior, the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a 200-mph speedometer.

The 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat: Keyfobs and Safety & Security Features

Speaking of high speeds and harnessing power, the 2016 Dodge SRT® Hellcat comes with two key fobs — a black key fob that restricts power to 500 horsepower and a red key fob that unlocks the full 707 horsepower of the supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8 engine.

Safety and security features include the ParkView® rear back up camera*, ParkSense® rear park assist system, and suite of standard airbags†, including advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags, supplemental full-length side-curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side pelvic thorax airbags and a driver-side knee blocker airbag.

Power, performance, style — after 50 years of the Charger, the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat still represents the principles of the original and continues to define the muscle sedan. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years of Charger brings.

Learn more about the history of the Dodge Charger at the Redline Dodge Blog, and check out the current lineup at

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All the Trimmings | 2016 Ram 1500 Trim Levels: Part 2

The 2016 Ram 1500 is a flat-out workhouse, designed to get the job done and engineered for dependability. Best of all, the Ram 1500 is a singular tool designed to master every job, with a variety of trim levels so you can tailor your truck to your specific needs. Whether you’re using it as a daily driver, your day-in-day-out workhorse or to tackle weekend adventures, the Ram 1500 does it all.
In this second of two installments, RamZone is taking a closer look at the Ram 1500 Rebel, Outdoorsman, Laramie, Longhorn and Limited, to help you get a better sense of how Ram Trucks are built from the ground up, just for you. In the first installment of our trim-level breakdown we took a closer look at the Ram 1500 Tradesman, Express, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star and Sport.
Ready to hit the road and get to work? Let’s punch the clock and get started with a look at some of the standard and available features at each trim level.
2016 Ram 1500 Rebel 
The 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel breaks the mold and sets the tone with a bold new grille design and numerous other unique design cues. Packing standard 3.6L Pentastar® V6 or optional 5.7L HEMI® V8 power, it features select SLT content, plus standard equipment that includes unique 17” aluminum wheels with Matte Black pockets and huge 33” Toyo® Open Country tires; black grille surround with screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-38-33-amRAM grille badge; black powder-coated front and rear bumpers; LED fog lamps; bifunctional sport halogen projector headlamps; front and rear Bilstein® monotube performance shocks; Active-Level™ four-corner air suspension; unique premium cloth heated front bucket seats with embossed tread pattern; black/red interior trim; and a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel with accent stitching.
Optional features include the RamBox® Cargo Management System; premium Rebel instrument cluster with 7-inch TFT display; Uconnect® 8.4 system with Bluetooth® and ACCESS; and a tri-fold tonneau cover.
2016 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman
screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-40-06-amThe 2016 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman is built for the hunt, and differs from the Big Horn with features designed to support hunters and fisherman. The Outdoorsman features select standard equipment including lower two-tone paint with accent-color front and rear bumpers; 17” OWL on/off-road tires; tow hooks; front and rear rubber floor mats; Luxury Group; and premium cloth bucket seats.
Optional features on the 2016 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman include a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine; 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine; Active-Level four-corner air suspension; RamBox Cargo Management System; spray-in bedliner; Uconnect 8.4 system with Navigation; Comfort Group; and tri-fold tonneau cover.
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie
A mark of pride. By design. The 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie features select Big Horn content, plus standard equipment including 20” chrome-clad aluminum wheels; leather-trimmed bench heated and ventilated front seats; chrome grille surround with chrome wave inserts; Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control; memory system for the 10-way power driver’s seat screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-41-10-amand power adjustable pedals; and ParkView® rear back-up camera for added safety and security when you’re backing up a trailer or just navigating the city.
Key available options on the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie include a 5.7L HEMI V8 engine; 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine; Bright Silver lower two-tone paint; RamBox® Cargo Management System; Active-Level four-corner air suspension; heated rear seats; Uconnect 8.4 system with Navigation; ParkSense® front and rear park assist (*always check entire surroundings before proceeding); and tri-fold tonneau cover.
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-42-17-amNothing says who you are and how you got there like the 2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn. This capable pickup packs a standard 5.7L HEMI V8 and standard equipment that includes select Laramie content plus the Uconnect 8.4 system with Navigation; chrome grille surround with chrome mesh inserts; lower accent two-tone paint; accent-color front and rear bumpers and running boards; ParkSense front and rear park assist (*always check entire surroundings before proceeding); LED bed lighting; 20” polished aluminum wheels with Gold inserts; and heated rear seats.
Additional options available for the 2016 Ram Laramie Longhorn include a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine; Active-Level four-corner air suspension; RamBox Cargo Management System; tri-fold tonneau cover; and a power sunroof.
2016 Ram 1500 Limited 
screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-10-43-02-amFor those who see no limits, look no further than the 2016 Ram 1500 Limited. This top-of-the-line Ram truck comes with virtually every imaginable feature, including a heated steering wheel, full-color cluster display, navigation, Active-Level four-corner air suspension, rain-sensing wipers, and much, much more. The exterior features the unique Limited grille and liftgate; chrome bodyside and belt moldings; 20” painted aluminum wheels with chrome inserts; and chrome wheel-to-wheel side steps on HEMI engine-equipped models.
Available options for the 2016 Ram 1500 Limited include a 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 engine; tri-fold tonneau cover; power sunroof; and RamBox Cargo Management System — because your truck is your toolbox, after all.
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Does the TRX presage a Jeep Trackhawk Hellcat?

The Ram TRX is the first publicly-shown vehicle that hooks up the Hellcat engine to a four wheel drive system. It dropped down to 575 hp, but that’s a hundred horsepower more than the 6.4 Hemi and even further above the Ford Raptor.

A Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has been rumored since before the Hellcat was even shown to the public. Insiders said that FCA leaders were concerned the engine be too loud or uncouth for the refined Grand Cherokee, and that the cost would be too high.

The supercharged Hemi turned out to be relatively quiet, and easily controllable — surprisingly so, in fact. It might be hard to whip it around corners at speed in the big Jeep, but at least it’ll be possible to drive it gently.

That left durability, and the TRX is our first look at how that’s being handled. Dialed down to 575 horsepower, it seems to be compatible with many factory parts. The differentials are possible issues; so is the full time AWD transfer case. The TRX uses a part-time Borg-Warner 44-45; there is a full-time B-W 44-44, but Jeep already uses the formerly-New-Venture-now-Magna MP3010 on its SRT. Can full time four wheel drive work with 575 horsepower, while still fitting into the Grand Cherokee?

There are still many questions, but sources have told Allpar that there are Grand Cherokee Hellcat mules running around, and that the Hellcat would be detuned for the purpose. Whether they turn out to be “commercial” — practical for commercial sale — is still up in the air. See the Ram 1500 Rebel TRX.

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Pacifica’s rings of silence

Reviewers have commented on the quiet interior of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivans, and have praised its combination of ride and handling. According to FCA US engineer Jeff Tibbenham, it’s a matter of rings.

As the engineer in charge of body structure, Mr. Tibbenham said that deflection — the twisting of the car body by rough roads — leads to squeaks and rattles, which have a major impact on owner satisfaction. To fix that, Chrysler placed five reinforcement rings around the Pacifica (see the illustration).

“These rings work together to minimize the effects of deflection caused by uneven roads,” said Mr. Tibbenahm at a recent conference. The added torsional stiffness also helps in cornering.

The market seems to be responding; the Pacifica commands higher transaction prices than the outgoing Town & Country did, and has shot up to the #2 sales spot though supplies of the new minivan may still be limited in some areas, and the “base model” slot is handled by the Dodge Caravan.

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First “New Compass” review

Motorchase has posted, if not the first review of the new Compass, the first review in English. With their blessing, we are posting a summary of writer Gustavo Henrique Ruffo’s Camp Jeep experience.

The tested Compass was Brazilian, and the US/Canadian model is likely to sport different engines than the tested Fiat diesel. The ZF nine-speed is common to both.

Body strength was shown off by a series of alternating holes that keep two or three wheels up in the air at a time. Mr. Ruffo reported that the Multijet diesel’s strong torque was more than enough for the off-road experience. “The Compass confidently overcame obstacles, even a 19-inch-high water tank (at 5 mph) [units converted from metric].”

From Camp Jeep, Mr. Ruffo concluded, “In all the trail-like situations, the Compass Trailhawk felt very comfortable to drive and also capable of dealing with most scenarios.”

For the 25-mile roadway drive, including city and highway, Motorchase again got the Trailhawk, and commented on the smoothness of the engine and the high visibility. They did say that the automatic didn’t change gears quickly enough in low-rev situations, but that acceleration was still good.

The Trailhawk, not surprisingly, has a stiff suspension, with “harsh and short” body motion, but high stability at speed and low body roll. Fortunately, Mr. Ruffo was also able to test the Longitude, and spoke more favorably of its road manners:

…the SUV was an example of good behavior. Potholes produced no harsh noises, only minor body shakes. … Uneven asphalt also does not cause the boat movements that often make passengers sick.

Motorchase praised the spaciousness in back, but criticized the low seats — while up front they noted the seats were comfortable but did not have enough thigh support in the off-roading course.

Mr. Ruffo concluded that the new Compass “will be a sales phenomenon” around the world. Priced competitively with compact sedans, but in crossover form, it is in the heart of the market. [Original story at Motorchase]

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Dodge Challenger ADR prototypes spied with massive rubber

In an effort to give the Dodge Challenger one last hurrah before making the switch to the Giorgio platform in 2018, Automotive News reports that the automaker will come out with the Challenger ADR. The ADR, which stands for American Drag Racer, is expected to be a wide-body, Hellcat-powered variant that is closely based off of the current model. The report seems to have merit, as photographers have captured Challenger prototypes testing with massive tires.

The prototypes look extremely similar to the current Challenger SRT Hellcat with the same hood scoop, front fascia design, rear spoiler construction, and rear end. The white and purple vehicles, though, are wearing extremely wide tires. The extra-wide rubber on the prototypes appear to have a similar tread design as the ones found on the Dodge Viper ACR, which features the grippy Kumho Ecsta V720.

While the ACR wears 295 mm tires at the front, the car’s rear tires are massive at 355 mm. The tires found on the prototype don’t appear to be as large as the ones found on the ACR, but are expected to be larger than the current Challenger SRT Hellcat’s, which are Pirelli P Zero Neros measuring 275 mm at all four corners. The Challenger ADR, with its wider, stickier tires is expected to cater to drivers that are looking to put all of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8’s power to the ground.

The rear-wheel-drive ADR is expected to come with a wide-body kit, which is missing from the prototypes. The Hellcat-powered, wide-body Challenger ADR is expected to make an appearance later in 2017, with an all-wheel-drive model (sans Hellcat engine) known as the GT AWD following closely thereafter.

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Basic Auto Care Many Drivers Miss

Fluids and lubricants rank among the most neglected items when it comes to basic auto care, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

Community car care events held throughout the country found that the top-three fluids most likely to be low or contaminated are windshield washer fluid in 26 percent of inspected vehicles, followed by engine oil at 23 percent and coolant at 19 percent.

Windshield washer fluid keeps dirt and debris from collecting on a vehicle’s windshield, allowing the driver full visibility and making it an essential safety item. Windshield washer fluid should be checked monthly and drivers should use a fluid that is specially formulated for their climate.

Engine oil lubricates the moving parts of a vehicle’s engine, helping keep the engine clean and preventing wear and overheating. Neglecting to change a vehicle’s oil can lead to costly repairs, including replacement. Engine oil levels should be checked frequently and changed per the owner’s manual.

Coolant absorbs heat from the engine and dissipates it through the radiator and heat exchanger. Because coolant breaks down over time, neglecting it can lead to corrosion, rust and engine overheating. Flushing and replacing coolant every six to 12 months, depending upon climate, will help prevent costly repairs.

“Checking fluids and lubricants is easy to put off, but each is critical to your vehicle running properly and safely,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “The good news is that they are easy to check and inexpensive to replace. Whether you do it yourself or visit a trusted technician, be sure to inspect your vehicle for any possible signs of trouble so you can address minor service needs before they turn into major repairs.”

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 To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at