Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram Improve in New 2018 APEAL Study™

J.D. Power is a leading researcher in the auto industry and produces yearly studies and reports on overall quality and customer satisfaction. This year, we at Gossett CDJR are thrilled that all Fiat Chrysler Brands including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram showed marked year-over-year improvement in the 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study™, showing just how much customer satisfaction these new models garner.

2018 APEAL Study

FCA U.S. brands performed well overall in the APEAL Study™ and performed well in terms of improvement. Ram and Dodge both placed in the top five of all mass-market brands ranking third and fourth – and Dodge and Jeep® ranked among the top three most improved brands. Not only were FCA brands recognized, but individual vehicles as well. The Chrysler Pacifica distinguished itself by achieving the top spot among minivans for the second year in a row, while the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 ranked second and third in the Large Car segment, showing just how competitive these vehicles truly are.

To determine the vehicle rankings within the APEAL Study™, J.D. Power measures customer gratification and satisfaction after 90 days of ownership and driving at the same time they collect data for their Initial Quality Study (IQS). The comprehensive APEAL study considers 77 vehicle attributes.

To see the appealing and satisfying vehicles in the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram lineup, stop into Gossett CDJR for a test drive.

Common Dashboard Indicator Lights Meanings

We’ve all been there: a dashboard indicator light come on and we have no idea what it means. To make sure you’re prepared when one comes on, here’s a brief guide to common dashboard indicator lights and what they mean.

Dashboard Indicator Lights

  • Lit up engine light — Check Engine 

    This light warns you that your vehicle has detected something wrong with the engine. You will want to get this looked at by a professional as soon as possible.

 

  • Lit up battery — Check Battery 

    You will not want to ignore this light, as it means that your battery is low, has failed, or that it’s having trouble charging. If you don’t address this issue, you may be left stranded somewhere unable to start your car.

 

  • Lit up tire with exclamation point — Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Alert 

    This light comes on when your TPMS detects low tire pressure. You will want to check your tire pressure and inflate them if they’re low, as low tire pressure decreases control and efficiency while driving.

 

  • Lit up odometer — Cruise Control Active 

    This light means that your cruise control is set and active. A yellow light indicates that the system is activated but not engaged, and a green light indicates that a speed has been set and the vehicle is traveling without your foot needing to be on the accelerator.

There are many, many more lights that you may notice on your dashboard during the life of your vehicle. To figure out what they mean, you can consult your owner’s manual or contact the experts at Gossett CDJR.

How to Get the Most from Your Car’s Air Conditioning

Some of the hottest days of summer are still to come here in Tennessee. This means that you want your vehicle’s air conditioning to be in prime working order. You also want to make sure you get the most from your car’s air conditioning in the most efficient manner possible way, which you can do with these handy tips.

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  1. Don’t Pre-Cool:  While it might be tempting to turn on your car and let it cool down before you get it, it just wastes your fuel. Your A/C compressor works most effectively while you are driving. The best thing to do is to crank up the fan and open the rear windows for about 20 seconds while you drive.
  1. Use the Coldest Setting: By using the coldest air setting, your air conditioner will run more efficiently. When you turn up the temperature, it has to work harder to reheat the air, which burns more fuel.
  2. Get a New Filter: If your cabin air filter is dirty, you will not get the best airflow. Get a new filter to ensure your air conditioner is working effectively.
  3. Don’t Recirculate (with backseat passengers): While using the recirculation mode is best to cool the air down quickly, don’t use it if you have backseat passengers. It pulls the air from the front of the cabin back through the system so the air in the back can get hot and stale.

These are just some of the many steps you can take to optimize your vehicle’s A/C this summer. To get a check-up and make sure that it’s in the best working order possible, bring your ride into Gossett CDJR.

2019 Dodge Charger Lineup Gets Upgraded

For the 2019 model year, Dodge is revamping the Charger and adding new, more versatile options to the lineup. The 2019 Dodge Charger lineup will be as exciting as ever with thrilling power and advanced features.

2019 Dodge Charger lineup

Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA North America, said, “Charger is on track to lead the large car segment in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2018, and we intend to keep that string alive by updating the product to deliver the performance and capability that our customers demand.”

In 2019, the Charger will get a new SXT all-wheel-drive model. It will be powered by the award-winning Pentastar® V6 engine rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is expected to deliver up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive system comes with an active transfer case to help minimize powertrain losses.

Another exciting addition is a new Dodge Charger GT performance model. It too will come with the 300-horsepower Pentastar® V6. It will have unique performance-oriented styling like a performance hood, sculpted side sills, a spoiler, and seats. It will also come standard with a performance suspension and enhanced steering with paddle shifters.

To learn more about all the new and exciting changes coming to the 2019 Dodge Charger lineup, stop into Gossett CDJR and speak with our experts.

All-New Dodge Viper Could Be in the Works

Sports car fans, rejoice—the much-beloved Dodge Viper could be coming back soon. Production of the legendary performance car was brought to a close for the 2017 model year, but rumors are swirling across the auto industry that the all-new Dodge Viper could be baring its fangs once more by 2021.

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According to Car and Driver, the Viper might come back without one of its trademark features. It’s rumored that a next-generation Viper would be offered with an aluminum-block HEMI® V8 that would, like the Charger and Challenger, be offered with different levels of performance. It’s suggested that this could range from 550 horsepower at the base to 700 horsepower or more in what would ostensibly be the second-generation Hellcat engine.

 

Current FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne says that a new Viper is “not in the plan,” but if there’s anything that holds true in the auto industry, it’s that plans can and do change all the time. The team at Gossett CDJR is fond of the raw, unmitigated power that the fifth-generation Dodge Viper represented, and we can only hope that it will be bringing its venomous bite back to the sports car segment sooner rather than later.

 

In the meantime, if you’re on the hunt for a performance car, look no further than the Dodge Challenger and Charger, which still stand among the most exhilarating vehicles on the road today.

5 Best Summer Day Trips Near Memphis

The return of summer means the return of the road trip, one of the all-time great American pastimes. Fortunately for folks residing in the Home of the Blues, Memphis is conveniently located near a number of must-see spots that you can check out in just a day’s time.

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Tennessee Safari Park

Love animals? This park in Alamo, Tennessee, started off as a farm but opened its doors to tourists after collecting a wide variety of exotic animals. The safari park is not just a great place to see beautiful creatures from around the world, but it’s also a perfect opportunity to learn and teach your children about endangered species and environmental conservation.

 

Oxford, Mississippi

Historic districts, a vibrant local arts scene, local boutiques, delicious food, and the former home of classic author William Faulkner can all be found in Oxford. Don’t forget to check out the scenic lakes and gardens of Lamar Park, a locale that is well worth the visit alone!

 

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Only about an hour away from Memphis, Jonesboro is a paradise for outdoorsy types. From the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center to Craighead Forest Park, there are plenty of lakes and trails to enjoy.

 

Nashville, Tennessee

Is there anywhere more iconic than Nashville? Enjoy the sights and, of course, sounds in Music City by visiting its various boutiques, music venues, and restaurants. Nashville is one of the more happening places in the United States, particularly if you’re a fan of country and classic rock—be sure to check out the Grand Ole Opry and Johnny Cash Museum.

 

These are just a few of the fun day trips you can take from Memphis that’ll still have you home in time for supper. Looking for a fresh new ride to go out exploring in? Make it a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, or Ram from Gossett CDJR!

2019 Ram 1500 Grabs Spot of WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors List

The 2019 Ram 1500 promises to be a capable truck that can take on tough tasks, but it also looks to offer one of the most upscale interiors in the auto industry. Backing this up is the fact that the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 found itself listed among the best of the best on WardsAuto’s 10 Best Interiors List.

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The awards are determined by auto industry experts who evaluated 40 all-new or upgraded interiors in vehicles released for the 2018 and 2019 model years. When the smoke cleared, the 2019 Ram 1500 was the only pickup truck to earn top honors.

“Starting with the eye-catching 12-inch touchscreen that dominates the instrument panel, the 2019 Ram 1500 shows the world what is possible inside a full-size pickup truck,” said Drew Winter, Senior Content Director, WardsAuto/Informa. “In addition to the ultra-sophisticated electronics, the materials and design details in the Limited and Laramie Longhorn editions would be at home in a luxury car costing six figures. And, on top of that are dozens of surprise and delight features that turn the Ram 1500 into a lifestyle vehicle for many different—and fu —lifestyles.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 arrives with acoustic glass and active noise cancellation technologies that provide a peaceful ride on all terrains. The Ram 1500 also offers 100% more storage capacity than its competition, making it cozier and more versatile on long road trips. Second-row reclining seats and under-seat storage are just a few features that make the Ram 1500 perfect for drivers with a lot of cargo.

The 2019 Ram 1500 will be honored at the WardsAuto Interiors Conference on May 30th. The best way for you to determine the excellence of the new Ram 1500’s interior is to test-drive one for yourself. This incredible pickup will be arriving at Gossett CDJR very soon, so stay tuned so that you can do just that.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Vs. Challenger SRT Hellcat in Drag-Strip Showdown

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon promises to be the toughest muscle car that the industry has ever seen. This model delivers more than 800 horsepower to the road, but it can be hard to see that kind of power. Fortunately, Wheels put the Demon up against the awe-inspiring, 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to help you visualize the difference that an extra 100+ horsepower makes.

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The video depicts the Demon and Hellcat muscle cars going head to head in a quarter-mile drag race. The race kicks off with the Hellcat jumping off the start line a tad quicker. It should come as no surprise that the Demon passed it in no time at all. In the end, the Demon completes the quarter-mile run in 10.07 seconds with a speed of 133.84 mph. The Hellcat finished about a second later, 11.09 seconds, at a speed of 124.22 mph.

That doesn’t sound like much, but in drag racing, even a few tenths of a second can be the decider in a close race. If the video proved anything, it’s that the 2018 Dodge SRT Challenger Demon lives up to its name, putting out diabolic power and crushing quarter miles with ease.

Both the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat are testaments to the performance expertise of Dodge and SRT. To experience for yourself the raw, unmitigated power of Dodge’s latest performance beasts, stop by Gossett CDJR.

Tips to Keep Your Car Clean

Keep Your Car CleanKeeping your car clean inside and out can be a tough challenge, especially if you live a busy lifestyle. Fortunately, there are a few ways to keep your car clean that only take a few minutes a day but can have a huge impact. By following these suggestions, you can keep your interior looking nice all year long and never again need to opt for a spring-cleaning overhaul.

Don’t Eat Inside

The first step to keeping any car clean is to avoid eating in it whenever possible. Fast food wrappers and food crumbs can become a major eyesore and even contribute to unusual odors. Perhaps even worse, spilling a drink could stain your carpets and seats or make surfaces sticky. By avoiding eating in the car, you avoid the requisite cleanup altogether.

Clean Up Quickly

If you have a hectic schedule and simply can’t avoid eating or drinking while on the road, it pays to clean up spills and messes as quickly as possible. The same goes for your errant wrappers, cans, and bottles—don’t leave them sitting on the floor or the passenger seat to be thrown out later.

Keep a Trash Bag

Food wrappers accumulating on the floor of your vehicle says a lot to your passengers about your general level of cleanliness. Fortunately, keeping your car clear of debris on the floor is as easy as keeping a trash bag in the passenger side. If you throw your trash into the bag and remove that bag weekly, there won’t be any trash to clean off the floor.

These are just some of the steps you can take to ensure that your vehicle stays cleaner on a regular basis. If you’re in need for a post-winter detailing, bring your ride into Gossett CDJR and we’ll get you back to square one.

Former Dodge Viper Plant to House Historic Car Collection

Dodge Viper PlantThe Dodge Viper supercar has been off the market for over a year now, but the old production facility won’t be gathering dust for much longer. The former Dodge Viper plant will soon become home to part of Fiat Chrysler’s historic car collection. While the collection may not be open to the public initially, that could change in the future.

Located near Eight Mile Road, the former Detroit facility will soon house 85 historic vehicles from the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. Soon to be renamed the Conner Center, the historic cars will take up 77,000 square feet of floor space. In total, Fiat Chrysler has more than 400 vehicles in its historic car collection.

One of the standout vehicles to be housed at the Conner Center is a 1963 Chrysler Turbine. It’s just one of nine examples left of the 55 ever produced. The former Dodge Viper plant will also house 10 Vipers, including a 1989 Viper Concept and the last Viper to roll off the production line.

“We are proud of our history and have been working diligently in the daily care and restoration of these important vehicles. This move will allow us to house all of our collection under one roof and have the space to share that history with our employees,” said Brandt Rosenbusch, Historical Services Manager, FCA.

Here’s hoping that FCA will open the doors of the Conner Center to the public sooner rather than later. In the meantime, if you want to see the best of what Chrysler, Jeep®­, Dodge, and Ram have to offer, stop by Gossett CDJR and take a gander at our showroom.