Recall Alert: 2014 Ram ProMaster

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 19,000 model-year 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size vans

The Problem: The vehicles were assembled with head restraints that may exceed the allowable gap between an occupant's head and the restraint, Chrysler said of the voluntary recall. The automaker said it is unaware of any injuries, accidents or complaints related to the issue.

The Fix: Chrysler said it expects to begin notifying owners next month to advise them on when they can schedule service, and dealers will replace the head restraints for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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Editor's note: Due to incorrect information provided by Chrysler, the number of 2014 Ram ProMaster vans recalled in the U.S. was originally misstated. The correct total is nearly 19,000.

By Matt Schmitz | October 6, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Ram 1500, 2015 Chrysler 200

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 16,000 model-year 2014 Jeep Cherokee crossovers and Ram 1500s, and 2015 Chrysler 200 sedans

The Problem: Due to an insufficient weld, the rear shocks may detach from the vehicle at one end and possibly damage other chassis components or the tire, or result in reduced braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will inspect the rear shocks and replace any affected ones for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Ram 1500 Express Review

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"In the age of expensive pickup trucks, you can still get a cool one for under $30,000 — but in the case of the 2014 Ram 1500 Express, the content you'll have to sacrifice to get there may be too much," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

 

By Matt Schmitz | August 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: July 2014

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Today's sales figures continue to pave the road for a strong 2014. As the sales year steams into its second half, we've seen new optimism from analysts and automakers that expect total new-car sales this year to land close to where they were in the heyday years of the early 2000s.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: June 2014

With the largest seven automakers reporting numbers so far today, industry sales increased 9 percent over July 2013. Honda was the odd one out (down 3.9 percent), but Hyundai-Kia, Toyota and recall-beset GM reported single-digit sales gains, while Chrysler, Ford, Nissan and Toyota reported double-digit gains. All of that is compared against a pretty good month a year ago for the industry, too.

Thanks to big gains from the Sentra and Versa, Nissan sales gained 11.4 percent. Small-car sales overall were mixed: Shoppers had more interest in the Ford Focus (up 5.7 percent) but not the recall-besieged Chevrolet Cruze (down 17.8 percent), the Honda Civic (down 7.3 percent) or the Hyundai Elantra (down 7.9 percent).

By Kelsey Mays | August 1, 2014 | Comments (4)

Everything You Need to Know About the Future of Fiat Chrysler

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Today, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles laid out its game plan for the future of its many brands.

  • The Chrysler brand will shed any pretension of being a premium offering and aim its crosshairs on the Fords and Hondas of the world. Full details.
  • Dodge will become a performance-oriented brand, even more so than today, as well as reabsorb the SRT moniker and halo Viper. Full details.
  • Jeep ... keeps being Jeep but a more global-friendly Jeep. Full details.
  • We now know when to expect the next-generation of Ram pickup trucks. Full details.
  • Fiat will be adding only a few models while a reinvigorated Alfa Romeo will inundate the U.S. with a handful of new cars and SUVs. Full details.
By David Thomas | May 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 2014 Ram ProMaster

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Vehicles Affected: About 5,664 model-year 2014 Ram ProMaster vans manufactured between July 1, 2013, and Nov. 15, 2013.

The Problem: During manufacturing, a tool may have damaged one of the brake hoses, which could result in a leakage of brake fluid from the hose. This could cause reduced brake performance, lengthening the vehicle’s stopping distance and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify affected owners starting in March, and dealers will inspect and replace brake hoses as necessary for free.

What Owners Should Do: Affected owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | February 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Winnebago Travato Is Perfect Escape Vehicle for Winter-Weary Northerners

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show is the perfect venue to show off the 2014 Winnebago Travato, a Class B motorhome based on the Ram ProMaster chassis. Why Chicago? Because the record cold temperatures and near record snowfall this very, very long winter have pushed us Chicago natives over the edge, and we're ready to pack up our belongings and get the heck out of here.

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We'd have to leave the kids behind, though. This motorhome is meant for just two people. Roughly the length of a full-size pickup truck, the Travato motorhome could sit in the driveway off to the side and once the thermometer shows negative temperatures, this home would be pointing south. Just reading the Travato's feature sheet is a giant tease for Chicagoans in February.

By Joe Bruzek | February 7, 2014 | Comments (10)

Recall Alert: 2013 Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Ram 1500

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Vehicles Affected: Chrysler is voluntarily recalling 4,194 model-year 2013 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans, and Ram 1500 pickup trucks all equipped with all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a V-6 engine.

The Problem: Output shafts installed in some vehicles were shaped using a two-stage forging method employed during early production; the resulting components may be subject to fracture in rare circumstances, according to Chrysler. The automaker said the forging process has been replaced by a single-stage method and that it is unaware of any associated injuries or accidents.

The Fix: Owners will be notified of the recall, and dealers will inspect and test the transmission output shafts and, if necessary, replace the transmission assemblies for free. The notification schedule is not yet specified.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 9, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

In a continuation of our truck-heavy lists of late, PickupTrucks.com's heavy-duty towing contest, the King of Beasts, also ascended to the most-watched-videos throne, debuting at No. 1. The flex-off between the 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty and 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty was followed by truck-centric holdovers from past weeks, with lone non-truck newcomer the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander rounding out the top five. Check out what else was popular:

1. King of Beasts
2. 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

3. 2015 Power Stroke Will Make More Power
4. First Look: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
5. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander

By Matt Schmitz | October 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford, Ram Square Off in PickupTrucks.com's King of Beasts Bout

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You could almost hear ring announcer Michael Buffer telling the tale of the tape as two reigning heavyweights stepped onto the canvas for a PickupTrucks.com face-off to determine the true King of Beasts. This title bout gathered experts in Arizona and Colorado to test the real-world towing capacity of the 2013 Ford F-450 Super Duty and 2013 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty on a stamina- and strength-sapping 1,600-mile haul, pulling extreme loads. Which contender went the distance to win by decision? Follow the link below to get ringside — and GET READY TO RUMBLE!

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By Matt Schmitz | October 16, 2013 | Comments (3)

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