Tuesday, April 17, 2018

2019 RAM™ 1500 Trucks Are Arriving

The re-engineered 2019 RAM 1500s are arriving at Melloy Dodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s #1 selling Dodge and RAM dealership. The newly designed grille sets the stage for the redesign, with active grille shutters to smooth the front-end aerodynamics when it’s at highway speed. Another aerodynamic addition is the front splitter that lowers the truck at speeds over 35mph.

The exterior profile is more streamlined; the redesigned hood pushes air away from the wipers to improve airflow, and a small lip spoiler on the tailgate will reduce drag.

Under the hood, the 2019 RAM 1500 is powered by a 305-hp 3.6-liter V-6 (called Pentastar) or a 395-hp 5.7-liter V-8 (Hemi). Both engines connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2019 brings a hybrid version with an eTorque system, replacing the alternator with a motor/generator unit that can feed energy to a 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. 

Towing and payload capacity have also been increased. The 2019 RAM 1500 is rated to tow up to 12,750 pounds (an increase of 2,130 over previous model years) and a payload of up to 2,320 (an increase of 440 pounds).

For added convenience, the RamBox bedside storage areas are available, perfect for either work tools or tailgating supplies! The lids are better integrated into the truck’s bedsides, and an AC power outlet is tucked inside.

The most popular historic trim and configuration, the RAM 1500 crew cab Big Horn 4x4 with a V8 engine—tips the scales 225 pounds lighter than the previous year’s model. Even though it’s lighter weight, the truck is larger—nearly 4 inches longer and half an inch wider.

To see the new RAM 1500 2019 trucks, visit our website or stop by 9621 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico to test drive one of these new RAM 1500s.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Hellcat-Inspired RAM™ Trucks

If you love the power of the Dodge Charger or Challenger Hellcat, but want the flexibility of a truck, there’s great news ahead from RAM™.

Word from inside the automotive world says that RAM will soon launch a RAM 1500 inspired by the Rebel TRX concept truck from a few years ago. This truck, planned to be the most powerful pickup made, would be offered in a 520hp 7.0-liter V8 engine (“The Banshee”) or the 707hp supercharged V8 engine that’s currently available in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats.

The super-powered RAMs are expected to arrive for the 2021 model year (not that far away; we’re already in the 2019 model year for RAM!) It’s expected to take after the RAM Rebel TRX concept truck in its styling.

 As the #1 selling Dodge and RAM dealership in New Mexico, Melloy Dodge will be a source for these Hellcat-inspired RAM trucks. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates as we know more, or visit the dealership at 9621 Coors Blvd NW, just north of Paseo del Norte, in Albuquerque to learn more about the upcoming RAM trucks.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

2018 Dodge Durango Available Upgrades

When a plain SUV just won’t do, check out the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and R/T models at Melloy Dodge and ask about the new available upgrades. New ways to customize your Durango were just unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show in early February 2018, including performance upgrades and new accessories. For those who prefer unique vehicles, Dodge delivers.

Change the look of the 2018 Dodge Durango by adding racing stripes. The stripes come in bright blue, low gloss gunmetal, flame red, low gloss black and sterling silver. Make it yours by adding carbon fiber accents to the interior.

When you feel the need for speed, swap out the stock exhaust for a high-flow exhaust system. The stainless-steel design allows for better exhaust flow and gives the Durango a little more horsepower. The R/T's engine already makes 360 horsepower and the SRT's engine makes 475 horsepower.

If you really want to be different, or if you have family members who have trouble getting in and out of higher vehicles, add a set of lowering springs. In addition to the more aggressive stance, the lowering springs improve the handling of the Durango since it sits lower to the ground. The lowering springs also improve the performance of the vehicle since it has less rear-end squat and less nose dive. Body roll during cornering is also lessened.

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Stop by Melloy Dodge today to test drive the new Dodge Durango R/T or SRT and talk to one of our friendly sales staff to add one or more of these new upgrades.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Get Ready for Spring: Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is here, which means now is a good time to have maintenance done on your vehicle, especially if you are planning trips in the near future. Our service center at Melloy Dodge will make sure that your vehicle is maintained and checked for potential problems. Always check our website for service specials to save money too.

Regular Maintenance

You should bring your vehicle in regularly for oil changes, transmission flushes and fluid changes, coolant flushes and changes and other general maintenance that is recommended by the manufacturer. If you are not sure when your vehicle's next maintenance is due, contact us with the year, make, model and the VIN number. You can find the VIN number on the windshield or on the driver's door tag.

Additional Maintenance

While it's a good idea to do a little extra maintenance all the time, it is especially important before you take a long trip. Depending on what your regular maintenance schedule recommends, additional maintenance may include:

  • Checking and topping off all fluids;
  • Checking for oil, fluid, coolant and transmission fluid leaks;
  • Checking tires for tread wear;
  • Balance and rotate tires;
  • Checking the alignment;
  • Checking the brakes, including brake lines, calipers and rotors; and
  • Checking the steering and suspension.

If you have noticed the engine light come on and go off, you should also have that checked. If the engine light is on and stays on, you will definitely need the codes pulled and have the problem rectified.


Maintenance doesn't just include mechanical maintenance. Your vehicle's paint also needs maintenance. Be sure to wash your vehicle thoroughly and then wax it with a good quality wax. You should also clean your vehicle's rims, especially if they are aluminum. Be sure to use the proper cleaner on them so as not to damage them.
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Visit our service center at Melloy Dodge to have your vehicle properly maintained. If you've had maintenance recently and just need the basics, try our Express Lane Oil Change Service.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Shopping for Car Insurance for Your Teen

For teenagers, learning how to drive is an exciting time, but for parents, it means expensive car insurance rates. Adding a teen to your existing insurance policy can raise your rates substantially, and for a teen to purchase a policy on their own, the expenses are even higher. Fortunately, there are discounts and options available to save you money. Melloy Dodge has put together this guide to help you get your teen on the road safely!

Encourage your teen to study hard. Many car insurance companies offer discounts to families with students who’s grades average B or higher. A high GPA, honor roll status and or scores ranking in the top 20% on their standardized tests can mean a discount of up to 20%!

Enroll your teen in a driving class. Compared to every other age group, teens are more likely to be involved in a car accident, so it’s a good idea to teach them how to drive carefully from the start. Some car insurance providers offer coupons for safe driving courses to help teens improve their skills behind the wheel.

Take advantage of the “student away discount”. When your teen turns 18 and goes away for college, if their school is at least 100 miles away, many insurance companies offer discounts for temporarily removing them from your policy.

Car insurance rates vary widely, but by looking into these and other money-saving options, you can affordably insure your teen. If you’re looking for a safe and reliable vehicle for your teen driver, visit Melloy Dodge. We offer the best deals on new Dodge and RAMs, as well as a variety of newer used vehicles.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Know Your Credit Score

Before you even decide which new or used vehicle you want, you should know your credit score. The credit score affects your interest rate, down payment and even how much vehicle you are able to afford. If you decide you want a new or used vehicle from Melloy Dodge you should have a credit score that will help you get a lower payment.

Lower Interest Rates

The higher your credit score, the better the interest rate you'll get on your vehicle loan. When you are able to shave dollars off the monthly payment due to lower interest rates, you'll be able to afford a more expensive vehicle. This could mean the difference between a higher trim level with the options you want or even the type of vehicle you are looking at.

Get the Vehicle You Want

Your debt to income ratio is part of determining whether you are eligible to finance a certain amount. If your debt exceeds your income, you may have less money that is available for car payments. Thus, knowing your credit score helps you choose the vehicle you want. You may not be able to afford a $40,000 vehicle but may be able to afford a $20,000 vehicle. If your credit leaves something to be desired, you may have to choose a vehicle that is less expensive so that you qualify for the monthly payments.

You are able to pull your own credit report through various websites. Or, you may ask us to qualify you for an amount before you start looking. If you have bad credit, no credit, or past credit problems, contact New Mexico Credit Center, a proud partner to Melloy Dodge. New Mexico Credit Center can help you establish your credit, so you can find a new or used vehicle that you will enjoy and that fits your budget.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Should I Buy Automatic, Manual or CVT?

Shopping for a car is an exciting experience when you have so many options available to you! Most cars will get you where you need to go, but depending on what you’re looking for, your lifestyle, and your personal taste, not every car will be right for you. At Melloy Dodge, we have many great options that will suit you, but to help you narrow down your choices, here’s a look at the different types of transmissions that are available.

Automatic. Perhaps the most common transmission now, automatic offers convenience and ease of driving. An automatic transmission changes gears without needing any input from the driver, it’s done electronically or hydraulically, the vehicle monitors speed and the engine’s rpm to automatically shift gears while driving. Automatic vehicle’s transmissions are nearly impossible to stall, and typically they need less maintenance than their manual counterparts. Six-speed and eight-speed automatic vehicles are very common. More gears mean quieter driving on the highway, superior acceleration, and better fuel economy.

Manual. Commonly known as stick-shift, manual transmission requires the driver to manually shift gears with a clutch. Unlike an automatic with two pedals, a manual vehicle has three pedals. The third pedal, located to the left of the brake, is used when the driver changes gears. Driving a stick shift is a skill that takes a little bit of time to learn, but it is much simpler than it sounds. Driving a stick shift as opposed to an automatic can also result in better gas mileage and more power when you need it.

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Continuously Variable Transmission is a type of automatic transmission that uses pulleys instead of fixed gears. CVTs are relatively less expensive to build than conventional automatic or manual transmissions because they require fewer parts. Acceleration is limited, so wasted power is minimized. Most small cars on the market utilize a CVT, and it is expected that this transmission will likely become more popular.

So which is right for you? The answer depends on your driving style and the type of vehicle you’re looking for. If you consider yourself a car enthusiast and want something engaging to drive, you may prefer a manual transmission. If you have a commute that consists of stop-and-go-driving, you may need an automatic or CVT. At Melloy Dodge, we have a variety of new Dodge and RAMs, as well as a large selection of newer used vehicles. Whatever your driving style or vehicle preference, we can show you some great options, and offer you a great deal!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

When You Need a Work Truck: 2018 RAM 3500 Big Horn

When you need a work truck but want the comforts and conveniences of  a luxury vehicle for a long road trip, choose the 2018 RAM 3500 Big Horn, now available at Melloy Dodge. This truck is the perfect combination of utility and comfort for both uses. Order the truck with the Harvest Edition Package or the 22Z Big Horn Package and you'll be ready to work or play.

The Harvest Edition Package includes black tubular side steps to make it easier to get in and out of the truck and a cargo view camera with CTR stop lamp, so you can keep an eye on things in the bed or on a trailer. Additional equipment includes an electroluminescent instrument cluster, heated front seats and steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power folding trailer tow mirrors and a spray-in bedliner to protect the truck.

The 22Z Big Horn Package includes 18-inch wheels, Big Horn badging, fog lights, a remote start system, remote USB port for charging and a power 10-way driver's seat. Go for the 6.4-liter heavy-duty V-8 Hemi engine with tip start and a next-generation engine controller. The Hemi engine features cylinder deactivation, sequential multi-point fuel injection and variable valve control to help with better fuel economy. It makes 410 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 429 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic manual-shift transmission.

Additional features include ParkSense front and rear parking assist to make parallel parking easier, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect, dual-zone air conditioning, a GPS antenna input and GPS navigation, and smartphone capabilities.

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Stop by Melloy Dodge to test drive the 2018 RAM 3500 work truck and learn more about this model's safety, security, convenience and entertainment features.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How Safety Ratings Work

When it comes to selecting a vehicle, whether it’s a family vehicle you plan on taking on road trips or a heavy-duty truck you plan on using for hauling, safety is top of mind for any shopper. If you are shopping for a new car, truck or SUV, you are likely comparing a number of factors and safety ratings is no doubt one of them. You have probably seen that a number of agencies rate vehicles for safety, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Consumer Reports, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). At Melloy Dodge, we want to share more information about how these safety ratings are determined, so you can pick the best car for you!

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on, among other things, crash avoidance and crashworthiness. Crash tests are conducted, and vehicles are labeled “Top Safety Pick+” or “Top Safety Pick” if they achieve good ratings based on their four-point rating system. In addition, if vehicles have safety technology features like a rear-view backup camera, blind-spot monitoring and emergency braking, they receive a rating of basic, advanced, or superior.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a government agency that provides consumers with crash protection and rollover safety. The NHTSA’s 5-star Safety Rating system examines what happens to a vehicle in a variety of crash scenarios, including a frontal crash, side crash, and a rollover. Five stars indicates the highest safety rating, while one star is the lowest. Although it is impossible to accurately predict how a vehicle will protect passengers in any given crash situation, the tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provide an excellent starting point and allow you to compare relative safety between different makes and models.

Consumer Reports  

Consumer Reports is an independent nonprofit organization that conducts research to help consumers make wise purchase decisions. Consumer Reports compiles IIHS and NHTSA car safety ratings to give shoppers an overview of crash test data and rollover data for any given make or model of vehicle.

When you’re shopping for a vehicle, be sure to consult each of these sources for information on a vehicle’s safety. Pick a vehicle with a five-star overall safety rating like the 2018 Dodge Challenger, or a vehicle with plenty of safety features like the 2018 Dodge Durango with parking assistance, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. Visit Melloy Dodge to learn more about our vehicles and their safety features and ratings! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Dodge Journey SXT

When it's time for a new SUV, stop by Melloy Dodge to test drive the 2018 Dodge Journey SXT. The Journey has plenty of room for the family, plus enough cargo space to stash anything you want, including luggage for a road trip. The 3.6-liter engine features dual variable valve timing and double overhead camshafts. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Popular Equipment Group

The SXT trim level features temperature control for three zones and a rear air conditioner with a heater. Drive in style with a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel. Watch the kids in the rear through the interior observation mirror. The Journey SE also features an overhead console and illuminated vanity mirrors in the sun visors.

Entertainment Features

The 2018 Dodge Journey SXT features Sirius Satellite Radio, a remote USB port, Uconnect Voice Command and Bluetooth connectivity, a convenient audio jack for external mobile devices and a 4.3-inch touchscreen display. Additionally, the Journey SXT features an MP3 decoder, CD player, six speakers for great sound and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel.

Additional Features

Additional features include two child boosters in the second-row seat and premium cloth bucket seats. Convenience features include one-touch windows, illuminated entry, speed control, remote keyless entry, reclining third-row seating, delay-off headlights, ABS brakes, ignition disable, panic alarm, perimeter/approach lights and several airbags so you can drive confidently.

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Stop by Melloy Dodge today to test drive the Dodge Journey SXT to learn more about this SUV's convenience, entertainment, safety and security features. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

2018 RAM 1500 Big Horn

If you're thinking of a new truck for your spouse, teen or yourself for Christmas, stop by Melloy Dodge to test drive the new 2018 RAM 1500 BigHorn. The Big Horn features many convenience, safety, security and entertainment features, making this truck the perfect vehicle for working, commuting or taking long road trips.

Convenience Features

Some of the convenience features you'll find on the new model year of the Big Horn include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a garage door transmitter, illuminated entry and dual-zone air conditioning. The automatic temperature control is another great feature so you won't have to continuously reach over to adjust the temperature. The heated steering wheel keeps your hands warm during the cold months. The emergency communication system allows first responders to quickly come to your aid when needed, and the navigation system comes in handy when you're driving in places you've never been before. And of course, the predictive backup camera lets you know when you’re too close to another vehicle so you can park easily.

Engine and Towing Specs

The 8-cylinder 5.7-liter engine provides excellent fuel economy – the Big Horn’s cylinder deactivation feature automatically reduces to 4-cylinders at lower speeds. The engine makes 395 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 410 pound-feet of torque at 3,950 rpm. The engine also features variable valve control and a variable intake manifold. The engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic mode-select transmission with manual shift.

The Big Horn features a trailer hitch receiver and trailer sway control. This model has the ability to tow up to 8,040 pounds.

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Stop by Melloy Dodge today to test drive the 2018 RAM Big Horn and to learn more about this truck's safety, security, convenience and entertainment features and why this truck is the best gift for yourself or a loved one.

Melloy Dodge Certified RAM Experts

Melloy Dodge is proud to be the top Dodge and RAM dealer in New Mexico. We care about all aspects of the customer service experience, and we want to provide shoppers with the best and most up-to-date information about vehicle options. Melloy Dodge has the only true Certified RAM Experts in the Albuquerque Metro area, with the largest in-stock RAM inventory, so if you’re looking for expert help with selecting a new truck, you’ve come to the right place.

RAM trucks deliver the highest quality on the road. In fact, more than 80% of RAM trucks in each model year from 2003 to 2016 are still on the road today! RAM trucks are tough and durable, ready to take on any towing or hauling assignment that comes their way. Despite the performance focus design, RAM trucks offer a luxurious, comfortable ride. In a RAM truck, you can confidently go where other cars can’t.
If you want to learn more about the advantages of driving a RAM truck, or see our selection RAM 1500, 2500, and 3500’s, visit Melloy Dodge and ask to speak to one of our Certified RAM Experts.