Best Michigan Road Trips: The Great Lakes State

Michigan Road Trips
Case in point: Makinaw

Now that the warm spring weather is finally here, everyone at Slingerland CDJR is itching to take a trip with the windows down. If you’re ready to hit the road, too, check out one of these great Michigan road trips.

The Border

If you have a week to spare and love lighthouses, water, and small towns, then this is the trip for you. A trip around the border of Michigan will allow you to stop in places like Ludington State Park and Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. Stay in little bed and breakfasts along the way, or go car camping in your Chevrolet or Jeep. Be sure to spend a night in Mackinac to get in some seriously unbeatable stargazing.

Small Towns

If you want to focus only on the small towns, then you can alter the above trip to head up the west coast, but back down I-75. Stop off at places like Saugatuck, East Tawas, and Frankenmuth where you can take a stroll through a Bavarian-inspired downtown and sip on a cold brew.

Ghost Towns

Make things a little creepier by centering your road trip around Michigan ghost towns. This trip will take you to the Upper Peninsula, an area worth exploring unto itself. Visit places like Mandan, which was founded in 1864, the Quincy Mine Smelter, and Hubbell. Get out the maps and pack up the car—it’s time to hit the road!

Owosso CarFit Driver Education

No matter your age, it can never hurt to freshen up on safe driving and mobile practices, right? That’s exactly what Baker College’s Owosso campus hopes to help older drivers do by hosting a CarFit driver education event. The event takes place on May 9th and is run by the college’s occupational therapy assistant program.

The CarFit driver education event will offer students a hands-on learning opportunity for students who are CarFit technicians. Senior drivers will move through three vehicle stops throughout a 20-minute checkup. Students will evaluate drivers based on CarFit’s 12-point list.

“CarFit is a win-win for our occupational therapy assistant students and for the elderly drivers who take advantage of it,” said Evelyn Greaux, the program director.

Elderly drivers who need assistance will receive information about local resources that can help them continue to maintain their independence. AAA, AARP, and the America Occupational Therapy Association jointly developed the CarFit program.

The Owosso CarFit driver education event can help motorists improve their driving skills to be both safer and more mobile. The free event starts at 11:30am and takes place on Baker College’s Owosso campus.

To make an appointment, call (517) 364-3743 or register at

We here at Slingerland CDJR hope you’ll take part in this safety opportunity at Baker College’s Owosso campus!

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates: Spy Shots and More

2018 Jeep Wrangler Updates
The new model will stick with Jeep’s seven-slot grille.

Year after year – Jeep raises the bar with the Jeep Wrangler pick-up truck, an off-roading monster that has been relied upon since World War II. And now, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler is about to hit dealerships, stronger than ever before.

Jeep is fully redesigning the Wrangler for the first time in about a decade, with the 2018 Jeep Wrangler being the 11th-generation version of the vehicle. The new SUV has yet to make any official public appearances, but more than a few spy shots have been captured of the model in testing.

Of course, the testing vehicles have been highly camouflaged, but there are still a few things we know. The new model will stick with Jeep’s seven-slot grille, for one thing. In general, the new Wrangler is likely to reflect the latest trends, but will still be embracing Jeep’s signature style.

The Jeep Wrangler has been the ultimate off-road SUV for decades, and we think it’s safe to say that the redesigned edition of the model will be better than ever before. The model is slated to hit the market sometime next year.

We will keep you posted on 2018 Jeep Wrangler updates, and in the meantime, if you’d like to check out a current Jeep model or any other vehicles that we have in store, stop by and visit us anytime, at Slingerland CDJR!

Chrysler’s $1 Billion Investment to Create 2,000 Jobs

Car Assembly Plant

Automakers have been making major investments in American manufacturing following the 2016 President Election and Chrysler isn’t about to be left out. The manufacturer announced that it would spend $1 billion to update plants in Michigan and Ohio. The announcement of Chrysler’s $1 billion investment comes with confirmation of several new vehicles in the brand lineups as well.

Fiat Chrysler’s manufacturing plant in Warren, Michigan will see modernization across the board as well as the capability to produce a full-size pickup. The Michigan plant will also produce other large vehicles, such as the returning Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer.

As for Ohio, the Toledo Jeep plant will see a plethora of new equipment that will allow it to create the recently-announced Wrangler pickup.

The investment will bring 2,000 new jobs to Warren and Toledo as well as the surrounding areas.

Renewed confidence in the American automotive market comes with the increase in demand for trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. The investment comes as a major step towards adding two new large SUVs and a pickup to the Jeep lineup.

The automaker officially announced the return of all three vehicles at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

We here at Slingerland CDJR Fiat are happy to see such a large investment in United States manufacturing!

Safe Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tipsNow that winter is in full swing here in Michigan, roadways will routinely be slick, icy, covered in snow, or all of the above. Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT has some safe winter driving tips to help you get through the season safely.

  • Switch to winter tires. Even if you don’t frequently encounter heavy snow, winter tires can make a big difference on winter roads. They are made from a special rubber blend that stays pliable even under frigid conditions.
  • Have an emergency kit. You never know when winter weather will get the best of you and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Keep an emergency kit filled with lots of gear, such as a warm blanket, a flashlight, shovel, spare cell phone, and battery, as well as snacks.
  • Leave some space. Even if the road looks clear, there could be black ice that can be difficult to stop on. Keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you and slow down. Then, if you do need to stop, you’ll have room to spare in case there is an emergency.
  • Tell people where you’re going. Let people know where you’re headed. In case you don’t get there when you should, people can look for you.

If you follow these tips, you can hopefully keep your wheels on the road and arrive safely in the spring.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Fuel Economy Exceeds Expectations

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Fuel Economy

When Fiat Chrysler announced that they were producing a hybrid minivan, people got excited. Fuel economy and family-friendly space? You can’t get much better than that—especially since this would be the first-ever mass-produced hybrid minivan.

Originally, the Italian-American carmaker estimated that the hybrid minivan would achieve 80 MPGe combined, but it looks like the company was wrong. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica fuel economy instead received an EPA-estimated combined 84 MPGe, making it by far the most fuel-efficient minivan ever.

“At 84 MPGe, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid surpasses our initially stated performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, FCA US Head of Passenger Car Brands. “These EPA test results paint a clear picture of the benefits our customers can expect from driving the most fuel-efficient minivan ever.”

Along with this incredible fuel-efficiency rating, the EPA also gave the Pacifica Hybrid a total driving range of 566 miles and an electric-only range of 33 miles. Finally, the all-new minivan also received a Green Vehicle Guide rating from the EPA of 10, which is the highest possible score.

The Pacifica Hybrid combines a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery with an electric motor and the brand’s popular 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine for power. The battery pack can be recharged within two hours using a 240-volt charger and 14 hours with a 120-volt charger.

To find out more about the brand-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, don’t hesitate to stop in to Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat.

What You Can Do in Advance to Prep for a Thanksgiving Road Trip

Thanksgiving Road Trip

Are you dreading an upcoming road trip this Thanksgiving? Thankfully, there is plenty you can do ahead of time to make your life easier. Here are some tips for your upcoming Thanksgiving road trip:

  • Take care of any routine maintenance before you hit the road – such as oil changes – and make sure you have enough windshield wiper fluid.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wild animals this time of year, particularly deer, which are likely to emerge from the shadows around dusk.
  • Before you go, plot out your route on a map and keep that map with you, in case your GPS navigation system fails.
  • Consider packing non-perishable snacks for your trip, so that you won’t be tempted to stop for fast food.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep your vehicle well-stocked with fresh drinking water.
  • If you are travelling with children, be sure to bring along various methods of entertainment and plan to stop more frequently than you would on your own to stretch small legs and blow off steam.
  • Lastly, pack smart, with heavier luggage on the bottom and separate bags for anything you will want during your trip stashed within arm’s reach.

For more safety tips or to spend your holiday season behind the wheel of a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime at Slingerland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Fall Activities in Corunna, Michigan

Fall Activities in Corunna, Michigan

Fall is a glorious time of year. The weather is ideal, the scenery is beautiful, and there is plenty of fun all around. Here are some great fall activities in Corunna and the surrounding area.

  • 25th Annual Daddy Daughter Dance. On October 19th, at the D’Mar Banquet Center in Owosso, fathers and daughters of all ages are invited to attend this annual dance. Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing lasts until 8:30.
  • Make a Difference Day. Memorial Healthcare in Owosso will host Make a Difference Day on October 22nd in the Auditorium from 8am to 11:30. This is even a free mobile food pantry that will also include personal care items, Halloween costumes, and winter apparel.
  • Community Halloween. On October 31st in the Community Center Parking Lot, there will be a trunk or treat. Decorate your car and bring lots of candy to pass out. The fun starts at 5:30. In addition, there will be a Halloween party in the Community Center starting at 6:00pm.
  • 4th Annual Craft Show. Redeemer Lutheran Church in Owosso will host its 4th Annual Craft Show on Saturday, November 5th from 10am-4pm. The show will include numerous craft vendors from the local area with items for sale.

Do you have any fall events that we forgot? Share the details with us in the comments below.

Signs You Need New Brakes

Signs You Need New Brakes

Tires and oil come with a general idea of when to change them but brakes don’t, causing a major dilemma for many drivers. One of the most important systems in your vehicle, the braking system ensures that normal braking and collision prevention technology can stop the vehicle. Fortunately we here at Slingerland Chrysler can help spot several signs you need new brakes.
• Squeaking – Most brake pads include a small metal piece that creates a high-pitched squeak or screech when it hits the metal rotor. That audible warning is a sure sign it’s time to replace your brake pads sooner rather than later. The sound is generally loud enough to be heard with the windows up but if you blast your music, turn it down for a few miles and listen closely.
• Pulling – While not a sure sign you need new brakes, pulling to one side when braking certainly needs attending to. Pulling could be a sign that there’s something in the brake fluid that shouldn’t be there or that the brake linings are wearing unevenly.
• Vibrating – If the brake pedal vibrates, have your vehicle checked out. Vibrations are a sign of warped rotors or a vehicle out of alignment. It’s better to be safe than sorry, after all, so make a service appointment as soon as possible!

Go Kayaking on the Shiawassee River Water Trail

Shiawassee River Water Trail

When people think of cooling down on a hot day, one of the first solutions they think of is to play in water. Swimming, boating, going down water slides — it’s one of our favorite summer pastimes. Kayaking is an excellent way to get out on the water, get a workout, and maybe bond with your friends along the way. The Shiawassee River Water Trail is renowned as one of the top places to paddle in Michigan, so get your kayak ready.

Depending on where you go, the Shiawassee River has a number of different sights to see and courses to navigate for a variety of different skill levels. Thanks to the slow current, strong paddlers can easily paddle upstream and then allow the current to carry them back for a relaxing day among nature. Plus, narrow headwaters surrounded by trees allows for an intimate experience with the local wildlife and flora.

From wetlands to fens to open lakes to canyons, the Shiawassee River Water Trail flows through diverse regions with rare and interesting species of birds, fish, mammals, and more. There’s always some new sight to see when kayaking on this long, broad, diverse river, so plan your canoe or kayak trip on these gentle but interesting waters today. Whether you’re with your family or just a couple friends, there’s something here for everyone.