Parting out 2004 Mini Cooper – Stock # 120206



This is a 2004 Mini Cooper for parts. This is stock # 120206. This Cooper parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mini cars annually and sell the parts online. Every Cooper part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mini Cooper Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mini Cooper part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Mini part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2004 Mini Cooper!

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Hey wheres the clutch?!

Hey wheres the clutch?

If you’re a car enthusiast then you’ve driven a manual transmission car at some point in your life. When you started driving in high school, the coolest cars were probably stick shift. There’s no replacement for the connected feeling you get from shifting your own gears. As you grow up though sometimes life gets in the way of what was once awesome. Wife / girlfriend (both?), kids, work, school etc. can all sway us away from what was once a very important part of our motoring life.

Today plenty of people still desire manual transmission cars but not every ones buying them. The reason for that doesn’t stem from their life choices. Aside from the life factors, the cars that come with a manual aren’t always the cars we wanted with a manual. Many manufacturers have ditched the standard shift options on their flag ship cars. The prime example of this is the Nissan Maxima that still sports the 4DSC badge but has its 270 horses connected to a CVT transmission with faux manual gear selection. A car best known as a “4 door sports car” now has no manual option and a cvt.

Almost more annoying for those row your own drivers is when only the base models offer the manual transmission. It’s typical for the 4cyl no frills model to come with a manual transmission but looking for the big motor and perhaps an AWD option? Sorry auto only for you. Looking for leather seats and creature comforts? Nope sorry, can’t have that if you want a stick shift. And don’t even consider an SUV, with the exception of a few cross overs like the Mazda CX-5, none come with a manual. Gone are the days when SUV’s like the Pathfinder and 4 Runner offered real 4 wheel drive with a manual transmission.

Not all is entirely lost though. If you still want to have fun with a practical car then there are some options out there. All though manual transmissions seem to be a thing of the past outside of performance cars and econo boxes, automatic transmissions aren’t as boring as they use to be. You won’t be able to use a clutch and hammer gears but with a little modern technology auto transmissions can still excite on our daily commute. A sedan like the Infiniti G37x comes with 328hp behind a quick shifting 7 speed and optional paddle shifters. Many cars are also following this trend of more gears, faster shifting, and paddles. The 2011 Acura TL added a 6th gear to its automatic for better fuel mileage and slightly better performance. Coincidently the TL is one of the few full size sedans still offered with AWD and a manual transmission.

Match a quick shifting automatic with AWD, traction control, and launch control and you’ve got a car that can sky rocket off the line before most can even think about letting the clutch out. So while we may never see cars like the Maxima or 4 Runner get a manual transmission again, the automatic offerings to come won’t be that bad. Keep your options open next time you’re out test driving cars, you may be surprised how easy it is to live without a manual these days.

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A Sneaky Trick That Car Dealerships Pull

Bet you aren’t too surprised to hear the word “sneaky” describe a car dealership. Well, this isn’t a post about how they try to upsell you or get you to pay more than a fair amount for what a car is worth. This is about another thing that car dealerships do, that you might not even realize.

Take a careful look around at all of the cars in a parking lot sometime. Count the number of cars that have a dealer sticker or decal on the window, emblem on the bumper, or license plate frame on them. Chances are good that the number will be pretty high. Maybe even your own car has one. This is because dealers slap them on after you purchase a vehicle. Maybe you noticed it and didn’t care, or never really thought about it or maybe you didn’t even notice it at all. What car buyers don’t realize is that the car dealership really has no right to put that on the car.

Think about it. As a consumer, you are paying for the car that you ultimately drive off of the lot. It is your owned property. A dealer has no right to put something on the car without your permission, but they do it every day knowing that many car owners won’t notice, won’t care, or will be too lazy to take it off.

These dealer stickers, decals, emblems, and license plate frames are essentially free advertising for the dealer. Everywhere you drive, you are promoting their brand to any car that passes you by or is stopped behind you at a red light.

If you are going to advertise a car dealership, shouldn’t you be compensated? If a dealer was willing to lower the price tag on a vehicle in exchange for advertising, that would be one thing. But what dealers are doing is taking advantage of the unassuming customer, which isn’t really fair. In most cases they aren’t even telling the new car owner what they are doing, they simply do it and then hope for the best.

If your car is currently promoting a dealership, and you don’t want it to be, luckily these promotional items can be removed fairly easily. Warm a sticker or decal and peel it off slowly so that the adhesive doesn’t leave a mark. A license plate frame can easily be removed by taking the license plate off of the car using a screwdriver. Be careful removing an emblem and use a fishing line or floss to cut through the foam and then use an adhesive remover to soften the remaining foam before taking it off to avoid gouging the paint job.

What are your thoughts on car dealers adding promotions to a customer’s car without their approval?

Parting out 2006 BMW 325XI – Stock # 120190



This is a 2006 BMW 325XI for parts. This is stock # 120190. This 325XI parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of BMW cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 325XI part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on BMW 325XI Parts. Finding a replacement OEM BMW 325XI part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM BMW part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2006 BMW 325XI!

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What’s the point of cars with Wi-Fi?

In car Wi-Fi has crossed my mind a few times lately as I’ve read news stories about texting while driving and the usability of some hands free systems. It’s interesting to think about how much technology we use in our daily lives and how important staying connected has become. Looking to capitalize on that, new car manufacturers are looking for ways to integrate Wi-Fi solutions into their vehicles. It only makes sense that people would want internet all around them but is a cars hot spot the answer?

I’m really having trouble understanding the point of an in car Wi-Fi system. I’m a technology buff at heart and love to see progression towards better products in the auto industry but this expensive option really seems like more of a gimmick then something usable. Fact is smart phones are growing at a rate no one can keep up with, it’s now to the point when even your grandmother may show up at your house to show off her new iPhone. Almost everyone is connected to the internet at all times. So the auto manufacturer would have you believe that paying for a mobile solution a 2nd time in your car would make sense.

Fact is almost every mobile phone in the world has internet access and so many smart phones also have the ability to act as a mobile hot spot. With your phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot you can use it virtually anywhere while taking advantage of your carrier’s huge cellular network. With a car’s hotspot your limited to a much smaller carrier plus you’re limited to sitting inside your car. Realistically how will you even take advantage of in car Wi-Fi if you’re the one driving? I’m all for having internet enabled cars for the entertainment system and integrated apps but paying extra for a stand along hot spot seems a little silly if you ask me.

So if you’re out shopping for a new car and the crafty sales guy is trying to sell you on a $500 Wi-Fi option plus a $40 or more monthly fee make sure you think long and hard about that decision. You’re probably better off exploring whatever options your cell carrier has to offer.

Parting out 2000 Mercedes S500 – Stock # 120169



This is a 2000 Mercedes S500 for parts. This is stock # 120169. This S500 parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mercedes cars annually and sell the parts online. Every S500 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mercedes S500 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mercedes S500 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Mercedes part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2000 Mercedes S500!

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How To: 06 Altima Window Switch Removal / Install

In this write up we’ll be showing you how to remove the master driver’s side window switch. This is a really easy DIY job that doesn’t take long to do. The car we’re working on is a 2006 Nissan Altima but this switch also interchanges with a 2005 Altima. This can be done in minutes with just a screw driver or trim panel removal tool.

Tools Needed

Flat head screw driver or Trim panel removal tool

Disconnect your Battery – Always remove the negative terminal of your battery before working on your car. This will keep you and your cars electronics safe while you do repairs. Remember that you could potentially have to re-enter your radio code after reconnecting the battery so be sure to have that handy. Radio presets, seat memory, trip computers and info screens may also lose information and presets when you disconnect the battery.

Step one

Using a trim panel removal tool or screw driver, gently pry up on the end of the window switch. If you’re using a screw driver, a rubberized one is better but use extra caution with a screw driver. It’s very easy to crack the trim if you use too much force.

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Parting out 2001 Saab 9-3 – Stock # 120140

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This is a 2001 Saab 9-3 for parts. This is stock # 120140. This 9-3 parts car has lots of good used car parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Saab cars annually and sell the parts online. Every 9-3 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Saab 9-3 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Saab 9-3 part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Saab part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2001 Saab 9-3!

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