Iconic Movie Cars – The Italian Job – 2003 Mini Cooper

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Welcome back everyone to another installment of Iconic Movie cars! Sorry for the bit of the hiatus but we have been quite busy. This week’s movie is The Italian Job (2003) and the 2003 Mini Cooper that was moded to steal quite a bit of gold, actually 3 Mini Coopers were moded in the movie. The movie was about a team of thieves 112_0806_09z+movie_cars+mini_cooper_the_italian_job[1]who plan to steal gold from a former associate who double-crossed them. Most of the film was shot on location in Venice and Los Angeles.

The plot involves your normal betrayal in a movie and the usual “I’m going to get you back” type of story-line. Steve double crosses the group after a gold heist and leaves them for dead. A year later Charlie finds out that Steve is living in L.A. and starts to plot on how to get the money back. The gang devises a plan to get 3 small cars to drive through his house in order to quickly steal the gold. Those cars were the 3 2003 Mini Coopers that were updated with mods to make them quicker and to make them carry the amount of weight that the gold will add to the trunk of the car. With the driving through the house plan falling through, they end up blowing a hole in a busy L.A. street in order to steal the gold from an armored truck and drive the Mini’s through the L.A. subway system.

In 2001 the Mini Cooper was the first model on the new generation of Mini. It was available in a Cooper and Cooper S model. 2003_mini_cooper-1It sported a 1.6L engine that had an option for a supercharger and the S after the cooper is what signified that. The Cooper heritage was further emphasized with the John Cooper Works (JCW) range of tuning options that are available with the Mini. Mini also created a one-off racing model of the Mini Cooper S named the Mini Cooper S Works. This car had many extra features that would help to improve performance, such as a racing exhaust and high performance air filter as well as an upgraded suspension. The car also had one-of-a-kind 17 inch racing wheels.

I have never driven a Mini Cooper before but I know a few people that have own them. One of them being a taller than average person and he would surprise me when he would tell me he had so much room to fit in his car, granted no one would be sitting behind him but he was able to fit in it and be comfortable. These cars do look like a ton of fun to drive and they seem like little go karts zipping around. In the movie they made this car even more desirable by putting Charlize Theron behind the wheel and of course all the upgrades they did to the car and the locations where they were driving it.

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Traveling with your dog this summer


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Keeping your dog safe and secure in your car is important whether you’re just going for a quick trip around town or on a cross country summer adventure. An unrestrained dog can become a potential hazard and a serious distraction.

In 2011 AAA and Kurgo conducted an online survey of 1000 dog owners and found that 84 percent of survey takers allowed their dogs to roam freely in the car and 65 percent admitted to being distracted by their dog while driving. So, here are a few tips to keep you and your pup safe this summer:

Don’t put a pet crate on the front seat; airbag deployment could be fatal to your dog in an accident

Don’t leave your dog in your parked car, car temperatures can rise quickly in the heat and heat stroke can happen in minutes

If you’re transporting your pooch in a small pet carrier the best place for it is on the floor between the front and rear seats, if it was designed for use with a seatbelt then go ahead and put it on the backseat restrained with the seatbelt.

Make sure the tag attached to your dog’s collar has your correct information including a cell phone number.

Take a minute to learn of a vet in the area of your destination, also keep a pet first aid kit and health records should there be an emergency.

Before you set out on the road take a few minutes and do a little research on the best way to restrain your dog in your vehicle, there are many choices for harnesses some of which have been crash tested.

Have fun and stay safe on the roads this summer.

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Parting out 2005 Nissan Murano – Stock # 140228



This is a 2005 Nissan Murano for parts. This is stock # 140228. This Murano parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Nissan cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every Murano part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Nissan Murano Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Nissan Murano part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Nissan part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2005 Nissan Murano! Read the rest of this entry »

Parting out 2005 Honda Civic – Stock # 140221



This is a 2005 Honda Civic for parts. This is stock # 140221. This Civic parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Honda cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every Civic part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Honda Civic Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Honda Civic part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Honda part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2005 Honda Civic! Read the rest of this entry »

Parting out 2000 Mercedes ML55 – Stock # 140227



This is a 2000 Mercedes ML55 for parts. This is stock # 140227. This ML55 parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mercedes cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every ML55 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mercedes ML55 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mercedes ML55 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 ML55!

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Parting out 2001 BMW 325i – Stock # 140220



This is a 2001 BMW 325i for parts. This is stock # 140220. This 325i parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of BMW cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every 325i part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on BMW 325i Parts. Finding a replacement OEM BMW 325i 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 2001 BMW 325i!

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Parting out 2006 Volkswagen Passat – Stock # 140217



This is a 2006 Volkswagen Passat for parts. This is stock # 140217. This Passat parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Volkswagen cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every Passat part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Volkswagen Passat Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Volkswagen Passat part can be a real hassle but here at Tom’s Foreign we’ve made it easy for you to get the right OEM Volkswagen part when you need it. Shop our online parts store today and save big the next time you need to fix your 2006 Volkswagen Passat!

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Parting out 2003 Mercedes C240 – Stock # 140226



This is a 2003 Mercedes C240 for parts. This is stock # 140226. This C240 parts car has lots of good used auto parts left on it. At Tom’s Foreign Auto parts, we part out hundreds of Mercedes cars annually and sell the used car parts online. Every C240 part we sell comes with an industry leading money back guarantee. Shop our online car parts store to find great deals on Mercedes C240 Parts. Finding a replacement OEM Mercedes C240 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 2003 Mercedes C240!

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