Foreign vs. Domestic sometimes Unsure Waters

imageForeign vs. Domestic; questions arise like, what is better, and can anyone no for sure. Another one might be, does it matter - especially in this global economy in which we live.

From MoneyAllocator.com:

In 2005 there were 63 million cars and light trucks produced worldwide. The USA produced 11,524,000, Japan produced 10,064,000, Germany produced 5,543,000, followed by China. Would you be surprised to know that many of the vehicles manufactured in the USA are designated as “foreign” while many vehicles manufactured in Mexico or Canada are designated as “domestic” (American)?

That’s due to federal regulations that require a “domestic” vehicle to be made of at least 75% domestic parts (content). So, US manufacturers send parts to Mexico or Canada where the cars are built, but are legally sold as “domestic”. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai manufacture cars in the USA, with American workers, in American plants, with American research facilities, that are “foreign” because they contain less than 75% domestic parts (content).

The waters darken even more when we try to figure out the big car companies. Most, or even all, of these guys have offices and factories in the U.S. and worldwide. G.M., and American company (right?) has stake in Saab, Opel, Holden, Fuji Heavy Industries (Daewoo), Suzuki Motors, and Isuzu Motors - German and Japanese car makers.

Whether “local” or “domestic,” the money is basically untraceable, and one can’t say that just because it sounds foreign (or historically WAS) that it IS foreign.

Now, Ford owns Volvo, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Jaguar - wait, Jaguar? They   have a big stake also in Mazda.

Chrysler, that “all-American” brand, was taken over by Daimler-Benz A.G. of Germany in 1998.

Confused? Almost everyone is, but the good news is that it matters less whether to buy local or foreign. Especially now that parts and repair can also be done locally.

In Minnesota, a shop called DJ Foreign Auto Care can take care of domestic, foreign, or “domestic-sounding-yet-foreign” cars.

If you have concerns about the repair and maintenance of your car, you might consider DJ Foreign Auto Care.

We also have the latest in diagnostic equipment to service nearly every domestic and import car in and around the Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota area.

If you live near Minneapolis, just bring your car to DJ Foreign Auto Care at: 2626 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 - (612) 588-3305

The Porche Carrera Series

imageThe Porche Carrera (which means “race” in Spanish) brand is a street-legal brand that boasts fast cars and big engines. The name commemorates the company’s success in the pene man Carrera Panamericana race. Carreras have been made since the 1960s with all sorts of names and numbers, but the thing that binds them is speed, power, and handling.

In the 2000’s, Porche started with the Porche 997 (still made today) and the 911 (new 911 models are still being made.)

The newest 911, the Carrera GTS

From the website of insideline.com:

Based on the Carrera 4S, the Carrera 4 GTS shares its upgraded 3.8-liter flat-6 engine with the rear-drive Carrera GTS. The engine delivers 408 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual or the optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double-clutch automatic.

With the PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe gallops from zero to 60 in 4.0 seconds. Top speed is 186 mph with the PDK, 187 with the six-speed manual.

Porsche Traction Management and a mechanical limited-slip differential are standard on the C4 GTS coupe and cabrio, as is a sport exhaust system with black quad pipes.

With a great cockpit, artistically designed front apron and black side skirts, this car is comfortable, fast, and an attention getter.

For repair, although a foreign car, DJ Foreign Auto Care is THE place for foreign car repair.

DJ F.A. Care is also good at repairing domestic vehicles. Give us a call, schedule an appointment with us.

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located at 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

 

The Fastest Porche Ever

The fastest Porche to hit the streets is the 911 GT2 RS. The engine - 620HP. This new Porche surpasses the 993 Carrera RS, and is part of the 977 series. This sports car is lighter than the others, and with a twin-turbocharged engine, it pushes 516 pounds-per-foot of tourque out of it’s body.

With carbon fiber seats, lighter doors and panels, and doors without handles - not really handles as the rest of the world knows; this is Porsche done right. 500 of them will be made, and the asking price of is about $245,000.

This car is the resuls of years of research, development, and improvements, and represents the all of what a 911 can be.

DJ Foreign Auto Care is THE place for foreign and domestic car repair, they are also good at repairing domestic vehicles. Give us a call, schedule an appointment with us.

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located at 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

The telephone number is (612) 588-3305

Japanese Car Industry

imageJapan is one of the largest automobile manufacturers and exporter, and the country now has six of the world’s ten largest automobile manufacturers. Japan has sports motorcycle and car manufacturers, Kawasaki and Yamaha, as well as companies like Kubota and Hitachi. Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Yamaha, Mazda, Suzuki, and Subaru are some of the well-known manufactures coming from Japan.

Business conglomerates started to make automobiles in the early 1900’s. Businesses often made their own trucks, and as WWII was starting, cargo truck production hastened. Later, when demand for passenger vehicles grew, they started to make cars and motorcycles. Often, companies in Japan would partner with overseas companies, like Isuzu, which partnered with Wolseley Motors of the UK. Mitsubishi also designed some of their cars after European models, such as the Fiat. 

Honda is one of the biggest companies, given American and European brands a run for their money. All current models of the Honda come standard with ABS and airbags, as well as  more powerful 1.8 liter hybrid engines, and remains fuel economical.

Honda has entered American territory also (the first Japanese maker to do so,) building the Civic Si, a slightly sportier car than the basic Civic. This expansion is good for both Japan and the U.S., since most parts being made in the U.S. means tax revenue, and it gives Americans jobs, but some money still filters back to Japan.

These guys make their above cars in Ohio and Alabama, and Toyota also has plants in Texas and Indiana. These are cars with parts more than 75% American-made. The car itself is assembled in the U.S.

Although DJ Foreign Auto Care is THE place for foreign car repair, they are also good at repairing domestic vehicles. Give us a call, schedule an appointment with us.

More and more car makers, Audi and Mazda above, are made here.

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located on 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

The telephone number is (612) 588-3305

Affordable Small Cars
From Cars.com, the best American made cars are:
Toyota Camry
Ford F-150
Honda Accord
Toyota Sienna
Honda Pilot
Chevrolet Traverse
Toyota Tundra
Jeep Liberty
GMC Acadia
Buick Enclave
Cars.com says:
"… American-Made Index rates vehicles built and bought in the U.S. Factors include sales, where the car’s parts come from and whether the car is assembled in the U.S. We disqualify models with a domestic parts content rating below 75 percent, models built exclusively outside the U.S. or models soon to be discontinued without a U.S.-built successor."

Honda is Japanese right?

They also make the above cars in Ohio and Alabama, and Toyota has plants in Texas and Indiana. These are cars with parts more than 75% American-made. The car itself is assembled in the U.S.

Although DJ Foreign Auto Care is THE place for foreign car repair, they are also good at repairing domestic vehicles. Give us a call, schedule an appointment with us.

More and more car makers, Audi and Mazda above, are made here.

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located at 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

The telephone number is (612) 588-3305

Imported Shopping Advice

imageWhat do you look for when you shop for an imported car? First - why shop for imported cars? Sometimes, imports can have better equipment for the same price, its unusual, and it can be a model thats not available in the US, thus bringing attention to your ride.

But watch out… If it’s gonna be imported, its gotta be really imported. Just buying BMW or Audi or VW doesn’t necessarily mean import - many ‘overseas’ manufacturers have local versions of import cars.

Not to mention some Italian, French and British companies making cars in America.

This doesn’t mean that they are all cheap cars, and they are not imitations; most local ‘foreign cars’ go under their own model, and they are well made, but they can be confused as a foreign car and disappoint the buyer.

Make sure that you ask this question from the dealer - don’t just assume. Most dealer won’t lie about this, but the truth could be stretched.

The Mazda MX-5, also known as Miata in North America and Eunos Roadster in Japan are two of those confusing cars: Am I buying import, or local? It’s not hard to tell, but some people easily overlook this seemingly obvious fact.

Japan is the most popular source for imports, and many independent dealers now specialise in this area. Buying Japanese can be a great way to get hold of a car that’s:

  • built to a higher spec than the American version
  • not available here at all
  • cheaper than the  American equivalent

One problem with imported cars is that they are often hard to repair. Most repair shops don’t have diagnostic and other needed equipment.

But not DJ Foreign Auto Care. DJ is an ASE certified shop that is already handling the repair of foreign AND domestic cars.

We have factory trained technicians who can repair Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Saab or Volkswagen.

We also have the latest in diagnostic equipment to service nearly every import in and around the Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota area. Additional makes and models serviced include: Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

We fix everything on imported and domestic cars from the front bumper to the back bumper… From A to Z… Things as minor as changing wiper blades to as major as replacing entire engines… Tires … Oil Changes … Emissions Repairs … Air Conditioning …  Brakes … Exhaust … Electronics … Power Locks … 

Some of our services are:

  • Automatic Transmission/Transaxle Service
  • Brakes—pads, drums/rotors, calipers, etc.
  • Buyer’s Inspections
  • Cooling System—Water Pumps, Radiators, Thermostats, etc.
  • Fuel Injection Service
  • Lube, Oil & Filter
  • Maintenance—30-60-90-100,000+ mile services
  • Manual Transmission/Drivetrain Repairs
  • Suspension—CV joints, shocks, struts, etc.
  • Steering—Power steering pumps, hoses, knuckles, etc.
  • Timing Belts
  • Brake servicing
  • Alignments
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Air, Fuel, and Cabin filters
  • Wipers and wiper motors
  • Air conditioning

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located on 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

Call now to get on the schedule: 612-588-3305.

Wondering how long you can drive your Mercedes Benz between service intervals?
According to DJ Foreign Auto Care of Minneapolis, you will want to have it checked when your Mercedes’ Flexible Service System indicates it’s time for service. Here is what they have to say about routine maintenance:


In general, you can expect to drive your Mercedes approximately 10,000 miles between services – and as many as 20,000 miles – depending on which model you drive, how you drive it and the severity of your driving conditions.


If you have a high performance Mercedes Benz SLK Class and you drive it had, you may need to have it serviced every 10K miles. On the other hand, if you have one of the luxury sedans and drive it very cautiously, you may only need to have it serviced every 20K miles.
They also have this to say regarding service intervals for Mercedes-Benz:


What you might not know is that taking care of your Mercedes-Benz is probably a lot easier and more affordable than you may think.


That’s really encouraging news for Benz owners since Mercedes has a perhaps undeserved reputation as being a high maintenance, expensive-to-repair automobile. According to their “Taking care of your Mercedes-Benz can be easy and affordable!" blog post they have factory trained mechanics who use dealer-level Mercedes-Benz diagnostic software. Rather than guess or use aftermarket tools to reset they car’s computer system, DJ’s goes all out bu using the same software used by dealerships.
If you are the owner of a Mercedes-Benz and are tired of paying dealer prices for everything from routine maintenance to complete engine and transmission overhauls, you owe it to yourself and your car to make a call to DJ Foreign Auto Care and hear why more and more people are counting on this import auto repair shop to do top-notch work at reasonable prices when compared with bringing your car to a dealership.
DJ Foreign Auto Care, 2626 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 - (612) 588-3305

Wondering how long you can drive your Mercedes Benz between service intervals?

According to DJ Foreign Auto Care of Minneapolis, you will want to have it checked when your Mercedes’ Flexible Service System indicates it’s time for service. Here is what they have to say about routine maintenance:

In general, you can expect to drive your Mercedes approximately 10,000 miles between services – and as many as 20,000 miles – depending on which model you drive, how you drive it and the severity of your driving conditions.

If you have a high performance Mercedes Benz SLK Class and you drive it had, you may need to have it serviced every 10K miles. On the other hand, if you have one of the luxury sedans and drive it very cautiously, you may only need to have it serviced every 20K miles.

They also have this to say regarding service intervals for Mercedes-Benz:

What you might not know is that taking care of your Mercedes-Benz is probably a lot easier and more affordable than you may think.

That’s really encouraging news for Benz owners since Mercedes has a perhaps undeserved reputation as being a high maintenance, expensive-to-repair automobile. According to their “Taking care of your Mercedes-Benz can be easy and affordable!" blog post they have factory trained mechanics who use dealer-level Mercedes-Benz diagnostic software. Rather than guess or use aftermarket tools to reset they car’s computer system, DJ’s goes all out bu using the same software used by dealerships.

If you are the owner of a Mercedes-Benz and are tired of paying dealer prices for everything from routine maintenance to complete engine and transmission overhauls, you owe it to yourself and your car to make a call to DJ Foreign Auto Care and hear why more and more people are counting on this import auto repair shop to do top-notch work at reasonable prices when compared with bringing your car to a dealership.

DJ Foreign Auto Care, 2626 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 - (612) 588-3305

Foreign Body, Demestic Innards

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College students love foreign cars… But if one must go foreign, it has been said, avoid cars from Japan or Korea because they have high repair costs,and they will leave the driver / buyer with nothing to drive while you wait for parts to come in.

Matt Cramer of Bangshift.com has an article about stuffing foreign cars with American engines (sort of like an Ottoman empire fish dish that has it’s innards removed while looking intact.)

The AC Ace would probably be little more than another entry on a list of obscure British cars if it hadn’t been for Carroll Shelby’s decision to buy them in bulk and stuff Ford motors into them, creating the legendary AC Cobra.  While most BangShifters have a love of American iron, sometimes the power which moved that American iron can work magic when stuffed into an import. Many foreign cars are front wheel drive transportation appliances, but there’s a couple of them that are just about perfect for V8 swaps. With enough room under the hood, rear wheel drive, light weight, a great chassis, and a price close enough to the bottom of the depreciation curve that you don’t need factory Ford backing to play at being Shelby and swap a 

V8 into an import to turn an old beater into a world beater.

Without listing all these cars for you, we might give away the best. Matt Cramer recomments putting a Ford smallblock or LSx engine into a Mazda Miata.

These small cars can roar Corvette-like, and can make one wonder if a cartoon movie came to life. Nobody’s just going to think “Oh, what a cute little roadster” after hearing this car with a supercharged engine.

Now when it comes to repairs, a foreign car with a domestic engine might confuse some repair shops. 

But not DJ Foreign Auto Care. DJ is an ASE certified shop that is already handling the repair of foreign AND domestic cars.

We have factory trained technicians who can repair Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini Cooper, Saab or Volkswagen.

We also have the latest in diagnostic equipment to service nearly every import in and around the Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota area. Additional makes and models serviced include: Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.


Automatic Transmission/Transaxle ServiceSome of our services are:

  • Brakes—pads, drums/rotors, calipers, etc.
  • Buyer’s Inspections
  • Cooling System—Water Pumps, Radiators, Thermostats, etc.
  • Fuel Injection Service
  • Lube, Oil & Filter
  • Maintenance—30-60-90-100,000+ mile services
  • Manual Transmission/Drivetrain Repairs
  • Suspension—CV joints, shocks, struts, etc.
  • Steering—Power steering pumps, hoses, knuckles, etc.
  • Timing Belts
  • Brake servicing
  • Alignments
  • Tires
  • Batteries
  • Air, Fuel, and Cabin filters
  • Wipers and wiper motors
  • Air conditioning

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located at 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

Call now to get on the schedule: 612-588-3305.

By the way, Matt Cramer, who wrote the source artlcle, also wrote a book called “Performance Fuel Injection Systems: How to Design, Build, Modify, and Tune EFI and ECU Systems,” which details how to supercharge cars without “breaking” them.

Popular Mechanics Top 10

imagePopular Mechanic’s Top 10 Cars for 2012 lists cars in 10 categories, including an engine by Mazda topping PM’s technical innovation award.

PM says:

The Top 10 Cars for 2012: PM’s Auto Excellence AwardsAfter a year of test-driving the latest automotive offerings, we debated the functionality, style, performance, technology, and driving character of the 2012 cars to decide our favorites. Here are the 10 best cars of 2012, sorted by segment.

Here, in brief, are the winners for 2012 Popular Mechanics Top 10:

  • Dodge Durango in Versatility
  • BMW 1M Coupe in Fun To Drive
  • Jeep Wrangler  in Off-Road Ability
  • Infiniti M Hybrid in Luxury
  • Mustang Boss 302 in Performance
  • Audi A7 in Design 
  • Hyundai Accent GLS in Value
  • VW Passat TDI Fuel in Efficiency
  • Nissan NV in Workhorse
  • Mazda Skyactiv Engines in Technical Innovation with its Skyactiv Diesel Engine

Although DJ Foreign Auto Care is THE place for foreign car repair, most of these are domestic. More and more car makers, Audi and Mazda above, are made here.

DJ F.A. Care is also good at repairing domestic vehicles. Give us a call, schedule an appointment with us.

DJ Foreign Auto Care is located at 2626 University Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN.

imageAccording to a recent award in MSN Cars, 6 out of 6 Best Money Cars brands are foreign, and 6 are domestic. The Best  Cars for the Money award covers 23 automotive categories, and it ranks cars by the pricetag to everything-else ratio.

Ford took home the most number of awards, with 5 of its cars selected as winners. Foreign cars such as the Subaru Outback, Volkswagen GTI and Audi Q5 - although Audi Q is really made and assembled in the US

According to this article, here are the 2012 Best Cars for the Money:


Affordable 2-Row Compact SUV - 2012 Chevrolet Equinox

Affordable 3-Row Compact SUV - 2012 Toyota RAV4

Affordable Large Car - 2012 Ford Taurus

Affordable Large SUV - 2012 Chevrolet Suburban

Affordable Midsize Car - 2012 Ford Fusion

Affordable2-Row Midsize SUV - 2012 Ford Edge

Affordable 3-Row Midsize SUV - 2012 Mazda CX-9

Compact Car - 2012 Chevrolet Cruze

Subcompact Car - 2012 Ford Fiesta

Affordable Sports Car - 2012 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Compact Pickup Truck - 2012 Toyota Tacoma

Full Size Pickup Truck - 2012 Ram 1500

Hatchback - 2012 Ford Fiesta

Hybrid Car - 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Hybrid SUV - 2012 Lexus RX Hybrid

Luxury Compact SUV2012 Audi Q5

Luxury Large SUV2012 Cadillac Escalade

Luxury Midsize SUV - 2012 Lexus RX 350

Minivan - 2012 Mazda Mazda5

Off-Road SUV - 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Upscale Midsize Car - 2012 Buick Regal

Upscale Small Car - 2012 Volkswagen GTI

Wagon - 2012 Subaru Outback

If you have concerns about the repair and maintenance of your car, you might consider DJ Foreign Auto Care.

We also have the latest in diagnostic equipment to service nearly every domestic and import car in and around the Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota area.

Additional makes and models serviced include: Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.

If you live near Minneapolis, just bring your car to DJ Foreign Auto Care at: 2626 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 - (612) 588-3305