: aftermarket foreign parts

07-01-13, 11:47 PM
this is just food for though as I was reading through some of the other threads and was looking at brakes. I seen many people talking about some brake manufacturers calling their stuff bad because they were made in foreign countries, china, ect. I believe in 100 percent American made as I have been a classic muscle car fan for years, I could be wrong but I would bet that if just about anybody went out to their cars and started looking at factory parts many are made in foreign countries and just assembled in America. For example The company I used to work for prided itself as made in America but the fact was (and still is) most of the parts come from china and mexico and assembled here. I am not trying to start an argument just bringing to light that many American cars are more foreign than American.

07-02-13, 10:23 AM
I could be wrong but I would bet that if just about anybody went out to their cars and started looking at factory parts many are made in foreign countries and just assembled in America.
Sadly, you are not wrong.

07-02-13, 10:53 AM
Which U.S.-Built Cars Have the Highest Domestic-Parts Content?
Make/Model Domestic-parts content Assembly location
Ford Taurus 90 percent Chicago
Lincoln MKS 85 percent Chicago
Toyota Sienna 85 percent Princeton, Ind.
GMC Savana 1500 82 percent Wentzville, Mo.
Chevrolet Express 1500 82 percent Wentzville, Mo.
Buick Lucerne 81 percent Detroit
Chevrolet Malibu 80 percent Kansas City, Kan.
Honda Odyssey 80 percent Lincoln, Ala.
Toyota Avalon 80 percent Georgetown, Ky.
Toyota Tundra 80 percent San Antonio
Toyota Venza 80 percent Georgetown, Ky.

This was interesting http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-ten-2011-american-sourced-content.html Why is the Cadillac CTS ranked 5 and 10?

the comments were interesting.
At 4/19/2011 4:22 PM, Blogger VangelV said...
Such nations have exported their way to prosperity.

They saved and invested their way to prosperity. You can't export if you do not have productive capital to produce goods. And that productive capital comes from saving and investing. Germany, Japan, and Korea prospered because their citizens saved money and those savings financed capital accumulation that provided jobs.

I can't think of any nation that imported its way to prosperity.

When nations import a great deal more than they export they usually wind up paying for those exports by depleting savings, which makes it hard to accumulate capital. And without capital it is hard to create jobs for people and to make a nation prosperous.

Most people are confused because they look at the standard of living and assume that it is sustainable. But as we have seen with the US, a high standard of living that is based on borrowing and consuming brings massive risks that are bound to end very badly. Even if Americans wanted to, they would find it difficult to reverse the economic trends because they have little in the way of savings that can be the basis of capital formation.
- See more at: http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2011/04/top-ten-2011-american-sourced-content.html#sthash.LClzscS4.dpuf

07-02-13, 03:25 PM
Ummm, is that "domestic parts content" a substitute for the old "If you can't fill 'em with facts, baffle 'em with bullshit !" ?

For the tip of the iceberg: 2002 STS (Hamtramck, Michigan) -

Spark plugs - Japan
Fuel regulator - Germany
Fuel injectors - Germany
Electronic sensors - Germany, Japan, Mexico, others
Water pump drive tensioner - Canada
Wiring harnesses - Mexico, Canada, others
Seats, seat assemblies - Canada
Water pump assemblies - China
Light bulbs - China, Mexico, Germany
......... and the list goes on and on and on.

Your list of "Predominantly American" cars is populated by models that are about 81% American parts sourced - EVERY car made has an international mishmash of parts - so 20% of your car is outsourced.

............ and none of this has anything to do with the OP's original "aftermarket parts" observation.

07-02-13, 04:47 PM
hello all,
Like I said I don't want to start an argument but I think the point I was trying to get at is how many OE parts from the factory (example: if I went and bought a brand new car today, say a Cadillac). how many parts are actually from foreign countries so when people say bad things about aftermarket parts from other countries, do they really have ground to stand on. Is there a big difference. do foreign countries manufacture stuff different for the dealer than say autozone. I mean I really don't know.

07-02-13, 08:28 PM
AutoZone is in a class all by itself. Cheap, off shore, imitation junk designed to last a year or less.