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Old 01-08-2001, 07:20 PM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? I think Nissan built my subaru, etc

I was working on a maxima (mid 90's i think). Was inside the car and all the components were just like the RS! buttons, air vents, imitation leather/plastic dash material, etc.
And ESPECIALLY the side mirror control. If you ever change your shifter, check out the bottom of the mirror switch... it says NISSAN on it!
Also, my starter says "mitsubishi".
Ever notice how much the galant and the legacy look alike? Are they cousins?

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Old 01-08-2001, 07:43 PM   #2
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Car manufacturers do not custom-manufacture every single component; as you observed, many are bought in from other manufacturers (which may or may not also make cars, like Mitsubishi).

It pays to buy in your components in the highest bullk possible; if you can get e.g. a window switch from a supplier than already makes window switches for, say, Nissan, they'll be cheaper (and no less effective) than paying for that supplier to come up with a custom design (as BMW does, for instance). So you will find common parts, designs and materials in many cars. For example my mid-80s Rover shared an electric mirror switch with a Testarossa.

By the way, a Galant and Legacy have nothing whatsoever to do with each other, design-wise or engineering-wise. Similarity in looks is merely a slight/perceived lack of originality. The only common thread is that they both have four wheels, an engine etc.

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Old 01-08-2001, 07:53 PM   #3
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I believe our rear differential is also the same used on some Nissans. IIRC.
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Old 01-08-2001, 08:24 PM   #4
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Yes, the diff is made by Hitatchi and IIRC was first used in the Datsun B10.
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Old 01-09-2001, 01:01 AM   #5
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dont forget the bosch sensor components.......here in the states, a lot of stuff is standardized to avoid any complications either business or customer related. ever look at power window switches? most differ in design but are labeled exactly the same. same electro printing same size lettering and same fonts. its all politics.......
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Old 01-09-2001, 07:15 AM   #6
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Radiator says Calsonic on it as well..what is that company anyways? I always see it on Jap road race cars and such

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Old 01-09-2001, 07:25 AM   #7
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Are you sure it isn't spelled, NISSIN?"

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Old 01-09-2001, 07:44 AM   #8
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My 98 Accord's dash say "FORD" on it......
Calsonic, isn't that is like Mugen for Honda?
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Old 01-09-2001, 08:31 AM   #9
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"Calsonic...take me away..." oh...wait...no, thats "Calgon"...nevermind
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Old 01-09-2001, 08:35 AM   #10
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Calsonic is an auto parts manufacturer, not a performance tuner. Calsonic is the sponsor of the Calsonic race teams, not the owner.
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Old 01-09-2001, 09:14 AM   #11
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Calsonic is, i believe, an electronic parts maker. they sponsor some nissan's NISMO is nissan's "special division". with typical japanese originality it stands for NISsan MOtorsports.

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Old 01-09-2001, 09:58 AM   #12
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my 84 Rx-7 says Mitsubishi on most of the ECU and electrical components. This is very common amoung car manufactors.

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Old 01-09-2001, 11:23 AM   #13
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The Hitachi R160 rear diff was first used in the Datsun 510(not B10). Similar designs are used in the early Zs, early 200sx's, and the first gen 300zx's.

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Old 01-09-2001, 11:41 AM   #14
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Just like my dads 92' ford ranger. It has a mitsubishi transmission. Whats up with that? Import parts in domestic cars.
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Old 01-09-2001, 11:55 AM   #15
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I thought Ford was teamed up with Mazda...

Also, isn't Nissan at least partly owned by FUJI Heavy Industries?
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Old 01-09-2001, 01:03 PM   #16
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you think thats bad...take a look at those new Ford something or others...the smallest SUV they just put out this year...its a Honduh CRV all the way
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Old 01-10-2001, 12:04 AM   #17
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Well it's just like BMW using some automatic tranys from GM. And Toyota buys Chevy blocks for there Tundras and Sequoias(sp?) but the rest that I know of is Toyota.
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Old 01-10-2001, 12:04 AM   #18
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I'm not surprised that Mitsubishi made our ECUs because Mitsubishi also makes computer and electrical components. They also make pencils and erasers, operate banks in Japan, etc etc.
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Old 01-10-2001, 12:27 AM   #19
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i just remembered... my jeep's tranny is built by toyota. the only part of the drivetrain to not break. i snapped the driveshaft, blew the diff seal, went through motor mounts, etc.
I think you guys are right: "why re-invent the wheel?"

Isnt the ford probe built by mazda. Someone said that's the only reason the (anal) probe doesnt suck haha.
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Old 01-10-2001, 12:53 AM   #20
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I believe it was the other way around. Nissan owned a share of FHI which they recently sold. Now GM's owns a share of FHI.

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