How Reliable is the BMW 135i N54

BMW has always been successful with their compact sports car platforms. It’s in their roots. As their models grew in size with every generation, they saw a need to create a new model that filled in the gap they had created with the bulking-up of their iconic 3-series. In 2008, the world was given the [...]

2020-02-26T14:22:55-05:00February 26th, 2020|About, BMW, Tech Tips|0 Comments

Schwaben Professional BMW Scan Tool: Battery Replacement

Anytime the battery is replaced on your newer BMW, you must register it using a scan tool.  This will only work, however, with an identical battery to the factory equipped battery being uninstalled. The battery will not register if you change from Lead Acid to AMG. Using an identical battery to factory equipment, this will [...]

Add Style Points to Your Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen

Modern cars have come a long way. I know, every writer from ever automotive decade has said exactly those words. Mind-blowing tech and performance capabilities at the time lose their luster and eventually become a joke. Like claiming a 9-second 0-60mph as ‘sporty.’ Today, though, we are at the peak. Cars don’t need engine swaps [...]

2020-01-27T15:02:13-05:00January 27th, 2020|About, Audi, Body & Exterior, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Add Style Points to Your Audi, BMW, or Volkswagen

Builds Don’t Take Breaks: ECS Sales and Customer Support are Now Available 7 Days a Week

It's Sunday. You're in the garage, wrenching away, tackling that project you need to finish as quickly as possible. You go to install your fresh new parts when suddenly, you realize you forgot something. Maybe it's just a simple part, like a hose or a filter. Maybe it's something bigger. Or, as is sometimes the [...]

2020-01-23T11:54:27-05:00January 23rd, 2020|Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Builds Don’t Take Breaks: ECS Sales and Customer Support are Now Available 7 Days a Week

How to Make Your MK6 or MK7 GTI Look Better in Five Minutes: ECS Direct Fit Exhaust Tips

When it comes to adding personal touches to our cars, you often have three qualities to expect, and two you can pick per upgrade. As the old saying goes; you can have it fast, you can have it good, and you can have it cheap, but you can’t have all three. You have to pick [...]

2020-01-22T15:14:33-05:00January 22nd, 2020|About, DIYs, Exhaust, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How to Make Your MK6 or MK7 GTI Look Better in Five Minutes: ECS Direct Fit Exhaust Tips

How to Bleed Your Brakes Alone or With a Friend

Brake service is a regular part of owning any car. We don’t have to explain to you why brakes, and their condition, are important for a car’s functionality. However, one part of the brake system that is often overlooked is the fluid and brake lines. With brake lines and fluid, much of their condition is [...]

2020-01-21T17:08:40-05:00January 21st, 2020|About, Braking, DIYs, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to Bleed Your Brakes Alone or With a Friend

How to Keep Your Car Clean in the Winter

After what was mostly a mild winter so far, here in Ohio, we finally were hit with some more typical weather. Snow for almost a week straight has blanketed the northern part of this state with a few intermittent days above freezing where it melts and drags all the dust, grime, dirt, and debris before [...]

2020-01-20T16:27:45-05:00January 20th, 2020|About, BMW, Car Care|Comments Off on How to Keep Your Car Clean in the Winter

The MK5 A90 Supra: What Changed Our Minds

When Toyota announced the return of the Supra name, the internet and all automotive enthusiasts collectively rejoiced. While we may have different tastes, motorsport outlets, and favorite brands that we constantly debate, the community effectively unified in a brief moment of harmony with the prospect of a MK5 Supra. When we reported its initial launch [...]

2020-01-15T16:35:14-05:00January 15th, 2020|About, BMW|Comments Off on The MK5 A90 Supra: What Changed Our Minds

The Most Important Tool for Any Home Garage

You may remember a few months back when I wrote about a Volvo 240dl 5spd wagon I picked up for a friend of mine who asked me to find one, fix it up, and bring it to her down in Nashville. After waiting on all the parts to come in from their various suppliers, I [...]

2020-01-13T15:57:38-05:00January 13th, 2020|About, DIYs|Comments Off on The Most Important Tool for Any Home Garage