The VW MK7 R has been in our hands long enough now that some of its weak points have become clear to owners and enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a second-hand MK7 R, chances are, these issues have already been addressed, but it’s certainly something to look out for and check the service history. Whether [...]
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The MK4 platform is one of the best-selling VW models of all time, especially if you include all the possible variants. The Jetta, Beetle, and Golf all shared the MK4 platform from 1998-2005 (give or take, some versions started later, others ended later). With several engine options, layouts, and even models to choose between, it's [...]
If you are looking at an E92 M3 or just purchased one, you’re in for one of the most rewarding driving experiences available, especially for cars at that price point. For roughly $25,000, you can have a 414hp S65-powered coupe with a manual or DCT transmission that perfectly balances luxury and performance for a stellar [...]
Recently, we spoke about how to add over 100 hp to your Audi B7 A4. Today, we’re going to ensure it stands the test of time and holds up under all that pressure. While it is a fantastic platform, the 2.0T longitudinal engine in the B7 A4 has some shortcomings. Fortunately, those drawbacks are well-documented [...]
The Audi B8 A4 is the S4’s less angry counterpart. If you want all the style but aren’t concerned with having the most powerful engine available for the chassis, the B8 A4 is an excellent choice. It has all the refinement you could want from an executive sedan and plenty of ‘get up and go’ [...]
If you want a stately sedan with plenty of power from the factory and massive potential for aftermarket improvements, the B8 or B8.5 S4 is perhaps one of the most well-rounded cars you can find. With its 3.0T supercharged V6, available manual transmission, four doors, sporty yet luxurious interior, and iconic Quattro AWD system, the [...]
The E46 M3 is considered the last analog M3 and is still used today as the benchmark quintessential sports car. With a celebrated history, massive enthusiast community, and astounding aftermarket support, it has maintained relevance and still commands a premium price, even for SMG-equipped examples. Despite all those positives, and the 333bhp S54 power plant [...]
Last week we talked about preventative maintenance and how doing services at home strategically is what can make enthusiast ownership more affordable. This “while you’re in there” mentality is the focus this week as we discuss more tips and tricks for maintaining your car and preserving your wallet. By being extremely strategic and organizing your [...]
As I mentioned last week, these next articles will focus on how you can make enthusiast ownership affordable here in 2023. In fact, I’m arguing that enthusiast car ownership is now more affordable than ever. This week is all about how to save your future self money by being proactive, but tactical, with your preventative [...]
As engines age, they inherently become more attention-demanding as their parts wear. Some engines, though, are simply considered unreliable due to common failures even during their lower-mileage life. That doesn’t mean they are worth writing off, however. The BMW N54 and Audi 2.7T are both regularly called ‘unreliable’ but their performance potential outweighs any fears [...]