About Craig Daugherty

Craig Daugherty is a writer and BMW enthusiast from Nashville, TN. His writing focuses primarily on performance tuning, DIY articles, and automotive history.

Solve Your VW MK6 GTI 2.0T TSI Misfire and Check Engine Light

The Volkswagen MK6 GTI 2.0T TSI took the MK5 and made it more appealing. It was better than just a facelift. It took what the MK5 did well and made significant improvements to the car at every corner. The MK6 is still an incredible platform and is more affordable than ever, but they’re becoming older [...]

2020-06-02T10:52:48-04:00June 1st, 2020|Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Solve Your VW MK6 GTI 2.0T TSI Misfire and Check Engine Light

The Right Performance Exhaust For Your Build

When you are modifying your car for better performance, there are basic formulas you follow. One is to add power by reducing restriction. That can be as simple as a few bolt-on upgrades or as involved as a full engine build and tons of custom fabrication. Wherever you decide to take your build, there is [...]

2020-05-28T12:26:52-04:00May 28th, 2020|Exhaust|Comments Off on The Right Performance Exhaust For Your Build

Be Cool: New ECS MQB Cast Aluminum Intercooler Upgrade

Basic Performance Upgrades, or BPUs, are the parts we enthusiasts primarily pursue. Most folks don’t do engine building, honing, boring, fabrication, and extensive custom work themselves, and certainly not on their daily drivers. No one is going to break any records with BPUs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. The simple formula of [...]

2020-05-27T12:32:44-04:00May 27th, 2020|Intake, New Products, Performance|Comments Off on Be Cool: New ECS MQB Cast Aluminum Intercooler Upgrade

Upgrade Your E46 M3 for Power on a Budget

If you have an E46 M3, we don’t need to tell you how awesome it is. With the values at an all-time affordability for new enthusiasts to pick up, there are likely quite a few of us who grew up with the E46 M3 as our dream car who now are able to snag one. [...]

2020-05-26T13:23:54-04:00May 26th, 2020|BMW, Performance|Comments Off on Upgrade Your E46 M3 for Power on a Budget

Best Wheel Options on a Budget

Continuing our theme of modifying your car on a responsible budget, this week we thought we’d talk about one of the modifications that folks can universally agree completely transform a car. While they don’t add much by way of performance upgrades, a set of attractive aftermarket wheels with more aggressive fitment can completely change the [...]

2020-05-22T16:07:54-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Wheels|Comments Off on Best Wheel Options on a Budget

Best Cold Air Intakes on a Budget

Last week, we talked about the best coilovers you can choose depending on your needs and budget. This week, we’re going to take a look at a performance upgrade that adds power and hearty induction noises for yet another improvement with more than one purpose. The best performance intake systems you can choose on a [...]

2020-05-14T15:16:06-04:00May 14th, 2020|Audi, BMW, Intake, MINI, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Cold Air Intakes on a Budget

Should You Eat In Your Car?

With the only options for food across the country limited to take-out and drive-through, it made me think: are we more distracted driving now, even though we’re driving less, because of the temptation to eat in our cars? Naturally, I had to do some exploration. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been enough time to find data on [...]

2020-05-12T13:22:25-04:00May 12th, 2020|Audi, BMW, Car Care, Interior, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Should You Eat In Your Car?

What Your Car Air Freshener Says About You

In the interest of lighthearted fun, we’re taking a break from reporting grim news or trying to offer anything motivational, because why not. One of our designers had a fantastic idea to take a look at all the stereotypical air freshener choices car guys dangle from their rear-view mirrors, indicator stalks, shift knobs, roll cages, [...]

2020-05-07T15:58:35-04:00May 7th, 2020|Interior|Comments Off on What Your Car Air Freshener Says About You

Can 2020 Be Any Worse: BMW Ends European Delivery Program

Just when I thought the year couldn’t be any worse, it happened. We’ve endured a near-miss with WWIII, we’ve survived scandals at the federal level, we’re in the worst pandemic since 1918, and recently; murder hornets. Yeah, freakin’ m u r d e r h o r n e t s. With a name like [...]

2020-05-06T14:38:01-04:00May 6th, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on Can 2020 Be Any Worse: BMW Ends European Delivery Program

Best Coilovers to Fit Your Budget

Lately, we’ve focused heavily on what you can do to improve your car with modifications that are multi-purpose. When we say ‘mulit-purpose,’ we mean an upgrade that offers both a physical performance benefit as well as a perceived improvement to style, appearance, driving pleasure, and/or more aspects that help you love your car more and [...]

2020-05-05T15:29:19-04:00May 5th, 2020|About, Suspension|Comments Off on Best Coilovers to Fit Your Budget