H2oi 2021 – The End of an Era?

Last year, I attended the ‘unofficial’ H2oi in Ocean City, Maryland for the first time. What I witnessed that weekend in person and through social media from a distance disheartened and upset me, but it was only a fraction of what that ‘event’ offered. I also found incredible people, true down-to-earth enthusiasts, with the spirit [...]

2021-10-04T08:30:33-04:00October 1st, 2021|Audi, BMW, car show, Porsche, Volkswagen|9 Comments

Love/Hate Engines – How To Make Your N54 or 2.7T Reliable

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 [...]

2021-09-20T08:21:28-04:00September 17th, 2021|Audi, BMW, Engine, Turbo|8 Comments

How To Identify and Service Your VW or Audi Haldex AWD System

Owning a Haldex-equipped Volkswagen or Audi is convenient when you need the AWD, but they require regular service to operate effectively. Luckily, we're here to help build your confidence in the garage with this handy guide to all things Haldex.   What is a Haldex AWD System?  The Haldex system derives its name from the Haldex [...]

2021-08-18T09:47:05-04:00August 18th, 2021|Audi, DIYs, Volkswagen|4 Comments

An Udderly Great Time: ECS Tuning Udderly Euro Event Coverage

If you’re a true enthusiast, there is little that can stand in your way when you set your mind to something. For our four-man team that trekked up to Wisconsin last weekend for Udderly Euro, that certainly rings true. Fortunately, we made it safely despite the extreme exhaustion, challenges, and lengthy drive. Nothing can stop [...]

Dubs At The Lake: Dubs and Donuts/Cruisin’ The Lake Coverage

With all the fun that happened this weekend at Dubs at the Lake in McHenry, Maryland, it would be a shame to condense it all into a single article. While the meat and potatoes coverage will be released this Sunday in our ongoing Tuned In Weekly series, we thought we’d spend a bit of time talking about [...]

2021-05-28T09:52:04-04:00May 28th, 2021|Audi, ECS Show Nation, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Dubs At The Lake: Dubs and Donuts/Cruisin’ The Lake Coverage

Car Season 2021 Schedule: Recap And Update

This summer has already proven itself as the make-up season for last year and then some. What began somewhat slowly has exploded into an event-packed few weeks with plenty of more shows to come. Already we’ve had the pleasure of attending many stellar events, which we’ll catch you up on in this week’s article, but [...]

2021-05-19T16:05:16-04:00May 19th, 2021|Audi, BMW, car show, ECS Show Nation, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Car Season 2021 Schedule: Recap And Update