How To Improve Your BMW E46 330i On A Budget

We have a lot of love for the E46 chassis here at ECS. Truth be told, it used to be a black sheep, of sorts because it sat in the middle between beloved classics and contemporary performance models in BMW’s lineup. The E46 was a drastic change in visual design for BMW, with a rounded [...]

2020-12-08T14:08:00-05:00December 8th, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on How To Improve Your BMW E46 330i On A Budget

How To Improve Your BMW E46 330i Handling For The Street Or Track

The BMW E46 330i or 330Ci is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous BMWs. It straddles the line between being an enthusiast’s performance car and a normal commuter. These are the BMWs those of us in our late twenties and early thirties remember as the ‘new’ BMW, and what nearly every ‘hip’ mom drove back [...]

2020-11-24T14:05:57-05:00November 24th, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on How To Improve Your BMW E46 330i Handling For The Street Or Track

The ECS Tuning BMW E46 M3 Buyer’s Guide

The BMW E46 M3 has always been considered one of the most celebrated dedicated performance platforms. It’s powerful, rear-wheel drive, includes a limited-slip differential, was equipped with either a manual transmission or a single-clutch automated manual, and checks all the boxes for enthusiasts. However, as with any high-performance BMW built with cutting-edge technology, there are [...]

2020-11-06T16:47:50-05:00November 6th, 2020|BMW, Buying Guide|Comments Off on The ECS Tuning BMW E46 M3 Buyer’s Guide

Most Common BMW E46 M3 Problems

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 [...]

2020-11-05T10:59:50-05:00November 5th, 2020|BMW, DIYs|Comments Off on Most Common BMW E46 M3 Problems

How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Driving

In the never-ending 2020 adversity, we still have to handle the normal seasonal work that always seems to come out of nowhere. Winter is quickly approaching and that means shorter days, colder temperatures, and fewer weekends to spend in the garage preparing for it. Right now is the time we put our fun cars, bikes, [...]

2020-10-29T16:11:30-04:00October 29th, 2020|Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How To Prepare Your Car For Winter Driving

OE, OEM, Aftermarket, What’s It All Mean?

If you are fairly new to the wonderful world of DIY maintenance and upgrades on your car, you’re probably a bit overwhelmed with all the acronyms, like DIY (do it yourself, if you didn’t know.) These acronyms, like DCT, LSD, ASC, and the alphabet soup of other shorthand signifiers are pretty easy to google and [...]

2020-09-30T14:29:49-04:00September 30th, 2020|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on OE, OEM, Aftermarket, What’s It All Mean?

First Maintenance Services for a Second Hand BMW E46 330ci

If you’re like our own Josh Shirk, you have taken advantage of the extremely affordable E46 330ci prices the market has seen lately. While exceptional examples are still selling for north of $5,000, you can pick up an E46 330ci for much, much less if you don’t mind doing a bit of work. However, work [...]

2020-08-14T11:16:57-04:00August 14th, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on First Maintenance Services for a Second Hand BMW E46 330ci

How To Add Power To Your BMW E36 M3

There are quite a few characteristics of the E36 M3 that made it famous. It has incredible balance in terms of power and handling, it has a rigid chassis, bulletproof engine options between the two US-Spec and one ROW-spec engine, they look freaking sick with proper fitment and some simple exterior upgrades, and they have [...]

2020-07-27T12:50:20-04:00July 27th, 2020|BMW, Engine, Exhaust, Intake|Comments Off on How To Add Power To Your BMW E36 M3