A Broken BMW E39 M5 is the Perfect Example of Why You Need to Change Your Oil

The BMW E39 M5 is inarguably one of the greatest ‘jack-of-all-trades’ cars ever made. It offered enthusiasts the unbridled power of an M-GmbH-developed S62 V8 that produced impressive power figures. Its chassis was nearly balanced perfectly, as it sported an almost dead-on 50-50 weight distribution. The suspension was a multilink front setup, which provided incredible [...]

May 14th, 2019|About, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Tech Tips|Comments Off on A Broken BMW E39 M5 is the Perfect Example of Why You Need to Change Your Oil

How to Replace a BMW E30 3-Series Convertible Top

If you’re like me, you drive a convertible on nice days. If you are even more like me, you avoid driving on rainy days since it tends to rain more inside the car than outside. This is, of course, thanks to a convertible top littered with pinholes and barely sealed around the windows. Nothing is [...]

May 7th, 2019|About, BMW, Body & Exterior, DIYs, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How to Replace a BMW E30 3-Series Convertible Top

The E30 Project Update and News

Okay, I promise, the E30 content is going to stop in the next few days. Right now, I am still dug in deep working on fully preparing my 1988 E30 cabriolet for some road trips that will take me all across the East Coast this summer. You can read all about what broke, what I [...]

April 10th, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Project Cars|Comments Off on The E30 Project Update and News

Ongoing Project: The M52 Swapped BMW E30 Vert Restomod

As you might have read, I am in the middle of perhaps the biggest project I have undertaken since I initially rebuilt my car. When I first swapped the old M20 out for an M52 in my E30, I replaced everything up front but left all the parts behind the transmission as they were. The [...]

April 1st, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Drivetrain|Comments Off on Ongoing Project: The M52 Swapped BMW E30 Vert Restomod

Down the Rabbit Hole: Differential and Transmission Service Woes

Readers who have followed along will know I have a somewhat abusive relationship with my E30. Maybe I’m a masochist, maybe I’m just too stubborn to give up on something I so clearly love. Regardless, I have found myself in the middle of what has become a much bigger project than I intended upon tackling [...]

March 25th, 2019|About, BMW, DIYs|Comments Off on Down the Rabbit Hole: Differential and Transmission Service Woes

Prepare Your Car for Spring Show Season

Y’all, it’s here: Spring Show Season is on us. While there may be salt still on the road here in the northern parts of the US, the southeast is already gearing up for their second major show of the season this weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Friday, this writer will be heading back to his hometown [...]

March 6th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, General, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Prepare Your Car for Spring Show Season

Best Mods for a Daily Driven Volkswagen MK7 or MK7.5 GTI for Power and Performance

When you picture the quintessential hot hatchback, you probably think first of the Volkswagen GTI. For over forty years, VW has consistently set the paradigm with its GTI in that segment. Most recently, the MK7 and updated MK7.5 GTI 2.0T have delivered more performance and potential from essentially the same formula that created the namesake’s [...]

February 20th, 2019|About, DIYs, Engine, Exhaust, Intake, Performance, Project Cars, Software, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Mods for a Daily Driven Volkswagen MK7 or MK7.5 GTI for Power and Performance

Looking Back at a Legacy: Remembering John Haynes, Author of Haynes Manuals

At the risk of appearing to capitalize on content provided by tragedy, I cannot pass by an opportunity to celebrate the life and achievements of such an influential person to so many enthusiasts as John Haynes. Last week, surrounded by his family, John Haynes passed away after a brief illness at his home in England. [...]

February 12th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Looking Back at a Legacy: Remembering John Haynes, Author of Haynes Manuals

Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

I have always enjoyed building, creating, assembling, or otherwise challenging myself with projects. I relish the times I have overheard family members doubt my resolve or abilities as opportunities to both prove them wrong and realize a desire. As car enthusiasts, many of us likely can trace our interest in performing our own work and [...]

February 4th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, General, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

The Right Tools are the Confidence You Need in Tough Spots

Maintenance on your car is critical. Fresh oil, plugs, coils, brakes, and the essentials of the ‘basic tune-up’ are second nature to car guys. No one needs to tell us what our intervals are, generally speaking, and we keep track of mileage on most major wearable parts either in our head or on paper to [...]

January 30th, 2019|BMW, Car Care, DIYs|Comments Off on The Right Tools are the Confidence You Need in Tough Spots