It’s Groovy: Monaco Auto Collection’s 1978 BMW E23 7-Series

From a young age, the 1970’s captured my imagination and heavily influenced my life through the music, aesthetic styles, and most importantly, the cars from the era. The Grateful Dead was an iconic band from the decade that resonated heavily with countless followers, myself included, as they embodied the musical taste of the ten [...]

2018-09-21T20:55:49-04:00September 21st, 2018|About, BMW, ECS Nation, General, Wheels|Comments Off on It’s Groovy: Monaco Auto Collection’s 1978 BMW E23 7-Series

Do It Right, Do It Once: My 1988 BMW E30 Convertible and the Importance of Genuine Parts

It takes a special kind of person to pursue a passion they enjoy despite the existence of more convenient, more capable, and arguably more livable alternatives. With cars, the choice to drive something that is thirty years old or more requires the acceptance that some areas of ownership will be more time-consuming and labor-intensive than [...]

2018-09-18T20:58:33-04:00September 18th, 2018|About, BMW, DIYs, Drivetrain, General, Tech Tips|Comments Off on Do It Right, Do It Once: My 1988 BMW E30 Convertible and the Importance of Genuine Parts

Its Obvious: Zach’s Audi B5 S4

I have always heard it is a bad idea to meet your heroes, much less date them. In the case of cars, I tend to disagree with that statement. With several of my cars, the ones that I regarded as superb before I owned them usually met or exceeded my expectations. One of my [...]

2018-09-13T14:26:55-04:00September 12th, 2018|About, Audi, General, Project Cars|Comments Off on Its Obvious: Zach’s Audi B5 S4

Perfectly Imperfect: Rocky’s 1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 300d

Perfect cars come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. In the case of Rocky’s 1992 300d Mercedes-Benz, it is perfect because it fills a need by being imperfect. You may have caught on that broken old cars are thematic to our blog lately, and you would be correct. We love old cars because they have stories to share and provide endless entertainment thanks to their quirks. Rocky, like the rest of us enthusiasts, is absolutely giddy about his atrocious Merc. This car is gloriously tailored to the purpose for which it was purchased, as I found out after spending some time behind the wheel.

2018-08-16T21:25:49-04:00August 16th, 2018|About, Car Care, ECS Nation, General, Mercedes-Benz|Comments Off on Perfectly Imperfect: Rocky’s 1992 Mercedes-Benz W124 300d

Just Stopping By: Orlando’s Audi 8P A3 and Will-Call Parts Pickup

By popular demand, we have reinitiated our Will-Call order option for customers who want the option to pick up their parts at our facility. This gives folks the option to get their orders as soon as they are boxed up and ready to go out the doors and it gives us a chance to interact with our customers. The influx of tuners to our office has brought with it some awesome cars driven by enthusiasts like Orlando, who brought down his incredible 8P A3 for some information on tuning software.

2018-08-16T21:27:11-04:00August 15th, 2018|About, Audi, DIYs, General|1 Comment

N54Door: Tim’s Built BMW E90 335i 6-Speed Review

Cars and pets often resemble their owners. Whether it be an intangible attitude or uncanny physical resemblance, somehow you can’t help but think the universe brought those two together whether they are aware of the similarity or not. Such is the case with Tim and his BMW. The two share an exuberant and positive outlook that builds incredibly fast, not unlike the turbo spool from under the carbon fiber hood.

2018-08-14T16:20:57-04:00August 7th, 2018|About, BMW, General, Turbo|1 Comment

Adventures in Cincinnati: Unplanned Repairs, Engine Building, and Local Car Meets!

Just before the weekend, we wrote about how to better enjoy those less exciting DIY repair jobs with some tips that help us keep a positive attitude towards unplanned repairs. As if to test the claims, the universe coincidentally responded quite appropriately. The drive from Akron to Cincinnati that was more stressful than originally anticipated, we attended multiple car shows, and a major unplanned repair were just a few of the highlights from the weekend.

2018-08-15T20:24:57-04:00August 6th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, General, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Adventures in Cincinnati: Unplanned Repairs, Engine Building, and Local Car Meets!

5 Ways to Make Your Next DIY More Fun on Your Audi, BMW, MINI, or Volkswagen

When you own a vintage or performance car, the goal is to have more fun times driving it than you have moments that make you frown. As with any hobby, however, there are those times that something goes wrong or its just time to take care of that nagging maintenance. Whether you are driving something [...]

2018-08-03T15:06:49-04:00August 3rd, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Engine, General, MINI, Schwaben, Volkswagen|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Make Your Next DIY More Fun on Your Audi, BMW, MINI, or Volkswagen

Why you should consider the BMW E39 5-Series as a Drift Car

As the world becomes a smaller and smaller place thanks to social media and the ability to instantly connect with anyone anywhere, the lines between cultures are blurred. When the drift car craze hit American shores in the late 90’s, there was a clear distinction between JDM styling, domestic muscle, and the refined German sports-luxury [...]

2019-10-02T17:05:46-04:00August 1st, 2018|About, BMW, General|Comments Off on Why you should consider the BMW E39 5-Series as a Drift Car

The Pinzgauer: A Millennial’s Perfect Choice

Recently, we have been looking back in time rather than forward for successes in the past that outshine their contemporary replacements. Cars like the MK1 GTI, E30 BMW, and AMG Hammer are arguably more appealing than the current production models for their affordability and ease of maintenance. Part of the draw to these rad cars goes beyond their quirky social relevance: cars today are increasingly difficult to own and maintain without professionals and an excessive repair bill. The cost of upkeep on a five-year-old car drives many buyers to a lease on a brand new vehicle or purchase with the intent to sell within a few years. This makes the utilitarian aspect of owning a car from the era that brought us the Grateful Dead and late night talk shows incredibly sound.

2018-08-15T20:25:45-04:00July 27th, 2018|About, General, Mercedes-Benz|Comments Off on The Pinzgauer: A Millennial’s Perfect Choice