How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions

Summer is coming to a close and the fall air is drawing near, especially if you live up North. Some cars are put away for the winter and the trusty old beater is awoken once again to take the brunt of the salt and weather damage, while other cars are prepared for winter conditions. [...]

A Life of Volkswagen Passion: Jamie from Orchid Euro and his new Harlequin MK3 Project

Few enthusiasts are ever granted opportunities to follow their passion to the extreme and live their entire lives completely engrossed in their chosen hobby. We often think of professional athletes, racing drivers, musicians, and other creatives as ‘living the dream’ by doing what they love every single day. While some of us (read: writers) [...]

September 11th, 2018|About, Project Cars, Volkswagen|0 Comments

Slammed to the Arctic: The Final Update from the Dalton Highway and the Arctic Circle

The Rallywagen trip with Jaimie Orr has finally come to an end. We sent Jaimie and our photographer in this pre-production Jetta SportWagen from Wadsworth, Ohio all over the country on a roundabout route to the Arctic. The Jetta made stops at several of our partnering vendor’s headquarters, as you [...]

August 8th, 2018|About, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Slammed to the Arctic: The Final Update from the Dalton Highway and the Arctic Circle

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.

August 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 [...]

August 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

80’s Nostalgia is here to stay with Audi, BMW, and VW

While the rest of the world satisfies their desires for all things vintage, the car world is given a special treat. It is not often that you can pick up an economy hatchback with few to no amenities and be considered ‘hip’, but right now is a unique point in time where driving something like a VW MK2 GTI can get you noticed outside the car community. Just like anything, however, not all 80’s cars were created equal. There are some that have risen to prices out of reach to the normal enthusiast and others that would be about as advisable to own as stock in ENRON. So we are going to take a moment and list the cars we believe to be ‘in’ right now that are affordable, fun, and easy to turn into something eye-catching.

July 26th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen|Comments Off on 80’s Nostalgia is here to stay with Audi, BMW, and VW

5 Reasons to Consider OEM Plus Modifications for your Next Build

As car enthusiasts, we all have specific tastes and interests that dive much farther than appreciation for the car alone. Whether we are interested in shaving off lap times, taking home Concours trophies, or rolling to a car show for a weekend party around low cars, there is a common theme. We see our cars [...]

July 23rd, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, MINI, Volkswagen|Comments Off on 5 Reasons to Consider OEM Plus Modifications for your Next Build

ECS Tuning and StopTech MK7.5 GTI Sweepstakes presented by Racing Line: Our Lucky Winner!

After an exciting few months, we have the winner for our MK7.5 GTI sweepstakes car we built in partnership with Racingline, Stoptech, Liqui-Moly, and several other amazing sponsors. If you have followed along, you saw the GTI transform from a totally factory MK7.5 to the most heavily modified example we are aware of in [...]

July 21st, 2018|About, Project Cars, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on ECS Tuning and StopTech MK7.5 GTI Sweepstakes presented by Racing Line: Our Lucky Winner!

The History of the GTI

Everyone bring your baseball bats for this edition of the ECS Tuning blog because we have a dead horse that we want to beat. The horse in question is the Volkswagen Golf GTI. As a European tuning company, a staple of our market is the GTI owner segment. The GTI sits among the most [...]

July 10th, 2018|About, Uncategorized, Volkswagen|Comments Off on The History of the GTI

H&R Springs are the ride control your Audi, BMW, MINI, or VW needs

For enthusiasts, the handling characteristics of our cars play a massive part in the enjoyment derived from driving. The pleasure of driving a fantastic handling car that exudes German quality is nearly unmatchable. That’s why H&R has been developing TUV and ABE-certified springs and suspension solutions specifically designed to provide the ultimate ride and handling [...]

July 5th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, MINI, Suspension, Volkswagen|Comments Off on H&R Springs are the ride control your Audi, BMW, MINI, or VW needs