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

Audi B6 A4 1.8T Quattro Upgrades for More Power

When someone mentions Audi in the context of modified cars, what comes to mind are generally B8 A4s, B5 S4s, the R8, anything with a 5-cylinder, and the likes. Often far down that list, if it’s even present, is the B6 A4 1.8T Quattro. Not for any intrinsic reasons, it’s a great car and has [...]

2020-12-03T15:36:01-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Audi|Comments Off on Audi B6 A4 1.8T Quattro Upgrades for More Power

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

Fixing the VW MK7 R Common Problems

The VW MK7 R has been in our hands long enough now that some of its weak points have become clear to owners and enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a second-hand MK7 R, chances are, these issues have already been addressed, but it’s certainly something to look out for and check the service history. Whether [...]

2020-11-18T13:06:15-05:00November 18th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Fixing the VW MK7 R Common Problems

How Reliable is the VW MK7 R?

The MK7 Golf R is VW’s best-performing out of the box hot hatchback solution. It draws enthusiasts to its 292hp turbocharged version of the MQB Gen3 engine, all-wheel-drive system, available manual transmission, and practical 5-door hatchback layout. While it is still new, the MK7 R has not posed too many reliability concerns in the first [...]

2020-11-16T15:47:19-05:00November 16th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on How Reliable is the VW MK7 R?

Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

We’re cranking out the hits lately. First, the MK5/6 2.0T FSI/TSI fabricated aluminum intake manifold drew tons of attention from big turbo builds. Now, we’re helping you reach those goals to reduce weight and increase efficiency. The new in-house designed MK5, MK6, and MK7 GTI/Golf R OEM Intercooler Delete Brackets are the best way to [...]

2020-11-13T11:34:45-05:00November 13th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

Best Upgrades for your VW MK4 GTI 1.8T

The Volkswagen MK4 GTI with the 1.8T engine is one of the most commonly modified platforms available. Thanks to its availability, affordability, and the aftermarket support offered for this engine, it’s more of a question of where to start rather than what to do. Everyone knows bolt-on upgrades paired with a software tune are the [...]

2020-11-10T15:31:15-05:00November 10th, 2020|Performance, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Upgrades for your VW MK4 GTI 1.8T

Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

The MK4 platform is one of the best-selling VW models of all time, especially if you include all the possible variants. The Jetta, Beetle, and Golf all shared the MK4 platform from 1998-2005 (give or take, some versions started later, others ended later). With several engine options, layouts, and even models to choose between, it's [...]

2020-11-09T16:19:57-05:00November 9th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Volkswagen MK4 Common Problems

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