Dubs At The Lake: Dubs and Donuts/Cruisin’ The Lake Coverage

With all the fun that happened this weekend at Dubs at the Lake in McHenry, Maryland, it would be a shame to condense it all into a single article. While the meat and potatoes coverage will be released this Sunday in our ongoing Tuned In Weekly series, we thought we’d spend a bit of time talking about [...]

2021-05-28T09:52:04-04:00May 28th, 2021|Audi, ECS Show Nation, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Dubs At The Lake: Dubs and Donuts/Cruisin’ The Lake Coverage

The GTI Celebrates Its 45th Birthday: A History Of The GTI And A Look To The Future

In 1974, Volkswagen introduced the three and five-door hatchback oddly named the Golf as a modern replacement for the already five-decade-old Type 1 Beetle. Now, forty-five years later, we are eagerly awaiting the US-release of the new MK8 that continues the legacy of the staple hot-hatchback. Before the refresh makes it to our shores, though, [...]

2021-03-09T12:04:00-05:00March 4th, 2021|About, Volkswagen|10 Comments

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 [...]

2022-02-01T13:17:47-05:00November 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

Winter Project Car Ideas

If you’re in the market for a new headache (project car,) there’s no better time to get started than in the winter. You’re not going to be driving, you spend a lot of time at home, and need something to keep that seasonal depression at bay. Why not take advantage of those aspects and do [...]

2020-11-03T14:15:43-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Buying Guide|Comments Off on Winter Project Car Ideas

A Quick Trip: Quick Everett’s shot by Ben Battles

Recently, I was invited to Quick Everett’s garage, a top-notch automotive repair shop in Chattanooga, TN by one of the owners, Hal Everett. Quick Everett’s opened its doors in 2018 and has taken off to be one of the areas premier specialist shops. They work on all things foreign and domestic – but mostly foreign. [...]

2019-07-23T15:54:49-04:00July 23rd, 2019|About, Project Cars|Comments Off on A Quick Trip: Quick Everett’s shot by Ben Battles

Why the MK4 GTI 1.8t is a Perfect Project for 2019

When the GTI was first introduced in 1976 to European markets, it quickly defined a segment of its own creation as a hot hatchback. It was an immensely successful platform that was designed around an attempt to replace the already ancient VW Beetle. Eventually, it became the brand’s best-selling namesake to date. Currently, we are [...]

2019-06-04T20:18:15-04:00June 4th, 2019|About, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Why the MK4 GTI 1.8t is a Perfect Project for 2019