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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 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 [...]

2020-11-10T15:31:15-05:00November 10th, 2020|Performance, Volkswagen|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Big Power: 2.0T FSI/TSI Fabricated Aluminum Intake Manifold Upgrade

The 2.0T FSI/TSI engine has the potential for substantial power. Despite its small displacement, the power ceiling is fairly high for even simple bolt-ons. An intake, turbo-back exhaust, coil packs, software upgrade, and a K04 turbo make the 2.0T an absolute weapon. However, in the process, weak points that would otherwise not be an issue [...]

2020-10-26T12:11:06-04:00October 26th, 2020|Intake, Performance, Volkswagen|2 Comments

New Fall 2020 ECS Tuning Upgrades for Volkswagens

Gloss black hatch spoiler extension MK6/MK7.5 Brand new for you MK6/7.5 Golf R or GTI, our hatch spoiler extensions now come in the attractive, yet affordable, gloss black plastic material. You can have the exceptional look of a more aggressive rear spoiler without breaking the bank. This is also the perfect solution for anyone who [...]

2020-10-14T14:33:12-04:00October 14th, 2020|Body & Exterior, Drivetrain, New Products, Volkswagen|Comments Off on New Fall 2020 ECS Tuning Upgrades for Volkswagens

From the Files of Ben Battles: Artistic Arteon

If you’re a regular reader of our quaint little blog here, you’ve seen plenty of gorgeous shots by the talented Ben Battles. Articles like his escapades at the Lane Motor Museum or the Smart Fortwo Passion come straight from his camera lens and are brought to life with his crisp, dark, aesthetic for your eyeballs [...]

2020-10-05T14:33:22-04:00October 5th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on From the Files of Ben Battles: Artistic Arteon

Riverside Chattanooga Fall 2020 Event Coverage

After I witnessed what was possibly the worst example of ‘car enthusiasm’ at Ocean City last weekend, Chattanooga Tennessee’s Riverside Fall 2020 was as wonderful an experience as it always has been for me and an opposite experience to H2Oi. Riverside is my hometown show. It started in 2014 and has been a staple in [...]

2020-10-05T11:22:12-04:00October 5th, 2020|car show|Comments Off on Riverside Chattanooga Fall 2020 Event Coverage