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Volkswagen and Audi dual-clutch transmissions offer nearly instant shift speeds and solid reliability. DSG, or Direct Shift Gearbox (S-Tronic on Audi Models), is the term used by the Volkswagen group to refer to the dual-clutch transmission used in its vehicle lineup. The DSG transmission differs significantly from a traditional automatic, combining two “manual” transmissions and […]

The E46 generation of the 3-Series BMW was sold in North America from 1999 to 2005. The platform offered a wide range of vehicles including wagons, coupes, sedans, and convertibles in both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, with a variety of four- and six-cylinder engines.   This era also saw the introduction of the legendary E46 M3, […]

The tire pressure, or TPMS, light is perhaps the most common light to come on your dash. The tire pressure monitoring system exists to alert you of changes in tire air pressure. If the pressure drops too low, a warning light will come on the dash. On Volkswagen vehicles, a ding noise can be heard […]

BMW has long been synonymous with performance and luxury. BMW expertly crafts engines that perform very well while getting good fuel economy. If you are a new owner, you might have heard that BMWs are more expensive to maintain than other cars. Like any engine, regular services like oil changes are essential to keeping your […]

Volkswagen unveiled the Tiguan in 2008, providing buyers with a solid midsized SUV with a quality VW interior, and a powerful turbocharged engine. Fast forward to 2018, the Tiguan got a facelift. The second-generation Tiguan is longer, wider, and features the modern 2.0 TSI B-Cycle engine, optimized for power and efficiency. 2018 Tiguan’s can be […]

Following up the legendary E46 chassis was a tall order for BMW. In 2005, they released the E90, a brand new, built from the ground-up 3-series that offered a wide variety of engines, body styles, and performance variants during its run until 2013. E90 BMW Overview The E90 was a solid platform that had something […]

The B8 generation A4 first hit dealerships in 2009. This generation was much larger (5 inches longer, two inches wider, and a 6-inch longer wheelbase) than its predecessor and featured the updated version of the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The B8 went out of production in 2016, and used examples are becoming a very affordable […]

The C7 Audi A6 was introduced in the United States in 2012 and continued to 2018. This generation of full-size executive sedans offered a range of powertrain configurations, in addition to advanced technology, luxurious interiors, and sporty driving dynamics. Throughout its run, the C7 A6 went through one facelift, with both gasoline, diesel, front-wheel drive, […]

If you are unable to unlock your Mercedes with the key FOB, the battery is probably dead. Changing the battery in your key FOB is not difficult. You can easily do it at home by following these steps. Keep in mind that the key your Mercedes uses depends on its age. Older vehicles will use […]

There are few things worse than cold start misfires when you start up your engine in the morning. Carbon build-up and sludge that has built up over the years can cause significant problems or even failures in the engine of your VW or Audi 2.0T TSI. Several factors cause these cold start misfires. These problems […]