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Following a regular service schedule is essential for keeping your BMW functioning properly. Basic maintenance like oil changes, brake services, and inspections can go a long way in preventing and identifying issues before they become severe. At Alex’s Autohaus, we follow the recommended service schedule for BMW vehicles. For certain items, we go beyond the […]

Volkswagen consistently strives to improve its engine technology by developing powerplants that achieve high power output in conjunction with good fuel economy. The TSI engine (in varying generations and displacements) has been the default turbo four-cylinder used in Volkswagen, Audi, and some Porsche vehicles in the U.S for the last 10 years. In recent years, […]

Volkswagen’s MK7 platform has been out for a long time now, and the prices of MK7 GTI’s are dropping. You can pick up a low-mileage one for relatively cheap. While the MK8 platform is about to begin production, there is still a ton of aftermarket support for the MK7 GTI, and products will be produced […]

Alex’s Autohaus is proud to announce that we are the newest dealer for Noelle Performance.  This new relationship provides our customer’s with the most advanced tuning for the newest cars and ECU’s from BMW.  Alex’s Autohaus with our partnership with Noelle Performance now has the ability to provide performance tunes not available anywhere else.  This […]

MINI’s are popular. BMW bought the brand in 1996, and in 2001, began producing refreshed versions of this British classic. Since 2001, there have a variety of different MINI body styles ranging from the four-door Countryman to the sporty John Cooper Works (JCW). There has also been a range of motors used in modern MINIs […]

The Audi model designation nomenclature has remained relatively unchanged for the last 20 years. Audi vehicles use a combination of letters and numbers to designate the model and engine. This post will go over both the model naming scheme, which has not changed, and the new power rating system that replaces the engine displacement badging. Audi […]

Window tinting is a popular modification that comes with some confusing rules. Each state has its own set of rules about the degree of tint certain windows on your vehicle are allowed to have. If you live in Utah, make sure you know the laws surrounding window tinting before you get it done to your […]

Oil catch cans are a popular modification on high performance and tuned vehicles, but there is a lot of speculation and general confusion as to what they do and whether or not they work. Are catch cans better at preventing carbon build-up than the systems cars come with from the factory? Read on to learn […]

A long-term project we have been working on at Alex’s Autohaus is an IS38 turbo conversion on a MK6.5 GLI. This build is much more complicated than putting the same turbo on a GTI, Golf, or Alltrack due to the GLI’s unique differences and compatibility problems. This blog covers the hardware side of the build. […]

Typically, the first step in improving a vehicle’s performance is an ECU tune. This software upgraded provides significant gains in horsepower and torque on an otherwise completely stock car. After this, the most bang for the buck upgrade on turbocharged vehicles is a high-flow downpipe paired with a stage 2 software reflash. This package is […]