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Carbon Build Up and Cleaning

Carbon Build Up and Cleaning

Are You Experiencing Carbon Build Up? Carbon build up is an issue in newer cars with direct fuel injection and are particularly severe on BMWs and VWs. Waste from fuel will eventually build up large amounts of carbon build up on the intake manifold, restricting air flow. When airflow to the engine is restricted the vehicle will begin to show an array of issues.     What are the symptoms? -Drivability and engine issues -Service engine light -Engine shaking or vibrating -Misfires   -Vehicle doesn't feel as strong   How to clean carbon build up In order to clean the carbon build up the intake manifold needs to be removed and thoroughly cleaned using various methods. Once the intake manifold is removed it undergoes a combination of mechanical cleaning such as media or walnut blasting, and chemical formulas. Additional parts may be needed such as hoses and gaskets while performing this service. This cleaning is extremely important and many customers have sa ... read more

The Essential Snow Storm Checklist

The Essential Snow Storm Checklist

New York City has seen its fair share of snow this winter. Make sure to follow this check list and you'll be sure to weather any storm! Battery Make sure the battery has been functioning properly and is fully charged. The cold weather may affect its performance, reducing its cranking power. If the battery hasn't been changed in years and is showing signs of weakness, replace it immediately. Windows Maintain visibility at all times.  Fill wiper fluid in order to wipe away salt, dirt and mud. Wipers Replace your wipers every 6 months or so.  Transmission Avoid overworking your car. If your car is stuck in the snow and you're slamming on the gas to get it out, your transmission light might go on. Shoveling your car out instead of trying to slam through a mountain of snow may save you an unnecessary trip to the repair shop. Oil Engine oil can be affected during the cold weather. Make sure you ar ... read more

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Closing Saturdays at M-Spec!

Closing Saturdays at M-Spec!

After 10+ years of always opening Saturdays, M-Spec Performance will now be closing Saturdays starting November 4th.  This was a conscious decision increase the quality of life for our staff and more time with their families. We know that convenience is important to our clients. We still have night drop boxes, roadside assistance, shuttle services, and rental vehicles available for extended stays and we are working on branded loaner vehicles in the future! Closing Saturdays will also allow us to have community and promotional events at the shop.  We hope that you will understand and support our decision. As always if there is anything we can help you with we are always available. On the weekends our service staff is still available to answer e-mails and messages. 

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Dinan 'E' Chassis Flash Software PERMANENT 25% Price Reduction!

Dinan 'E' Chassis Flash Software PERMANENT 25% Price Reduction!

'E' CHASSIS FLASH SOFTWARE PRICE REDUCTION With the success over the last month of the 'E' chassis software sale its hard to ignore the amount of BMW enthusiasts that is still out in the marketplace without Dinan power. It has made us here at Dinan think long and hard about how to move forward with the flash software program.    Effective March 1st all 'E' chassis software will undergo a permanent 25% price reduction from its pre-sale price.    The one exception to the price reduction is the electronic suspension programming, Shockware, which will retain its 50% off discounted rate as its permanent new price.    Contact M-Spec Performance today so that we can help you make the best selection on your next Dinan power upgrade! For a limited time we will be packaging some nice discounts with ... read more

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Performance

NEW Dinan MINI Cooper S F55/F56 Performance Exhaust!

NEW Dinan MINI Cooper S F55/F56 Performance Exhaust!

Dinan Free Flow Exhaustsfor the MINI F55 / F56 Cooper S ... read more

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Performance

Top 4 Tips You Can Do For Your BMW

Top 4 Tips You Can Do For Your BMW

written by Adam Liu   From the first time I sat behind the wheel of my first BMW 1995 M3 to my current 2016 M3 the feeling you get is immeasurable. If you are like me and the rest of the team at M-Spec Performance, we love our German cars! To keep this short and sweet, we have listed our top 4 tips you can do to take care of your BMW so you can continuously fall in love with your Ultimate Driving Machine.    1. Pre-Purchase Inspection (or Post Purchase Inspection) A PPI is a term we use for what is essentially a comprehensive vehicle inspection from a qualified shop or technician. This can and should be done whether you have yet to purchase a prospective BMW, after you purchased or if you haven't had trained professional eyes on your vehicle in a while. In general, a PPI would consist of a comprehensive check of items and areas such as your engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tires, drive train, electronics both interi ... read more

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Maintenance

Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs

Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs

Benefits of Replacing Spark Plugs on your European Vehicle   “What does a spark plug actually do?”   A spark plug is a device that delivers electrical current from an ignition system to the combustion chamber in order to ignite a mixture of fuel and air. Simply said, this is the process that starts your car. Depending on the engine design, replacing a spark plug can be a simple or more demanding task. Because manufacturers deem spark plugs fairly durable and generally don't need maintenance until 30,000 and up to a maximum of 100,000 miles, customers can easily forget to replace them. For simple tips on when to replace your spark plug please visit When to change spark plugs for more information. For many of our customers driving BMW and Mercedes, we replace their spark plugs with Bosch products. Bosch Delivers both high performance and longevity with their spark plugs. If your plugs are ... read more

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Maintenance

Why buying your own parts can be the worst decision you ever make for your vehicle

Why buying your own parts can be the worst decision you ever make for your vehicle

Technology and the way we shop has changed dramatically within the last 10 years. Everything today is ruled by ecommerce and online shopping. When is the last time you were in a store? I bet its been a while. I personally can't remember the last time I've been to the mall! We are now trained to find the best deals online and only purchase for the bottom dollar price otherwise society tells us, "We've been ripped off!" I have to admit, I am certainly a bargain hunter for a lot things like clothes, electronics and even groceries online. We are trained to shop for commodities, things that are easily comparable. For example, what is the difference between buying a macbook from apple or another reputable online retailer? Other than price the answer is not much.  This line of thinking does not hold true for automotive repairs. The question you are asking yourself is, "how is it not?" Well the method of repairing a vehicle can vary greatly as well as what ... read more

We are Elite Ethics Certified!

We are Elite Ethics Certified!

                          We are proud to say we are now Elite Ethics certified!  The topic of ethics is a hot one in the industry. Our image as an industry has been run through the mud by the unethical shady shops. I am happy to say we are not one of them and we are honored to be recognized as an Elite Ethics Certified shop!  We work hard everyday to earn your trust and to build transparency in our service.  For further explanation of what being Elite Ethics Certified means, click here. Thank you to all of our great clients. We love you

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Should you trust the dealer or an independent shop?

Should you trust the dealer or an independent shop?

  So you are experiencing some issue with your German vehicle. Whether you own a BMW or Mercedes Benz you know that you own an awesome albeit very complicated vehicle. You want to go to the most competent and trusted service center for your vehicle and you don't want to feel like you've been ripped off! If this sounds like the thought process you have had then here are some things to think about between dealer vs an independent. For the purposes of the comparison we have naturally used our shop (M-Spec Performance) as a reference point many times however this should apply to some reputable German car or European specialty shops around the country.  Competency The dealerships have access to manufacturer training and tools. Logically they would be the best equipped and most knowledgable source to repair your Audi, BMW, or Mercedes Benz. If you step into a dealership you will probably hear some boasting about the dealership's superior capabil ... read more