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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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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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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

DINANTRONICS Sport now available for BMW and Mini Cooper!

DINANTRONICS Sport now available for BMW and Mini Cooper!

DINANTRONICS Sport For theBMW 'F' Series N20/N26 & N55 Engines& MINI B48/B46 Engines   Available for Pre-Order Now. Shipping Starts July 8th, 2016.      A simplified, cost effective tuning solution from a brand you can trust is here at last. No longer is there an excuse for those who simply say it is "too expensive". Meaningful power (albeit less) for a fraction of the price of the full warrantied solution allows all obstacles to be overcome regardless of concern. There is now a tuning solution from Dinan for everyone!   While DINANTRONICS Sport on this initial release is heavily weighted by BMW you will note that some other, new brands, are included. In the coming m ... read more

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Performance

Coming Soon - M-Spec Performance F80 M3!

Coming Soon - M-Spec Performance F80 M3!

  We are really excited to take delivery of our 2016 F80 M3! We just got done with our European Delivery experience and should have the vehicle back stateside shortly. We will be featuring a lot of the wonderful performance parts and upgrades we vendor for which include but not limited to Dinan, Status Gruppe, M Performance, BBS and Velos wheels!  Stay tuned as we will be blogging about all of our F80's journey

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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

Why asking for "price" is the wrong question to ask

Why asking for "price" is the wrong question to ask

So you own a German Car (maybe its a BMW, Audi, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper or Volkswagen) and you are looking for an auto repair shop to service your vehicle. You know you don't want to go to the dealership since their prices are sky high and the level of service leaves you wanting. You get anxious, you worry about getting ripped off. You ask friends and family what to do. You go online and google some quick answers for your particular problem whether its a noise you hear, a fluid dripping from your car or what is the next maintenance service you need. You then go on yelp or type in a google search for the best auto repair shop in your area. Armed with all this information you call up a shop and ask, "Hey I have a noise coming from my car, I think its a gyromotion arm, how much?" The shop gives you a price and you go on and call the next shop on your list. Each shop gives you a different price. Which one do you choose? The cheapest price, right? If auto repair was a ... read more

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