The new APR MK6 GTI Catback Exhaust System is here! The APR Catback Exhaust System personalizes your vehicle’s looks, sound and performance. Beautifully hand-crafted T304-stainless-steel components adorn the system with stunning TIG-welding throughout. Our straight-through brushed-finished muffler smooths the exhaust note to a deep growl, without adding restrictions, rasp or drone. Strong high-quality bracketry and OEM-style clamps hold the system steadily in place, making the install or removal a snap, and fitment simple, yet precise ... read more
Volkswagen Jetta, Middle Village, New York The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the most common cars on the road and you will always see a few in our shop on any given day. They are the perfect vehicle for car enthusiasts and the casual driver alike. The Jetta’s build is rather simple and may not require complicated repairs compared to other European counterparts. However, each car is different and could suffer from minor to major complications at any given time. At Essential Auto Care we have encountered some common issues over the years that are specific to the Volkswagen Jetta. Our certified technicians knows the ins and out of your Jetta and will have your car road worthy in no time! Common Issues With The Volkswagen Jetta Direct Injection/Carbon Build Up Carbon build up can lead to multiple issues that affect driveability. To read the full article on the effects of carbon buildup please please read the full article ... read more
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
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
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.
20% off 1.8T and 2.7T software until October 9th APR will be discounting the price of our ME7 software (1.8T and 2.7T) starting today and ending on the 9th of October. Contact us at (718) 386-2790 and we can help you with any questions you have.
M-Spec Performance is happy to announce that APR has released Stage 1 and Stage 2 Software for 2017 Volkswagen Golf R and Audi S3 & TTS. The new software upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque on these special vehicles. We have already installed both a Stage 1 and Stage 2 on two awesome Golf R's and the transformation from stock is nothing short of amazing! For more information check out APR's website. M-Spec Performance is your source for all things APR and we are the authorized dealer for Queens and Brooklyn. We are happy to consult with you on options, packages and your power goals. #goapr
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
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