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Old 06-28-2004, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning on changing the spark plugs on a 325i with 118Kmiles. Just got the car and dont know when was it done if ever.
Should I go with Bosch 2 platinum($3.60/each) vs BMW stealer spark plugs($6.80/each).

Do i need to change them to start with?

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Get Bosch platinum 4s...real good spark...NGK also has real good plugs. Definitely don't do stealer plugs...just no need to spend the extra money on a little less performance.
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DO NOT BUY Bosch Platinum +4's. BMW ignition systems are very unique. I did much research and spent over $200 in spark plugs only to find out the only plug you want to use, is the twin electrode copper oem plug. For more info, check out my review of the Plat+4....{HERE}
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I am quite confused know. If I get the ones from the BMW stealer when should I change it next. Do I need to check the gap?
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Listen to jllphan. Copper +2's, OEM if you can. There's a reason BMW's engineers chose that kind of spark plug instead of 1's, +4's, platinum\copper, etc.
I don't think you have to buy from the dealer, Bosh copper +2's should be exactly the same. I'll let jilphan correct me if I'm dead wrong.
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Thanks for the valuable advice.

I will do that next week and let you all know the results.
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Yeah, anything buy OE sucks for some reason, crafty krauts.

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wow, I wasn't aware of that...now I feel like an ass

thanks for the correction. I will now NOT buy platinum 4s. Thanks Jllphan...
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No problem, I just hope I can save many others the extra money I spent figuring this out.....
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