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Old 05-16-2005, 01:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hiya all,
so, after first week of joy driving my 540, time for tune up. I`d like to go for Denso Platinum, any other ideas?
What spartk plygs do you guys use, and why? Wanna get nothing but the best for my BM
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get bosch platinum with 4 metal thingies (hehe i'm not a tech man)
that's what comes stock on your bmw (at least my 528i) Expect to pay like 6 bucks/spark but i guess it's worth it.
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Whatever is dealer recommended so I get them from the dealer...worth the extra buck!!!
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I would go with the OEM spark plugs. I changed mine not too long ago and everyone that I asked said to go with OEM. And if I recall, they were bit cheaper than Bosch Plat 4.


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I would go with the OEM spark plugs. I changed mine not too long ago and everyone that I asked said to go with OEM. And if I recall, they were bit cheaper than Bosch Plat 4.


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I got Autolite Double latinum, 2.99/each - I eas told by couple poeople, that they are way better than Bosch, and cheaper, too.... I went for cold ones, anyone used Autolite plugs?
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I got Autolite Double latinum, 2.99/each - I eas told by couple poeople, that they are way better than Bosch, and cheaper, too.... I went for cold ones, anyone used Autolite plugs?
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OEM always provides better power, economy for me. I would stay away from autolite though and try a BOSCH plug instead. Just my .02cents
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What`s wrong with Autolite? Has anyone had some bad experience with them?
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I used NGK Laser Platinum with 'the four thingies'... no apparent issues.
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I used the Bosch plugs with the four "thingies", through a dyno run at my buddies shop, they actually gave a .3 hp gain.
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I used the Bosch plugs with the four "thingies", through a dyno run at my buddies shop, they actually gave a .3 hp gain.
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Denso Iridium is the way to go. They cost about $10/plug, but you will notice a difference in performance and efficiency.
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I have bosch platinum +4. $36 spent.....and i dont notice a difference. It's just a peace of mind issue I had to do s I dumped a lil extra cash into it. I doubt it makes a difference and copper may be better.
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I have used bosche super 4's and Splitfires on other cars and the splitfires made a noticeable difference even over good standard plugs on an Escort XR3I.

One thing I would say about BMW aftermarket parts is that they are rarely as good as the standard kit.
I read a review on air filters which was a report on quite a scientific test of all the filters available for E34s. I believe it was on a 525. The standard BMW filter flowed just slighly more than a K&N pannel filter but the K&N filter let it 5 times more dirt and grit into the engine than the standard filter. This was observed in the engine oil. So I guess this would drasticaly reduce the life of the engine.

From experience pannel filters make virtualy no difference, induction kits do but I think its best to leave it alone unless you are gonna do a full on proper job!
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