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hi everyone,this is my first go at this so I hope it works.I recently asked my alfa dealer about new spark plugs and was shocked at the price,
£218.steep or what?I didn't dare ask if that included vat.
can I get them cheaper else where?
many thanks
 
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Hi Alan

I went to Halfords, not sure how much they are now, think it cost me about £100 18months ago but they had an offer on then.


The 16v plugs are platinum and last 60k miles. Not sure if you can use cheaper ones and replace them more often, anyone???

wrinx
 
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Hello Alan
I have got a receipt for the 60k service for my 1.8 16v from the Alfa main dealer in Stockport that the previous owner had done 12 months ago. It shows the plugs priced at £176.25 incl vat.Probably be cheaper to find a parts firm that specialises in mail order for Alfas.
Regards
Ian H.
 
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Check out a thread from October, titled "Platinum plugs".

There's more info in there.

Simon
 
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Hi Alan, don't know weather you have a branch of Andrew Page in your area if not I'm sure you will have a good motor factor, any how a set of N.G.K's from Andrew Page will cost you about £86 including vat, priced some the other day when I had a misfire and thought I might have to buy a set. There are lots of postings about alternative plugs but it seems that only the N.G.K's last, so unless you are going to pass the car on to some poor sod go for the correct plugs.
 
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You don't have to buy expensive NGK-plugs because there's now cheaper option: Denso Iridium sparkplugs.

Mine 155 2.0 Super has Denso plugs fitted few months ago and they have worked OK. Denso even promises a slight increase of power with new iridium plugs... I don't know about that but they half the prise of NGK platinum plugs and should last as long as NGKs do i.e. 100 000 km.

Tapio Jämbeck
Reg member 155
 
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I believe you can get a set of Splitfire Performance Platinum Plugs for an unbelievable £80 a set (yes £80 for 8)
from a place in Bolton called Sound and Styles.

I don't know if that price still stands it was last year but thats what the man said.

So give em a try.

LesPix

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I've got Champions version of platinum plug (They mark theirs as Paladium and are supposed to last 60K ) - had mine in just about a year and so far so good- cost £60 from a motor factor. :)
 
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alan mcgee:
hi everyone,this is my first go at this so I hope it works.I recently asked my alfa dealer about new spark plugs and was shocked at the price,
£218.steep or what?I didn't dare ask if that included vat.
can I get them cheaper else where?
many thanks
please note i have purched plugs for my 1.8 16v in a normal motor factors for about forty quid all in i believe the smaller plug was actually for a motor bike all made by ngk and there not even platinum so no big price with no probs hope this helps
 
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Hello, I hope this works ok as I'm a virgin chatterer !!! At least I can help someone out there, I bought my Champions from a firm called E.B.Spares at a cost of £48-00p the full set, I think that was plus VAT.I also bought a set of grooved ventilated discs from them which I fitted myself, my stopping power is vastly improved. But an old Alfa I had used the Golden Lodge which were much cheaper. Besides these parts (and an oil filter) I have not needed anything else. Can anyone advise on a decent engine oil at a fair price ? Being older, I always used Duckhams in the past, is this ok for an Alfa ? (Excuse me if someone has already asked this).

Thanks, Bob West.
 
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Hi Bob,

I can recommend Quantum semi synthetic 100% Used as standard by VW/AUDI (Euro car parts stock it I think, branches everywhere) at a cost of £12 ish per 5 litres. There are obviously better available oils but you asked for a good all rounder I would say it is about the same as Castrol magnetic that costs about £20. I change mine evry 3-4000 miles and prefer this ideology rather than the 6-10000 miles changes some are doing with a top top oil. I wouldn't use duckhams Alfa engines are difficult at the best of times without adding to it with that, things have moved on :D !!!

According to Numan Racing (who is a long serving Alfa Technician and gives us advice here from time to time),the most crucial part of owning an Alfa is to check the oil at least once a week as most Alfa engines burn oil. Most mechanical probs that are engine related even the cam variator wearing out can be traced back to running the engine on low oil apparently!

Read your stuff on E.B and although they are good I found Alfa Shop to be much more reasonable again.

Hope some of this is of help and I'm sure some other guys will be able to add to it.

Alfisiti Regards

MAK

164 Super

100% FREE OF BMW PARTS
 
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Craig

As the plugs you bought werent Platinum you'll have to change them at shorter intervals (annually?), the platinums should last 60k and are recommended for the 16v engines, something to do with better sparking and longer life in the 16v engine environment.

So if £40 equates to about 10-12k miles you would be paying £200+ over the period. Does this make sense?

wrinx
 
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I agree - the Platinum plugs cost a fortune but last for ever, so I think they'll probably be as cost effective (£/mile) as cheaper plugs that wear more quickly.

I have some natty Bosch 4-electrode jobbies (they looked more well-'ard than Champion's puny single electrode) and they wear like regular plugs.

BUT I have to buy 6 at a time - it's just easier to find lots of £40 than 1 £200!

Ralf S.
 
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Anyone who is about to change the plugs please give Ian at http://www.alfasalv.co.uk/ a call first he does the genuine NGK long life plugs loads loads cheaper, don't get ripped guys and mail order is no problem!!!

Warm regards

MAK

164 Super

100% FREE OF BMW PARTS
 
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hi guys im still running around on cheap ngk's two years later but your note on over a period of time that platinum would be cheaper i can see the sense in this, just wondering if these cheap plugs are the reason for a misfire ive recently noticed about 1600 revs, might enquire about the afore mentioned sitefor some better plugs :D
 
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Mike, I've heard of the Paladium plugs - apparently they are one of the leaders in the theatre of spark plugs.
 

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Don't forget that the plugs changed on the 2.0 TS in 95', The 95'-> NGK numbers are PMR7A and PFR6B and these are well worth the inverstment. The older (pre 95) plugs are dirt cheap ranging from £1 to £3 a piece.
 
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