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Hi folks,

I'm debating which set of spark plugs to get.
NGK 6994 or Bosch 9614 - Both are iridium tipped, yet there's a $4-5 Canadian savings per plug for the Bosch.

Recommendation?
 

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I ponied up for the OEM NGK's ... if saving $20 (that's a whopping $0.20 US for our non-metric cousins on the wrong side of our border) is that big of a deal, bet the Bosch units.

* a lighter touch on the gas pedal over two tanks will probably save you close to that $20, just saying.
 

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Over the years I have never heard someone have problems with NGK's where I have heard on the Benz and Tacoma forums of people hating the Bosch plugs...

Like Uncle Bob, I got the NGK's and have had no problems at all with them.
 

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I went with the NGK's 15k miles ago, and haven't had a problem since.
 

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NGK's it is then.
Order received from Amazon - having them put in today.

I was charged 0.8 hours for the spark plug install on my 2007 Accord 4 cylinder.

Does that seem fair to you guys?
 

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I was charged 0.8 hours for the spark plug install on my 2007 Accord 4 cylinder.

Does that seem fair to you guys?
It's fair in the sense that you could go to any Honda dealership and they would charge you the same 0.8 hours for labor.

It's not fair in the sense that it takes about 10-15 minutes to change the spark plugs on a 4-cylinder Accord, even for a home mechanic.

But hey, at least your mechanic/shop let you buy your own parts from Amazon, so you didn't get ripped off twice (once on labor and once on parts).
 

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Oh heck - well, this was an independent mechanic. I was hoping they'd charge less for labor than a dealership, but apparently not.
That's disconcerting.
 

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Oh heck - well, this was an independent mechanic. I was hoping they'd charge less for labor than a dealership, but apparently not.
That's disconcerting.
Learn to do your own maintenance and save a lot of money. I just got an Accord with 80k, bought the NGKs and a $40 torque wrench so that I could torque them correctly, and I still paid less than if I had someone else do them, and now I have a torque wrench for the future.

I'll be changing all of the fluids over the next week or two as well, with help from this thread:
http://www.driveaccord.net/forums/1...so-you-just-bought-7th-generation-accord.html
 

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Oh heck - well, this was an independent mechanic. I was hoping they'd charge less for labor than a dealership, but apparently not.
That's disconcerting.
I'd suggest doing them yourself. I am not a mechanic by any means, and I did mine in 45min with the help of a friend.
 

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I'd suggest doing them yourself. I am not a mechanic by any means, and I did mine in 45min with the help of a friend.
You're right, I should learn to do it myself. Be a good learning experience.
Maybe it's the torque wrench - thought of over/under tightening that scares me away from it. I'm by no stretch of the imagination a mechanic. Like the fella above you mentioned - youtube video will come in handy.

At least I don't have to worry about it for another 100k miles.
 

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You're right, I should learn to do it myself. Be a good learning experience.
Maybe it's the torque wrench - thought of over/under tightening that scares me away from it.
I've never used a torque wrench for plugs. Probably never will. The antiseize that I add to the thread would throw off the torque anyway. Just past snug is all you need. You have an i4, the plug won't back itself out like the V6 #5 plugs do.
 

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I always stuck with the OEM NGK's on my cars which have never failed me - I know people who had too many issues with Bosch so tbh I never gave them an honest chance :-/ So my opinion is a little biased.

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Which is 0.75 of an hour.
This made me laugh :)
At least with you DIY OP, you're not paying anyone for it :thmsup:
 

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You're right, I should learn to do it myself. Be a good learning experience.
Maybe it's the torque wrench - thought of over/under tightening that scares me away from it. I'm by no stretch of the imagination a mechanic. Like the fella above you mentioned - youtube video will come in handy.

At least I don't have to worry about it for another 100k miles.
It's good that you got them replaced either way. I'm not good at doing my own maintenance as well :D. For most things I go to a local mechanic that I know I can trust due to my friends going to him for years.....his prices aren't the cheapest, but cheaper than a dealership and I know he won't mess it up lol.

I do small things by myself, like changing the air filters, and spark plugs. I know some will not understand this here, but I don't do oil changes myself, I find I don't save that much money and time compared to just taking it to the mechanic, but that's just my opinion.
 

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I do small things by myself, like changing the air filters, and spark plugs. I know some will not understand this here, but I don't do oil changes myself, I find I don't save that much money and time compared to just taking it to the mechanic, but that's just my opinion.
How much do you pay for an oil change?

I don't spend more than $30 on an oil change. I do it because it gives me pleasure working on the car. You should try getting dirty and oily too :D
 
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