Recommended spark plugs for a 60,000 mile 1.6L 2002 Accent?

Discussion in 'Hyundai Accent' started by Moo, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Moo

    Moo Guest

    My 2002 Accent (1.6L) recently hit the 60,000 mile mark and I had the
    recommended maintenance done yesterday. However, The spark plugs didn't
    get changed because I didn't want to spend an additional $100 on the
    dealer's platinum spark plugs (+ labor fee) as I can change them myself
    for far cheaper.

    My question is what spark plug (part numbers if possible) do you recommend
    for this high-mileage car? Should I just go with some platinum spark plugs
    or just use the copper-core plugs that are recommended in the owner's
    manual (e.g., Champion RC10YC4 and NGK BKR5ES-11).

    If I go platinum what is the real difference between say NGK's BKR5EGP
    "G-Power Single Platinum" and their more expensive "Laser Platinum"

    Moo, Mar 18, 2008
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    hyundaitech Guest

    The factory plugs in an '02 Accent are regular copper, not platinum, and
    I'm not sure why the dealer would want to install platinum. Of the plugs
    listed in the Owner's manual, it's my opinion that the NGK is the better
    hyundaitech, Mar 18, 2008
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    James Guest

    My experience with a wide range of cars is that platinum lasts longer
    and takes less voltage to make a hot spark. It probably makes more of a
    difference in high performance cars. Assuming that no blower or nitrous
    which would mandate copper.
    James, Mar 19, 2008
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    mykey Guest

    When I installed Platinum plugs in my accent, there was a noticeable
    over the stock plugs. I would recommend doing it, takes 15 minutes.
    I think I paid about $40 for the set. I would do it again, better
    mileage for starters.
    mykey, Mar 19, 2008
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    Vic Garcia Guest

    $40 ???????????, Bosh Platinum+ are $3.00 each, $12 a set, did they also
    installed them ???
    Vic Garcia, Mar 20, 2008
  6. $40 ???????????, Bosh Platinum+ are $3.00 each, $12 a set, did they also
    installed them ???

    Bosch has four platinum plugs listed from $3 to $8 at Advanced Auto. They do
    not tell what is different, but some are pre-set gaps.
    Edwin Pawlowski, Mar 20, 2008
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    Vic Garcia Guest

    Unless you are into racing, the +2, +4 really does no make a difference.
    Vic Garcia, Mar 20, 2008
  8. They don't make any difference, period. In fact, the extra electrodes
    inhibit flame spread, which means that they're likely to be more
    detrimental than beneficial. The only advantage to them is to Bosch's
    bottom line.
    Brian Nystrom, Mar 22, 2008
  9. If you want to stay with copper plugs, NGK's V-Power plugs (under $2
    each) actually perform better than platinum plugs, they just don't last
    as long.
    Brian Nystrom, Mar 22, 2008
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