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Old 03-10-2013, 08:39 AM
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:42 AM
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I used the dealer OEM ones at 100k.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:47 AM
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:06 PM
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:22 PM
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OEM from the dealer. I know they're supplied by both NGK and Bosch but not 100% sure they're same spec, and the price differential wasn't that big.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:47 PM
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NGK BKR6EQUP local parts stores carry them
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:27 PM
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NGK BKR6EQUP local parts stores carry them
As discussed in another post last month, the '04 - '06 uses those platinum plugs, but for the later LCI models, the NGK platinum plug is a single electrode LFR6AIX-11.

The Iridium option has a different plug model #, of course, and will again be different ones for '04 - '06 X3's and the later year X3's.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:14 PM
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I just recently replaced mine with the NGK LFR6AIX-11, which is an iridium plug. It's been about 1000 miles so far, and no problems at all.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:21 PM
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Thanks, I wondered why there was an I in that plug no.

Maybe I should edit my earlier post - or suffice to say that early X3's use different plugs than the LCI X3's, regardless of whether they are platinum or iridium.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:37 AM
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This is what I am seeing on getBMWparts.com


http://www.getbmwparts.com/parts/200...icleid=1431331

Bosch is $124 and NGK is $118. Is there is a better place to buy these? Is one better than the other?

Amazon has them for half price: http://www.amazon.com/NGK-BKR6EQUP-M.../dp/B000GX9FSY
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:59 AM
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I`m up in Canada where things are usually more expensive and I only paid $54.for all 6 plugs at our local auto parts store. I think they were on sale with 20% off at the time.And that includes the 13% sales tax we have to pay up here.
That was for the NGK #BKR6EIX
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:24 AM
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This is what I am seeing on getBMWparts.com


http://www.getbmwparts.com/parts/200...icleid=1431331

Bosch is $124 and NGK is $118. Is there is a better place to buy these? Is one better than the other?

Amazon has them for half price: http://www.amazon.com/NGK-BKR6EQUP-M.../dp/B000GX9FSY
That seems excessive for some spark plugs. I paid $7.49 plus tax per plug at the local auto parts store for NGK LFR6AIX-11. They've been working fine and I'll be using them again the next time I have to change the plugs.
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:58 AM
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ok, sounds like local shop is the way to go. NAPA is having a 25% sale on ngk sparks plug. But which plug do I need for our 2005 X3 3.0i?

So far I'm seeing:
NGK LFR6AIX-11
NGK #BKR6EIX
NGK BKR6EQUP


Do I use either of the above?

NAPA has: http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Re...00&Ntk=Keyword
(laser platinum for $11.25, Iridium IX for $5.79 etc)
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ok, sounds like local shop is the way to go. NAPA is having a 25% sale on ngk sparks plug. But which plug do I need for our 2005 X3 3.0i?

So far I'm seeing:
NGK LFR6AIX-11
NGK #BKR6EIX
NGK BKR6EQUP


Do I use either of the above?

NAPA has: http://www.napaonline.com/Catalog/Re...00&Ntk=Keyword
(laser platinum for $11.25, Iridium IX for $5.79 etc)
I use the NGK #BKR6EIX for my 2004, will use again.
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:16 PM
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But which plug do I need for our 2005 X3 3.0i?

So far I'm seeing:
NGK LFR6AIX-11
NGK #BKR6EIX
NGK BKR6EQUP


Do I use either of the above?
I'll repeat what I said in my earlier post.

early X3's use different plugs than the LCI X3's, regardless of whether they are platinum or iridium

Either of the last 2 are right for your 2005 - AFAIK

You don't want to put the wrong reach plug in or you might be looking at severe engine damage.
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Old 03-13-2013, 09:18 PM
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Sorry, I didn't realize you were asking for an 05.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:12 AM
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NGK BKR6EQUP were in stock at my local store and cheap with a discount. Been running them for 20K now.
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:07 AM
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I used the dealer OEM ones at 100k.
+1 but wont be buying them again as they are BOSCH and 2x Priced.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:52 PM
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I'm approaching 100k and need to replace my 05 plugs soon. I take it is pretty straight forward? I did my 01 530 so I assume it's the same since the engine is the same.

Anyone have diffculty removing them after 100k miles? Also do you have to remove the sway bar connected to the strut mounts?

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Old 04-19-2013, 05:12 PM
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So is it safe to say that the NKG is a good way to go besides going with the Dealer? Also has anyone used or knows about using the OE Laser Iridium plugs? The dealer here wants almost 25 bucks per plug, where the Iridium IX would cost me about 7 bucks a plug, huge difference...
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:23 AM
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I ONLY use NGK plugs. In all the cars I've ever owned, and used them for all the spark plug changes I've done for friends and family.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:49 AM
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I ONLY use NGK plugs. In all the cars I've ever owned, and used them for all the spark plug changes I've done for friends and family.
Sounds like a go then... What about the laser nkg iridium? Is there a difference between those and the IX?
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:20 AM
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Got the NGK's from an online BMW parts dealer for 8 bucks. They were something like 28 at my dealer. You also may need coil packs depending on if you damage them removing them. Some models you can just buy the rubber boot. On my 06 the boots did not come separate so I would have had to buy the coil pack buy luckily mine did not stick and tear when I removed them.

Here are the instructions from Mike Miller of Roundel magazine. Be prepared to be down a day if your rubber boots stick, you may have to order them. I got my NGK's from a BMW parts dealer online for $8. If I can find out from where I will post it. Make sure you have the exact part number- NGK Laser Platinum BKR6EQUIP 3199

"Tightening torque is 22 ft-lb and I use a light coating of high temperature copper based anti-seize compound so they'll come out next time. Yes, I know the manuals say 18 +/-2 ft-lb. These spark plugs are known to back out at that torque spec.

I would highly recommend the anti seize as two of mine really came out hard. Check the small hose on your intake boot while you are into maintenance. It is known to crack at the odd bend it makes. Poor design in my opinion.
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Looks like the NGK 6619 is the same as the LFR6AIX-11.

It comes pre-gapped at 0.44. Do I need to gap them to 0.040?

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