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E60 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series (E60 chassis) was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E60 is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-26-2013, 11:59 AM
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Spark plugs for N52 engine

Quick question or advice from you guys. Idrive is telling me to replace my plugs soon. Is there a difference in spark plugs? Should I go with oem spark plugs & go to the dealer? Maybe go to a trusted Indy shop? Last, what has been your experience with oem plugs versus aftermarket? Thanks in advance guys.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:02 PM
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OEM's are the safest bet. Personally I don't believe wasting money on all of the latest spark plug hype is worth it, whatever that is right now.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:29 PM
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OEM brands like BOSCH or NGK will be sufficient
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:26 PM
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I stuck with oem. I changed mine at around 102,000 along with coils. No issues to report.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:27 PM
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OEM brands like BOSCH or NGK will be sufficient
This!
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:38 PM
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The oem's cost $27 each, you can get the exact same Bosch one's for $7 each... It's not to tough to change them, you just need to off the cabin filter fixture... The Bosch part number is, ugh forgot the name but you can find the part number on tons of sites... Autozone carries them special order... As for coils, they are $30 each no point in replacing them till one fails, and when it fails you just have a rough idle, and SES light, it's intermittent.... Change all 6, when the first one fails... Usually around 150k

The only different between the spark plugs is that the OEM says bmw on it and the Bosch says Bosch on it, they all are made by Bosch - platinum-iradium
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:24 PM
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The only different between the spark plugs is that the OEM says bmw on it and the Bosch says Bosch on it, they all are made by Bosch - platinum-iradium
I changed my plugs almost a year ago and noticed this too. Plugs are identical other than the print on them.
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Many people confuse the term OEM with OE.
OEM means original equipment manufacturer which are the companies that manufactures the parts and then re-brand the product packaging for other companies. OE means original equipment which means . . . i don't think i need to say more.
OEM's spark plugs are usually from $6-$10 and OE spark plugs are for $25+.

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Thanks for all the info guys. I'm gonna check the price difference from the dealership to a local shop.
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BTW, i think the OEM Manufacturer for the N52 engine is NGK. (Based on pictures i've seen online)
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BMW dealership wants about $450 to change out spark plugs. Is that all they do? Is anything else done during a spark plug change on our cars? Is this considered a 'tune up'?
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wow, that is a sick price....
nope, change the plugs, wash your hands and thats about it.


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$450 is absurd.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:19 AM
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BMW dealership wants about $450 to change out spark plugs. Is that all they do? Is anything else done during a spark plug change on our cars? Is this considered a 'tune up'?
That's not surprising coming from a dealership.
Although it can be done for much cheaper at an Indy, or even cheaper yourself.
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The NGK is $42.95 for a 6 pack
http://www.bimmerzone.com/product/NGK-BKR6EQUP.html

DIY on an Inline 6 30 mins (1 hour max)
Take your significant other out for a SUPER dinner and you will still have change
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You'll want a locking extension to use with the spark plug socket, or use one like the Gearwrench 80546.

Here's a link to a DIY.

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:28 AM
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You may need thin wall socket (regular spark-plug socket is too beefy to get into the holes). Hate to see you remove the cabin-air-filter housing to find out you need this thin-wall socket. Better save than sorry.
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