Fake NGK plugs on Amazon

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I like rockauto for filters and other things I can bulk up on wipers etc.

for actual parts maybe.. depends on the part their price vs local etc.
 
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I just bought some NGK from rock auto. Could the be fake ? Could be. They were ifferent from stock ones but stock was 6 years ago, manufacturers change markings
 
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Seeing this thread I wouldn't even think about buying expensive OEM coolant from Amazon. I buy a lot of my motor oil from Amazon. I may have to reconsider. Every time I hit the "place order" button on Amazon I feel like I'm putting someone out of business.

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After seeing the rounded electrode on Marc's TSX plugs, I decided to inspect one from our TSX. These plugs have maybe 38K...
When I installed these, I remember the old plugs with 90K looking great. Sheesh.
Electrode? We don't need no stinkin' electrode! Sheesh.
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After seeing the rounded electrode on Marc's TSX plugs, I decided to inspect one from our TSX. These plugs have maybe 38K...
When I installed these, I remember the old plugs with 90K looking great. Sheesh.
Electrode? We don't need no stinkin' electrode! Sheesh.
4I9jIiKr4PyUMAYaOzsiFBpBVrGBqjQ7NwrljvOITSbsUZRjbBn_fPlezr5LcLdeU_BAD6BsRFTO0pUSHeqkgv4UbISyi4ItqCO3GKz3hHBDKTWP_S2ty102ed0p4X5bjAJBoKdQzc0cXI8HQWMggX6IkZsY-iku8ELRX1O0oSMw5RYgDksfhRkorZX67WGikyUZXHEFr1IdCU4urJvK5i5fBEnGkulh0gSSu4wTBYU50COy1W_TdLDCNe0I9H_tmHU61Mx5NgjtP9d4iwneDxN4TrEqSqTiT9nqw4qmi23lEtmEDSpFYgPUJY1ufJKk4bs23qDiz8KKabDfljqSLky8Y-8CB1B1nWCMMtxUanWrFSLxmfthFFCeNDqJcYRnmzjE8yGx1XRoJMZhgrYx23XujIsTtH3cKQ4UhuMRRdTmXnYVsvPSjOldUe2KOY4-ZxgBqL6UUHI6sx0FCsrxkxIAZB3xijf16B74wIxUCAjdJWmQ99k31OD3hgmJIkC-ZEAGDrFb2EygVtqOW4K5v2atDdR8_sOMLrEYo5EVCgz1CwZS-MGu_N_-cG-xWrodrcZV1BRS3Rnan77_VBt37Uwx8zjwf8x1wzMPPp0FZGr8X58AwyqSHLYRRcbEURZ-oNcxF6SaFLd1xWffR2W9qeW2ZZuJ4o9HLw7I_A8O2BC0XozG0s3X0qmFTjcgXxzPMdsk6EUpJA7_rKe5ptJdCeo1RuG_4CMaLWTRAJRtj_fpUELZC6ePlPNci69fcQ=w663-h883-no
Another set of fakes… 🤦‍♂️
 
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I would rather buy the NGKs at reputable Auto Parts Stores like AutoZone, O'Reillys, NAPA or AAP at a higher price. Then I can sleep better at night knowing the NGKs I bought were genuine.
 
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Sometimes they have bucket sales too. Buy the bucket @ full price. But anything you can fit in it to overflowing can be at least 20% off. 👍

That 20% bucket sale works online, too. In fact, if you order online, you don't even have to buy the bucket :D
 
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I guess ya'll don't consider the dealer? I have 2 that I buy from. I get everything from Lexus dealer that I can. What I can't,
I get from Toyota dealer. One advantage I have is my many years of working with them. I now have great working relationships.

It really helps when I needed a $7 engine clip for my '98 LS400. My Lexus PM even put in the 2 pins for me at no charge. I do
go online to verify I ain't getting shafted and so far (last 20 years) I have been treated very fair.

It's a shame all dealerships aren't as good as mine. There is a sweet spot between price and quality and service and help
and availability. I'm gonna tell you this, sometimes it is hard to not buy from someone that is soooo much cheaper. It is very
hard. But once you get in your 60's or have gained more wisdom (hopefully like JeffKeryk ;) I am kidding) you will see it's not always
and only about the dollar.

I'm not gonna rehash all my fake purchases.
 
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I'm pretty sure there is no such thing as a fake Champion spark plug, so you could order those on Amazon and you would get a real deal Champion plug........;)
I have used Champ plugs in my Harley Sportster for years. No issues.

Had a neighbor with a FORD Focus and she had bought some maintenance items and asked me to install. She has gotten Champion iridium from O'Reilly's along with some oil, filter, air filter, etc. I gapped them as per the recommendation and installed them. 4 years later and she had around 50K on them and no issues yet.

My point is it seems champion plugs get a lot of hate. I have never had an issue with them.
 
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My point is it seems champion plugs get a lot of hate. I have never had an issue with them.
I think it's more engine or electronics dependent. Japanese (or Japanese heritage) engines tend not to like them and sticking to NGK or Denso seems to be the best bet for those.
 
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I think it's more engine or electronics dependent. Japanese (or Japanese heritage) engines tend not to like them and sticking to NGK or Denso seems to be the best bet for those.
For my own vehicles, I tend to stick with OEM for plugs. But, I have no reason to say Champion Iridium wouldn't work in my Hyundai's and Kia's. No personal experience anyway.
 
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