Hey fellas, as you can see it's my first post. I just bought an 02 GTI yesterday and it needs some attention. I have several misfire codes, among other things, and part of the prescription from the guys at a local VW garage is to buy replacement plugs for $15 each...the NGK Laser Platinum Premium, #PFR6Q. My Hayne's manual specifies "NGK PFR6Q or similar" as replacements. Trouble is, I'm on a budget and it's hard for me to believe I need to pay $60 for new plugs when the auto parts store sells them for a range of prices from $2-10 each, including platinum (I think Denso platinums were $10 each). In fact the store told me that "iridium" lasts even longer than platinum.
I'm not planning to do any big upgrades, I just want the car to run well and for the plugs to last for a reasonable length of time. Does anyone have experience with using other brands and price points with spark plugs? Or is it just understood by everyone that you have to have the super-expensive NGK model?
Just now checking ebay, I'm seeing sets of 4 of the NGKs for about $11 each. Still, I hope someone can tell me for sure that it's worth the money for a stock GTI. Thanks!