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Old 06-24-2011, 11:35 PM
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Default What kind of Spark Plugs to get

I have a 2005 Volvo S60 with 103,000 miles. I take great of it and it is in great condition. Lately I've been getting a little sputtering and hesitation when I first start it up. I need new spark plugs anyway and hopefully that will solve the problem. I'll probably put on a new fuel filter as well. Anyway, I was told by a well known tire/repair chain in St. Louis that I should get double platinum tipped plugs. I want to hear from real Volvo enthusiast. I drive hard, fast, and a true driving enthusiast. I dont care about cost. What kind of plugs do I buy, what brand, and so on and so forth, etc. Thank you.

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Old 06-25-2011, 11:03 AM
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Id post this in the S60 sub-forum You would get alot more responses...
I Dont know too much on what the s60 needs in terms of plugs, But for example My 850 T-5 runs better with the good old copper plugs. Which is what alot of people use with the 850's. Since I got the ECu mapped and im pushing more boost I went with a little hotter plug, but still copper.

What was their reasoning for recommending them? did they feed you a line about more horse power, and better fuel economy?

When all else fails go to IPD, FCP, or the dealer and get the OEM Plugs..
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:42 AM
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NGK makes really good plugs never had a problem with them. I don't know what came in the S60 but it's a waste of money getting anything above factory. I would also see what people are saying in the S60 sub-forum.
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:54 AM
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I've always like ngk silver's, and I've always had terrible outcomes with platinum in any car i've owned. from N/A VW's to turbo rotary. don't go platinum imo
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In my V702.5t (2006) I bought a set of pregrapped Volvo-labeled plugs from FCP. No problems. Other than needing two torx drives to remove the cover (one size) and the bolts that hold the coils down (another size) no problem. Unlike in my other cars where I've used Bosch platinum tipped plugs, I saw no especial advantage to non-OEM plugs ever mentioned here or even at other "boy racer" Volvo sites.
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Old 07-09-2011, 08:51 AM
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Volvo plugs. This car runs the best with OE plugs. You can get them online (Tasca) for about the same as you would pay for platinum plugs.
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Old 08-10-2011, 12:03 PM
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For those that are interested, I've got a 05 S60 2.5T that I just replaced the spark plugs on at 73,000 miles. The old Volvo plugs had a gap of 0.035 on all 5 plugs when I took them out. I went with the Bosch FR7DPP+ plug for replacement and it runs like a top. This is an upgraded version of the FR7DPP10 (Bosch no longer makes this plug) which is recommended in the Haynes Manual and it’s also pre-gapped to the 7mm (0.0275) which is required for the car. Even though it’s pregapped, I’d always recommend verifying the gap with a gapping tool, just be very careful. This plug is sold in the Platinum Plus category, but when it came in the box said Super Plus, and listed the electrode was made of Platinum and Iridium. Super Plus’s don’t usually have that makeup so I called a Bosch representative and he said it’s a plug that’s not really in either category because it’s a plug made to the vehicle manufacturer specifications. Bosch Rep also said that the plug had yttrium in it to, but that all Bosch plugs are made with a little yttrium these days. There’s about a half dozen other Bosch Platinum plug part numbers out there that would work in the car, but some may need a bigger gap adjustment than others, and some of them may be made a little different. Bottom line is Spark plugs are always changing a little every couple of years. Even with the Volvo labeled plugs which are supposed to be made by Bosch, the part number is different now from the Volvo plug I took out of my car. There’s no way to tell if the current Bosch recommended Plug is made exactly like the Volvo Plug made by Bosch, but I’m sure it’s a quality product and the car is running good. There’s no reason not to expect to get at least 60K out of these plugs if not more.
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Old 08-10-2011, 07:38 PM
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Do you recommend changing wires at same time as changing plugs? I have an '05 2.6T that has just developed what seems to be a miss. No check engine light. Plug and/or wire maybe? What is likelyhood of bad ignition pack?
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No wires on these cars....they have coil packs. How many miles do you have on your S60. I changed mine (coils) with about 80K miles on it and it made a world of difference. I highly recommend going with the IPD HD coils as they are actually cheaper than OE and have better performance.

ipd HD Ignition Coil with 103mm Insulator Boot

I also can't say enough how these cars run the best on OE Volvo plugs. You can get a 5 pack from Tasca for $33.91. Part # 8692071

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Old 08-11-2011, 11:41 AM
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Car has only about 66k on it. Ever heard of a plug or pack going bad with that few of miles? I really appreciate the feedback.
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