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Use cheap aftermarket coils? #4554431
10/25/17 06:08 PM
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LeakySeals Offline OP
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I need a coil, maybe 2 for the 03 Maxima project car. I believe the original coils are Hitachi. 1 hitachi coil is 42$ on Amazon. I can get a complete set of 6 aftermarket coils for almost the same price. So much cheaper. Any harm using the cheapos, maybe get a few just in case?


06 Escalade 6.0L LQ9 AWD 165k M1 5w30
03 Maxima 3.5L POS 152k ST HM 10w30
Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554439
10/25/17 06:13 PM
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Does it say that it's built to OE specifications? If so then you're golden. thumbsup


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Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554452
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My personal experience, on a 1999 Infiniti I30 (fancy Maxima with Nissan 3.0L) was that aftermarket coils, though a lot cheaper ($150), will result in a CEL. I spent $150 on a whole set and my daughter's car continued to experience the CEL even thought the car ran fine. That's all well and good unless you live in a place, like here, where a CEL will cause your vehicle to fail inspection. I ultimately stumbled across a full set of six OEM Nissan coils on eBay for $260. That solved the issue.

I believe that O'Reilly's sells OEM quality coils for quite a bit less than Nissan, but I doubt you are going to have great success with cheap aftermarket models. It's not that they don't do what they are supposed to do. They just don't place nice with your ECM and result in the dreaded CEL.

If you do try them, just make sure you get them from a merchant to whom you can return them for a refund.

Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: StevieC] #4554468
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
Does it say that it's built to OE specifications? If so then you're golden. thumbsup

Lol.

OES ignition parts only.


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Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554477
10/25/17 06:46 PM
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RockAuto has the Hitachi for $36.79

And if you use the discount code, that'll pay for shipping.

If you go with the aftermarket no name coils, have a tow truck number on speed dial !

Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: StevieC] #4554487
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Originally Posted By: StevieC
Does it say that it's built to OE specifications? If so then you're golden. thumbsup


Sure - and you believe every advertiser on eBay?

"meets OE specs!"

"Buy now with confidence"

Good luck with that...


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Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554500
10/25/17 07:17 PM
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Used an AAP coil on one of the cylinders on mine a few years ago. It had made in Poland on it. Still working fine. But if the Hitachi ones are that cheap, I would use those.


2002 Nissan Maxima (beater): Napa Syn 5W-30, Proline 14459
2016 Ford Fiesta ST (fun car): Castrol Edge 0W-40, Bosch D3330
Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: asiancivicmaniac] #4554525
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OP, there are several Youtube video's showing new aftermarket COP's that do not ramp like the factory coils. I would rather go to a junk yard and pick up some old ones there than try some of the aftermarket specials.

Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554526
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Use the Hitachi coils. They are the actual OE coils smile

Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554531
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On most cars? Usually fine.

On a VQ30? Never. Nissan's from that period are NOTORIOUSLY picky about coils. Both the 3.0 V6 and the 4.5 V8. Stick with Hitachi.


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Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554559
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I'm running a couple $9 ebay coils on my camry. The OE ones conk out fairly regularly so I keep a spare in the trunk.

Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554646
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VQ35's don't play nice with aftermarket electronic parts.


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Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554675
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napa chinese coils run fine but set off the light, -----my mechanic went and got an oem, runs fine, no light.


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Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554756
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Should be good. Hitachi are OEM for many car companies, also includes sensors.

Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals] #4554804
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Buy once, cry once.

Get the OE.


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