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#4554431 - 10/25/17 06:08 PM Use cheap aftermarket coils?
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6561
Loc: Hudson, NH
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?
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#4554439 - 10/25/17 06:13 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Does it say that it's built to OE specifications? If so then you're golden. thumbsup
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#4554452 - 10/25/17 06:24 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
DBMaster Offline


Registered: 09/18/12
Posts: 5322
Loc: DFW
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.

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#4554468 - 10/25/17 06:40 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: StevieC]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4027
Loc: North Carolina
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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#4554477 - 10/25/17 06:46 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
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 !

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#4554487 - 10/25/17 06:58 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: StevieC]
Astro14 Offline


Registered: 10/10/10
Posts: 8529
Loc: Virginia Beach
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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#4554500 - 10/25/17 07:17 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
asiancivicmaniac Offline


Registered: 01/12/05
Posts: 4313
Loc: FL
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.
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#4554525 - 10/25/17 07:41 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: asiancivicmaniac]
Cressida Offline


Registered: 10/16/02
Posts: 474
Loc: Joplin
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.

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#4554526 - 10/25/17 07:42 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6141
Loc: USA
Use the Hitachi coils. They are the actual OE coils smile

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#4554531 - 10/25/17 07:45 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 390
Loc: MN
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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#4554559 - 10/25/17 08:13 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32631
Loc: ME
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.

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#4554646 - 10/25/17 09:48 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2223
Loc: The Northeast
VQ35's don't play nice with aftermarket electronic parts.
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#4554675 - 10/25/17 10:39 PM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 2938
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
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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#4554756 - 10/26/17 12:25 AM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
boom10ful Offline


Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
Should be good. Hitachi are OEM for many car companies, also includes sensors.

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#4554804 - 10/26/17 04:40 AM Re: Use cheap aftermarket coils? [Re: LeakySeals]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10010
Loc: Indiana
Buy once, cry once.

Get the OE.
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