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    1. 02-26-2004 01:03 PM #1
      I have been trying to find out the spark plug model for my 99 Passat 1.8T and was hoping someone could give me the correct answer.
      Everyplace I call gives me a different response and I want to make sure I put the right ones in. Was told that you should not put Platinum plugs in any VW engine.
      VW dealer here in Oakville, ON Canada - says brand NGK - style code PFR6Q but they want $28 Cdn each !
      UAP Nappa says NGK regular ? at cost of $8.04 Cdn ea. (not bad)
      Cdn Tire says NGK Iridium at cost of $ 10 ea.
      Any comments would be appreciate and also if you could tell me how easy is it to replace and get access to them. Thank you

    2. Member pipes's Avatar
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      02-26-2004 01:13 PM #2
      Autozone (in US) has Densos that work nice on non-NGK requiring engines.
      Take off top engine cover to determine 3 digit engine code. This will tell you if you need NGKs.

    3. 02-26-2004 01:57 PM #3
      denso works good in my passat and my audi.
      go get them.

    4. 02-26-2004 04:45 PM #4
      Thanks for the information. Will check to see if I can get here in Canada

    5. 02-26-2004 11:41 PM #5
      At the dealer the PFR6Qs were $31 each, but at the local Auto Value (I think they are a NAPA affiliate), they were only $16 each and in stock. When I hit up the Parts Source (Canadian Tire's parts store), they had to special order the Bosch plugs and they were a plain copper plug.
      From the research I've done on here and on CB5, you can use cheap copper plugs but they need to be replaced more often (recommended intervals of every oil change to once a year/30000 kms). I went with the standard PFR6Qs from Auto Value.
      When I mentioned to my VW service writer that I was going to do them my self, his only advice was not to put platinums in - I've read that they tend to melt/self destruct into your engine.

    6. 02-27-2004 09:04 AM #6
      Thank you for the information. I did some more checking here at various dealerships and they all quoted NGK - style PFR6Q, model # 6458- like you said. But these are a premium platinum plug and I also had one guy tell me not to use platinum. When you do a product finder search on the NGK web site, it does bring up this type of plug as well. Were the PFR6Q you put in platinum ? I am assuming they were since the code is the same. I have ordered them from Nappa at cost of $18.66 -- just do not want to screw up my engine !!

    7. Member pipes's Avatar
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      02-27-2004 09:14 AM #7
      I bought my NGK for engine ATW via online: http://www.parts4vw.com. They were $15 USD plus shipping.

    8. 02-27-2004 09:21 AM #8
      I finally got the answer I needed from a local dealer.
      They confirmed the plugs they use and what is specified are the NGK premium platinum - PFR6Q for engine code AEB - 1.8T
      UAP had the best price of $ 18.66 each CDN$
      I hope changing them will be an easy procedure ! Thanks again for your replies.

    9. 02-28-2004 12:45 AM #9
      On our 2000 (ATW) it was pretty painless. Pull the plastic engine cover off, underneath you will see four coil packs (one per cylinder). On mine, you undid two allen key headed bolts (note these are metric!) for each coil pack and pull it straight up, it has a long rubber boot that goes down to where the plugs are (look waaayyyy down). A spark plug socket and a 6" extension did the trick, plus a pair of needle nose pliers to get the plug out.
      Putting the plugs back in, I turned the plug in reverse until the first thread drops to make sure I had it centred, then started tightening by hand. Once hand tight, I tightened another 90 degrees with the ratchet (or 15-22 ft-lbs if you have a torque wrench). Be carefull, you don't want to cross thread or strip these (and its easier to do with the plugs out of reach).

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      02-28-2004 04:43 PM #10
      I have used the NGK BKUR6ET for my '99 AEB 1.8T passat since new. These are like $4 US ea. You should stay away from the platinum with a turbo engine.
      BTW I am also chipped with giac and have had no issues whatsoever in 82K miles.

    11. 02-29-2004 04:26 AM #11
      The cheapo Denso's at Autozone are just fine--I'm on my 3rd set after 112,000 chipped miles (first 40,000 miles were on the oem).
      09' Saab 9-3 SS Aero XWD; 06' 9-3 SC Aero(gone); 03' 9-3 SS Linear(gone); '02 VW Passat Wagon 1.8T Tip(gone too);
      99' Passat 1.8T Tip--Wett 1 bar chip(remember those)--170,000 mi. and still going strong.

    12. 03-01-2004 09:25 AM #12
      Why should you stay away from Platinum with a turbo engine? All of the VW dealerships I called, told me to use the NGK PFR6Q platinum, so that is what I put in. ???? Had no problems starting but you now have me concerned.
      If anyone can post information on this that would be great.

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