What are people running for ignition coils?

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  1. beken

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    My car is coming up to 260,000 kms (a bit over 161,000 miles). My car has been getting a bit of a knocking issue at hard acceleration, and a bit of a warm engine starting issue of late. Pulled my spark plug wires recently and the ignition coil connections are all a bit corroded. Not just #3. Cleaning them helped a bit.

    I suspect it is time to replace the original coil pack and spark plug wires.

    What are you using right now? I am leaning to sticking with stock original equipment...at least for the coil pack.

    I have heard some not-so-good stories about the MSD coil, along with the mounting bolt issues. Any suggestions?
     
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    I have also heard not so good things about MSD coils. I'd get an oem one. I've had good luck with NGK wires, oem would be good too.

    Most likely it is your wires, I'd replace those first.
     
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    OEM and only OEM as nothing more is needed. I know of several cars with 3, 4, 5, and one over 600 whp and they all use the OEM coil and wires.

    Look at it this way, the OEM stuff lasted 161,000 miles and you will not get better than that from the aftermarket parts. (Coil and Wires)
     
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    OEM in all but one of my cars. The OEM of that one is on the shelf and will go back in when I have time. In the meantime, there's a $39 Subaru coil in the car that happens to be more or less identical to the OEM. Bought it in the desert hundreds of miles away from a Mini dealer when the car wasn't running right back in 2014. Never had an issue since. Funny that this "Subaru" coil does corrode on the right rear contact just like the OEM coil does.
     
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