Spark plugs

engines

#1

I have a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid with about 130,000. miles. The dealership is telling me that I should replace the spark plugs. The cost will be over $600.00. Does this sound about right?


#2

No way. repairpal.com estimate is $175 to $230 for new spark plugs. Are you sure the dealership estimate was only for new plugs? If so, someone has a boat payment to make…


#3

At that mileage the plugs definitely need replacing. The dealer price seems very high, unless they replace the wires and a number of other things as well.

I would get a second estimate from an independent shop.


#4

It’s an 8 year old 'Yota. Spark plugs are a common maintenance item any shop can handle. I’d get a second opinion from an independent shop, but insist on Denso plugs. They are the OEM supplier, and work best in your truck.


#5

Denso or NGK are both OEM suppliers to Toyota. Either is fine.

$600 is outrageous. It may have to be put on a lift to get to the back plugs, but it shouldn’t cost anywhere near $600 - even if they use iridium plugs.


#6

Is it possible that the dealer is recommending the 120,000 mile service–including spark plug maintenance AND some other items?


#7

We don’t have your owner’s manual handy. Please tell us when it says the plugs should be replaced.


#8

I found this - here. It doesn’t look like it would cost $600.00. Note: Unless I missed it, it’s the first mention of changing spark plugs…

2006 Highlander Hybrid 120,000 Miles - 144 Months

Replace engine oil and oil filter

Rotate tires

Replace cabin air filter

Replace engine air filter

Replace spark plugs

Re-torque drive shaft bolt (4WD)

Inspect the following:

__ Automatic transmission fluid
__ Ball joints and dust covers
__ Brake lines and hoses
__ Brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs

__ Differential oil
__ Drive belts
__ Drive shaft boots
__ Engine and inverter coolant

__ Engine valve clearance

__ Exhaust pipes and mountings
__ Fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses
__ Fuel tank cap gasket
__ Radiator, condenser and intercooler
__ Steering gear box
__ Steering linkage and boots


#9

A dealership shop could easily parlay that list into a $600 work-order…