ok, so fellow old-timers can feel free to correct me if I’m wrong... but weren’t spark plugs about a buck fifty each not too long ago? as a kid in the ‘80s, I went through a series of shitbox GM V8 cars from the early ‘70s. maybe I’m getting old and forgetting shit, but I would swear that at the time, I could get a set of AC R44s with a $20 bill and still have change for lunch at McDonald’s. (And I’m talking Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Supersize Me here, none of this dollar menu shit... but I digress.)

at any rate, I stopped at Auto Zone today to get a set of plugs for my DD, a 2007 Altima 2.5 with 150k on the original plugs. while I appreciate that a tuneup now can be accomplished solely by changing 4 plugs and there’s no longer the issue of points and cap and rotor and all the other farm-equipment-related parts from the previous century, those motherfuckers are TWENTY DOLLARS EACH. to be fair, that’s for the NGK Iridiums, and there are Autolite Iridiums available for $6.99 and Bosch Iridiums somewhere in the middle. but I’ve read that using the NGKs really makes a difference. anyone have experience or advice to the contrary?