What HT Leads do you buy/have you bought for your v6?
Ive read a few topics from doom sayers claiming you should only buy the OEM Ford set for the mk3 v6 duratec because they last longer and the coil pack on these engines chews through cheap leads like there's no tomorrow. I can sort of believe that to be the case, but I just cannot warrant spending 180 quid on the ford set.
I actually thought I came across a decent price for the OEM set on ebay just now but I realised the price (78 quid with a pathetic discount) was only for THREE of the six leads. So it would be ~180 for the full set. Yea, f**k that. Especially seeing as I know full well they tend to overprice their oem stuff anyway. They didn't get the nickname fraud for nothing.
Now, I can get a set of NGK leads (all six of them) that are supposedly fit for this engine, and they're a tenner a lead. Comes from Poland but I'm not bothered too much about that. I figure NGK make nice spark plugs, I've never had an issue with them. Are their HT leads any good?
Odd thing is, these particular NGK leads (ngk rc-fd1211) seem to only be available in Poland or other Eastern European countries. I couldn't find them on the ngk parts finder website. I don't know if this is because NGK have discontinued them, and you can now only find old stock in far flung countries like Poland, or if they only sell them in Poland for whatever reason. I only wanted to look the part number up because I wanted to make absolutely sure they fit my car (the ebay seller says they do but I trust ebay's part finder thing about as far as I could throw it).
I know there's other brands like Magnecor which are supposedly pretty good, not that I've ever used them, and they're not quite as pricey as the oem part, but they're still a bit too pricey for me at 100-120 for the full set as far as I can tell. Alternatively I could just spend 40 quid on a set from carparts4less.co.uk. 6.6 quid a lead. It's cheap, but not as cheap as some sets can be.
I suppose the reality is here, I'm either going to buy the 40 quid set from carparts4less/europcarparts (same company if you didn't know), or 60 quid for the NGK set from Poland. It's a case of do I want to spend the extra 20 quid only to find out it was a waste of money.