Is $1,200 for Replacing 4 Ignition Coils in a Honda Civic Reasonable?

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Henry Jennifer Davis asked 4 months ago
Hello, I have a 2006 Honda Civic with 173,000 miles. Recently, it began misfiring with a blinking check engine light. Initially, I had the spark plugs replaced at Firestone for $500, but the issue persisted. The dealership diagnosed the problem as faulty ignition coils, quoting $1,200 for replacement. Additionally, they identified a leaking tension recover on the timing chain ($280) and a leaking axel seal ($450). Firestone quoted $540 for the ignition coil replacement. I'm conflicted about whether to choose Firestone's cheaper aftermarket parts or Honda's pricier OEM parts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 4 months ago
Hi there, Henry! Thanks for your question, analyzing prices isn't always easy, given how much the market fluctuates. Let's break down your situation, from what I've learned:
  1. Ignition Coil Replacement Cost: The quoted $1,200 by the dealership is on the higher side. Dealerships often charge more due to OEM parts and higher labor rates. Firestone's $540 quote is more reasonable, but aftermarket parts might not match OEM quality.
  2. Aftermarket vs. OEM Parts: While OEM parts from Honda ensure compatibility and reliability, aftermarket parts can be much cheaper and often offer similar performance. However, quality varies, so choose reputable brands.
  3. DIY Option: If you're handy, consider replacing the ignition coils yourself. It's a relatively simple task, and there are plenty of tutorials online. You can buy quality aftermarket coils for around $100-$200 in total.
  4. Other Repairs: As for the cover and axle seal, get a second opinion. These repairs are not as urgent as fixing the misfire but should be addressed to prevent future problems.
  5. Mechanic Choice: Given your situation, an independent, trusted mechanic might offer the best balance of price and quality. They often have lower rates than dealerships and more personal service than chains like Firestone.
In conclusion, weigh the pros and cons of dealership vs. aftermarket parts. Consider doing some work yourself to save money, and don't rush into the less critical repairs. Trust and verify with mechanics, and you'll navigate this well. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team