I've been hearing a lot about iridium spark plugs lately. I have read claims that these plugs are more durable than copper plugs due to iridiums high melting point and anti-corrosive properties, but what I'm wondering is, how much better do they perform in real life? Not just on paper. Is the difference in their performance life large enough to justify the price difference? (especially for a top end brand)

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  • I think it is a duplicate of the one you linked to, unless you are asking something different?
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 10:41
  • @RoryAlsop, I tend to agree - it's not immediately obvious that this question isn't a duplicate of the previous. Perhaps if the question was repurposed to something more like "How much longer than a copper plug will an iridium plug last in car X?"
    – Bob Cross
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 11:01
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    @BobCross I have updated my question to your example title, seeing as it is a more fitting title, and Rory I am asking something different. The linked post is asking the differences, whereas my question was trying to focus more on how the differences between the plugs weighed against the cost difference. Commented May 2, 2012 at 11:17
  • Teeny edit to add the question mark. I think this is a good question: I'd be interested to know myself.
    – Bob Cross
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 12:15
  • @MDT - that change works for me. Would agree it is now a different question.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented May 2, 2012 at 14:01

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Per most service manuals:

Iridium 100-120k miles

Copper 20-30k miles

The coppers used to be commonly found on turbo cars and can wear out much faster with "spirited" driving.

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