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Old 12-15-2018, 12:58 AM
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Just a set of jumper cables in the back of mine... For other stranded motorists...
I've been known to carry a jump box on occasion, but still, no spare parts.
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:39 AM
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I carry jump cables, 2 used coils (from junk yard), old coolant reservoir (still good), 1 gallon of premixed coolant, 1-2 qts of engine oil.

On very long trips, I carry the brand-new Bosch alternator and a brand-new Pierburg fuel pump.

Of course, carry some basic tools for the above items.

Preventive maintenance is the KEY!
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Old 12-15-2018, 12:22 PM
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"All this talk about junk in the trunk carrying a spare fuel pump in the back pocket " has left me pondering

My 2019 resolutions is to not put any more PM parts but I swear, my ju-ju is telling me I should at least keep a coil pack on hand. At 145K and I'm on original except for maybe 2.

What camp do you fall in for coils. I've treated these as fail or no fail.
I do some very long road trips and reliability is paramount for me.

So I fall into the camp of: "How much more service does this part owe me?" when it comes to things that can shut an engine down and leave me coasting to the right shoulder of the road.

Coils, coolant hoses, water pumps, belts, spark plugs and fuel pumps certainly fall into that category for me.

I had a big trip coming up for my 130K E46 and put six new Bosch coils in it from FCP Euro. The fuel pump and relay are recent and all other critical items (belts, hoses, cam sensors) are low mileage.

I have 113K on my E53. The new fuel pump is in the garage awaiting install and I'm thinking strongly about installing new ignition coils sometime in the near future.

I carry a jump box, jumper cables (for others stranded) with compressor and a tire plug patching kit and a reasonable array of sockets and wrenches.

I keep my vehicles for the long term so I don't leave high mileage critical engine running items in service beyond my comfort zone.

To each their own choices.

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It depends on a few other factors:

1. Water Pump is a not a fun job in the middle of nowhere, especially winter time. The life of WP is about 100K-120K, ditto for thermostat.
So every 100K-110K, I replace the WP (Hepu brand) and thermostat (Wahler only), no matter what. Then I thrown the old parts in the trunk just in case I am stuck in the middle of nowhere, and God forbid the new parts fail, I can re-install the old parts just to get home.

2. Alternator: around town not an issue. It fails anywhere between 80K (VR failure) or 200K (worn out slip rings, brushes, VR etc.).
On long trips, bring the new alternator in the trunk.
Around town, the alternator sits on the garage shelf.

3. Coils. No need to replace them b/c they usually give you CEL error codes and replacing them is a piece of cake, even in the middle of nowhere.
Just keep the old coils in the trunk.
Better yet, test them (mark them with white paint before you install them) and drive around to be sure the used coils you get from junk yard or ebay are good to go when you need to use them. Then remove them a week later and throw them in the trunk.

4. Spark plugs: I replace them every 80K-100K, but throw the old plugs in the trunk.

5. MAF: no need to worry, worst case scenario, just unplug the connector to limp to a garage, then order the VDO Siemens stuff.

Just common sense.

The idea is how to "bit them before they bite you in the butt"...
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I j1nxed myself. Getting a misfire here and there.

While I'm in there, platinum or ix iridium..
Seems like a hot debate. Some stay stick with platinum

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Plugs should still be fresh. Maybe has like like 32K miles on them. Did them a around 39 months ago

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I can get cheap parts at the local pick n pull, $10 for alternator or starter plus a core charge and $20.00 for a fuel pump plus core charge. I can bring the alternator to my local Pep Girl or the Manualzone and they can test it for me for FREE. I keep spare parts at home in case I need them, but if I sell the car before needing the parts, I just flip them on eBay for a profit.
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Got a big old box of new coils and plugs here. Call me cheap.
I might send it back for a refund.

I think the funky misfires was bad gas from my usual spot. Going to have to drive it often enough to get a baseline

I do er-sorta-wanna- just PM the coils just because of mileage creep. I'm just not in the mood to ~invest benjis~ at it at this time though
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