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Ghibli spark plug replacement time

Quick question about maintenance, since I noticed several Maserati techs on here. Approx how many hours should it take to replace spark plugs? The preowned Ghibli I recently purchased has been well maintained, but the one year 3 item I haven't been able to verify is spark plug replacement. Before I take the car in for year 4 service in a few months, I'd like to have the spark plugs done. I've gotten quotes from dealerships and am in the process of getting quotes from independent exotic mechanics, which all seem to quote based on hourly rate and estimated hours.

I was under the impression this should be about 60-90 minutes worth of work, but I'm getting quotes in the 3-4 hour range. How long should task take a mechanic, estimating on the generous side? Thanks
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Smart to check pricing. Had plugs replaced and oil service at my local dealer and the charge was $1,600!

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I did mine in about 45 min, taking my time. I am an amateur with above slightly average skills (do my own brake pads/rotors/fluid flush, diff & tranny fluid swaps, spark plugs, oil changes, sway bar swaps, underdrive pulleys,oil catch can install, etc on my cars).
Anyone can do this themselves.

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I did mine in about 45 min, taking my time. I am an amateur with above slightly average skills (do my own brake pads/rotors/fluid flush, diff & tranny fluid swaps, spark plugs, oil changes, sway bar swaps, underdrive pulleys,oil catch can install, etc on my cars).
Anyone can do this themselves.

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Yup anybody can remove and replace plugs. Wether it's done right and will come out for its next service interval is a different story.

Make sure there's anti-seize on the threads and don't over tighten them
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spark plugs are likely priced in the 1 hour labor range.
18nm torque.
0.5-0.6mm gap, the old plugs should be at about that as well.
service doesn't state to use or not use anti seize. haven't encountered issues removing old plugs, but have encountered spark plugs loosening themselves. i personally would not recommend antiseize.
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