My 90b12 pings too unless I use premium fuel. During the winter I can't really detect any pinging. My car has 142000 miles on it and has had everything but the 02 sensor replaced and a I plan on replacing the plugs in a few weeks. I did notice in the manual nissan states that pinging under acceleration or driving up a hill is good for fuel economy since the best gas mileage is gained while the plugs are the hottest. I don't know how true that is since everyone says pinging will kill your cylinders. I just use premium fuel and don't have to think about it.