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Infiniti I30/I35 Maintenance and Repair

Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
Having a problem with your I30? Talk about it here. And please share any solutions!

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  • My 2000 i30 only has 6000 miles, but I can feel pinging in hot and humid weather (always use premium gas). What's the cause? Is this a problem has to be fixed? What is the cure? Thank you.
  • razteorazteo Posts: 38
    98 I30 Standard. I havel a "fragille" feeling when is coming to bad roads. I cecked the tire presure, is how is sayng in owner manual.
    I know is not a truck, but my other car, a Nissan 240, sound more robust than I30.
    Anybody any ideea?
  • akimusakimus Posts: 1
    i bought an I30 a month ago and I am very impressed with the roominess,sleek good looks and the quickness of this car. I test drove it twice and was impressed with the quietness inside.
    I could not wait to get this baby on the open road so after picking it up on a Tuesday I headed out on a five hundred mile trip down highway 95. The first think that I noticed was the wind noise. After a while it started to rain and the rain noise in the wheel welds was frightening. There are no lights on the steering wheel controls.
    In my opinion Infinite put very little fore thought in the design of this car.
  • I bought a 2001 i30 from Enterprise with only 11,000 miles on it 6 weeks ago. 2 weeks into my purchase I realized that in the front of the car, on both sides of the pretty silver grill, are pit marks that have rusted over- there are about 10 of them on either side- over the past 4 weeks i see 3 new pit marks-(not yest rusted) it seems to me that they must have forgot a painting step in this area of the car in muanufactuing - I called Infinity claims and they said the car requires special care when pit marks occur and this would not be covered under any type of warrany- Does this make sense? The car is not 1 year old and has 12K on it- I have never had a car that rusted from pit marks (previous Saab and Mercedes owner) . Does anyone have any suggestions how to deal with Infinity or to correct the problem? Much Thanks!!!
  • geo55geo55 Posts: 2
    I just purchased a used '99 I30T automatic with about 22K miles on it. I paid $18K for it. I loved it the day I test drove it. I do have a question as I am concerned if it is "normal" or not. When slowing down to make a turn and get down to less than 5 mph and then press on the accelerator, it doesn't downshift to first unless I press harder on the accelerator. Is this normal.
    Also, I am getting terrible gas mileage. Edmunds says that the EPA fuel economy on the I30 is 21 MPG city - I am getting 20 MPG in all around driving (surburban).
    One more thing: I have seen several reported 0-60 times for this car. From 6.6 (Edmunds) to 9.1 ( I would believe low to mid 7's from my experience.
    Glad to be a fellow Infiniti owner. Thanks in advance for the replies!
  • may be the battery, is also possible it is the starter. If the starter is bad or there are bad connections it may be sucking so much juice when you try to start it that your headlights go dim
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    99 I 30

    is there any way to have the recirc function always be "on" after startup?

    It defaults to outside air and you have to push the button each time!!!
  • tgif888tgif888 Posts: 351
    Wain-This is no way to around it. We all have to live with it.

    Funclc-This is the infamous Nissan's paint problem. That's why I brought a car bra for my hood. My car is Midnight Blue. I just need to take off the car bra once a week.
  • silvrfoxsilvrfox Posts: 1
    have 19000 on a 2000 i30. hit the brakes at 70mph and the car shudders like pads are glazed. any comments
  • jaki30jaki30 Posts: 73
    There is a TSB for the rotors. My sister has a 2000 Max GLE. The dealer
    covered the repair under warranty.

    My 01 I30 will be a year old next week. My wife has 5900 miles on it. I drove
    it tonight and noticed there appears to be significant wind noise from the
    doors, more pronounced on the passenger side. Anyone have a fix?
  • acraneacrane Posts: 7
    1st Question.
    Could someone give more details on the TSB on the brake rotors on the 2000 I30/Maxima?

    2nd Question.
    Does the emergency brake act on the rear calipers or is there a supplemental mini drum brake used at the rear for the emergency brake?

  • jeh255jeh255 Posts: 4
    I've experienced the same problem with my 2000 I30. The problem started at about 2000 miles and the dealer attempted 6 times to fixe the problem, including working with rotors,and replacing rotors. The problem would return within a few hundred miles of the repair. At about 25000 they were serviced in compliance with a TSB and have been great for the last 6000 miles. Bug your dealer
  • pbernard1pbernard1 Posts: 5
    I have just purchased an 99' I30 last week and I notice after driving with the A/C on there was water leaking from under the car. I need to know is this normal, or do I need to notify the dealership to have something fixed

  • amarmistryamarmistry Posts: 15
    I have an 1996 I30 with 88000 miles on it. This was purchased used, after a thorough lemon check and previous owner had all maintenance records and papers.
    Few weeks ago when I came back home from a short trip and ready to park and was backing up. Once I backed up I put it in Drive, the car stopped. The engine completely died on me. I try to restart and drive, same thing happened around 3 times. Then I started the car again and while in Park, I accelerated the gas pedal and it started and worked fine ever since.
    After that episode, I noticed that once in a while the car hesitated to start while stopping on a red light(always in Drive mode) or stop sign.
    The original problem occurred today too. I was waiting in a parking lot to park while someone was backing up. I have had the car in Drive mode. The engine died on me. I restarted and while in Park, accelerated the gas pedal and it drove well.
    Anyone has experience the similar problem? What could be going wrong? Do you guys think this could be a transmission problem or fuel injector problem?
    Any advice will be valuable.
    Thank you.
  • I didn't buy a brand new "luxury" car (yeah right) to have problems like this. My 2000 I30T has the same problems with the brakes. What is the TSB number for the brake problem?
    Thanks JEH255 in advance for the info.
    And for you new auto buyers considering and Infiniti -
    1) After about 2,500 miles (not 25,000) I noticed a large cloud of smoke when I started it. It only does it about once every 2 or 3 months. Now, the engine is missing every once in a while (92 octane minimum always used). Dealer says he can't fix it if he can't see the smoke!
    2) At about 10,000 miles my transmission started slipping bigtime between 1st and 2nd gear when moderately accelerating. I have taken it back twice for this problem and it hasn't been fixed yet.
    3) When going into turns the front tires(Bridgestone-Potenza's) will break loose quicker than my 6000 pound truck will. They say it's a tire problem.
    4) Wind noise on the passenger side. Hasn't been fixed.
    5) Drivers window squeaks. Fixed for about a month and then came back.
    6) Front end rattles when turning left. Fixed for about 2 months, then came back.
    7) Heater-A/C blower motor is excessively loud.
    This is a beatiful car but I am not impressed by Nissan/Infiniti in the least. And you can bet your sweet (well, you know) I won't be buying another one, and you might consider these notes before dropping 30G's. I should have spent the extra money and bought a German car.
  • Go to to find any/all tech bulletins for your auto's. My 2000 I-30T has these symptoms.
    01-003 Seat belt - slow retraction.
    00-028A auto trans-Slips during 1-2 or 2-3 gear upshifts.
    00-063A Brakes-Vibration/Pulsation/Judder.
    00-009 Brakes-steering wheel vibration/pedal pulsation
    00-023 right front Strut-Click/clunk noises.
    99-050A Heater-A/C Blower motor Noise.
    99-065 Vehicle-Squeak and rattle Materials info.
    There are a total of 72 TSB's for this piece of junk.
  • I have a 1997 infinite I30 I bought it used and the car shakes when I drive it sometimes it feels like the engine is miss firing and the check engine light came on, so I took it to the dealer and got it check out they told me it was the knock sensor was bad I paid for the replacement and it still miss fires any ideals on why its happing and a way to fix the problem
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    Do the 1999 I 30s have a cabin air filter?

    I thought the brochure we got ( I have it but can not find it) when we bought the car said it had a cabin air filter?
    any way to check w/o pulling the glove box????
  • karz10karz10 Posts: 106
    that, wtfletcher, you have had so many challenges w/ your '00 I30t, it is frustrating to have recurring issues

    however, i guess curiousity got the best of me, i assume when you say, you should have spent the extra money and bought german, you probably meant BMW?

    Regardless, that idea is correct only if you feel you would be happier in the German ride despite the possibility of having similar problems. In other words, by making that statement, it implies that you feel you should have bought German anyway, I hope so, because on average I think most people would agree that the higher end Japanese makes still carry a better fit and finish, initial quality, as well as over all reliability, than any other part of the world. Unfortunately, it is not a perfect world, and even the best manufactured products have some issues, including BMW and the like, plus you have to spend a considerable amount more to get comparable features and size in a BMW compared to the Infiniti.

    Just food for thought, no annomosity intended, I considered buying a used 540 as I was making my decision to buy last year, but was cautioned by experts about the realistic cost of ownership which made me lean toward a more practical route for me, for less money I got a new I30t w/ side sills, spoiler, s/r, s/s for $27k...

    Good luck finding a resolution, I know my '01 handles like on rails at 100mph+, and the ABS works real well, I don't believe the suspension is as good as the '02 Acura TL Type-S as I also considered that car, but you can't have everything, after all it was still a rear-beam in the I30's, but you shouldn't be getting the handling problems you described, maybe you should take some of your documentation and contact Infiniti HQ to help you resolve??

  • I am looking at a 1996 I 30 with 89000 miles on the car. The car is very clean and at a Ford dealership. The car rides nice and well equiped.
    I want some advice from those of you who have had a car like this or if at this mileage I might have expenses that would be considered to be expensive. I want to thank you in advance for your help.
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