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Infiniti J30

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  • Check on Ebaymotors.com also. Just type in Infiniti. Alot of the wheels are interchangeable between models. I currently have 15" KMC Evolutions on my 94 J30t (came on the car when bought). I've seen a guys J with 17" I30t rims on it and boy, did it look sharp!
  • Guys, I am watching a set of 2002 Q45 18" wheels on E-bay. Will they fit the J and do you guys think that they would look good??? I have 4 days, I need your feedback!
  • I'm pretty sure they will fit, but not 100% positive. I would contact Tom Novak (Infiniti of Lisle parts manager) I know he's been looking at some and he could tell you for sure. Here is his email, he'll respond same day:

    tnovak@infinitioflisle.com

    Best of luck!
    Jeff
  • Jeff, thanks for the contact person.
  • Let me know what he says and how it goes if you get them!

    I'm actually thinking about some 16" Mille Miglia Evo5's.
  • kojackojac Posts: 1
    Greetings to all Edmunds Townhallers,
    I'm new to the board but some of you from other Infiniti boards have heard my cry. I'm seeking an attorney who will take the task of prosecuting, suing and damanding compensatory damages to my J after an accident with an illegal taxi in Atlanta. In brief, I rear-ended a illegal taxi that stopped short with no brake lights but was actually in reverse to go around stalled traffic with no reverse lights to be seen. To add insult to insanity the taxi driver had a revoked permit to operate, the license plate on the taxi belong to another car,'flipped plates', no working brake or reverse lights and no insurance inspection sticker. My insurance company are a bunch of a**holes who appear to be content and cheaper for them to pay a phony claim rather than fighting this fraudulent act. AJC and WSB-TV are investigating this matter but in Atlanta depending who you are bedfellows with I have been fighting this battle like the Lone Ranger without Tonto. Never had an accident before so why would I start with an illegal cab on a sunny Saturday afternoon? Need input from all who can help.

    Thanx
  • dee29dee29 Posts: 2
    My 95 J30 airbag light came on and is intermittently flashing. I have had no wrecks or bumps to my car. I talked with the dealership in Nashville that takes care of my major maintenance and was told that it would just have to be checked out and mentioned maybe needing an airbag. I understand that is very expensive. My car has 116,000 miles. It runs terrific but the interior has always disappointed me. At 35,000 when I purchased it had the wear on the door panel driver's side which over time has spread. I have a bottom weld left back door that appears to be separating and several little things that are annoying. It's unreal to me a car that costs like J30s did that the cosmetics are not quality. I have to much invested and want to drive at least 200,000 miles. Anyone else with the airbag problem?
  • bscbluebscblue Posts: 103
    Hey, y'all it's been a while! Whoosh!

    I did something very, very bad . . . But also very, very good . . .

    I don't have a J30 anymore. I have a 1999 Q45!!! I had to have it. It was a fantastic price and I liked the way it looked an everything. I will miss the J but the 1997 to 2001 Q45 has always turned my head. The new Q does NOTHING for me. It seems to me that Infiniti wants to get back to the old 1990 Infiniti design philosophy. LOL
  • The 99Q is nice, but I will tell you that it is no match for either the first generation Q's (90-93) or the new Q. My opinion is actually completely the opposite of yours. The 97-01 don't do much for me! I like the look of the touring models but still they have the smaller 4.1L engine (still way better than my J but...). The old design philosophy that you laughed at was actually way ahead of its time. They are actually trying to get the Q back to being a performance sedan and not so much a luxury cruiser that is was 97-01.

    I'm not trying to rip on you, cause I love any Q, but its a fact that those years were not the greatest.
  • bscbluebscblue Posts: 103
    Oh, come now. Anyone who has read this forum's posts knows most of us opt for the Touring models; I myself had a J30t and I absolutely loved (love) that car.

    What I found was that everything I liked about the J30t I could get in the Q45t, in a roundabout way. I even like the look of the 97-01 Q; it's classy and hardly derivative like the stuff from the lexus camp. The 97-01 Qs also had about a 250 pound reduction in curb weight which didn't affect performance numbers too much from the previous model, even with the decrease of engine displacement. I have never been the type that needs a whole bunch of horsepower that can't really be used legally anyway. What I have said and will say is that we are driving luxury cars so having a "Fast and Furious-esque" asinine stoplight showdown with a tacky Honda Civic is hardly our intentions, at least they aren't my intentions.

    Besides, our good friends at Stillen can help tweak an Nissan or Infiniti project, ya know, in case we feel like making or Qs and Js breathe a little fire . . .
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    The old Q45 wasn't ahead of it's time. It was the start of the Infiniti flop. The old Q45 with no wood and grill - probably one of the biggest mistakes in automobile history.

    The average luxury car buyers love power - who doesn't. But the luxuriousness has to be there first and foremost. Infiniti must have forgotten that it was designing a luxury car. When did luxury car owners say that they didn't want the wood trim - how about the trademark grill? The grill tells people what car it is and give off the pretigious image.

    Infiniti missed the boat the first time and then they missed it again with the 2002 Q45. The grill on the new Q45 is terrible. What a waste of a great car. I just wish they would be a little more through when they redesigned their trademark grill.

    bscblue - if you got a great deal on the Q45 that's fantastic. I'd rather have the 4.1 V-8 than the 3.0 V-6 (like on my Altima) anyday. While that Q45 model may not have been competitive with the Lexus LS400, it doesn't mean that it's not a very nice car. And with the difference in the resale value, in my opinion, the 99 LS400 and the 99 Q45 are not in the same market, if you are shopping for a used car. The LS400 is a lot more expensive. I'm sure you'll enjoy driving your Q45 for many trouble free years to come. Congrats.
  • bscbluebscblue Posts: 103
    The Q45 was an excellent deal. I'd researched it as much as I did my J and made sure I was buying a great car. Luckily enough, what Infiniti sometimes lacks in styling prowess they make up for in good, old-fashioned luxury marque quality.

    I agree, L, that they made a terrible mistake when they introduced the Q the way they did. Luxury car buyers want all the wood, the chrome, the grille, and the cache that comes from owning a luxury car--plain and simple. The 97-01 Q made up for the previous models many cosmetic shortcomings. The car is classy without being bland, like LS400/30. Unfortunately, Lexus has a somewhat of a stranglehold on the Japanese lux car market here. If any luxury maker had styling issues, it's that company and Acura as a distant second.

    I think the Q45 is(was) quite competitive with the Lexus LS400. They both had excellent quality but Infiniti really won out in the looks department for me. That's why the J30 is still a great looking car 8 years after it was introduced. The reason I upgraded from it was because the Q, while being very advanced, is still a easily maintained car, like the J30. Just enough elctronic gadgetry to make me squeal but not nearly as much as the new Q; I don't necessarily forsee anything really breaking with the Q but I'd rather not find out.

    The new Q really doesn't do much for me but I will say its still a much cooler car than the LS430 which is just 20mg away in Thorazine from being the old Mercedes S420's evil, derivative twin. And NOT in a good way.
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    While the LS430's styling is nothing new, I think Lexus did a smart thing with the design. They could have copied MB again and design it similar to the new S-class but they decided to keep the 'old MB' look and bring out a car that looks very substantial. It may not be a looker but it does have an imposing presence.

    I think that's one of the reasons why it's selling so well. Even old MB guys look like they prefer the LS430 to the new MB's. The new MB S-class lost that substantial look and is more of a sleek design.

    Also, Lexus designs the interior with a lot of class and simplicity. They also do not skimp on material quality.

    The 2002 Q45 - if they brought it over exactly like the Cima in Japan, I think they would have done better. Instead, they cut a few corners and skimped here and there. I am not sure if the Infiniti guys thought that the new LS430 would be a pushover... the competition is already stiff as it is... don't get me wrong the new Q45 is an excellent car, as any car that cost that much should be but it's still missing that identity that it desperately needs. It would have be performance but we know how that panned out.
  • Guys, Lets talk about the G35. I have been waiting for 6 years for a car from Infiniti that could replace my 1995 J30t. When I got word of the G35, I planned on it being my next car,(NOT).
    The G35 may have performance that will blow the doors of of my J30t, but what about the looks? Its a cheep looking ugly car!I would rather buy the new Altima, but it does not seem to have the lux feel of the J30. I wish Infiniti would do a J35t, and make it good! For now my J30t has 90,000 miles on it and looks and runs like new, I just may wait until I can get a used 2002 Q45t for around 25K- 30K.
  • Lexus is going to eat the G35 alive!
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    You're right about the Altima, the J30t is much more luxurious. The feel of the two interiors is like night and day. The J30t's seats are also super comfortable. The Altima is a Nissan and it feels like one.

    The G35 on ther other hand looks like an awesome car. Don't forget that it's aim is at a lower pricepoint than the J30t's original MSRP, so you should expect a little less luxurious interior.

    I don't know how well it's going to sell because of the Infiniti name but, I sure hope this is Infiniti's savior, like Audi's A4 was.
  • ambullambull Posts: 255
    With what? The IS300 has nowhere near the room and looks like it should be sold by Toyota. The GS300 does not have the G35's engine and is too softly sprung for performance driving. The G35 compares to the GS400 (or 430) but costs much less.

    You J30 guys should be applauding the G35. It is the same concept (based off the Nissan Z) although the styling is different (it doesn't emulate a Jaguar).
  • nultonnulton Posts: 2
    I just got an esitmate from a local Infiniti dealer for over $500 to replace the transmission fluid temperature sensor. I brought it in because the car would briefly kick down to a lower gear when going highway speeds, thus causing the RPM's to increase. I thought the problem was going to be the linkage or cable. Well, I guess it's better than a new trany.
  • nultonnulton Posts: 2
    BTW - the car is a 1994 J30. Anyone else have this problem?
  • jpalm2001jpalm2001 Posts: 21
    nulton,
    I have a 94 J30t with 143K and my tranny is still going strong. My recommendation would be to have a full tranny flush first. Make sure you do the FULL service, which mean have them drop the pan, clean it, and change the filter. Then hook up to the exchange machine and refill with Mobil 1 synthetic. This will normally make a BIG difference. I had it done on mine in December and immediately noticed a much smoother and crisper response in shifting. Also, you could have a external transmission cooler added (made by BG) for about $120 or so. Heat is the real killer in these transmissions! With the Mobil 1 you have a ATF that has a much better viscosity than any other.

    I'd try these things first before I'd worry about a much pricer fix as a new transmission. All that I described would probably run you about $350 or so. Much better than the alternative!

    Also, NAPA (only Napa that I know of) carries a additive for the transmission called Lubeguard. Its about $12 bucks for a bottle and several people have had good results with it. It just helps with a smoother shift and has anti-foaming additives to help out. You can just add it through the dip stick tube, but make sure your fluid level isn't too high before adding it or you will have too much fluid in the tranny which also can be a bad thing. I had to drain some off before I added it to mine. Best of luck, hope this helps!

    Jeff Palm
    Atlanta, GA

    PS. I also LOVE the G35, can't wait to test drive one, however its still to pricey for me! Maybe in a few years! If Infiniti continues to depreciate as rapidly as they have in the past then maybe I can get a good deal on one in a few!
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  • txguy67txguy67 Posts: 31
    I was hoping for a viable replacement for my 96J BUT Infiniti missed the boat again. Although the power was smooth, the rear end looks like an Intrepid. The interior felt smaller than my J and the plastic was "too plastic" for me. The dealer is trying to talk me into an I30 but I don't want front wheel drive. I'm still waiting for the "huge" incentives that Infiniti is going to offer to move those Q's that are NOT selling.
  • JPhamJPham Posts: 148
    '96 J30 silver/black 36k asking $14.9k ... what to do, what to do ....
  • bscbluebscblue Posts: 103
    Hey, Pham, are any of those models a touring edition? That's what I'd go for if I were you. But if they are not, nevermind.

    The best thing to do would be to get that 1996 model. The color combo is fantastic and the price is sweet. You may be able to get them to knock down a few hundred more. But as far as that goes, I don't know quite what your real budget loosk like. As long as all the models are well-taken care of, then any of them should be a steal.
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    I'd go with the '95 for $8000. Best year/mile combo plus the tan leather interior is the most luxurious looking.

    Enjoy!
  • JPhamJPham Posts: 148
    I can't seem to locate any J30t's around here (NoCal), don't know why.

    These all fall within my budget ... I like the '96 with 36kmi but is it -twice- as much car as the '95 with 77k ($14.9 vs $8)?

    Hmmm ... thanks for your opinions.

    JP
  • bscbluebscblue Posts: 103
    I'm assuming at that price the '96 it is extra nice, extra clean, and extra cherry. Besides, checking average mileage it has only been driven about 6k miles a year since 1996 and that's really low mileage. If the '95 is just as nice as the '96 then go with that.

    I, too, have noticed the new G35's minimalist interior and (excuse me Infiniti Gods) cheap-looking components. But let me say that if you have read any articles lately about cars, especially last month's Automobile, you'll notice that automakers are increasing trying to pare down costs while raising profit margins and this is evident by some of the cars coming down the pike, luxury and standard cars alike.

    The CTS, the X-Type and S-Type, the C-Class, the Altima and a whole slew of other cars are suffering from this penny-pinching by automakers. The cars all look pretty good but the interior materials and some exterior materials are being manafactured as cheaply as possible. The CEos of these companies have garnered nicknames like "The Knife" and such because of their ruthless cost-cutting which destroys some automobiles quality feel.

    It's only gonna get worse, not better.
  • JPhamJPham Posts: 148
    The '96 J is cherry ... one burnt-out brake lightbulb but otherwise a clean car. Since it was my fist time in a J, my first impression is that it is not as quiet in the cabin as I had expected.
    There is quite alot of growl from the engine and also lots of windnoise as well. Is this normal?
    I'll check out the '95 today to see if it's the same.

    JP
  • lsclsc Posts: 210
    that is normal. compared to today's cars where quietness is a priority, it's much louder. it doesn't mean its noisy, that's just how Infniti built it...you feel like you're driving the car.
  • bscbluebscblue Posts: 103
    It's like BMW to Mercedes what Lexus is to Infiniti. One's a more performance oriented brand that calls to driven while the other is more sedate and less need for all out speed.

    It's fairly quiet but I wouldn't expect vault-like quiet like a DeVille or S600. LOL

    Just to help you a little, I saw on Ebay a J30, 1997, silver, with just 56K miles on it (with some warranty!) right now at about 8 grand witha BuyItNow price of just 12,9. That's exactly how I bought my J, from Ebay. I paid so much less for it than retail and maybe even less than a private person. My experience was great.
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