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Infiniti J30



  • depending on which ones you get, i have a buddy that owns a performance shop, so tested out the various models, what's his name is right the cool blue ones from sylvania don't get out more light, but they look cool and that it, i've personally got the toucan xenon plasma white in right now there white enough to have a tinge of blue but i think they are better then stock, i don't notice it in town but once i go canyon carving at night i notice the difference.
  • As long as we're on the subject of modifying Js, my '96 is not a "t." Does anyone out there recommend adding any of the "t" performance items, like sway bars, etc.? I would certainly enjoy any extra handling I can get, but have not checked any pricing.
  • I forgot to thank you for all your insight, azylstra -- that's some great information!
  • I just drove the new BMW 330. A fine car indeed, but climbing back into my '94 J was a pleasure. After all these years the J interior still pleases. I was surprised at how spartan the 330 felt. I thought the leather was vinal. The J seats are great, wood accents are nice, fit and finish looks like luxury. The BMW seats felt unsupportive, interior doesn't pamper you. BMW was faster, but old J sings sweetly at 80-90MPG and passes like a beast when asked to. After 6 years trouble free, its hard to think about moving on. I'm shopping for a new car, but J makes it hard to move on. I'm trully sorry Infiniti dropped J concept. I30 isn't a replacement.
  • I have a 1993 J30 that has 125,000 miles. It developed a tapping noise that started 3,000 miles ago. Performance has not been affected and engine runs fine. Tapping noise is only when in gear. Noise goes away when put into neutral or park. Any ideas as to what this tapping noise might be?
  • I had the same problem. The dealer said it was idling a little low, and after increasing the idle speed the knocking went away. Hope this helps.
  • I have just replaced 1 fuel injector, and it looks like the rest may go, from what I have heard, and the fact that the 'check engine' light is lit off and on. Any suggestions on where to go for extended warranty that will cover this 1200.00 bill before it happens?
  • I'm thinking of buying a 93 J30 with 43,000 miles from a local dealer. I've heard some negative reports about the J30 and wonder what advice some of the J30 owners can give me. Specifically I've heard the J30 handles terribly in snow and even on wet pavement with lots of fish-tailing. Some have suggested snow tires are essential for this car in winter. I've also heard that the 93's have climate control problems with the a/c blowing warm air (check this website: Also, how much should I expect to pay for this car? Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks. -Jeff
  • I own a 95 J30t with 60,000 miles. I would like to replace the spark plugs myself as I have done in many of my cars. I can not seem to find them on the J, I don't see wires or a distributer. Can anyone help? I have looked from the top and bottom.
  • After high speed driving, I sometimes smell burning oil when I come to a stop. I think it is coming from the oil filter. It seem that if I use a Fram it does not happen but any other brand does. Has anyone else had this happen?
  • Just purchased a 93 J-30, 90,000 miles. during a test drive I noticed that the car handled a little rough, turned out to be a bad tire rod, which was replaced by the dealer. 24 hours later the radio went out, and while on my way back to the dealer, I decided to check the sunroof and noticed that it would stick while in operation. The dealer did fix the sunroof and replaced radio. I'm glad the dealer was the one paying the bill. I was wondering if anyone knows if its possible to purchase a warranty pass 100,000 miles for this automobile, if so, please let me know because I plan to keep my J30 for a while. I have owned both the 3 and 5 series BMW but they dont come close to the performance and comfort provided by the J-30. She's a keeper
  • I think that the 93 J30's had it share of problems, after all it was the first year. I would consider a 95 to 97.
  • rpm9rpm9 Posts: 73
    IMO, the J-30 has one of the ugliest rear-end designs of any sedan. Even uglier than the new Maxima and the new Sentra.
  • I own a 94 J30 with 111,000 miles lately I have been having some acelarating problems, the car would hesitate about 2sec. and then pick up speed.
    So I took the car to Rosenthal Infiniti dealer an they told me that the knock sensor was bad. I would like to know if anybody had any problems with the knock sensor before or knows what the knock sensor does. The dealer wants to charge me $1450.00 dollars to have the knock sensor replace.
    Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks
  • I have a 94 j-30 with 80,000 miles. My problem is the inside lights (dash Lights) go out when i turn the headlights on. Also My cd player does not work and the FM does not pick up very well and my back speaker does not work. Please advise on these problems and how to fix them if possible. Thanks for your help
  • I don't know anything about cars, but I just bought a '94 J30 with 89K for $8,800. Is this a good deal? I love the car, had it checked out, and, except for a couple of reasonably minor glitches (which I expect the dealer to fix), the car is in great shape. 1) Please post a message telling me I got a good price; this will make me feel good. 2) I can buy a VERY comprehensive, bumper-to-bumper 3-year, 36,000 mile warranty from (rec. by Edmonds) for $1,700. My fear is that Infinitis are expensive to fix--I've read on-line horror stories of $2,000+ tranny jobs, fuel injector nightmares, and alternators costing $900 to replace. However, my mechanic said I should just put the money in the bank. The car does have 89K: What is your collective advice?
  • willdwilld Posts: 1
    $8800 for your 94 with the miles it has is pretty good. Make sure it got a new timing belt at 60k miles, 95 models and later are good until 106k.

    Don't buy the extended warranty. Not for almost 20% of the purchase price of your car! My '95 has 82k miles and has only had the dimmer switch and the sunroof motor fail at around 30k. The motor and transmission are understressed compared to turbo Z's which I'd expect would give them a better than average life.

    $1700 buys a half-dozen pairs of european shoes, what girlie-girl could resist that?
  • Maybe there's a reason I got a good price. My mechanic found the coolant level a half gallon low and signs of leakage on the water pump, but could not find a leak when pressure tested. The timing belt is original, and there's wind noise indicating a windshield leak. The dealer was at first rather hostile, even suggesting I just return the car for a "refund", but then said he would honor the checklist they signed before I bought the car for the extended warranty which specifically said the coolant level was full, the belts were not cracked, and there was no wind noise. Two headlights were also out, which they said all worked, which makes me think they didn't check the car over at all. However, I will not get final approval for the repairs until the Service Manager returns on Monday, and I have a feeling he will give me a hard time.

    To top it all off, yesterday the powerlocks just quit. I cannot open any lock, with either the key, keyless entry, or even from inside the car, except for the passenger side, from which I have to climb into the driver's seat. Not too classy for a woman wearing gorgeous European shoes....

    I had asked the Nissan dealer in Santa Fe before I bought the car for a service history on this Infiniti, which they said they could not retrieve because they were not interfaced with the Infiniti computer database. Do you think they are just trying to sell me a bad car?
  • I am considering a 1997 J30. I am trying to find out what comes on the "t" that doesn't come on the standard J30. Can anyone tell me what the "touring" package includes?
  • Their only a few differences between the j30 and j30t. The Type of wheels and larger anti sway bars, and the most visible is the spoiler on the trunk. I have read the the j30 has a soother ride. I own a j30t and I like the sporty handling.
  • dee29dee29 Posts: 2
    Within the last year my ABS warning light has came on twice. I had the car checked out with three dealers and one of the dealers was an Infiniti dealer in Nashville. No one documented a problem. When the light came on there was a noise from the black box and I jarred on that and the light went off. The last time the light came on I did the same thing but had to jump my car to start again. My J 30 has over 102,000. One time my brakes completely went out and I almost went under a semitruck. But the dealers said they found nothing wrong. It was scary because I really did experience not having brakes. I too am experiencing the occasionally door locking when I get out of the car so I guess I'll be dealing with that soon. Also have the sunroof issue going on.
  • Hey i am gonna be honest with you... i am 14 and i do know alot about cars..i live with my grandmother and well...she is not your average grandmother...she wants something sporty..well at the same time powerful and luxurious ...we are looking to buy a ivory or as black infiniti j30 or a gold I30...i think she likes the j better...well i know i like it better...the I's back iend is to plain..we have 96 chrysler cirrus that we want to trade...and i diddnt read that many problems with the 1997.5 and that is the model we would get...we are also considering a acura 3.0 or 2.3 cl or a honda accord coupe ex V6....i think i like the i the best... in alot of reports i read that the infiniti is ideal for hyway cruising....i dont live in the city so most of our driving is on the freeway...does it have alright passing power...? is it good in the twisties? and is it really that bad in the snow ... it has a locking rear diffirential but no traction cirrus has neither of trhe sunroof really metal or is it glass?
    well please e-mail me your responses @
    well... please help me and enjoy your j's
  • I have a 93 J30 that is hard to start in cold weather. Upon the recommendations from the Infiniti dealer here in Albuquerque, I have had hotter spark plugs, and a new coolant sensor installed by my independent mechanic. I am wondering if anyone else has had this difficulty. The dealer has told my mechanic this is a common problem with the J30 engine due to a bad computer program. I was told to start the car in cold weather, push the gas pedal to the floor and crank the engine. Did that this morning, and no luck starting. Only problem I have ever had with a fuel injected car like this.
  • Maybe you guys can help me out, seeing that you are either Nissan customers or potential buyers. I appreciate any support you guys can give me.

    Here is the website detailing my problems with Infiniti/Nissan over my lemon QX4. Putting the finishing touches on it this week, and I'm thinking about buying an appropriate domain name for it.

    read all about it:

  • Funny you should mention your car not starting in cold weather. My wife could not start our 97 J30 this morning. We live here in Albuquerque, and bought the car used (it came from Scottsdale). I have heard of some questionable results from the local Infiniti dealer's repair shop. Who is your independent mechanic? Maybe I should look into hotter plugs and a new coolant sensor too?? Wish I had an answer to fix this problem, but it sounds like we are in the stuck in the same boat
  • q45manq45man Posts: 416
    California and Arizona J/Q seem to have a problem with the local gas blend attacking the injectors after years [6/100k] of exposure. Many of the cold starting / flooding problems result from injector leaks. This problem is unknown in most of country which does not use oxygenates or high aromatic blends.

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  • I have new information to share regarding the hard-starting problems I depicted above.

    First of all, I'm not convinced the fixes of hotter spark plugs, and a new coolant sensor resolved the problem. However, for $300, along with the parts, I did get the following information.

    I have had success starting the car on a cold winter's morning by pressing the accelerator to the floor, and cranking the engine. Understanding that it is not good to rev a cold engine, I let off the gas when I feel the engine catching (very important.)

    On the occasions that I forget to do the cold starting procedure (one that is a no-no with every fuel injected car I have ever owned) I have flooded the engine. I have been able to resolve that by disconnecting the fuel pump fuse, starting the engine (it will run for about a couple of seconds), re connecting the fuse, and starting the engine without pressing on the accelerator, like it should be... are you reading Infiniti!

    I know of no other fixes to resolve this condition. The Infiniti dealer here in Albuquerque has termed it a "common" problem. My independent mechanic is Japanese Car Care, on Virginia, NE. Hopefully, this information will save you some money, and the inconvenience of have the car towed (twice)like me.

    ********I own one, and now I understand**********
  • There is a Infiniti Help Web site that talks all about Infiniti cars and problems that you may run into.
  • I purchased a 93 J30 with 123k for 7100.00. I love this car but it has its problems. First off the radio didnt work properly. It is a chip inside that is keeping it from powering up after the switch has been cut off. You can go to and have it replaced for $125 or send it to Bose for $450-500. I ended up cutting the constant power wire and works BUT it loses memory. I had to relace the left CAM shaft and the sensor which was $1500 but it was well worht it. THe only other prob i had was the sunroof leaking and the driver side rear window getting stuck. It is a great car but not very roomy, I am 6'2' 315 and have trouble, it fits 2 great, 3 ok and 4 is a squeeze, no leg room in the back. It is a great purchase, I advise taking it to the dealer to have fixed, expensive but they take care of you-- Loaner Car
  • To Spearsjw
    What problems were you having to let you that your Cam Shaft was going bad, was there a lost of power because I own a 94 J30 with 113,000 miles lately I have been having some acelarating problems, the car would hesitate about 2sec. and then pick up speed. It is weird problem, sometimes the cars feels fine. So I am just trying to get a little information on the Cam Shaft problem you were having. Any information I will be grateful
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