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Infiniti I30/I35

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  • Infiniti's loner car program works as follows. If you own an Infiniti. (It does not matter if you bought it new, used, inherited, or found it by the side of the road one day.) As long as you own or are currently leasing it. You will have an Infiniti made avail;able to you for any scheduled service appointment. If your dealer is refusing to honer this program call consumer affairs and report them. Infiniti corprate takes a very dim view of dealerships causing unhappiness in their customers.
  • My dealer in NJ told me that loaners were indeed available for oil changes, but that they ask that we try to make time to wait for any appt under 1 hour. He went on to say, if I needed the car, he would certainly make one available.

    I've had a 2001 I30t for 2 weeks now with 1000 mile so far. It's great except for a couple of factory defects. Faulty sunroof and unbalanced headlights.
  • Unlike titanium (silver) which is a classic color (i just traded in my silver '91 camry and it still looked good), millenium jade is a flavor of the month. it reminded my wife and me of green shag carpeting from 1975--in now, but what will you think in a year or two. (we felt the same way about the autumn bronze.)
  • Folks, here is the loan car program as outlined by Infiniti. Complimentary Infiniti Service Loan Car available during scheduled maintenance appointments, at participating retailers. Subject to availability. Available during the 4 year/60,000 mile basic coverage.
    Each dealer has their own version of the program. If you schedule your appointment ahead of time, and the dealer has cars available to loan, you should get a loaner car. Sometimes there is a problem, and the loaner fleet is used up, they can't loan a car. This happens when someone comes in for an oil change (45 minute job), and takes the loan car for the entire day. It makes the car scarce for the dealer to give out for the next appointment. Just be patient and understand that sometimes there is a problem and you can't get a loaner car. If you need the car, ask if you can make your appointment for another time when you can schedule a loaner car. If you work with your service consultant, they will work with you.
  • My wife and I just bought a 2001 Infiniti I30 at Northside Infiniti in Houston. The entire process was a delight. Drive out was $28000+TT&L and this car is loaded. Would have paid about $1000 less for Acura, without Sun roof, and it would have been a 2000 model. The staff at Northside were great. The Acura folks were an embarrassment. If you're looking for a great luxury car that should last for years, check out the Infiniti.
  • What exactly do you mean when you say "this car is loaded"? Did you get the "t" or the "l"? Did you get a spoiler? Does the car have a nav system? 6-cd changer? etc, etc. The specifics are appreciated.

    Anyone out there recently purchase a 2001 i30t with Nav? What are they gonig for?
  • Croth: All 30's are luxury, unless you go T, which is adifferent suspension. Did not get nor ask for a spoiler. 6 disc cd changer was,nt an option, but yesterday I went to Mobile One and believe it or not, they do not offer one for Infiniti. Said talk to the dealer. Loaner program was fully explained and is available for things as simple as an oil change. Just call ahead and it should not be a problem. This is my first Infiniti product and I feel very comfortable with them.
  • Hello All and thanks for post such great information about the I30. I too am considering the purchase of the I30t. I visited the dealer in the San Jose area and the window sticker was $34,523. It had the touring package, 6 CD system, spoiler, rear sunshade and traction control.

    Does anyone know what would be considered a reasonable offer for this car? Cars direct has it for $31,065 and the invoice is $30,333. With all the talk about incentives and dealer hold back, I just want to know what everyone else is paying.

    Anyone know of special financing or lease rates Infiniti is offering? The only incentive I have found is in California you can choose a gift (hotels, watches, etc.) when you buy or lease an I30. It doesn't cost Infiniti anything except mention in their advertising. Once you buy or lease the I30 you visit a web site to claim your gift and the web site gets info on you.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  • my father leases a 2000 I30L for either $527 or $572 a month, im not sure which. thing is, he paid for 18,000 miles a year, not the standard 12,000, and he will probably go over the 54,000 mark, as when he turned in his last car, a 97 aurora, it had 65,000 miles. i think $34,523 is what Motor Trend said is the max price for this car.
  • I want to use the "Electroshield System" to protect my new 2000 i30 from the very beginning. Is this an effective way to fight rust and corrosion? Will this affect my car's warranty? Please help.
  • I just paid $31,500 for a 2001 I30t with Sport Package, Heated Seats, and Traction Control. Felt I got a "fair" deal, probably could have done a little better online, but I liked the sales guy and hey...they need to make a living too.

    According to my dealer, there were no special incentives. The I30t's are tough to find here in the northeast(NJ specifically) and I had to wait 6-7 weeks for mine to come in.

    Does anyone know if they have fixed the TCM chip in the 2001's? If not, what do I have to complain about to get it replaced? Seems to be a little weird between 1 and 2 gearing??
  • To see if you have a problem, start at a stop and accelerate hard. If your TCM has a problem, you will notice a hesitation and engine revving before the engine will shift. I have a 2000 and we do not have the problem, so it didn't even affect all 2000's. I would go see if it affects your car, though.
  • I have a 2000 I30 and hate it. It has been to the dealer several times for a spark knock. Infinity does not know how to fix it. They said it was a problem in the south east. then they said it was a fuel problem. Then they said im the only one that has this problem. Im stuck with a car that doesnt accelerate properly and sounds like a diesel. If anyone is considering buying this car I would say dont. They dont know how to fix their own cars. Then it was a oxygen senser that makes the check engine light come on. who knows when they will learn how to fix that. Ive gotten poor service and have contacted Infinity and am still waiting on that return call. I would like to hear if anyone else has had problems.
  • are you using 93 octane?
  • most people who have bought an Infiniti at least know that the car the bought doesnt have a 'y' at the end of its name. why would you spend $30k on a car you hate? you probably arent using the right gasoline. the reason for using at least 91 octane is because the engine compression requires it. my father leases an I30 and loves it. it is the quietest car on the highway i have ever ridden in, topping even the camry. you hardly feel a bump in the car either. the mechanics arent gods either. a doctor doesnt always know whats wrong with a patient does he? it could be numerous things that are going bad, all can be caused by using the wrong gas. the owners manual specifically says that not using at least 91 octane will cause the engine to "ping" or have spark knock. check in your manual, under gasoline, and youll see it too. good luck
  • Purchased a 1996 in Oct. of 1999. All was well until the heat of an Atlanta summer. Since then, the car has been contantly stalling! At idle, low speeds and at stop signs. I've tried changing gas, increasing the idler, tune-ups, just about every remedy imagineable to no avail. Finally took it back to the dealership where I purchased it. Lo and behold, there on their service-history screen was the exact same complaints from the PREVIOUS owner! Of course this was not made available to me when I purchased the vehicle, but that's another story. Has anyone else has this problem with your 1996? Please help! The car remains with the delaership, but they've been good about the loaner at least!
  • The engine's computer should control the spark advance to avoid pinging or knock. I've used both 89 and 93 octane (mostly 93) in my 2000 t with no problem. I would suspect a bad computer board.

    For whatever it's worth, I lost my AC from a truck spewing pea gravel out of its bed. Only two or three hit the car. That evening I found I had no AC. Dealer got me in the next day. One stone put a hole in the condenser fins (ahead of radiator). Replacement is required along with a receiver/dryer. Total cost: $710! Still waiting for parts and insurance company check. Am considering putting a wire guard behind grille.
  • I had a somewhat similar problem with a 1998 Olds Silhouette minivan. Instead of spark knock, the fuel injection systemn kept clogging and the van would just shut down. My dealer blamed different brands of gasoline sold here in Northeastern Ohio, but they would not tell me what brand would stop the problem. I researched the Ohio Lemon Law and took GM to arbitration. I won and was refunded 94% of the purchase price after 27 months of ownership. The whole lemon law process took about 6 months, but it was worth it. Check out the Georgia lemon law. I was able to get my initial information on the lemon law by going into the Ohio Attorney General web site. Good Luck!!
  • Hi folks,

    Does anyone know if infinti is offering low prices to clear out the 2000 i30t? I have a 97 i30t and want to trade it in for a 2000/2001 i30t.

  • Just hit 1000 miles on my 2001 I30. I really like this car but would absolutely love it if it was as quiet at 80mph as my 92 Diamante that I turned in. Would changing from Goodyear to Michelin tires reduce road noise? Company's can sign up for Nissan/Infiniti Vehicle Purchase Program to offer an employee benefit. Got car for Invoice -3.8% (holdback) +2.5%. That's it.
  • I was quoted a price in Dallas area of $27,998 +TTL for the 2000 Millieum Jade. MRSP is 30,618, I feel like this is a fair deal and I like the way the car drives, any responses before I make this deal?
  • I was quoted a price in Dallas area of $27,998 +TTL for the 2000 Millieum Jade. MRSP is 30,618, I feel like this is a fair deal and I like the way the car drives, any responses before I make this deal?
  • That sounds like a pretty good deal as long as the car does not have the moonroof delete package. If it's got a moonroof, go for it! You'll love the car.
  • I drove my wife's I30 to work today and noticed a noise at higher RPM's that is high-pitched (almost like a supercharger whine). It doesn't bother me, and it doesn't seem to affect the car, I was just wondering if anyone else can hear it, or if anyone thinks something may be wrong.
  • You definitely have an ignition problem. My I30t has 28K on it (2000 model) and it will not spark knock with any grade of fuel I have used.... I would be pissed too. Maybe you could try another dealer, like they say: "It is hard to get good help." We love our I30t, absolutely no problems whatsoever. Good Luck
  • if you have the touring package, see if they make Toyo tires in that size. my dad has a 2000 I30 without the touring package and the Toyos ride great.
  • I have a 2000 I30t which I have had for four months. The dealer told me that I can have the In-Cabin Air filter installed for $122.00 . On the way out I picked up some information that says "Two-filters for one low price" ($48.95)
    My question is:
    Do I have it and I don't know about it or is it optional on my model?
    Can I install it myself?
  • I bought a 2001 luxury with the sunroof delete for $27,900. The other part to the story is that they paid top dollar for my trade in. So all and all I feel I got a fair deal. If I had it to do again I would have bought the sunroof model. Very happy with the car. I was comparing to the Passat and Maxima and found the I30 very close in price, yet offering allot more room and nicer appointments. I have not found one flaw, plus delivers great fuel economy, 27 on her first road trip. This one is a keeper. Good luck.
  • Check out the topic #2919, post #567. It deals in great detail with the procedure used to install the in-cabin Microfilter on a 2000 Maxima.
    I'm guessing the steps would be at the least similar if not identical to the Infiniti instructions.
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