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Infiniti I30/I35 Maintenance and Repair

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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.
  • I just purchased a 1998 I30 with 75,000 miles. For some reason, the small tweeter speaker grills were missing from both sides in the front doors. At first, Infiniti said they could order the speaker grills. Now, they say I have to buy the entire door panel - at $400 each! Ouch! I have seen Maxima's with the same speakers. There must be someplace to buy these flush mounted speaker grills. If they are part of the door, than why do they come off???? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
  • napaneenapanee Posts: 12
    I have a friend with at 1998 Maxima who says he uses regular gas without problems--less mileage is all he reports. What is the experience of using regular gas in the I30?
  • qc3qc3 Posts: 2
    I recently went on a mini-vacation to Las Vegas. Enroute while going up the grade on I15 when I de-celerated by taking my feet off the gas pedal from going 70-75mph the transmission went into idle. When I stepped back on the gas pedal the transmission did not go back into the lower gears just back into what appeared to be 3rd gear since the engine did not engage until about 3500-4000 RPM. I had to make a complete stop on the off-ramp and then resume before it engaged from 1st gear. This event happened again later on I15 and again I had to make an exit and come to a complete stop before the tranny would go back into 1st gear. Has anyone else had this problem and if so what was needed to fix this? I took the car into the Infiniti dealer but of course they couldn't duplicate the problem.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
  • jimijimi Posts: 1
    I recently bought a used 2000 I30 with only 46000 miles. After driving it for a week I noticed an unsually light but grinding noise at low speed and the pitch will go up at high speed. For a car in that class, I would expect the cabin to more quiet. It sounds like it is coming from the front axles, probably more to the right. My 95 Mazda MX6 that has 160k miles is at least five times more quite. Has anybody experienced this problem?
  • Not sure if this is a still un answered question, but jimi, get thee to an Infiniti dealer. I had some noise from the front of my 00 with 57K on it, and they've let me know they're replacing the tranny because of it. You're still under the factory 6/70,000 powertrain warrenty, so I'd suggest getting it in soon. My noise was a clicking under hard acceleration.
  • ahanahan Posts: 1
    My name is Anne and I am from the metro Detroit area in MI. My 2000 I30t is just 6 month over warranty with 51K miles on it. Last week, the engine stopped while I was driving on local street. It couldn't restart at that time. I had it towed to the dealer. They told me the Engines harness wire need to be replaced and will cost me $3000 to fix it. I declined the repair and found out that the Engine will start again. I took it to another repair shop to have it checked again. the Same codes were kicked out but it's Crank sensor and Cam sensor need to be replaced this time. Since the engine still starts. I declined the repair and drove it home. About 5 Miles of driving the engine quit again and can't restarted. I left it on the side of the road overnight and came back the next morning. The Engine starts again and I made it home (with less than 5 miles of driving). I am very dissatisfied with the quality of the car and the customer service from the dealer. They didn't give me a loaner and had my car on their lot for 5 days.

    I am also very surprised that dealer seemed to be clueless about the real problem of the car. Does anyone had similar problem before and can give me some advice how can this be repaired? Thanks a lot.
  • I just bought a I30 1999 and now it has a blinking air bag light. Any ideas what this means.
  • wainwain Posts: 479
    If the electric solenoid at the fuel filler door fails or the switch on the dash fails
    how do you get the gas filler door open?
  • I have a 2000, I30T. The Service Engine Light came on after I had the transmission replaced a few thousand miles ago. I took the car back to the dealer and they diagnosed that I needed a new catalytic converter system that would cost between $900-1,200. However, after I got the car back from the dealer the light was out for a few hundred miles, then it came back on.

    I saw another posting about this question on a QX4, that said the diagnosis was an intake timing sensor. Does anyone know: 1)If this problem could be either/both of the above or something else? 2) Is there a reset button or relay that I can access to turn the light off, if even only for a few hundred miles? Thanks.
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