1996 Infiniti I30 Base VQ30DE from North America


Great car with high miles LOL


Front struts (any car with this amount of miles will have this).

Rear valve cover gasket, then water pump.

General Comments:

Well I got this car after my grandfather passed away in July of 2012. He had the car from 2011.

The front seats are harder than what I thought they would be. They did not hold up to well (if the previous owners had cleaned them right, they would be great!!).

I love the Bose radio; it kicks, compared to my grandmother's Mustang with the Mach 460, and my mom's Firebird with the Monsoon.

The car does handle nice. Saying that, I'm not going to wing it through the curvy roads. The car is nice and quick for me. I've have had it up to 134 MPH before, but it did not have much more...

The trunk has a good amount of room to it, but the rear seats do not fold, but they give you a nice pass though in the middle of the back arm rest.

The car has nice soft touch doors, and well anywhere you put your hand.

The keyless entry is nice. Also the front power window feature, that when you hold down the unlock button for 3 seconds, rolls down the front windows. The auto dimming rear view mirror is nice too.

The MPG is not so great, and it takes premium!!! But it's a great car all around, even though it's an overpriced MAXIMA LOL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th December, 2012

28th Oct 2013, 12:51

Well checking back in again. The car now has 219K miles and is still running great. The trans has started to slip in between 2-3rd gear; I guess running it at 130MPH+ takes its toll. Still a great car.

16th Feb 2014, 18:12

Update at 238K miles. So far it's still the same. Not a thing wrong LOL. When this car goes, I will buy another one with low miles.

19th Apr 2014, 22:31

244K mile update.

The car is still running strong. I had to put another steering rack in it, and while I was at it I redid the whole front end top to bottom. Also had to do the rear valve cover again.

This car is the best car I've ever owned. I just bought a 95 Q45 with 88K miles, and I still like my I30 better.

20th May 2014, 05:17

May 20th update, I had to change the timing chain tensioner last week, but it was easy. Still running strong, but the trans is starting to get tired (I don't care, it's been a great car). This is now my back up car, since I bought a 1997 Jaguar XJ6 VDP.

1st Sep 2014, 19:57

262K miles, still running strong, the trans still slips in 3rd gear. I thought this was going to be my back up car, but my Jag I bought has been in the shop more than in my driveway. Looking for another 4th gen Maxima or I30 or a 5th gen.

11th Nov 2014, 02:38

265K miles update, the car is still kicking, even with all the miles on it. I had to sell my Jag because it was a heap and now I'm back to my old girl.

12th Feb 2015, 03:59

270K miles update, This car just keeps going! I've actually bought another I30, only a 98 with 95K miles. This car is just awesome the way that it keeps going. Uses little to no oil. The only thing that it does need is a new muffler :/ Oh well, I like the way it sounds now ha ha.

1996 Infiniti I30 3.0 from North America


Reliable car, at any mileage


Radiator cracked - had to replace for $200.

Starter bad - replaced for $300.

Leaks from sunroof from time to time / minor.

Electrical problems, probably resulting from leak, caused the alarm to go off in the rain occasionally. Had to disconnect battery. Hasn't happened in quite a while.

Oh, and the radio (sweet Bose radio) went crazy a few months after buying the car. I've read this is a general issue with the i30.

General Comments:

Those problems are over 3 years of ownership. I consider myself lucky to have such a reliable car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2009