1998 Infiniti I30 Base 3.0 from North America
Solid engine, comfortable to drive
When I bought the car, the air bag light was blinking, and there was a rattle coming from the rear.
Air bag was a simple reset. I found the directions online and it worked immediately... no more air bag light.
Rattle was rear shocks. I replaced them for $300 and the noise is gone. I know the car is 14 years old, but don't understand why the shocks were worn at 51,000 miles.
Radio volume knob works inconsistently. Common problem with these Bose stereos. I'll replace it someday... no big deal right now.
I got an amazing deal on this car! $3,500 with 51,000 miles on it. No dents, no accidents, no rust!
Replaced my bare bones 2000 Solara with this for the sunroof and 4-doors. The Solara (with same size 6 cylinder) was better on gas, handled a little better and rode a little nicer. I like the I30 because of the options (heated leather, temp control, etc.). It feels a little like a European car, which I like.
I feel like the I30 will be a bit less reliable, but I really enjoy driving the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st January, 2013
27th Jun 2013, 14:54
Update from same owner:
Now have 63k miles and love the car. Fun and comfortable to drive. Replaced the stereo, but kept the Bose speakers... sounds great!
Replaced CV joint covers that were broken.
Air bag light came back on. Tried the reset steps several times and the light would come back on after a day or two. Saw online that there is a yellow wire under the driver's seat that tends to come loose... I found it and tightened it... No more air bag light after the reset procedure!
22nd Jul 2014, 12:33
Update from the original poster: I gave the car to my daughter in Colorado. When driving out there from New Hampshire, the check engine light came on... oxygen sensor... an easy fix. Since then the battery drains if left sitting for more than a day. No mechanic can find the draw. Now the battery drains overnight... still don't know why. The car now has 71K on it. Becoming disappointed in the car and feel bad for my daughter!