1993 Infiniti J30 J30t 3.0Liter V6 from North America
Great car-Just take care of transmission
Front passenger window would not roll down at 230,000 miles. Transmission gave out at 84,000 miles. Replaced both tension rod bushings at 140,000 miles. Did timing belt/water pump replacement at 180,000. Changed battery at 170,000 miles. Changed power pack for radio at 90,000 miles. Replaced power antenna at 300,000 miles. Still on the original brake rotors, power steering pump, and suspension. Replaced the rear steering rack at 245,000 miles.
Car still drives like new even thought I have never changed the struts. Power comes at around 3000 rpm and really pulls the car down the road. Seats are great. I also own a 1999 Lexus gs 300 and I much rather drive the J30. My back hurts after driving the GS300 for a few hours. Steering is a little sluggish, but still handles greater than most new cars I have driven. I always use Mobil 1 synthetic oil every 7500 miles. Never overheated and AC still blows ice cold air. Never changed a bulb. I think that with good care can probably go another 300,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st August, 2003
What is the interval (60K or 90K) to replace Timing Belt?
The owners manual and infiniti and nissan both say to change the timing belt at 60,000 miles. But I have heard that the belts can go much longer. I changed mine at 180,000 because I was afraid it might eventually break. As for the water pump. I just changed it along with the timing belt. The car never overheated, but the standard practice is to change both at the same time.
Apparently, the intervals for the timing belt changed in mid-year 1994--I think May, but can't remember exactly--from 60K to about 100K...I took mine in at 60K expecting to have the timing belt done, but my mechanic researched it, checked the maunfacture date on my car, and determined that I could wait until 100K-which I did without problems.
I just wanted to know what is the current mileage on the car is it still running and do you own the car? the reason I ask is because I am thinking about buying an older car to have as a project car and the '93 J30, '92 Q45, and the '92 Maxima are what I am trying to decide between.
I bought my 94 J30 with 220,000 miles on it at $1800.
It ran fine, but needed about $3000 in repairs for the suspension, catalytic converters and O2 sensors. Which I didn't find out til I took it to get inspected.
The exhaust had holes that needed welding to fix.
The driver door locked up on me, pain to fix.
Now the injectors are going bad. If I had to do it over again, I would not buy this car.
Parts are expensive, and from what I've read and experienced, not worth the cost unless this would be your dream car.
Basically if I knew I was going to spend 5000 plus, I would have went for a better car.