The radio on my '93 J30 hasn't worked for 2 years, although the antenna would still go up and down.
Then the A/C died, and was told I need a new compressor, $1100 for a 17 year old car, I don't think so.
Sometimes when my headlights are on, the dashboard lights are off.
The other day, I started it up, and my cell charger, which is always plugged in, started to smoke, and now the cigarette lighter doesn't work.
Should I get rid of this car?
Did you ever find out what the problem was? I am having the same issue and can't figure it out for the life of me.
If you did figure it out can you email me? email@example.com.
Any help is much appreciated.
Mine did that when I put mid-grade in it. I switched back to premium and problem solved. Also try Lucas injector cleaner.
The problem you have with your headlights flashing and car not starting is a stock alarm problem, common with the J30T (even on mine). To solve this, after the lights flash, get out and put the key in the drivers side door lock and lock and then unlock the mechanism. It will turn off the alarm and you're free to take off once you start it. It should honk the horn too, but many as I did, unhook the horn because it kills the battery.
Hope this helps.
It is the security system. Just use the key on the lock on the car, or unplug the positive battery cable, wait few seconds, and plug back in.
To continue my own comment years ago.
My first 93 J30 with 370,000km had retired due to slipping transmission.
My second 93 J30T with 240,000km retired as well last year, due to the same problem.
I have been lucky enough to have bought a beautiful 96 Burgundy J30 with only 70,000km in 2008. Now it has about 112,000km and runs so beautiful.
3 weeks ago I bought another 93 J30T with only 105,000 km from an old gentleman. He kept it so well and clean. I feel so lucky for having this one. People asked me if I have an obsession problem with the J. I just answer them "Yes". I love it.
I now have two parts cars for my own J30s... I am still looking for another clean one. Hopefully a white one. Wish me luck...
I purchased my J30T for 1,800.00 with only 160,000 miles. It runs great, fuel mileage could be better, but it does have the 300Z engine,
I too had the instrument panel lamp problem. I first took apart the dimmer switch and cleaned the contacts. Didn't help at all. After much research, I found that the fuse marked "Glove Box Lamp" (7.5 AMP #7 on 3rd row) controls the instrument panel lamps. This fuse was absent, but when I placed a 7.5 amp in the slot, the radio and heat/AC lights would stop working, so I figured there must be a short somewhere. Scratching my head, I moved onto MORE research.
I finally realized that there MUST be a fuse in the slot marked "Glove Box Lamp" for the instrument panel lamps to operate.
In fact the fuse controls:
- Instrument panel lamps
- Glove compartment lamp
- Day/night lamp on rear view mirror
- Gear shift illumination lamp
- Power window illumination lamps (passenger and drivers, but NOT back window switches illumination)
- CD/cassette illumination lamps
After I placed the fuse, I still had no cluster lights. I finally took the dimmer switch back out and pressed downward on the plug and voila! Let there be lights. The connection was on again/off again, so I bent ALL 4 pins slightly to make the plug fit more snugly. Works great!
To summarize: I had 2 problems. Most likely the culprit the entire time was the defective dimmer contacts and/or the plug. Someone removed the proper fuse, making it even more confusing.
Hope this helps. :)
When you say "turn signal unit", do you mean the switch or the relay? I'm having the same problem, and would love to fix it myself instead of taking it to the shop. Thanks!
Further to my last comment. The transmission of my first J30 died after a long trip in a hot hot summer when it reached 370,000km. The second J30T had the same problem when it reached 247,000km in 2010. I did not bother to fix them, and used them as my parts cars, because I bought a "brown" 96 J30 with only 65,000km in 2009. I purchased another beige 93 J30T with less than 100,000km for the price less than the cost of fixing the transmission of my previous green J30T.
I think I will be driving a J30 forever. I am still looking for a good white one, as I think it the the best color for the J30.
I know your post is a couple years old now, but I am looking to do the same thing on my car. It's a 1993 J30, so I am guessing it is the same, or very similar at least. I would like to know what colors the wires were and how you did it.
I'm having the same problem! I know there are wires touching somewhere, but I don't know how to get to them? Did you get the problem fixed? If so, how?