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Test Drive: 1994 Infiniti J30t (Y32)

On November 12, 2011, I took a test drive in a pearl white, 1994 Infiniti J30t at California Auto Export in Ontario, California. The car had over 174,000 miles with an asking price of $2,995, and a 3.0 liter V6 engine which produces 210 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. The engine is the same as the one of the Nissan 300ZX from 1990-1996. The transmission was a 4 speed automatic. In Japan, the Infiniti J30 is known as the Nissan Leopard J Ferie. It came with the same VG30DE engine, and there was the optional 4.1 liter V8, the VH41DE. That same V8 was also the standard engine in the 1997-2001 Infiniti Q45. The “t” in the J30t name means that it has the touring package, which offered a rear spoiler, sportier looking 16 inch rims, a Macpherson front suspension, and a multi-link rear suspension. This particular J30t that I looked at was in fair condition. The exterior and beige leather interior were in relatively good condition, but displayed some mechanical problems.
The first issue that I noticed (which the salesman told me) was that the speakers were in poor condition. The sound quality was terrible, and the only semblance of a sound I could hear was static. The car came with a Bose sound system which I believe was standard in all J30s. Not only does the car need new speakers, but it also needed a new sunroof motor. It would not open completely for some reason. I have heard from many people that the sunroofs on these cars have major issues, so one may assume that it’s a common problem on the J30. Other than those mechanical faults, the car drove smoothly. It had a good amount of power, and it drove almost as quickly as my 1997 Acura RL, which has the same amount of horsepower as the J30t. The car had a good turn radius, and I was able to make sharp, efficient turns. To top it all off, the seat warmers worked great! They heated quickly which was good on such a cold day.
Now here’s the real question: Was it fun to drive? It was a decent drive but no more. I like the Infiniti J30, and I would buy one, but not the one I drove. The one other thing I disliked about the car other than the stereo and sunroof was the color. White on a J30, might as well put Kobe Bryant in a green uniform! It looks more so like an older lady’s car. My color preference on a J30 or J30t would be black, dark green, or dark red. The price was slightly higher than what the car was really worth. Personally, I wouldn’t pay any more than $2,000 for this car.
I first learned about the Infiniti J30 after watching the movie “Good Burger” in 1997. The car was crashed by one of the character’s Nissan 300ZX in the beginning. In the end, it was crushed by an oversized hamburger! I considered buying a 1997 Infiniti J30 at age 15, but I couldn’t afford it. Back then (which was around 2006 to 2007), a majority of them were priced anywhere from $6000 to $8000. Now, five years later, I hardly ever see any J30s go for more than $5,000. You can even find some J30s that need work for under $1000. Overall, the Infiniti J30 and J30t are nice, and have basic luxury features at cheap prices. Some people didn’t care for the roundish rear end of the car, but I didn’t mind it. They are getting older and harder to find, so if a driver wants to find a low mileage J30 in good to excellent condition, look now and look hard! The pickier you are, the harder it will be to find the perfect J30. Be open to any J30 you see if you plan on buying one. Hopefully, your search will pay off and you can find the J30 of your dreams, even if it is pearl white.

Pictures were taken by California Auto Export