Hey i am gonna be honest with you... i am 14 and i do know alot about cars..i live with my grandmother and well...she is not your average grandmother...she wants something sporty..well at the same time powerful and luxurious ...we are looking to buy a ivory or as black infiniti j30 or a gold I30...i think she likes the j better...well i know i like it better...the I's back iend is to plain..we have 96 chrysler cirrus that we want to trade...and i diddnt read that many problems with the 1997.5 and that is the model we would get...we are also considering a acura 3.0 or 2.3 cl or a honda accord coupe ex V6....i think i like the i the best... in alot of reports i read that the infiniti is ideal for hyway cruising....i dont live in the city so most of our driving is on the freeway...does it have alright passing power...? is it good in the twisties? and is it really that bad in the snow ... it has a locking rear diffirential but no traction control...my cirrus has neither of these...is trhe sunroof really metal or is it glass?
well please e-mail me your responses hilbilymanyahoo.com
well... please help me and enjoy your j's
#84 of 690 Hard starting in cold weather
Jan 23, 2001 (11:54 am)
I have a 93 J30 that is hard to start in cold weather. Upon the recommendations from the Infiniti dealer here in Albuquerque, I have had hotter spark plugs, and a new coolant sensor installed by my independent mechanic. I am wondering if anyone else has had this difficulty. The dealer has told my mechanic this is a common problem with the J30 engine due to a bad computer program. I was told to start the car in cold weather, push the gas pedal to the floor and crank the engine. Did that this morning, and no luck starting. Only problem I have ever had with a fuel injected car like this.
#86 of 690 Response to #84 Hard Starting in Cold Weather
Jan 27, 2001 (10:26 pm)
Funny you should mention your car not starting in cold weather. My wife could not start our 97 J30 this morning. We live here in Albuquerque, and bought the car used (it came from Scottsdale). I have heard of some questionable results from the local Infiniti dealer's repair shop. Who is your independent mechanic? Maybe I should look into hotter plugs and a new coolant sensor too?? Wish I had an answer to fix this problem, but it sounds like we are in the stuck in the same boat
#87 of 690 Arizona cars and fuel injectors
Jan 28, 2001 (11:51 am)
California and Arizona J/Q seem to have a problem with the local gas blend attacking the injectors after years [6/100k] of exposure. Many of the cold starting / flooding problems result from injector leaks. This problem is unknown in most of country which does not use oxygenates or high aromatic blends. http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/infinitiownersclub
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I have new information to share regarding the hard-starting problems I depicted above.
First of all, I'm not convinced the fixes of hotter spark plugs, and a new coolant sensor resolved the problem. However, for $300, along with the parts, I did get the following information.
I have had success starting the car on a cold winter's morning by pressing the accelerator to the floor, and cranking the engine. Understanding that it is not good to rev a cold engine, I let off the gas when I feel the engine catching (very important.)
On the occasions that I forget to do the cold starting procedure (one that is a no-no with every fuel injected car I have ever owned) I have flooded the engine. I have been able to resolve that by disconnecting the fuel pump fuse, starting the engine (it will run for about a couple of seconds), re connecting the fuse, and starting the engine without pressing on the accelerator, like it should be... are you reading Infiniti!
I know of no other fixes to resolve this condition. The Infiniti dealer here in Albuquerque has termed it a "common" problem. My independent mechanic is Japanese Car Care, on Virginia, NE. Hopefully, this information will save you some money, and the inconvenience of have the car towed (twice)like me.
I purchased a 93 J30 with 123k for 7100.00. I love this car but it has its problems. First off the radio didnt work properly. It is a chip inside that is keeping it from powering up after the switch has been cut off. You can go to www.davescoolstuff.com and have it replaced for $125 or send it to Bose for $450-500. I ended up cutting the constant power wire and works BUT it loses memory. I had to relace the left CAM shaft and the sensor which was $1500 but it was well worht it. THe only other prob i had was the sunroof leaking and the driver side rear window getting stuck. It is a great car but not very roomy, I am 6'2' 315 and have trouble, it fits 2 great, 3 ok and 4 is a squeeze, no leg room in the back. It is a great purchase, I advise taking it to the dealer to have fixed, expensive but they take care of you-- Loaner Car
What problems were you having to let you that your Cam Shaft was going bad, was there a lost of power because I own a 94 J30 with 113,000 miles lately I have been having some acelarating problems, the car would hesitate about 2sec. and then pick up speed. It is weird problem, sometimes the cars feels fine. So I am just trying to get a little information on the Cam Shaft problem you were having. Any information I will be grateful
Tstreater- the problems I had were hesitation and the car would vibrate very badly on the interstate at about 80-85. I could stop and let the car cool for about 5 ins and it would do o. for a little bit. I would begin to accelerate and have to "floor" it and it would still barely go. You can take it to the dealer and they will diagnose it for about 44.00 if it is the cam shaft and sensor it will be around $1500. My suggestion is if you can take it to a certified Infiniti mechanic and have it fixed for a 1/3 of the cost. I couldn't do it because I had to have a car for work.