Engine Nissan VE30DE

The 3.0-liter Nissan VE30DE engine (or VE30 for short) was produced for a very short time from 1991 to 1994 and was installed only on the third generation of the Maxima sedan in the J30 body, which used to be very popular in the United States.

The Nissan VE30DE engine features cast-iron block and two aluminum heads with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC) and four valves per cylinder. The VE30DE is equipped with variable valve timing on the intake camshafts, multi-point fuel injection and coil-on-plug ignition.

The VE family includes only one internal combustion engine.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Maxima 3 (J30) in 1991 – 1994.


Production years 1991-1994
Displacement, cc 2960
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 190
Torque output, Nm 258
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 87
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 10
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive three chains
Phase regulator inlet only
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.8
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Maxima 1993)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 220

Disadvantages of the VE30DE engine

  • The engine is considered to be very resourceful and often runs up to 500,000 km without major repairs;
  • The exhaust manifold gasket burns out regularly, and it is not so easy to replace;
  • Even when removing, the exhaust manifold studs constantly break off;
  • A number of owners were faced with replacing the pump and hydraulic lifters at 150,000 km;
  • Diesel noise during engine operation indicates the manifestation of the so-called VTC problem;
  • But the main problem of the motor is the difficulty of finding spare parts or a suitable donor.

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