Engine Nissan VG30DET

The 3.0-liter Nissan VG30DET engine was produced by the Japanese concern from 1986 to 1996 and was installed only on large sedans such as Sima, Cedric and Gloria, as well as the Leopard coupe. This power unit was equipped with a Garrett T3 turbine and developed a power of 255 hp and 343 Nm.

The VG30 family also includes internal combustion engines: VG30i, VG30E, VG30ET, VG30DE, VG30DETT.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Cima 1 (Y31) in 1988 – 1991;
  • Nissan Cima 2 (Y32) in 1991 – 1996;
  • Nissan Cedric 7 (Y31) in 1987 – 1991;
  • Nissan Cedric 8 (Y32) in 1991 – 1995;
  • Nissan Gloria 9 (Y32) in 1991 – 1995;
  • Nissan Leopard 2 (F31) in 1988 – 1992.


Production years 1986-1996
Displacement, cc 2960
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 255
Torque output, Nm 343
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 87
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 8.5
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator at the N-VCT inlet
Turbocharging Garrett T3
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.4
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Cima 1995)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~360 000
Weight, kg 235

Disadvantages of the VG30DET engine

  • The problematic place of the motor is the exhaust manifold, it just cracks;
  • Also, the gasket often burns in the outlet and breaks when the fastening stud is removed;
  • Frequent breaking off of the crankshaft shank threatens the engine with bending of the valves;
  • A broken timing belt leads to the same result, its resource is approximately 70,000 km;
  • Regularly contact the service to replace the pump and the upper radiator cap.

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