Engine Nissan VG30DETT

The 3.0-liter Nissan VG30DETT engine was produced from 1989 to 2000 at the Japanese plant and was installed as the top power unit of the popular 300ZX sports coupe. The Garrett twin-turbo engine developed 300 hp in a manual and 280 hp in an automatic transmission.

The VG30 family also includes internal combustion engines: VG30i, VG30E, VG30ET, VG30DE, VG30DET.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan 300ZX 4 (Z32) in 1989 – 2000.


Production years 1989-2000
Displacement, cc 2960
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 280 – 300
Torque output, Nm 384
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 87
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 8.5
Features twin intercoolers
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator at the N-VCT inlet
Turbocharging double Garrett T22/TB02
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 300ZX 1999)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~350 000
Weight, kg 245

Disadvantages of the VG30DETT engine

  • The biggest number of problems delivers constantly cracking issue;
  • Also, its gasket often burns out, and when the collector is removed, the studs break;
  • Often there is a breakage of the crankshaft shank with a bend in the valves in the internal combustion engine;
  • The same thing can happen if the timing belt replacement schedule is not followed;
  • By 150,000 km, a water pump is usually already flowing and hydraulic lifters are knocking.

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