Engine Nissan VG30E

The 3.0-liter Nissan VG30E engine (or VG30 for short) was assembled from 1983 to 1999 and, in fact, is one of the most massive V6 engines of its time, as it was installed on many models. The unit was produced in a wide range of capacities, there was even a version with a phase regulator.

The VG30 family also includes internal combustion engines: VG30i, VG30ET, VG30DE, VG30DET, VG30DETT.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan 200SX 3 (S12) in 1983 – 1988;
  • Nissan 300ZX 3 (Z31) in 1983 – 1989;
  • Nissan Cedric 6 (Y30) in 1983 – 1987; Cedric 7 (Y31) in 1987 – 1991; Cedric 8 (Y32) in 1991 – 1995; Cedric 9 (Y33) in 1995 – 1999;
  • Nissan Gloria 7 (Y30) in 1983 – 1987; Gloria 8 (Y31) in 1987 – 1991; Gloria 9 (Y32) in 1991 – 1995;
  • Nissan Laurel 5 (C32) in 1984 – 1989;
  • Nissan Maxima 2 (PU11) in 1984 – 1988; Maxima 3 (J30) in 1988 – 1994;
  • Nissan Navara 1 (D21) in 1990 – 1997;
  • Nissan Pathfinder 1 (WD21) in 1990 – 1995;
  • Nissan Quest 1 (V40) in 1992 – 1998;
  • Nissan Terrano 1 (WD21) in 1990 – 1995;
  • Infiniti M30 1 (F31) in 1989 – 1992.

Specifications

Production years 1983-1999
Displacement, cc 2960
Fuel system distributed injection
Power output, hp 150 – 180
Torque output, Nm 240 – 260
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 87
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 9.0 – 11.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator as an option
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.9
Fuel type 92
Euro standards EURO 2/3
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Terrano 1994)
— city
— highway
— combined
16.2
11.6
14.5
Engine lifespan, km ~390 000
Weight, kg 220

Disadvantages of the VG30E engine

  • The main problem is the bending of the valves due to the breaking of the crankshaft shank;
  • Also, there are regular leaks of the water pump and the sound of hydraulic lifters;
  • Do not forget to service the timing belt every 70,000 kilometers;
  • The gasket in the outlet often burns out, and when the collector is removed, the studs break;
  • After replacing these studs with thicker ones, the collector often cracks.

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