Engine Nissan VG30i

The 3.0-liter Nissan VG30i engine was assembled for a short time, from 1985 to 1989, and quickly gave way to more modern power units with distributed injection. This single-injection gasoline engine was only installed on pickup trucks or SUVs.

The VG30 family also includes internal combustion engines: VG30E, VG30ET, VG30DE, VG30DET, VG30DETT.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Navara 1 (D21) in 1985 – 1989;
  • Nissan Pathfinder 1 (WD21) in 1985 – 1989;
  • Nissan Terrano 1 (WD21) in 1985 – 1989.


Production years 1985-1989
Displacement, cc 2960
Fuel system single injection
Power output, hp 130 – 140
Torque output, Nm 210 – 220
Cylinder block cast iron V6
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 87
Piston stroke, mm 83
Compression ratio 9.0
Features no
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive belt
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.9
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 1/2
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Pathfinder 1989)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~380 000
Weight, kg 220

Disadvantages of the VG30i engine

  • The main failure is breaking off the crankshaft shank and bending the valves;
  • In second place are pump leaks or failure of hydraulic lifters;
  • A lot of inconvenience causes regular burnout of the exhaust manifold gasket;
  • During removal of the release, the fastening studs often break off and this is a problem;
  • In all other respects, this engine is very reliable and has a huge resource.

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