Engine Nissan VQ30DD

The 3.0-liter Nissan VQ30DD engine was assembled from 1996 to 2004 in several boost options and was installed on such popular models as Cedric, Leopard, Stagea and Skyline. This power unit is known for its finicky to the quality of fuel consumed.

The VQ30 series also includes internal combustion engines: VQ30DE, VQ30DET, VQ35DE, VQ35DD, VQ35HR and VQ37VHR.

The engine was installed on:

  • Nissan Cedric 10 (Y34) in 1999 – 2004;
  • Nissan Gloria 11 (Y34) in 1999 – 2004;
  • Nissan Leopard 4 (Y33) in 1996 – 1999;
  • Nissan Skyline 11 (V35) in 2001 – 2004;
  • Nissan Stagea 2 (M35) in 2001 – 2004.


Production years 1996-2004
Displacement, cc 2987
Fuel system NEO-Di direct injection
Power output, hp 230 – 260
Torque output, Nm 295 – 325
Cylinder block aluminum V6
Block head aluminum 24v
Cylinder bore, mm 93
Piston stroke, mm 73.3
Compression ratio 11
Features NDIS
Hydraulic lifters no
Timing drive three chains
Phase regulator eVTC
Turbocharging no
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.7
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 4/5
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Nissan Skyline 2003)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~300 000
Weight, kg 190

Disadvantages of the VQ30DD engine

  • Many problems with this engine are associated with the consumption of low-quality fuel;
  • In the engine, the nozzles are constantly clogged, the high-pressure fuel pump or the MAF sensor fails;
  • Due to deposits on the intake valves, many people regularly experience detonation;
  • Bad gasoline destroys the catalyst, the crumbs of which are sucked into the combustion chamber;
  • That is why scuffs form on the walls of the cylinders and the oil begins to burn.

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