My first M30 was my midnight rider. I always drove that car!
After my 2000 Civic was attempted to be stolen and caught fire (the thief would melt the inner fender lining and reach up to pull hood pop cord.. alarm went off and he ran.. I know who he is too and I own him a solid one!), my civic was totaled.
I swore off Hondas due to the thieves that like them. I started to look on Craigslist for a Q45. I saw an Infiniti M30, first $700, then $500, then $300.. way out in Anacortes, WA. So I decided to go check it out. I looked online first and came upon the old forums. When I found out they were Nissan Leopards, I asked my friend in Yokohama and he said he will get me some items.
I went to check out the M30. Big dents here and there, hood was dented from hitting a deer, headlight had a big hole in it, but had putty plugged it up. Starting the car was off because the flexplate was missing teeth and so I had to pull the belt until it was safe to start.
The guy said, “$100, I need it out of the yard”. The back story was, his brother in law was going to prison and he left 3 cars there (all with titles). He offered the 2 other cars, but they were nothing to me.
I figured the engine or something was bad… but after we got it started, I took it for a test drive and it was solid! I get back and gave him $100. Drove it back to Renton and drove my EG civic back to Anacortes to pick up my 240sx.
BEST $100 I’ve ever spent. Took a couple months to find a hood. Also got the JDM headlights.
I loved this car sooo much! I represented F31club in this car ALL THE TIME.
In 2007, I moved to San Francisco. I underestimated the living space here and my poor M30 just sat while I was in school. Then my boys came along and I needed something practical.
At one point, Chris P. offered me an RB20det, but I didn’t have any place, money or know how… so I had to pass it up. Especially I had to get my M30 to pass California emissions.
My wife’s distant relative said he wanted it and he promised that when I was ready to buy it back, he’d give it to me (so I took all the JDM stuff out).
I wanted to get my m30 back, he disappeared. Rumor has it that he got into an accident while intoxicated… which really angered me.
I do not know where it is ;(