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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Nissan Altima electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Nissan Altima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 202005

Altima 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,200 miles


After arriving home safely from a long highway drive (7 hrs), our car sat for about 5 hours. When I started the car, I smelled smoke and heard a unusual rubbing noise under the hood. After popping the hood, I saw smoke pouring out of the alternator. I turned off the engine, went inside to get a fire extinguisher. The fire was still burning, but seemed to be inside the alternator. I extinguished it and hopefully saved serious engine damage. The car was towed to the dealer, and is awaiting service now.

- Bloomington, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 152000


  • miles
The electrical system failed and sometimes the car won't start. I replaced the alternator and battery, but it still happens.

- Fairfax, SC, USA

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