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2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,777 miles

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1998 Nissan Frontier electrical problems

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1998 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #13

Sep 162013

Frontier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Frontier. While driving at various speeds, the instrument panel became inoperable. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the instrumental cluster needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown. MA 10/5 the consumer stated the gas gauge always read full, the odometer always read 99999.9 and the speedometer always read zero. Updated 03/03/16

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #12

Mar 272014

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
The dashboard gives erroneous readings, this includes the odometer, the speedometer, fuel gauge, heat gauge. This may cause an over heating of vehicle, erroneous speeds, running out of fuel, erroneous odometer. Nissan will not pay for diagnosis stating the dealer is in complete charge of pricing for diagnosis of $100 with no guarantee of reimbursement. The maker of vehicle should be held responsible not the dealer after all Nissan made the vehicle. While checking online it appears to be a prevalent issue with Nissan Frontiers trucks. Various calls have been on deaf ears.

- Fredericksburg , VA, USA

problem #11

Aug 102005

Frontier

  • miles
The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Frontier. While driving approximately 40 mph, the speedometer and tachometer fluctuated. In addition, after the vehicle exceeded the mileage reading 999,999, the fuel gauge became inoperative and the RPM reading fluctuated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was unavailable.

- Orange Park, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 012012

Frontier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Instrument cluster failed. Speedometer and gas gauge malfunctioning. Inaccurate readings. No replacement part or repair available.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 252014

Frontier

  • miles
All gauges are non-responsive. There is no way to indicate how fast you're going, if you have fuel, what the RPM is, what the mileage is on the vehicle, or if the vehicle is too hot or too cold. There are hundreds of complaints in customer review websites that I have read after my vehicle's problem started. I believe this is a safety issue and that Nissan should be responsible for what appears to be faulty components in the instrument gauge cluster. This problem also prevents owners to register/pass inspection/drive their vehicle with state inspection laws.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #8

May 052005

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Instrument cluster started to fail, first the speedometer, then gas and heat gauges, now everything is pegged and speedo reads 9999999.

- Sulphur Springs, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 012011

Frontier

  • 127,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that the instrument panel failed and the contact was unable to readany of the gauges. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnosis that located the failure at the instrument panel circuit board. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 127,000 and the current mileage was 128,000.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #6

Jan 012002

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
98 Nissan Frontier instrument clusters are defective. There are several complaints on line and no parts available. Mine started first by the speedometer being off. This cost me two speeding tickets and two speeding warnings before I realized what the problem was. Then the speedometer quit working all together then the fuel gauge now everything fuel, temp, speedometer, odometer and tachometer all of them quit working. This seems to be a common problem with this vehicle and should have been recalled a long time ago. The problem is Nissan can't even fix this problem because the parts are not available and the company that manufactured the instrument clusters went out of business. When this problem first started I didn't even know I had an issue because it was just the speed off by about 10 miles per hour it said I was going slower then I was actually going. This is a safety issue and should have been investigated and recalled along time ago. What about people driving through school zones with children?

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 112007

Frontier

  • 180,000 miles
Instrument cluster. Does not work. No gauges work at all. Do not know what my speed is, fuel level, RPM, heat gauge, nothing at all. Started by just going out once in a while then in June 2007 completely quit working. Had to buy a gps so I know how fast I am going. Odometer reads 999999. Dealer says their is no replacement part and it is a known issue but can not get parts.

- Noonan, 00, USA

problem #4

Apr 112010

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 108,000 miles
Alternator failed on my 98 pickup. When changing I found that the original alternator was remanufactured. I bought this truck new and alternator was never changed. Complained to manufacturer - they responded " information not available" and they are "not in a position to move forward".

- Mount Pocono, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012009

Frontier

  • 98 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Vehicle has 98,000 miles on Frontier truck speedometer works intermittently or sometimes does not work at all. Inaccurate speed determined by radar speed limit device its off by at least 20 miles per hour recall this vehicle.! a search of NHTSA database indicates many identical problems with this model recall this vehicle so that other owners can get this fixed safety problem and cant pass state smog inspection.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052008

Frontier

  • 118,000 miles
TL - the contact owns a 1998 Nissan Frontier pickup truck. A check engine light came on and the vehicle was taken to the Nissan dealer. The dealer diagnosed that the speedometer assembly had to be replaced. The dealer has been unable to get the part for the repair and does not know when it will be available. The current and failure mileage was 118,000.

- Cortland, NY, USA

problem #1

Apr 122003

Frontier

  • miles
On April 2003 digital instrumental panel went broke/odometer went 999999/temperature gauge went high, and fuel gauge went to high. Dealer notified.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

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