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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
128,678 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1998 Nissan Maxima electrical problems

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1998 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #7

Mar 132013


  • 185,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Maxima. The contact stated that he attempted to activate the air conditioner but it would not start. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic and they stated that the A/C control unit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 185,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #6

Oct 152012

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 239,900 miles
When we bought our Nissan at 96648 miles, there was remarkably little rust underneath. The alternator went out on 10-12-12 and we had the car towed to a repair shop. They refused to repair it after finding that the core support for the motor is rusted and rotted out. Further research indicates that this issue has occurred in this model of car for many years. If we had known that this car was so unsafe we would never have purchased it in the first place. Toyota had a similar problem with their pickup trucks and they were buying back the trucks for large sums of money. Why isn't Nissan doing / being forced to do the same? we expected another 50,000 miles out of this car and now it is worthless. There are so many complaints about this issue, there has to be a huge safety concern. A major structural component should be the last thing to corrode.

- Litchfield, MN, USA

problem #5

Mar 152011


  • 170,000 miles
I have a 1998 Nissan Maxima I now have to replace all six coils, maf mass airflow, all spark plugs and wires, all three O2 sensors it stalls, runs rough, and cuts off. Now it will not start. I have read numerous complaints about this problem and noone seems to want to resolve the issues the customers are having including me. Seems like Nissan needs a recall on these parts it is very dangerous for the car to shut off in the middle of traffic.

- Moss Point, MS, USA

problem #4

Feb 202010

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 177,055 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Maxima. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph, when the check engine light came on. The contact stated the vehicle was taken for an oil change, figuring that would remedy the vehicle defect, but to no avail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic and repair. The dealer stated that owner of the vehicle would have to pay for repairs. The contact stated that even though the check engine light was out after repair, the vehicle still defective. The failure mileage was 177,055. The current mileage was 177,106. Updated 5/6/10 updated 07/09/10.

- Cincinnati,, OH, USA

problem #3

Aug 052008


  • 120,000 miles
My car is a Nissan Maxima 1998, it has 120K miles on it. This is my only mean of transportation; recently the car just won¿T start. I have to keep trying several times until it starts. I recently replaced the 'starter¿ but the problem still happens. I have been reading different internet forums there is a lot of people complaining about this kind of problems, the dealers charge about $1,000 to replace the ignition coils. This since to be the source of the problem, I do not have this money. I think because on behave of all people having to deal with this problem, there should be a recall on this cars.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 222003

(reported on)


  • miles
The battery was constantly drained and the interior lights were dim.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #1

Mar 101999

Maxima 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,788 miles
Headlight harness connectors burned out in 3 months causing safety hazard for night driving. I have replaced the right and left harness 6 times and they continue to blow. The replacement harnasses are oem replacement parts and were purchased from the Nissan dealer.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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