hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
211,462 miles

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1998 Nissan Maxima body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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1998 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 102014

Maxima 6-cyl

  • 183,025 miles


I just purchased a 1998 Nissan Maxima, went to change out the front bumper skin and fenders and as I took off the bumper skin the lower radiator support is rusted beyond belief and only one of the bolts on the cross member holding up the whole engine/trans and that one is rusted too. There is a big hole where the rust is and its affecting the performance and safety as well as handling of this car. I'm actually surprised the engine and transmission haven't fallen out the bottom of the car already. This is a pain to fix and expensive, I also have done lots of research on this and a whole lot of them have same issue. What can/are you going to do about this?

- Plymouth, MN, USA

problem #1

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

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