definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,600 miles

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder body / paint problems

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1998 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #5

Sep 232010


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that there was severe rusting on the front drivers side strut housing and frame. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and they stated that they would spray a substance on the portion of the frame that was rusting. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Dickson City, NJ, USA

problem #4

Aug 102011


  • miles
How can a major car company build a vehicle that has so many rust problems. My 1998 Pathfinder has so many rust problems. The company has had recall on the front strut housing, filler gas tube. Why can't the company stand up and take care of all the rust problems. Ever 1998 Pathfinder has rust issues fenders rear quarter panels. If you paid $1000,00 for factory running boards they all have rusted off. Why is it that the owners have to accept the problem with all these rust issues" this is my first and last Nissan I will ever own. Oh did I also tell you the transmission has been replaced, rear end makes noise, the distributor has been replaced filler tube, now the strut tower is rusting. Is this even a safe vehicle to operate on the road"

- Cinn, OH, USA

problem #3

Dec 012009


  • 83,000 miles
1998 Nissan Pathfinder le (84,000 miles) factory oem running boards rusting from mounting brackets to the point of separation from the vehicle. These 20+ pound pieces of metal falling onto a roadway and being hit by another vehicle could present a serious accident risk. Have contacted Nissan motors via letter (with pictures) and visited a local dealer. Phone call from Nissan motors denied any and all responsibility for poor design and inferior metal on this part. There must be many vehicles on the road with this potentially lethal defect.

- Florence, MA, USA

problem #2

Aug 222007


  • miles
Body rust in rear and undercarriage.

- Beverly, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012006


  • miles
I have extensive rust on my car. I do believe that it is more than it should be. The fenders in front and back are rusted, front and back bumper are rusted, driver door by mirror has a hole from rust. I was wondering if this is normal for a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder SE?

- Duryea, PA, USA

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