1998 Nissan Maxima Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 1998 Nissan Maxima

1998 Nissan Maxima Problems

Check Engine Llight Due to Failed Ignition Coil

The Check Engine Light may illuminate indicating a primary ignition signal fault. Many times the cause is an ignition coil(s) that has failed. The problem in the coil causes the spark energy to feedback through the wiring harness into the other coils. If this is not repaired, it can damage the other coils (blistering on the coils may be seen).

Leaking power steering pump can cause noise/steering problems

If the power steering pump develops leaks, it can drip onto the lower control arm bushing causing the bushing to deteriorate. A knocking noise will be heard when driving over bumps and it may become more difficult to control the vehicle.

Corrosion of the Ground Inside the Mass Air Flow Sensor

The ground inside mass air flow (MAF) sensor can corrode and possibly cause drivability problems. The corrosion is enough to affect the sensor data but not enough to create a trouble code. Diagnosing this can be difficult because it won't always illuminate the Check Engine Light.

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1998 Nissan Maxima Recalls

Recall 02V171000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, ONE OF THE DIODES USED IN THE ALTERNATOR MAY HAVE BEEN DAMAGED WHEN BUILT. THIS CAN EVENTUALLY RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE DIODE AND AN ELECTRICAL SHORT WHICH COULD MELT THE PLASTIC HOUSING.

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1998 Nissan Maxima Reviews

What a vehicle. I bought this with 55K miles on it in 2001. It now has 345K miles. The engine runs great, burns no oil, and gets 25mpg consistently. I've changed a couple starters and both the rear hubs @ 200K. The exhaust system is totally original and the body has no rust. Being from Minnesota that's a miracle. I had some service done on the vehicle (ignition coil) and the electrical systems ...
I've had my car for 12 years and love it! So comfortable and reliable. Don't like the looks of the newer Maximas though.
Let me tell you when we leased our 1998 Nissan Maxima in July of 1998 we did not think we would be giving it to our 5 year old son at the time when he got his license.! My husband drove that car 5 to 6 days a week to/from work 60 miles each way from July 1998 to February 2010 it has 365,000 miles on it, ORIGINAL exhaust on it, original body, minor rust spots. Sadly we are in a time as to wheth...

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