I had the same exact thing. 2002, my car wouldn't start. I checked the battery, and there was a circular crack all the way around one of the side terminals, and when I tugged on it the entire terminal with cable attached fell out of the battery, and a thin stream of acid ran out of it. Abso-frickin-amazing. I pulled the broken battery (carefully to avoid getting acid all over) then flushed out the engine area with water, then bathed the battery compartment in baking-soda and water mix. Scrubbed it all in really good with a 1.5" paint brush. Rinsed again. Had the rusty battery tray. Wire brushed it out with a drill. Treated it with Extend rust treatment, then primed it and painted it. Got a new battery, got new battery cables, and have been good ever since. Yes, it'* amazing how those trays just get eaten up. I don't know why they weld them in, seems like it ought to be a replaceable part.
97 SE, teflon wiper blades, Dunlop Sport A-2 tires, Leather steering wheel cover, Pioneer DEH-P480MP mp3 CDRW head unit, Pioneer 12-disc changer, iPod hookup, Boston Acoustic 3 way 6x9'*, Boston acoustic separates in door pods, Alpine 4 channel amp in trunk. Magnaflow dual outlet muffler and Ractive stainless tips. Autozone rice pipe and K&N 4750 intake kit. Clear corner lights. Energy Suspension end links.