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Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN owners. This vehicle is delivered to you with confidence. It was produced using the latest techniques and strict quality control. This manual was prepared to help you understand the operation and maintenance of your vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles of driving pleasure. Please read through this manual before operating your vehicle. A separate ‘‘Warranty Information Booklet’’ explains details about the warranties covering your vehicle. Your NISSAN dealer knows your vehicle best. When you require any service or have any questions, he will be glad to assist you with the extensive resources available to him. IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION REMINDERS FOR SAFETY! Follow these five important rules to help ensure a safe and complete trip for you and your passengers! c NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. c ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too

NOTES ON THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS OWNER’S MANUAL This owner’s manual contains descriptions and operating instructions for all systems, features and optional equipment that might appear in any model of this vehicle built for any destination in North America, including the continental United States, Canada and Hawaii. Therefore, you may very well find information in this manual that does not apply to your vehicle.

fast for conditions.

c ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropriate child restraint


c ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of ve-

hicle safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.

c ALWAYS review this Owner’s Manual for important safety


MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE This vehicle should not be modified. Modification could affect its performance, safety or durability, and may even violate govern- mental regulations. In addition, damage or performance prob- lems resulting from modifications may not be covered under NISSAN warranties.



All information, specifications and illustrations in this manual are those in effect at the time of printing. NISSAN reserves the right to change specifications or design without notice and without obligation.


Welcome To The World Of NISSAN

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Your new Nissan is the result of our dedication to produce the finest in safe, reliable and economi- cal transportation. Your vehicle is the product of a successful worldwide company that manufac- tures cars and trucks in over 20 countries and distributes them in 150 nations. Nissan vehicles are designed and manufactured by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and Nissan affiliates world wide, collectively growing to become the fourth largest automaker in the world. In addition to cars and trucks, Nissan also makes textile machinery, forklift trucks, marine engines, boats and other products. Nissan has made a substantial and growing investment in North America, starting with the opening of Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. in 1960, continuing with the production of some cars and trucks at one of the world’s most


modern manufacturing facilities in Smyrna, Ten- nessee, vehicle styling at Nissan Design Interna- tional in San Diego, California, and engineering at Nissan Research and Development in Farm- ington Hills, Michigan. Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. and its deal- ers employ about 50,000 Americans. Nissan is also a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc. and its 200 dealers and suppliers employ approximately 4,000 people. These include company employ- ees and the staffs of Nissan dealers all across Canada. In addition, many Canadians work for companies that supply Nissan and Nissan deal- ers with materials and services ranging from the operation of port facilities and transportation ser- vices, lubricants, parts and accessories.

to the supply of

Nissan pioneered the use of electronics and computers in automobiles, and has led the indus- try in improving both performance and fuel effi- ciency through new engine designs and the use of synthetic materials to reduce vehicle weight. The company has also developed ways to build quality into its vehicles at each stage of the production process, both through extensive use of automation and — most importantly — through an awareness that people are the cen- tral element in quality control. From the time the parts arrived from our suppli- ers until you took delivery of your new Nissan, dozens of checks were made to ensure that only the best job was being done in producing and delivering your vehicle. Nissan also takes great care to ensure that when you take your Nissan to your dealer for maintenance, the service techni- cian will perform his work according to the quality standards that have been established by the factory. Safety has also been built into your Nissan. As you know, seat belts are an integral part of the safety systems that will help protect you and your passengers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident. We urge you to use the belts every time you drive the vehicle. The Nissan story of growth and achievement reflects our major goal: to provide you, our customer, with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsmanship — a product that we can be proud to build and you can be proud to own.



NISSAN CARES ... Both NISSAN and your NISSAN dealer are dedicated to serving all your automotive needs. Your satisfaction with your vehicle and your NISSAN dealer are our primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales and service needs.

However, if there is something that your NISSAN dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to provide NISSAN directly with comments or questions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs Department using our toll-free number: For U.S. mainland customers

1-800-NISSAN-1 (1-800-647-7261)

For Hawaii customers

(808) 531-0231 (Oahu Number)

For Canada customers


The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following infor- mation: — Your name, address, and telephone number — Vehicle identification number (on dashboard) — Date of purchase — Current odometer reading — Your NISSAN dealer’s name — Your comments or questions

OR You can write to NISSAN with the information on the left at: For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers

Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A. Consumer Affairs Department P.O. Box 191
Gardena, California 90247

For Hawaii customers

Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii 2880 Kilihau St. Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

For Canada customers Nissan Canada Inc. P.O. Box 1709, Station ‘‘B’’ Mississauga, Ontario L4Y 4H6

We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle.



Instruments and controls

Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Heater, air conditioner and audio system

Starting and driving

In case of emergency

Appearance and interior care

Do-it-yourself operations

Maintenance schedule

Technical and consumer information



1 Instruments and controls

Meters and gauges .............................................. 1-2
Speedometer and odometer ................................ 1-3
Tachometer .......................................................... 1-3
Engine coolant temperature gauge and Fuel gauge ........................................................... 1-4
Warning/indicator lights and chimes .................... 1-5
Theft warning (If so equipped) ............................. 1-8
Windshield wiper and washer switch ................... 1-9
Rear window defogger switch ............................ 1-10
Headlight and turn signal switch ........................ 1-11
Cornering light .................................................... 1-12

Instrument brightness control............................. 1-12
Front fog light switch (If so equipped) ............... 1-13
Hazard warning flasher switch ........................... 1-13
Cigarette lighter (accessory) and ashtray .......... 1-14
Cup holder.......................................................... 1-14
Power windows (If so equipped)........................ 1-15
Sunroof (If so equipped) .................................... 1-17
Clock — instrument panel (If so equipped) ....... 1-18
Interior light......................................................... 1-18
Spotlight (If so equipped) ................................... 1-19
Trunk light........................................................... 1-19










Speedometer The speedometer indicates vehicle speed. Odometer The odometer records the total distance the vehicle has been driven. Trip odometer The trip odometer records the distance of individual trips. Before each trip, set the trip odometer to zero by pushing the reset but- ton.

The tachometer indicates engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm).


When engine speed approaches the red zone, shift to a higher gear. Engine speed in the red zone may cause seri- ous engine damage.





Engine coolant temperature gauge The gauge indicates the engine coolant temperature. The engine coolant temperature will vary with the outside air temperature and driving conditions.


If the gauge indicates over the normal range, stop the vehicle as soon as safely possible. If the engine is over- heated, continued operation of the ve- hicle may seriously damage the engine. See the ‘‘In case of emergency’’ section for immediate action required.

Fuel gauge The gauge indicates the APPROXIMATE fuel level in the tank. The gauge may move slightly during brak- ing, turning, acceleration, or going up or downhill. The gauge needle is designed to hold its position when the ignition key is turned ‘‘OFF’’. light comes on when the The indicator amount of fuel in the tank is getting low. Refuel as soon as it is convenient, prefer- ably before the gauge reaches ‘‘E’’. There should be a small reserve of fuel in the tank when the fuel gauge needle reaches ‘‘E’’.





Brake warning light

Seat belt warning light

Engine oil pressure warning light

Turn signal/hazard indicator lights

Low washer fluid warning light (Canada only)

CRUISE indicator light

High beam indicator light


Anti-lock brake warning light

Air bag warning light

Charge warning light

Overdrive off indicator light

Rear window defogger indicator light

Door open warning light

Malfunction indicator light (emission system)

Theft warning light (If so equipped)

Checking bulbs Apply the parking brake and turn the ignition key to ‘‘ON’’ without starting the engine. The following lights will come on:


The following lights come on briefly and then go off:


If any light fails to come on, it may indicate a burned-out bulb or an open circuit in the

electrical system. Have the system repaired promptly.

Engine oil pressure warning light

This light warns of low engine oil pressure. If the light flickers or comes on during normal driving, pull off the road in a safe area, stop the engine immediately and call a NISSAN dealer or other authorized repair shop. Run- ning the engine with the oil pressure warning light on could cause serious damage to the engine.


The oil pressure warning light is not designed to indicate a low oil level. Use the dipstick to check the oil level. See ‘‘Engine oil’’ in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself opera- tions’’ section.

Charge warning light

If this light comes on while the engine is running, it may indicate that there is some- thing wrong with the charging system. Turn the engine off and check the generator belt. If the belt is loose, broken, missing or if the light remains on, see your NISSAN dealer immediately.



Do not continue driving if the belt is loose, broken or missing.

Door open warning light

This light comes on when any of the doors are not closed securely while the ignition key is ‘‘ON’’.

Seat belt warning light and chime

This light and chime remind you to fasten seat belts. The light illuminates whenever the ignition key is turned to ‘‘ON’’, and will remain illuminated until the driver’s seat belt is fastened. At the same time, the chime will sound for about seven seconds unless the driver’s seat belt is securely fastened. Refer to ‘‘Seat belts’’ in the ‘‘Pre-driving checks and adjustments’’ section for pre- cautions on seat belt usage.

Air bag warning light

When the ignition key is in the ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘START’’ position, the air bag light will illuminate for about 7 seconds and then turn

off. This means the Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System is operational. If any of the following conditions occur, the air bag system needs servicing and your vehicle should be taken to your nearest authorized NISSAN dealer as soon as practical. 1. The air bag light does not come on for 7
seconds and then go off as described above.

2. The air bag light flashes intermittently or

remains on.

3. The air bag light does not come on at all. Unless checked and repaired, the Supple- mental Restraint System may not function properly. For additional details, see ‘‘Supple- mental Restraint System’’ in the ‘‘Pre-driving checks and adjustments’’ section.

Low washer light (Canada only)

fluid warning

This light comes on when the washer tank fluid is at a low level. Add washer fluid as necessary. See the ‘‘Do-it-yourself opera- tions’’ section.

Brake warning light functions for both the parking

or This light brake and the foot brake systems. Parking brake indicator: The light comes on when the parking brake is applied. Low brake fluid warning: The light warns of a low brake fluid level. If the light comes on while the engine is running with the parking brake not applied, stop the vehicle and perform the following: 1. Check the brake fluid level. Add brake fluid as necessary. See ‘‘Brake and clutch fluid’’ in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself opera- tions’’ section.

2. If the brake fluid level is correct, check

the warning system.


c If you judge it to be safe, drive care- fully to the nearest service station for repairs. Otherwise, have your ve- hicle towed because driving it could be dangerous.



c Pressing the brake pedal with the engine stopped and/or low brake fluid level may increase your stop- ping distance and require greater pedal effort as well as greater pedal travel.

Brake pad wear warning The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings. When a brake pad requires re- placement, it will make a high pitched scrap- ing sound when the vehicle is in motion whether or not is de- pressed. Have the brakes checked as soon as possible if the warning sound is heard.

the brake pedal


Anti-lock brake warning light

If this light comes on while the engine is running, it may indicate there is something wrong with the anti-lock portion of the brake system. Have the system checked by your NISSAN dealer. If an abnormality occurs in the system, the anti-lock function will cease but the regular braking system will continue to operate nor- mally. If the light comes on while you are driving,

contact your NISSAN dealer for repair. Overdrive off indicator light This light comes on when the overdrive switch is pushed to the OFF position.

Turn signal/hazard indicator lights

This light flashes when the turn signal switch lever or hazard switch is turned on. light

High beam indicator (Blue)

This light comes on when the headlight high beam is on and goes out when the low beam is selected.

Rear window defogger indi- cator light

This light comes on when the rear defogger switch is activated.

Indicator light

This light comes on while the vehicle speed is controlled by the cruise control system. If the CRUISE indicator blinks, have the sys- tem checked by your NISSAN dealer.


Theft warning light equipped)

(If so


is used to verify theft warning info, see

This light system activation. For ‘‘Theft Warning’’ later in this chapter. Key reminder chime The chime will sound if the driver side door is opened while the key is left in the ignition switch. Remove the key and take it with you when leaving the vehicle. Light reminder chime A chime will sound when the driver side door is opened if the light switch is turned on (ignition switch is turned off). Turn the light switch off when you leave the vehicle.

Malfunction indicator (MIL)


If the MIL comes on or blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate a potential emission control problem.


THEFT WARNING (If so equipped)




c Continued operation without having the system checked and repaired as necessary could lead to poor driveability, re- duced fuel economy, and possible damage to the emission control sys- tem which may affect your warranty coverage.

c Although the vehicle is still drive- able, see your nearest NISSAN dealer as soon as possible. To avoid system damage, do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH (72 km/h). If possible, avoid hard acceleration or deceleration.

If the fuel filler cap is not tightened properly, the MIL may come on. Check and securely tighten the fuel filler cap, and have your vehicle checked as noted above.


The theft warning system provides visual and audio alarm signals if parts of the vehicle are disturbed. How to activate the theft warning system 1. Remove the key from the ignition switch. 2. Close all windows. Close and lock all doors, hood and trunk lid. The doors can be locked either with or without the key. The system can be activated even if the windows are open. 3. Confirm that the indicator light comes on.


The light will glow for about 30 seconds and then go out. The system is now activated. If, during this 30-second time period, the door is unlocked or the igni- tion key is turned to ‘‘ACC’’ or ‘‘ON’’, the system will not activate.


c If the key is turned slowly when lock- ing the door, the system may not activate. Furthermore, if the key is turned excessively to the unlock po- sition, the system may be deacti- vated when the key is removed. If the indicator light fails to glow for 30
seconds, unlock the door once and lock it again.

c Even when the driver and/or passen- gers are in the vehicle, the system will activate with all doors, hood, trunk lid and back door locked and ignition key off. Turn the ignition key to ‘‘ACC’’ or ‘‘ON’’ to turn the system off.


Theft warning system operation The warning system will give the following alarm: c The headlights blink and the horn sounds intermittently. In addition, the starter mo- tor will not operate.

c The alarm automatically turns off after 2
to 3 minutes; however, the alarm will reactivate if the vehicle is tampered with again. The alarm can be shut off by unlocking a door or trunk lid with the key.

The alarm is activated by: c Opening the door or trunk lid without using the key (even if the door is un- locked by releasing the door inside lock switch) or opening the trunk lid by oper- ating the opener lever.

c Opening the hood. c Pushing in or pulling out of

cylinder on the door or trunk lid.

the key

How to stop the alarm The alarm will stop only by unlocking a door or the trunk lid with the key. The alarm will not stop if the ignition switch is turned to ‘‘ACC’’ or ‘‘ON’’.


If the system does not operate as de- scribed above, have it checked by your NISSAN dealer.


Push the lever down to operate the wind- shield wipers. Pull the lever toward you to operate the washer. Intermittent operation can be adjusted from 2 to approximately 20 seconds by turning the knob (Type B only).



The wipers cycle twice when the washer is activated.


c Do not operate the washer continu-

ously for more than 30 seconds.

c Do not operate the washer if the

reservoir tank is dry.


In freezing temperatures the washer solution may freeze on the windshield and obscure your vision. Warm the windshield with the defroster before you wash the windshield.


NOTE: On some vehicles, the top few rows of wires on the rear window are not part of the rear window defogging system. These wires, if so equipped, make up the diversity antenna for the audio system.


To defog the rear window glass, start the engine and push the rear window defogger switch on. The rear window defogger indi- cator light in the meter will come on. Push the switch again to turn the defogger off. It will automatically turn off in approximately 15 minutes.


When cleaning the inner side of the window, be careful not to scratch or damage the electrical conductors.




Lighting Turn the switch to the ‘‘ The front park, side marker, plate and instrument lights will come on. Turn the switch to the ‘‘

’’ position. license tail,

’’ position. Head-

Daytime running light system (For Canada) Even if the headlight control switch is off, the headlights’ high beams will illuminate after starting the engine. The headlights will be a little dimmer than they are with the headlight switch in the ‘‘ If the parking brake is applied before the engine is started, the daytime running lights will not be illuminated. The daytime running lights will illuminate once the parking brake is released. Thereafter, the daytime running lights will not turn off when using the parking brake at stop signals, etc.

’’ position.


When the daytime running light system is active, tail lights on your vehicle will not be on. It is necessary at dusk to turn on your headlights. Failure to do so could cause an accident injuring yourself and others.

Passing signal Pulling the lever toward you will turn on the headlight high beam.



lights will come on and all the other lights remain on. To select the high beam, push the lever forward. Pull it back to select the low beam.




Turn signal Move the lever up or down to signal the turning direction. When the turn is com- pleted, the turn signals cancel automati- cally. Lane change signal To indicate a lane change, move the lever up or down to the point where lights begin flashing.



The cornering light provides additional illu- mination toward the turning direction on some models. The light on the turning direc- tion side will come on when the turn signal lever is moved to the right or left with the headlights on.

’’ position.

The instrument brightness control operates when the light switch is in the ‘‘ ’’ or ‘‘ Turn the control to adjust the brightness of instrument panel lights. NOTE: For vehicles with the clock located in the instrument panel (if so equipped) the instrument brightness control function has no effect on the brightness of the clock.







To turn the fog lights on, turn the switch toward the front of the vehicle to the ‘‘ ’’ position. To turn them off, turn the switch toward the back of the vehicle to the OFF position. The low-beam headlight function must be on for the fog lights to operate. The fog lights will automatically turn off whenever the high-beam headlight function is se- lected.

Push the switch on to warn other drivers when you must stop or park under emer- gency conditions. All turn signal lights will flash.


c When stalled or stopped on the road- way under emergency conditions, move the vehicle well off the road.

c Do not use the switch while moving on the highway unless unusual cir- cumstances force you to drive so slowly that your vehicle might be- come a hazard to other traffic.

c Some state laws may prohibit the use of the hazard warning flasher switch while driving.

c Turn signals do not work when the

switch is operating.

The hazard warning flasher can be actuated with the ignition switch either OFF or ON.






The cigarette lighter socket is a power source for the cigarette lighter element only. The use of the cigarette lighter socket as a power source for any other accessory is not recommended.


The cigarette lighter should not be used while driving in order that full attention may be given to the driving operation.


The cigarette lighter element is an acces- sory. A genuine NISSAN Cigarette Lighter or equivalent can be purchased from your local NISSAN dealer. The cigarette lighter operates when the ignition switch is in the ‘‘ACC’’ or ‘‘ON’’ position. Push the lighter in all the way. When the lighter is heated, it will spring out. Return the lighter to its original position after use.


To open, pull out the cup holder. To close, push in the cup holder. The cup holder and the ashtray cannot be used at the same time. Close the ashtray before using the cup holder.


The driver should not pull out the cup holder or remove or insert cups into the cup holder while driving in order that full attention may be given to the driv- ing operation.



POWER WINDOWS (If so equipped)


Avoid abrupt starting and braking when the cup holder is being used to prevent spilling the drink. If the liquid is hot it can scald you or your passenger.



The power windows operate only when the ignition key is in the ‘‘ON’’ position. To open a window, press and hold the switch in the ‘‘OPEN’’ position. To close a window, push and hold the switch in the ‘‘CLOSE’’ posi- tion. To stop the opening or closing function at any time, simply release the switch. The driver side control panel is equipped with switches that can open or close all the windows.

Locking passenger windows When the power window lock switch on the driver side control panel is pushed in, only the driver side control panel can be used to open or close the windows. Push it in again to cancel this function. The front passenger and both rear doors are each equipped with a power window switch. Each switch will open or close only the corresponding window. To open or close the window, press and hold the switch.





c Make sure that all passengers have their hands, etc. inside the vehicle before closing the windows.

c Do not leave children unattended in- side the vehicle. They could un- knowingly activate switches.



AUTOMATIC POWER WINDOW SWITCH To fully open the driver side window, com- pletely press the driver side window switch down and release it; it need not be held. The window will automatically open all the way. To stop the window, press the switch toward the ‘‘CLOSE’’ side.



SUNROOF (If so equipped)


The sunroof will only operate when the ignition key is in the ‘‘ON’’ position. Sliding the sunroof To open the roof, press and hold the switch to the ‘‘OPEN’’ side. To close the roof, press and hold the switch to the ‘‘CLOSE’’ side.

Tilting the sunroof To tilt up, first close the sunroof, then push and hold the ‘‘UP’’ side of the tilt switch. To close the sunroof, push and hold the ‘‘DOWN’’ side. Sun shade Open and close the sun shade by sliding it forward or backward. The shade will open automatically when the sunroof it must be closed manually.

is opened. However,


c Be extremely careful not to have any part of your body in the sunroof opening while the roof is closing.

c Do not stand up or extend any por- tion of your body out of the opening while driving.

c Remove water drops, snow, ice or sunroof before

sand from the opening.

c Do not place any heavy object on the

sunroof or surrounding area.








Turn the ignition key to the ‘‘OFF’’ position.

1. Remove the spotlight unit. The shaft end

of the sunroof motor will be visible.

2. Using a 5mm (0.20 in) hex wrench, turn the shaft clockwise to close the sunroof. Have the sunroof system checked and re- paired by your NISSAN dealer.



The digital clock displays time when the ignition key is in ‘‘ACC’’ or ‘‘ON’’. If the power supply is disconnected, the clock will not indicate the correct time. Readjust the time. Adjusting the time Push the H button to adjust the hour. Push the M button to adjust the minute. NOTE: The clock displays 12-hour time with no AM/PM indications.

The interior light will operate regardless of ignition key position. The interior light has a three-position switch. c When the switch is in the “OFF” position, the interior light will not illuminate, re- gardless of door position.

c When the switch is in the center ‘‘j’’ illuminate

position, the interior light will when a door is opened.

c When the switch is in the “ON” position, illuminate, whether

the interior light will any door is open or closed.



SPOTLIGHT (If so equipped)


NOTE: Leaving the interior light switch in the “ON” position for extended periods of time will result in a discharged battery.

The light illuminates when the trunk lid is opened. When the trunk lid is closed, the light will go off.






2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Key ....................................................................... 2-2
Door locks ............................................................ 2-2
Hood release ........................................................ 2-5
Glove box ............................................................. 2-5
Trunk lid lock operation........................................ 2-6
Fuel filler lid lock operation .................................. 2-7
Front seats ........................................................... 2-9
Rear seat............................................................ 2-11
Supplemental restraint system (air bag system). 2-12
Warning labels.................................................... 2-15
Air bag warning light .......................................... 2-16
Seat belts ........................................................... 2-17
Child restraints for infants and small children.... 2-23
Tilting steering wheel ......................................... 2-30
Outside mirror remote control ............................ 2-30
Outside mirrors................................................... 2-30
Inside mirror ....................................................... 2-31
Vanity mirror (If so equipped) ............................ 2-31







MANUAL DOOR LOCK To lock the front doors from the outside, turn the key toward the front of the vehicle. To unlock, turn it toward the rear.

To lock a door from inside the vehicle, press the lock lever (located above the door handle) until it is flush with the door panel. To unlock, pull the lock lever to its outer position.


The master key can be used for all locks. A key number plate is supplied with your key. Record the key number on the key number plate and keep it in a safe place (such as your wallet), NOT IN THE CAR. NISSAN does not record key numbers so it is very important to keep track of your key number plate. A key number is only necessary when you have lost all keys and do not have one to duplicate from. If you still have a key, this key can be duplicated by your NISSAN dealer or a locksmith shop.






POWER DOOR LOCK The power door lock system allows you to lock or unlock all doors simultaneously. Turning the front door key to the front of the vehicle will lock all doors. Turning the front door key one time to the rear of the vehicle will unlock the corre- sponding door. From that position, returning the key to Neutral (where the key can only be removed and inserted) and turning it to the rear again within 5 seconds will unlock all doors.

To lock from the outside without a key, push the door lock button (driver side only) or the door lock lever (driver or passenger side), then close the door. When locking the door this way, be certain not to leave the key inside the vehicle. All doors will automatically unlock with the key in the ignition.


c Always have the doors locked while driving. Along with the use of seat belts, this provides greater safety in the event of an accident by helping to prevent persons from being thrown from the vehicle. This also helps keep children and others from unintentionally opening the doors, and will help keep out intruders.

c Before opening any door, always look for and avoid oncoming traffic.



c Do not leave children unattended in- side the vehicle. They may inadvert- ently activate switches.


CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK Child safety locks help prevent rear doors from being opened accidentally, especially when small children are in the vehicle. When the lever on each rear door is in the lock position, the door can be opened only from the outside.





1. Pull

the hood lock release handle s1
located below the instrument panel; the hood will then spring up slightly.

2. Push the lever s2 at the front of the hood with your fingertips and raise the hood.

3. Insert the support rod s3 into the slot on

the underside of the hood.

4. When closing the hood, return the sup- port then slowly close the hood and make sure it locks into place.

rod to its original position,


When locking or unlocking the glove box, use the master key. The glove box may be opened by pulling the handle. To illuminate the interior of the glove box, the headlight switch must be turned to the


position (If so equipped).


Keep glove box lid closed while driving to help prevent injury in an accident or a sudden stop.




Opener lever The trunk lid opener lever is located on the outside of the driver side seat. To open the trunk lid, pull up the trunk lid opener lever. To close, lower and push the trunk lid down securely.



Key operation To open the trunk lid, turn the key clock- wise. To close, lower and push the trunk lid down securely.


Do not drive with the trunk lid open. This could allow dangerous exhaust gases to be drawn into the vehicle.






OPENER CANCEL LEVER FOR TRUNK LID When this lever is in the ‘‘CANCEL’’ posi- tion, the trunk lid cannot be opened with the trunk lid opener lever. It can be opened only with the key.

Opener lever The fuel filler lid opener lever is located on the outside of the driver side seat. To open the fuel filler lid, push the opener lever down. To lock, close the fuel filler lid se- curely.




c Gasoline is extremely flammable and highly explosive under certain condi- tions. Always stop the engine and do not smoke or allow open flames or sparks vehicle when refueling.




FUEL FILLER CAP The fuel filler cap is a screw-on ratcheting type. Tighten the cap clockwise until ratch- eting clicks are heard. If the fuel filler cap is not tightened properly, the malfunction indicator light (MIL) may come on.

c Fuel may be under pressure. Turn the cap one-half turn, and wait for any ‘‘hissing’’ sound to stop to pre- vent fuel from spraying out and pos- sible personal injury. Then remove the cap.

c Use only a genuine NISSAN fuel filler cap as a replacement. It has a built-in safety valve needed for proper op- eration of the fuel system and emis- sion control system. An incorrect cap can result in a serious malfunc- tion and possible injury.

c If fuel

is spilled on the car body, flush it away with water to avoid paint damage.


Put the fuel filler cap on the cap holder while refueling.






c Do not adjust the driver’s seat while driving. The seat may move sud- denly and could cause loss of con- trol of the vehicle.

c After adjustment, gently rock in the is securely

to make sure it

seat locked.


Do not recline the seatback any more than is needed for comfort when the vehicle is moving. Seat belts are most effective when the occupant sits well back and upright in the seat. If the seat is reclined, the risk of sliding under the lap belt and being injured is increased.


Forward and backward Pull the lever up while you slide the seat forward or backward to the desired position. Release the lever to lock the seat in posi- tion. Reclining Pull the lever up and lean back until the desired angle is obtained. To bring the seatback forward again, pull the lever and move your body forward. The seatback will move forward.





Lumbar support (If so equipped) The lumbar support feature provides lower back support for the driver. Move the lever up or down to adjust the seat lumbar area.

HEAD RESTRAINTS Adjust the top of the head restraints level with the top of your ears. To raise the head restraint, just pull it up. To lower, push the lock knob and push the head restraint down.


Head restraints should be adjusted properly as they may provide signifi- cant protection against whiplash in- jury. Do not remove them.



REAR SEAT Center armrest and tray Pull the armrest forward until it is horizontal. Then release the lever (inset) and pull the tray forward. With the armrest in this posi-

tion you are able to gain access to the trunk.





This Supplemental Restraint System sec- tion contains important information concern- ing the driver and passenger air bags. The Supplemental Restraint System Air Bag can help reduce impact force to the driver and to the front passenger in certain frontal colli- sions. The air bags are designed to supple- ment the crash protection provided by the driver and front passenger seat belts and are not a substitute for them. The seat belts should always be correctly worn and the driver and front passenger seated a suitable distance from the steering wheel and instrument panel. (See ‘‘Seat belts’’ for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage.) The supplemental air bags will operate only when the ignition switch is in the ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘START’’ position.


The supplemental air bags ordinarily will not inflate in the event of a side impact, rear impact, roll over, or lower severity frontal collision; so always wear your seat belts to help reduce the risk or severity of injury in various kinds of accidents.




The seat belts and the supplemental air bags are most effective when you are sitting back and upright in the seat. Air bags inflate with great force. If you are unrestrained, leaning forward, sitting sideways or out of position in any way, you are at greater risk of injury or death in a crash and may also receive serious or fatal injuries from the supplemental air bag if you are up against it when it inflates. Always sit back against the seatback and use the seatbelts.




Never let children ride unrestrained as shown in the previous illustrations. Children may be severely injured or killed when the supplemental air bag inflates if they are not properly restrained. Also, never install a rear-facing child restraint in the front seat. See ‘‘Child restraints for infants and small chil- dren’’ for details.





Air bag system The driver air bag is located in the center of the steering wheel; the front passenger air bag is mounted in the dashboard above the glove box. The supplemental air bag system is designed to inflate in higher severity fron- tal collisions, although it may inflate if the forces in another type of collision are similar to those of a higher severity frontal impact. It may not inflate in certain frontal collisions. Vehicle damage (or lack of it) is not always an indication of proper air bag operation. When the supplemental air bag inflates, a fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by


release of smoke. This smoke is not harmful and does not indicate a fire, but care should be taken not to intentionally inhale it, as it may cause irritation and choking. Those with a history of breathing trouble should get fresh air promptly. The supplemental air bags, along with the use of seat belts, help to cushion the impact force on the face and chest of the occupant. They can help save lives and reduce serious inju- ries. However, an inflating air bag may cause facial abrasions or other injuries. Air bags do not provide restraint to the lower body. Seat belts should be correctly worn and the


driver and passenger seated upright as far as practical away from the steering wheel or dashboard. Since the air bag inflates quickly in order to help protect the occupant, the force of the air bag inflating can increase the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to or is against the air bag module during inflation. The supplemental air bag will deflate quickly after a collision. The supplemental air bags will operate only when the ignition switch is in the ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘START’’ position.


c Right after inflation, several supple- mental air bag system components will be hot. Do not touch them; you may severely burn yourself.

c No unauthorized changes should be made to any components or wiring of the supplemental air bag system. This is to prevent accidental inflation of the supplemental air bag or damage to the supplemental air bag system.

c Tampering with the supplemental air bag system may result in serious personal injury. Tampering includes



Warning labels about the supplemental air bag system are placed in the vehicle.


changes to the steering wheel and the instrument panel assembly by placing material over the steering wheel pad and above the dashboard, or by installing additional trim mate- rial around the supplemental air bag system.

c Do not place any objects on the steering wheel pad or on the instru- ment panel. Also, do not place any objects between any occupant and the steering wheel or instrument panel. Such objects may become dangerous projectiles and cause in- jury if the air bag inflates.

c Work around and on the supplemen- tal air bag system should be done by an authorized NISSAN dealer. Instal- lation of electrical equipment should also be done by an authorized NIS- SAN dealer. The yellow SRS wiring should not be modified or discon- nected. Unauthorized electrical test equipment and probing devices should not be used on the supple- mental air bag system.





The supplemental air bag light, displaying ‘‘AIR BAG’’ in the instrument panel, moni- tors the circuits of the air bag. The circuits monitored by the air bag light are the diag- nosis sensor unit, air bag modules and all related wiring. When the ignition key is in the ‘‘ON’’ or ‘‘START’’ position, the supplemental air bag light will illuminate for about 7 seconds and then turn off. This means the system is operational.

If any of the following conditions occur, the supplemental air bag needs servicing: 1. The supplemental air bag light does not come on for 7 seconds and then go off as described above.

2. The supplemental air bag light flashes

intermittently or remains on.

3. The supplemental air bag light does not

come on at all.

Under these conditions, the Supplemental Restraint System Air Bag will not operate properly. It must be checked and repaired. Take your vehicle to the nearest authorized NISSAN dealer. Repair and replacement procedure The supplemental air bag system is de- signed to inflate on a one-time-only basis. As a reminder, unless it is damaged, the supplemental air bag light will remain illumi- nated after inflation has occurred. Repair and replacement of the supplemental air bag system should be done only by authorized NISSAN dealers. To ensure long-term functioning, the system must be in- spected 10 years after the date of manu- facture as noted on the certification label located on the driver side front pillar.


When maintenance work is required on the vehicle, the supplemental air bag system and related parts should be pointed out to the person conducting the maintenance. The ignition key should always be in the ‘‘LOCK’’ position when working under the hood or inside the vehicle.


c Once the supplemental air bag in- flates, the air bag module will not function again and must be re- placed. The supplemental air bag module cannot be repaired.

c After a supplemental air bag inflates, the front instrument panel assembly should be replaced by your NISSAN dealer if damaged.

c The supplemental air bag system should be inspected by an autho- rized NISSAN dealer if there is any damage to the front end portion of the vehicle or replaced if the supple- mental air bag has inflated.

c When selling your vehicle, we re- quest that you inform the buyer about the supplemental air bag system and guide the buyer to the appropriate sections in this Owner’s Manual.


c If you need to dispose of a supple- mental air bag or scrap the vehicle, contact an authorized NISSAN dealer. Correct supplemental air bag dis- posal procedures are set forth in the appropriate NISSAN Service Manual. Incorrect disposal procedures could cause personal injury.


PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT USAGE If you are wearing your seat belt properly adjusted, your chances of being injured or killed in an accident and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced. NISSAN strongly encourages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seating position includes an air bag. Some states, provinces or territories re- quire that seat belts be worn at all times when a vehicle is being driven.


c Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times. Children should be in ap- propriate child restraints.

c The belt should be properly adjusted to a snug fit. Failure to do so will reduce the effectiveness of the en- tire restraint system and increases the chance or severity of injury in an accident.


c Do not wear the belt inside out or twisted. Be sure the seat belt tongue is securely fastened to the proper buckle.

c Do not allow more than one person

to use the same belt.

c All seat belt assemblies including retractors and attaching hardware should be inspected after any colli- sion at your NISSAN dealer. NISSAN recommends that all seat belt as- semblies in use during a collision be replaced unless the collision was minor and the belts show no damage and continue to operate properly. Seat belt assemblies not in use dur- ing a collision should also be in- spected and replaced if either dam- age or improper operation is noted. c Never carry more people in the ve-

hicle than there are seat belts.

If the seat belt warning light glows con- tinuously while the ignition is turned ‘‘ON’’ with all doors closed and all seat belts fastened, it may indicate a mal- function in the system. Have the system checked by your NISSAN dealer.


Be sure to observe the following pre- cautions when using seat belts. Failure to do so could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident. c Always route the shoulder belt over your shoulder and across your chest. Never run the belt under your arm or across your neck. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off your shoulder.

c Position the lap belt as low as pos- sible AROUND THE HIPS, NOT THE WAIST.

c Serious injury or death can occur if

the seat belt is not worn properly.

CHILD SAFETY Children need adults to help protect them. All U.S. states and provinces of Canada require the use of approved child restraints for infants and small children (See ‘‘Child Restraints for Infants and Small Children’’ later in this section). In addition, there are many types of child

restraints available for larger children which should be used for maximum protection. Infant or small child NISSAN recommends that infants or small children be placed in child restraint systems that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Ve- hicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint system that fits your vehicle and always follow the manufacturer’s in- structions for installation and use. Children Children who are too large for child re- straints should be seated and restrained by the seat belts which are provided. NISSAN recommends that children sit in the rear seat if possible. According to accident statistics, children are safer when properly restrained in the rear seat than in the front seat. If the child’s seating position has a shoulder belt that fits close to the face or neck, the use of a booster seat (commercially avail- able) may help overcome this. The booster seat should raise the child so that the shoul- der belt is properly positioned across the


top, middle portion of the shoulder and the lap belt is low on the hips. The booster seat should fit the vehicle seat and have a label certifying that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Mo- tor Vehicle Safety Standards. Once the child has grown so the shoulder belt is no longer on or near the face and neck, use the shoulder belt without the booster seat. Never let a child stand or kneel on any seat and do not allow a child in the cargo areas while the vehicle is moving. Pregnant women NISSAN recommends that pregnant women use seat belts. Contact your doctor for spe- cific recommendations. The lap belt should be worn snug and positioned as low as possible around the hips, not the waist. Injured persons NISSAN recommends that injured persons use seat belts. Check with your doctor for specific recommendations.



The seatback should not be reclined any more than needed for comfort when the vehicle is moving. Seat belts are most effective when the occupant sits well back and upright in the seat. If the seat is reclined, the risk of sliding under the lap belt and being injured is increased.




Every person who drives or rides in this vehicle should use a seat belt at all times.

Fastening the belts 1. Adjust the seat.


2. Slowly pull the seat belt out of the retrac- tor and insert the tongue into the buckle until it snaps.

The retractor is designed to lock during a sudden stop or on impact. A slow pulling motion will permit the belt to move, and allow you some freedom of movement in the seat.




3. Position the lap belt portion low on the

hips as shown.

4. Pull the shoulder belt portion toward the

retractor to take up extra slack.

The front passenger side seat belt and rear 3-point seat belts have a cinching mecha- nism for child seat installation. It is referred to as the automatic locking mode. When the cinching mechanism is activated the seat belt cannot be withdrawn further until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. Once re- tracted, the seat belt is in the emergency

locking mode. Refer to ‘‘Child Restraints for Infants and Small Children’’ later in this section for more information.


c The automatic locking mode should be used only for child seat installa- tion. During normal seat belt use by a passenger, the locking mode should not be activated. If it is acti- vated it may cause uncomfortable seat belt tension.

Unfastening the belts To unfasten the belt, press the button on the buckle. The seat belt will automatically re- tract.

Checking seat belt operation (3-point type with retractor) Your seat belt retractors are designed to lock belt movement using two separate methods: 1) When the belt is pulled quickly from the


2) When the vehicle slows down rapidly. To increase your confidence in the belts, check their operation as follows: c Grasp the shoulder belt and pull quickly forward. The retractor should lock and restrict further belt movement. the retractor does not

If lock during this check or if you have any questions about belt operation, see your NISSAN dealer.




After adjustment, release the buttons and try to move it up and down to make sure the shoulder belt anchor is se- curely fixed in position.


Shoulder belt height adjustment (For front seats) The shoulder belt anchor height should be adjusted to the position best for you. (See ‘‘Precautions on Seat Belt Usage’’.) To ad- just, squeeze the release buttons, and then move it to the desired position, so the belt passes over the center of the shoulder. The belt should be away from your face and neck, but not falling off of your shoulder.


2-POINT TYPE WITHOUT RETRACTOR (center position of rear seat) Fastening the belts 1. Insert the tongue into the buckle marked

CENTER until it snaps.






2. To lengthen, hold the tongue at a right angle to the belt and pull on the belt. To shorten, pull the end of the belt attached to the belt clip away from the tongue, and then pull the belt clip to take up the slack.

3. Position the lap belt low on the hips as


Unfastening the belt To unfasten the belt, press the button on the buckle.

Selecting correct set of belts The center seat belt buckle and tongue are identified by the CENTER label. The center seat belt tongue can be fastened only into the center seat belt buckle.



SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE c To clean the belt webbings, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- mended for cleaning upholstery or car- pets. Then brush the webbing, wipe it with a cloth and allow it to dry in the shade. Do not allow the belts to retract until they are completely dry.


c Periodically check to see that the belt and the metal components such as buckles, flexible wires and anchors work properly. If loose parts, deterioration, cuts or other dam- age on the webbing is found, the entire belt assembly should be replaced.


is not possible to properly fit

SEAT BELT EXTENDERS If, because of body size or driving position, it the lap- shoulder belt and fasten it, an extender is available which is compatible with the in- stalled seat belts. The extender adds ap- proximately 8 inches (200 mm) of length and may be used for either the driver or front passenger seating position. See your NIS- SAN dealer for assistance if the extender is required.


c Only NISSAN belt extenders, made by the same company which made the original equipment belts, should be used with NISSAN belts.

c Persons who can use the standard seat belt should not use an extender. Such unnecessary use could result in serious personal injury in the event of an accident.



Infants and small children should al- ways be placed in an appropriate child restraint while riding in the vehicle. Failure to use a child restraint can re- sult in serious injury or death. Children and infants should never be carried on your lap. It is not possible for even the strongest adult to resist the forces of a severe accident. The child could be crushed between the adult and parts of the vehicle. Also, do not put the same seat belt around both your child and yourself. In general, child restraints are designed to be in- stalled with a lap belt or the lap portion of a three-point type seat belt. Nissan recommends that the child re- straint be installed in the rear seat. According to accident statistics, chil- dren are safer when properly restrained in the rear seat than in the front seat. An improperly installed child restraint could lead to serious injury or death in an accident.



Child restraints specially designed for in- fants and small children are offered by several manufacturers. When selecting any child restraint, keep the following points in mind: 1) Choose only a restraint with a label cer- tifying that it complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 or Cana- dian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. 2) Check the child restraint in your vehicle to be sure it is compatible with the vehi- cle’s seat belt system.

3) If the child restraint is compatible with your vehicle, place your child in the child restraint and check the various adjust- ments to be sure the child restraint is compatible with your child. Always follow all recommended procedures.


c Never install a rear-facing child re- straint in the front seat. A rear-facing child restraint must only be used in the rear seat. See ‘‘Installation on front passenger seat’’ for details.

c Follow all of the child restraint manu- facturer’s instructions for installa- tion and use. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure to select one which will fit your child and vehicle. It may not be possible to properly install some types of child restraints in your vehicle.

c Improper use of a child restraint can result in increased injuries for both the infant or child and other occu- pants in the vehicle.

c When your child restraint is not in use, keep it secured with a seat belt to prevent it from being thrown for- ward in case of a sudden stop or accident.

c After attaching the child restraint, test it before you place the child in it. Tilt it from side to side. Try to tug it forward and check to see if the belt holds the restraint in place. If the restraint is not secure, tighten the belt as necessary, or put the re- straint in another seat and test it again.


c If the child restraint is not anchored properly, the risk of a child being injured in a collision or a sudden stop greatly increases.

c Adjustable seatbacks should be po- sitioned to fit the child restraint, but as upright as possible.

c Remember that a child restraint left in a closed vehicle can become very hot. Check the seating surface and buckles before placing your child in the child restraint.

c All U.S. states and provinces of Canada require that infants and small children be restrained in ap- proved child restraints at all times while the vehicle is being operated. c For a front-facing child restraint, if the seat position where it is installed has a 3-point type lap/shoulder belt, check to make sure the shoulder belt does not go in front of the child’s face or neck. If it does, put the shoul- der belt behind the child restraint.


c If the seat belt in the position where the child restraint is installed re- quires a locking clip and it is not used, injuries could result from the child restraint tipping over during normal vehicle braking or cornering.



Installation on rear seat Center lap belt Secure the child restraint with the lap belt as illustrated. Remove all slack in the lap belt for a very tight fit by pulling forcefully on the lap belt adjustment.



When you install a child restraint in a rear outboard seat, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the seat. It can be placed in a forward facing or rear facing direction, depending on the size of the child. Always follow the restraint manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child restraint and insert it into the buckle until you hear and feel the latch engage. Be sure to follow the child restraint manu- facturer’s instructions for belt routing.

3. Pull on the shoulder belt until all of the belt is fully extended and a click is heard. At this time, the belt retractor is in the automatic locking mode (child restraint mode). It will revert back to emergency locking mode when the belt is fully re- tracted.

4. Allow the belt to retract. A clicking sound will be heard as the belt retracts. This indicates that the retractor is in the auto- matic locking mode. Pull down on the belt to remove any slack in the belt.



Installation on rear outboard seating positions


c The 3-point belt in your vehicle is equipped with a locking mode re- tractor which must be used when installing a child restraint.

c Failure to do so will result in the child restraint not being properly se- cured. It could tip over or otherwise be unsecured and cause injury to the