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Foreword

The inside pages of this manual contain a minimum of 50% recycled fibers, including 10% post-consumer fibers.

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 and Maintenance Log Booklet explains details about the warranties covering your vehicle and vehicle maintenance schedules. 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.

WARNING

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

c ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropriate child restraint

fast for conditions.

systems.

c ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of

vehicle safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.

c ALWAYS review this Owner’s Manual for important safety

information.

© 1996 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA

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

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

All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’s Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of Nissan North America, Inc.

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

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 17 countries and distributes them in 170 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 fifth 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 U.S.A. in 1960 and continuing with the production of some cars and trucks at one of the world’s most

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modern manufacturing facilities, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle styling at Nissan Design International in San Diego, California, and engi- neering at Nissan Research and Development in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. and its dealers indirectly employ about 60,000 Americans.

Nissan is also a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its sup- pliers and over 170 dealers employ approxi- mately 4,500 people. These include company employees and the staffs of Nissan dealers all across Canada. In addition, many Canadians work for companies that supply Nissan and Nis- san dealers with materials and services ranging from the operation of port facilities and transpor- tation services, to the supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.

The inside pages of this manual contain a minimum of 50% recycled fibers, including 10% post-consumer fibers.

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 Nissan. 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.

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NISSAN CUSTOMER CARE PROGRAM

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) 836-0888 (Oahu Number)

For Canada customers

1-800-387-0122

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 U.S.A. Consumer Affairs Department P.O. Box 191 Gardena, California 90248-0191

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.

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INFORMATION ABOUT

IMPORTANT THIS MANUAL You will see various symbols in this manual. They are used in the following ways:

WARNING

This is used to indicate the presence of a hazard that could cause death or serious personal injury. To avoid or reduce the risk, the procedures must be followed precisely.

CAUTION

This is used to indicate the presence of a hazard that could cause minor or moderate personal injury or damage to your vehicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the procedures must be followed carefully.

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If you see this symbol, it means ‘‘Do not do this’’ or ‘‘Do not let this happen.’’

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Contents

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

Index

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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) ...............................1-9 Windshield wiper and washer switch...................1-10 Rear window defogger switch..............................1-11 Headlight and turn signal switch..........................1-12 Daytime running light system (for Canada) .........1-13 Cornering light (if so equipped)............................1-13 Instrument brightness control...............................1-14 Front fog light switch (if so equipped)..................1-14

Hazard warning flasher switch.............................1-14 Cigarette lighter (accessory) and ash tray...........1-15 Cup holder............................................................1-16 Manual windows...................................................1-16 Power windows ....................................................1-17 Automatic power window switch ..........................1-17 Rear power windows............................................1-18 Sunroof (if so equipped).......................................1-18 If the sunroof does not close ...............................1-19 Clock instrument panel (if so equipped) ..............1-20 Interior light...........................................................1-20 Trunk light.............................................................1-21 Spotlight (if so equipped) .....................................1-21

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METERS AND GAUGES

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AIC0523

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SPEEDOMETER AND ODOMETER

TACHOMETER

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AIC0076

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 (r/min).

CAUTION

When engine speed approaches the red zone, shift to a higher gear. Oper- ating the engine in the red zone may cause serious engine damage.

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ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE GAUGE AND FUEL GAUGE

AIC0077

Engine coolant temperature gauge The gauge indicates the engine coolant temperature. The engine coolant temperature varies with the outside air temperature and driving con- ditions.

CAUTION

If the gauge indicates engine coolant temperature over the normal range, stop the vehicle as soon as safely pos- sible. If the engine is overheated, con- tinued operation of the vehicle 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 down hills. The gauge needle remains in approximately the same position even when the ignition key is turned to OFF. light comes on when the The indicator amount of fuel in the tank is getting low. Refill the fuel tank before the gauge registers Empty (E).

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WARNING/INDICATOR LIGHTS AND CHIMES

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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

Charge warning light

Door open warning light

or

or

Anti-lock brake warning light

Supplemental air bag warning light

Overdrive off indicator light

Rear window defogger indicator 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 come on:

,

or

,

,

or

,

The following lights come on briefly and then go off: or

,

,

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. 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.

CAUTION

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