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

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 per- formance problems resulting from modifications may not be covered un- der NISSAN warranties.

FOREWORD

READ FIRST(cid:151)THEN DRIVE SAFELY

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 under- stand the operation and maintenance of your vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome- ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this manual before operating your vehicle. A separate Warranty Information Booklet explains details about the warranties cov- ering your vehicle. The (cid:147)NISSAN Service and Maintenance Guide(cid:148) explains details about maintaining and servicing your ve- hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer Care/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will explain how to resolve any concerns you may have with your vehicle, as well as clarify your rights under your state(cid:146)s lemon law. Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle best. When you require any service or have any questions, they will be glad to assist you with the extensive resources available to them.

Before driving your vehicle please read this Own- er(cid:146)s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarity with controls and maintenance requirements, as- sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle.

WARNING

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE- MINDERS FOR SAFETY! Follow these important driving rules to help ensure a safe and complete trip for you and your passengers! c NEVER drive under the influence of al-

cohol or drugs.

c ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too fast for conditions. c ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro- priate child restraint systems. Preteen children should be seated in the rear seat.

c ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of vehicle safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.

c ALWAYS review this owner(cid:146)s manual for

important safety information.

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WHEN READING THE MANUAL

This manual includes information for all options available on this model. Therefore, you may find some information that does not apply to your vehicle. 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 with- out obligation. IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT 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 moder- ate personal injury or damage to your ve- hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro- cedures must be followed carefully.

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

CALIFORNIA PROPOSITION 65 WARNING

WARNING

Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, and certain vehicle components contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth de- fects or other reproductive harm. In addi- tion, certain fluids contained in vehicles and certain products of component wear contain or emit chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

' 2003 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

GARDENA, CALIFORNIA

All rights reserved. No part of this Owner(cid:146)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., Gar- dena, California.

APD1005 If you see this symbol, it means (cid:147)Do not do this(cid:148) or (cid:147)Do not let this happen.(cid:148)

If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra- tion, it means the arrow points to the front of the vehicle.

Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these indicate movement or action.

Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these call attention to an item in the illustration.

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF NISSAN

NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics and com- puters in automobiles, and has led the industry in improving both performance and fuel efficiency through new engine designs and the use of syn- thetic materials to reduce vehicle weight. The com- pany has also developed ways to build quality into its vehicles at each stage of the production process, both through extensive use of automation and (cid:151) most importantly (cid:151) through an awareness that people are the central element in quality control. From the time the parts arrived from our suppliers 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 technician 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 passen- gers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident. We urge you to use the seat belts every time you drive the vehicle. The NISSAN story of growth and achievement re- flects our major goal: to provide you, our customer, with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman- ship (cid:151) a product that we can be proud to build and you can be proud to own.

Your new NISSAN is the result of our dedication to produce the finest in safe, reliable and economical transportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc- cessful worldwide company that manufactures 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 forklift trucks, marine engines, boats and other diversified products. NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in- vestment in North America. NISSAN(cid:146)s commitment is over $6 billion dollars in capital investments in facilities across the continent. Some of the facilities include the Nissan Manufacturing facilities in Can- ton, Mississippi and in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehicle

WFW0002 styling design at Nissan Design America, Inc. in San Diego, California, and engineering at Nissan Tech- nical Center North America in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN employs more than 21,000 people throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. An additional 60,000 people work for the 1,250 NISSAN and INFINITI dealers across North America. NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to the Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its suppli- ers and over 150 dealers employ approximately 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 NISSAN dealers with ma- terials and services ranging from the operation of port facilities and transportation services, to the supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.

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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 ques- tions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs Department using our toll-free number: For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers

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

For Hawaii customers

1-808-836-0888 (Oahu Number)

For Canadian customers

1-800-387-0122

The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the following information: (cid:150) Your name, address, and telephone number

(cid:150) Vehicle identification number (attached to the top of the instrument panel on the driver(cid:146)s side)

(cid:150) Date of purchase

(cid:150) Current odometer reading

(cid:150) Your NISSAN dealer(cid:146)s name

(cid:150) Your comments or questions

OR

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

Nissan North America, Inc. 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 Canadian customers

Nissan Canada Inc. 5290 Orbitor Drive Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5

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

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Table of Contents

Illustrated table of contents

Safety(cid:151)Seats, seat belts and supplemental air bags

Instruments and controls

Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Heater, air conditioner and audio systems

Starting and driving

In case of emergency

Appearance and care

Maintenance and do-it-yourself

Technical and consumer information

Index

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2

3

4

5

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0 Illustrated table of contents

Airbags, seat belts and child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2 Exterior front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-3 Exterior rear. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4 Passenger compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-5

Instrument panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6 Engine compartment locations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8 Warning/indicator lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10

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AIRBAGS, SEAT BELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINTS

1.

2.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

8.

Supplemental front impact air bags (P. 1-8) Supplemental curtain side-impact air bag (if so equipped) (P. 1-8) Front head restraint (P. 1-7) Rear seat belts (P. 1-22) Top tether anchor point (P. 1-38) Rear head restraint (P. 1-7) LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) (P. 1-37) Supplemental side impact air bag (if so equipped) (P. 1-8) Front seat belts (P. 1-22)

9. 10. Seat belt pretensioners (P. 1-19) 11. Seats (P. 1-2) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

0-2 Illustrated table of contents

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EXTERIOR FRONT

Engine hood (P. 3-10)

1. 2. Headlight and turn signal switch

(P. 2-18) Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30)

3. 4. Windshield wiper and washer switch

(P. 2-16)

5. Windshield (P. 8-24) 6. 7.

Power windows (P. 2-32) Door locks, keyfob, keys (P. 3-3, 3-5, 3-2) 8. Mirrors (P. 3-16) 9. 10. Flat tire (P. 6-2) 11. Tire chains (P. 8-40) 12. Fog light switch (if so equipped)

Tire pressure (P. 9-11)

(P. 2-22)

13. Tie down/towing hooks (P. 6-11) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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EXTERIOR REAR

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Rear window defroster switch (P. 2-17) Trunk lid (P. 3-11) Vehicle loading (P.9-12) Interior trunk lid release (P. 3-12) Replacing bulbs (P. 8-30) Fuel filler cap, fuel recommendation (P. 3-13, P. 9-23) Fuel filler lid (P. 3-13)

7. 8. Child safety locks (P. 3-5) See the page number indicated in paren- theses for operating details.

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PASSENGER COMPARTMENT

1. Glove box (P. 2-29)

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