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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 has been 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 driving rules to help ensure a safe and complete trip for you and your passengers † NEVER drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. † ALWAYS observe posted speed limits and never drive too † ALWAYS use your seat belts and appropriate child restraint † ALWAYS provide information about the proper use of vehicle † ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for important safety

safety features to all occupants of the vehicle.

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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. For descriptions specified for 4-wheel drive models, a is placed at the beginning of the applicable sections/items. As with other vehicles with features for off-road use, failure to operate 4-wheel drive models correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. Be sure to read ‘‘Driving 4-Wheel Drive Safely’’ in the ‘‘Starting and driving’’ section of this manual.


ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING This vehicle will handle and maneuver differently from an ordinary passenger car because it has a higher center of gravity for off-road use. As with other vehicles with features of this type, failure to operate this vehicle correctly may result in loss of control or an accident. Be sure to read “On-pavement and off-road driving precautions” and ‘‘Avoiding collision and rollover’’ in the “Starting and driving” section of this manual.

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 modification 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.



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.


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, fork-lift 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


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 operation of port facilities and transportation 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 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, 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 our (NISSAN’s) Consumer Affairs De- partment 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


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.



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 (If so equipped) .............................. 1-3
Engine coolant temperature gauge .................... 1-4
Fuel gauge ......................................................... 1-4
Instrument cluster clock (If so equipped) ........... 1-5
Warning/indicator lights and chimes .................. 1-6
Headlight and turn signal switch ...................... 1-10
Windshield wiper and washer switch ............... 1-11
Instrument brightness control ........................... 1-12
Hazard warning flasher switch ......................... 1-12
Cigarette lighter (accessory) and ash tray ....... 1-13
Cup holder (If so equipped) ............................. 1-13
............................. 1-14
Interior light and cargo light Map light (If so equipped) ................................ 1-14
Manual window ................................................. 1-15
Power window (If so equipped) ........................ 1-15
Rear sliding window (If so equipped) ............... 1-16
Opera window (If so equipped) ........................ 1-17
Sunroof (If so equipped) .................................. 1-17







TACHOMETER (If so equipped)

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 knob.

The tachometer indicates engine speed in revolutions per minute (r/min).


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.








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.


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


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. Refill the fuel tank before the gauge registers E.



Resetting the time To reset the time to the time signal, push the adjust knob. For example, if the adjust knob is depressed while the time is between 8:00 and 8:29, the display resets to 8:00. If depressed while it is between 8:30 and 8:59, the display resets to 9:00. Once the power supply is disconnected, the clock starts to operate from the time 1:00. It may be necessary to adjust the time.



The digital clock displays time regardless of ignition switch position. When the ignition key is in the ACC or ON position, the clock illuminates. Adjusting the time Turn the adjust knob counterclockwise to advance the hour display. Turn the adjust knob clockwise to advance the minute display.




Turn signal/hazard indicator lights

Low washer fluid warning light

Supplemental air bag warning light


Brake warning light

4-wheel drive indicator light

High beam indicator light

‘‘CRUISE’’ indicator light

Seat belt reminder light and chime

Overdrive off indicator light

Engine oil pressure warning light

Door open warning light

Charge warning light

Malfunction indicator light

Low fuel warning light


Rear anti-lock brake warning light

Checking bulbs Apply the parking brake and turn the ignition key to ON without starting the engine. The following lights 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.

Turn signal/hazard indicator lights

These lights flash when the turn signal switch or hazard switch is turned on.




Brake warning light

functions for both the parking

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 prake 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 operations’’ 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 when the engine stops and/or has a low brake fluid level may increase your stop- ping distance and require greater pedal effort as well as pedal travel.

High beam indicator light

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

Seat belt reminder light and chime

The light and chime remind you to fasten your seat belts. If the driver’s seat belt is NOT securely fastened when the ignition key is turned to ON or START, the chime sounds five times and the light illuminates. Supplemental air bag warn- ing light

When the ignition key is in the ON or START position, the supplemental air bag light illu- minates for about 7 seconds and then turns off. This means the system is operational. If any of the following conditions occur, the


supplemental air bag needs servicing and your vehicle must be taken to your nearest authorized NISSAN dealer: 1. The supplemental air bag light does not come on and remain 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.

Unless checked and repaired, the Supple- mental Restraint System (Supplemental air bag system) may not function properly. For additional details on the Supplemental Re- straint System (Supplemental air bag sys- tem), see the ‘‘Pre-driving checks and ad- justments’’ section.

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.


Running the engine with the oil pres- sure warning light on could cause seri- ous damage to the engine.

Charge warning light

If the light comes on while the engine is running, it may indicate something wrong with the charging system. Turn the engine off and check the alternator 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.

Low fuel warning light (If so equipped)

This light comes on when the fuel in the tank is getting low. Refuel as soon as it is con-

venient, preferably before the fuel gauge reaches E. There should be a small reserve of fuel remaining in the tank when the fuel gauge needle reaches E.

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 ‘‘Window washer fluid’’ in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself operations’’ section.

4-wheel drive indicator light This light comes on when the transfer shift control lever is in the 4H or 4L position.

CRUISE indicator light (If so equipped)

The light comes on while the vehicle speed is controlled by the cruise control system. If the light flickers while the engine is run- ning, it may indicate something wrong with the cruise control system. Have the system checked by your NISSAN dealer.



Rear anti-lock brake warning light

If the light comes on while the engine is running, it may indicate something wrong with the rear anti-lock brake system. Have the system checked by your NISSAN dealer. If an abnormality occurs in the system, the rear anti-lock function ceases but the ordi- nary brakes continue to operate normally. If the light comes on while you are driving, contact your NISSAN dealer for repair.

The rear anti-lock brake system may only be effective when driving in the 2-wheel drive mode. When driving in the 4-wheel drive mode, if the front wheels lock, the rear wheels also lock. If this happens, the rear anti-lock brake system may stop functioning but the ordinary brakes operate normally. The warning light then comes on. The above condition is not a mal- function and the rear anti-lock brake system recovers if the engine is started again. The warning light then goes off. For further de- scription of the rear anti-lock brake system, refer to ‘‘Rear anti-lock brake system’’ in the ‘‘Starting and driving’’ section.


Overdrive off indicator light (If so equipped)

This light comes on when the overdrive switch is pushed to the OFF position. Key reminder chime The chime sounds when the driver side door is opened if the key is left in the ignition switch. Take the ignition key when you leave the vehicle. Light reminder chime A chime sounds if is opened with the light switch on unless the ignition key is in the ON position. Turn the light switch off when you leave the vehicle. Brake pad wear warning The disc brake pads have audible wear warnings. When a brake pad requires re- placement, it makes a high pitched scraping sound when the vehicle is in motion whether or not the brake pedal is depressed. Have the brakes checked as soon as possible if the warning sound is heard.

the driver’s door

Malfunction indicator (MIL)


If the Malfunction indicator light comes on

steady or blinks while the engine is running, it may indicate a potential emission control problem. The Malfunction indicator light will come on in one of two ways: c Malfunction indicator light on steady - An emission control system malfunction has been detected. Have the vehicle in- spected by an authorized NISSAN dealer. You do not need to have your vehicle towed to the dealer.

c Malfunction indicator light blinking - An engine misfire has been detected which may damage the emission control sys- tem. To reduce or avoid emission control system damage: c do not drive at speeds above 45 MPH

(72 km/h).


c avoid hard acceleration or decelera-

c avoid steep uphill grades. c if possible, reduce the amount of cargo

being hauled or towed.

The malfunction indicator light may stop blinking and come on steady. Have the vehicle inspected by an autho- rized NISSAN dealer. You do not need to


have your vehicle towed to the dealer.


c Continued vehicle operation without having the emission control 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.

Some conditions may cause the malfunction indicator light to come on steady or blink. Examples are as follows: c vehicle ran out of fuel, which caused the

engine to misfire.

c fuel filler cap was left off or improperly installed, allowing fuel to evaporate into the atmosphere.

If you suspect that you experienced one or both of the above conditions, drive the ve- hicle to an authorized NISSAN dealer and have the vehicle inspected. Avoid any un- necessary diagnosis during the service by informing the dealer of the conditions listed above that may have cccurred.





license plate and

Lighting Turn the switch to the The side marker, instrument lights come on. Turn the switch to the Headlights 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.



DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHT SYSTEM (Canada only) The headlights automatically illuminate at a reduced intensity when the engine is started with the parking brake released. The day- time running lights operate with the head- light switch in the ‘‘OFF’’ position or in the position. Turn the headlight switch to the position for full illumination when the parking brake is driving at night. applied before the engine is started, the daytime running lights do not illuminate. The daytime running lights illuminate once the parking brake is released. The daytime run-



ning lights will remain on until the ignition switch is turned off.


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 turns on the headlight high beam. Turn signal Move the lever up or down to signal the turning direction. When the turn is com- pleted, the turn signal cancels automati- cally. Lane change signal To indicate a lane change, move the lever up or down to the point where the indicator light begins to flash, but the lever does not latch.




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.

The ignition switch must be in the ACC or ON position for the wipers or washer to be activated. Push the lever down to operate the wipers, and pull the lever toward you to operate the washer. Operating the washer automatically cycles the wipers several times. Intermittent wiper operation can be adjusted from 4 to 12 seconds by turning the time control knob (Type 2 only).



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.







The instrument brightness control operates when the light switch is in the or


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

Turn the control to adjust the brightness of the instrument panel lights.


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

c Do not use the hazard warning flash- ers while moving on the highway unless unusual circumstances force you to drive so slowly that your ve- hicle might become 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 hazard warning flasher lights are on.

The flasher can be actuated with the ignition switch in any position.




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


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 element is an acces- sory. A genuine NISSAN cigarette lighter or equivalent can be purchased from your lo- cal 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 springs out. Return the lighter to its original position after use.

CUP HOLDER (If so equipped)



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

c The cup holder should not be used while driving in order that full atten- tion may be given to the driving operation.




MAP LIGHT (If so equipped)


c When the switch is in the center j or DOOR position, the interior light illumi- nates by opening the doors.

c When the switch is in the ON position, the interior light illuminates whether any door is opened or closed.

Cargo light operation On King Cab models, the light can be used as a cargo light by simply pulling the light down. This light is convenient at night when loading cargo. For further information regarding personal light bulb replacement, refer to “Bulb re- placement” in the ‘‘Do-it-yourself opera- tions’’ section. NOTE: Leaving the interior light switch in the ON position for extended periods of time will result in a discharged battery.




The interior light has a three-position switch and operates regardless of ignition key position. c When the switch is in the OFF position, the interior light does not illuminate, re- gardless of door position.


POWER WINDOW (If so equipped)




The passenger switch opens or closes the passenger’s window. To open or close the window, hold the switch down.

The side windows can be opened or closed by turning the hand crank on each door. To open the window, turn the crank counter- clockwise. To close the window, turn the crank clockwise.

The power window operates when the igni- tion key is ON. To open or close the window, press the switch and hold it down. The main switch (driver’s switches) also opens or closes the passenger side window. Locking passenger’s window When the lock button is pushed in, only the driver side window can be opened or closed. Push it in again to cancel.



REAR SLIDING WINDOW (If so equipped)


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 may inadvert- ently activate switches.

Pull the lever up to unlock, then slide the window open.



POWER WINDOW AUTOMATIC SWITCH To fully open the driver side window, com- pletely press down the switch and release it; it need not be held. The window automati- cally opens all the way. To stop the window, just press the opposite side of the switch. A light press on the switch causes the window to open while the switch is pressed.



OPERA WINDOW (If so equipped)

SUNROOF (If so equipped)

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.



Tilting up Pull the handle down, then push the handle up to the fully tilted position.


c While closing the sunroof, be ex- tremely careful not to have any part of your body in the sunroof opening. c Do not stand up or extend any por- tion of your body out of the opening while driving.





Closing Pull the handle forward to unlock, then push the handle up completely.

Removing the sunshade 1. Turn each knob counterclockwise while

lifting the sunshade upward.

2. Slide the shade backward to remove it. Installing the sunshade 1. Insert two hooks on front edge of sun-

shade into holders on the roof.

2. Align two bolts on rear edge of sunshade with lock nuts, then securely tighten the bolts.

Do not remove or install the sunshade while driving.





5. Slide the sunroof to the left and remove

the roof.

Do not remove the roof while driving.

Removing the sunroof 1. Remove the sunshade before removing

the sunroof. 2. Tilt the roof. 3. Push the knob located on each end of the handle and push the roof upwards to disengage the handle linkage.

4. Pull the sunroof up from outside of the vehicle until it is perpendicular to the roof panel.

Installing the roof 1. While placing the sunroof perpendicular to the roof panel, position the sunroof and engage the retainer with the hinge. 2. Slide the roof to the right until the red

mark on the hinge disappears.

3. Carefully lower the panel, making sure it

is in line with the roof opening.

4. Engage the handle linkage. Be sure the sunroof stalled.

is securely in-




2 Pre-driving checks and adjustments

Key ..................................................................... 2-2
Door locks .......................................................... 2-2
Hood release ...................................................... 2-4
Glove box lock (If so equipped) ......................... 2-4
Fuel filler cap ...................................................... 2-5
Tailgate latch ...................................................... 2-5
Tie down hook .................................................... 2-7
Front separate seats ............................................ 2-8
....................................................... 2-10
Bench seat Jump seat ......................................................... 2-11
Supplemental restraint system (Supplemental air bag system) ........................ 2-12
Supplemental air bag system ........................... 2-13
Warning labels .................................................. 2-15
Supplemental air bag warning light .................. 2-15
Seat belts ......................................................... 2-17
Child restraints for infants and small children .. 2-22
Tilting steering wheel (If so equipped) ............. 2-26
Outside mirror remote control (If so equipped) . 2-26
Outside mirrors ................................................. 2-26
..................................................... 2-27
Inside mirror Vanity mirror (If so equipped) .......................... 2-27







A key number plate is supplied with your key. Record the key number found on the key number plate and keep it in a safe place (such as your wallet), NOT IN THE CAR. If you lose your keys, see your NISSAN dealer for duplicates by using the key num- ber. 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 locksmith shop.

Locking doors with key To lock the door, turn the key towards the back of the vehicle. To unlock, turn it to- wards the front. On power door lock equipped models, lock- ing the driver’s door simultaneously locks the passenger’s door.

Locking doors without key To lock from the outside without a key, push the inside lock knob to the lock position, then close the door. When locking the door this way, be certain not to leave the key inside the vehicle.


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 unintention- ally opening the doors, and will help keep out intruders.

c Pushing the driver’s inside lock knob down locks both doors. Pulling the lock knob up unlocks both doors.


c Before opening the door, always look for and avoid oncoming traffic. c Do not leave children unattended in If an emergency it will be difficult to help

a locked vehicle. occurs, them.


POWER DOOR LOCK (If so equipped) The power door lock system allows you to lock or unlock both doors simultaneously. c Pressing the door lock/unlock button to- ward the rear of the vehicle locks both doors. Pressing the same button toward the front of the vehicle unlocks both doors.

c Turning the driver’s door key toward the front of the vehicle unlocks both doors. Turning the key toward the back of the vehicle locks both doors.




GLOVE BOX LOCK (If so equipped)

1. Pull the hood lock release handle located the hood

below the instrument panel; then springs up slightly.

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

3. Insert the assist bar into the slot in the

front edge of the hood.

The glove box may be opened by turning the key as shown.

4. When closing the hood, reset the assist bar to its original position, then slowly close the hood and make sure it locks into place.


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








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 MIL may come on.


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

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 vehicle body, flush it away with water to avoid paint damage.



Opening the tailgate Pull the tailgate handle upward and lower the tailgate. The support stays hold the gate open. When closing the tailgate, make sure the latches are securely locked.


c Do not allow people to ride in any area of your vehicle that is not equipped with seats and seat belts c Be sure everyone in your vehicle is in a seat and using a seat belt properly.


To open the tailgate down to the lowest position, lift the tailgate to an angle of about 45°, then release the stays. Do not drive the vehicle with the tailgate down.


c It is extremely dangerous to ride in a cargo area inside of a vehicle. In a collision, people riding in these ar- eas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed.


Removing the tailgate 1. Release the tailgate stays. 2. Hold the tailgate at an angle of 45 de-

grees to the horizontal.

3. Pull the tailgate out from the left side


4. Remove the tailgate from the right side



The tailgate is heavy. Be careful not to drop it during removal.





Tie down hooks are provided on the vehicle for your convenience. c The weight of the cargo load must be evenly distributed over both the front and rear axles.

c All cargo should be securely fastened with ropes or straps to prevent it from shifting or sliding within the vehicle.






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 seat to make sure it is securely locked. c The seatback should not be reclined any more than needed for comfort. Seat belts are most effective when the passenger and

sits well


straight up in the seat. If the seat is reclined, the risk of sliding under the lap belt and being injured is increased.

s1 Forward and backward Pull the lever up and hold it while you slide the seat forward or backward to the desired position. Release the lever to lock the seat in position. s2 Reclining Pull the desired angle is obtained. To bring the seat

the lever up and lean back until



forward, pull the lever up and lean your body forward. The seatback moves forward. Re- lease the lever to lock the seatback in position. s3 Seat lifter (driver’s side only) Pull the lever up and adjust the angle of the seat to the desired position. Release the lever to lock the seat in position. s4 Lumbar support Turn the lever forward or backward to adjust the seat lumbar area.


NOTE: The head restraints on the bench-type seats are not adjustable.


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


Head restraints should be adjusted properly as they may provide signifi- cant protection against whiplash injury. Do not remove them. Check the adjust- ment after someone else uses the seat.


TILTING FRONT SEPARATE SEAT The front passenger seat can be tilted to make it easier for the jump seat passengers to get in and out. To tilt the seatback, pull the reclining lever up or pull the tilt lever. The seat automati- cally moves forward. To return the seat, push the seatback up and move the whole seat backward until it locks.


After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked.




Forward and Backward Pull the lever up and hold it while you slide the seat forward or backward to the desired position. Release the lever to lock the seat in position.




c Do not adjust the bench 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.


TILTING BENCH SEAT The bench seat can be tilted to make it easier to remove the jacking tools from the storage area. To tilt the seatback, push the tilting lever




downward. The seatback automatically moves forward.


After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to make sure it is securely locked.

NOTE: The head restraints on the bench-type seats are not adjustable.


Detach the strap and pull down the folded jump seat.


c Do not use a child restraint system

on the jump seat.

c When folding the jump seat, be care- ful not to squeeze your finger be- tween the seat cushion and the body side.




The seat belts and the supplemental air bag are most effective when you are sitting back and upright in the seat. Supplemental 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.

SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SUPPLEMENTAL AIR BAG SYSTEM) This Supplemental Restraint System sec- tion contains important information concern- ing the driver supplemental air bag. The Supplemental Restraint System Air Bag can help reduce impact force to the driver in certain frontal collisions. The supplemental air bag is designed to supplement the crash protection provided by the seat belt and is not a substitute for it. The seat belt should always be correctly worn and the driver seated a suitable distance from the steering wheel. (See ‘‘Seat belts’’ later in this section for instructions and precautions on seat belt usage.) The supplemental air bag operates only when the ignition switch is in the ON or START position.


The supplemental air bag 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 driver supplemental air bag is located in the center of the steering wheel. There is no supplemental air bag on the passenger side. The supplemental air bag system is designed to inflate in higher severity frontal 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 supplemental air bag operation. When the supplemental air bag inflates, a fairly loud noise may be heard, followed by the release of smoke. This smoke is not


harmful and does not indicate a fire, but care should be taken not to unintentionally inhale it, as it may cause irritation and choking. Those with a history of breathing trouble should get fresh air promptly. The supplemental air bag, along with the use of the seat belt, helps to cushion the impact force on the face and chest of the occupant. They can help save lives and reduce serious injuries. However, an inflat- ing supplemental air bag may cause facial abrasions or other injuries. A supplemental air bag does not provide restraint to the lower body.


The seat belt should be correctly worn and the driver seated upright as far as practical away from the steering wheel. Since the supplemental air bag inflates quickly in or- der to help protect the occupant, the force of the supplemental air bag inflating can in- crease the risk of injury if the occupant is too close to or against the supplemental air bag module during inflation. The supplemental air bag deflates quickly after a collision. The supplemental air bag operates 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 dam- age to the supplemental air bag system.


c SRS wiring harnesses are covered with yellow insulation either just be- fore the harness connectors or over the complete harness for easy iden- tification.

c Tampering with the supplemental air bag system may result in serious personal injury. Tampering includes changes to the steering wheel by placing material over the steering wheel pad or by installing additional trim material around the supplemen- tal air bag system.

c Do not attach any objects to the steering wheel pad. Also, do not place any objects between any occu- pant and the steering wheel. Such objects may become dangerous pro- jectiles and cause injury if the supplemental 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.





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



The supplemental air bag light, displaying AIR BAG in the instrument panel, monitors the circuits of the supplemental air bag. The circuits monitored by the supplemental air bag light are the diagnosis sensor unit, the supplemental air bag module and all related wiring. When the ignition key is in the ON or START position, the supplemental air bag warning light illuminates for about 7 seconds and then turns off. This means the system is operational. If any of the following conditions occur, the supplemental air bag needs servicing and




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

should be taken to your nearest authorized NISSAN dealer: 1. The supplemental air bag light does not come on and remain 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 does not operate properly. It must be checked and repaired. 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 remains illumi- nated after inflation has occurred. Repair and replacement of the supplemental air bag system should be done only by an authorized NISSAN dealer. the To ensure long-term functioning, system must be inspected 10 years after the date of manufacture 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 must always be in the LOCK position when working under the hood or inside the vehicle.


c Once the supplemental air bag in- the supplemental air bag flates, module will not function again and must be replaced. The supplemental air bag module cannot be repaired. 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 if the supplemental air bag has inflated.

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




PRECAUTIONS ON SEAT BELT USAGE Your chances of being injured in an acci- dent and/or the severity of injury may be greatly reduced if you are wearing your seat belt and it is properly adjusted. NISSAN strongly encourages you and all of your passengers to buckle up every time you drive, even if your seating position includes an supplemental air bag. Some states, provinces or territories may specify 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 reduces the effectiveness of the entire 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.

c Never allow anyone to ride in the cargo area or in a slide-in camper or other type cargo area cover while the vehicle is in motion. These areas do not contain seat belts. It is not de- signed for passengers. They could be injured in sudden braking or collision.

c If the seat belt warning lamp glows continuously while the ignition is turned ON with all doors closed and all seat belts fastened, it may indi- cate a malfunction in the system. Have the system checked by your NISSAN dealer.

c Be sure to observe the following cautions when using seat belts. Fail- ure to do so could increase the chance and/or severity of injury in an accident.

c Always route the shoulder belt over your outer 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 for more information.) 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 seated in child restraints that comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. You should choose a child restraint which fits your vehicle and always follow the manufacturer’s instruc- tions for installation and use. Children Children who are too large for child restraint should be seated and restrained by the seat belts which are provided. 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 the shoulder 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, depending on the injury. Check with your doctor for specific recom- mendations.





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

Fastening the belts 1. Adjust the seat.


The seatback should not be reclined any more than needed for comfort. Seat


belts are most effective when the pas- senger sits well back and straight up in the seat. If the seat is reclined, the risk of sliding under the lap belt and being injured is increased.

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 permits the belt to move, and allows you some freedom of move- ment 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 seat passenger side seat belt has a cinching mechanism for child seat instal- lation. is referred to as the automatic locking mode.



When the cinching mechanism is activated the seat belt cannot be withdrawn again until the seat belt tongue is detached from the buckle and fully retracted. Refer to ‘‘Child restraints for infants and small chil- dren’’ later in this section for more informa- tion.


The automatic locking mode should be used only for child seat installation. During normal seat belt use by a pas- senger, the locking mode should not be activated. If it is activated it may cause uncomfortable seat belt tension.

Unfastening the belts To unfasten the belt, press the button on the buckle. The seat belt automatically retracts. Checking seat belt operation Seat belt retractors are designed to lock belt movement by 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 the 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 question about belt operation, see your NISSAN dealer. Replacing front seat belt (3-point type only) The front seat belts are shock absorber types. Replace the belt when the loop has been pulled out and ‘‘REPLACE BELT’’ is visible. This indicator means the seat belt has been overstressed.



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

2-POINT TYPE WITHOUT RETRACTOR (Center of bench seat) The center seat belt buckle and tongue are identified by the CENTER mark. The center seat belt tongue can be fastened only into the center seat belt buckle. Fastening the belts 1. Insert the tongue into the buckle until it




pets. Then brush, wipe with a cloth and allow it to dry in the shade. Do not allow the belts to retract until they are com- pletely 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 right passenger seating position. See your NIS- SAN dealer for assistance if the extender is required.



3. Position the lap belt low on the hips as


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

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.

SEAT BELT MAINTENANCE c To clean the belt webbings, apply a mild soap solution or any solution recom- mended for cleaning upholstery or car-





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 de- signed to be installed with a lap belt or the lap portion of a three-point type seat belt. 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 of the recommended procedures.


c Do not install a child restraint in the jump seats (King Cab model). These seats are not suitable for child re- straint installation.

c Follow all of

the child restraint manufacturer’s instructions for in- stallation and use. When purchasing a child restraint, be sure to select one which will fit your child and vehicle as 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 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 an approved child restraint at all times while the vehicle is being operated. 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 restraint 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 For a front

facing child restraint, 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.


INSTALLATION ON FRONT PASSENGER SEAT (3-point type with retractor)


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 use the retractor’s locking mode will result in the child restraint not being properly secured. The re- straint could tip over or otherwise be unsecured and cause injury to the child in a sudden stop or collision.

If you choose to install a child restraint, follow these steps: 1. Position the child restraint on the front passenger seat. It can be placed in a forward facing or rear facing direction, depending on the size of the child. Al- ways follow the restraint manufacturer’s instructions.

2. Route the seat belt tongue through the child restraint and insert the belt tongue into the buckle until you hear and feel the latch engage.