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    ForewordWelcome to the growing family of newNISSAN owners. This vehicle is deliveredto you with confidence. It was producedusing the latest techniques and strict qualitycontrol.

    This manual was prepared to help youunderstand the operation and maintenanceof your vehicle so that you may enjoy manymiles of driving pleasure. Please readthrough this manual before operating yourvehicle.

    A separate Warranty Information andMaintenance Log Booklet explains de-tails about the warranties covering yourvehicle and vehicle maintenance sched-

    ules. Additionally, a separate CustomerCare/Lemon Law Booklet will explainhow to resolve any concerns you mayhave with your vehicle, as well as clarifyyour rights under your states lemonlaw.

    Your NISSAN dealership knows your ve-hicle best. When you require any service orhave any questions, they will be glad toassist you with the extensive resourcesavailable to them.

    READ FIRST THEN DRIVE SAFELY

    Before driving your vehicle please read thisowners manual carefully. This will ensurefamiliarity with controls and maintenancerequirements, assisting you in the safe op-

    eration of your vehicle.

    WARNING

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONREMINDERS FOR SAFETY!

    Follow these important driving rules tohelp ensure a safe and complete tripfor you and your passengers!

    NEVER drive under the influence ofalcohol or drugs.

    ALWAYS observe posted speed lim-its and never drive too fast for con-ditions.

    ALWAYS use your seat belts andappropriate child restraint systems.Pre-teen children should be seatedin the rear seat.

    ALWAYS provide information aboutthe proper use of vehicle safety fea-tures to all occupants of the vehicle.

    ALWAYS review this Owners Manual

    for important safety information.

    MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE

    This vehicle should not be modifiedModification could affect its performance, safety or durability, and mayeven violate governmental regulations

    In addition, damage or performanceproblems resulting from modificationsmay not be covered under NISSANwarranties.

    WHEN READING THE MANUAL

    This manual includes information for aoptions available on this model. Thereforeyou may find some information that doe

    not apply to your vehicle.

    All information, specifications and illustrtions in this manual are those in effect at thtime of printing. NISSAN reserves the righto change specifications or design withounotice and without obligation.

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

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

    WARNING

    This is used to indicate the presence ofa hazard that could cause death orserious personal injury. To avoid orreduce the risk, the procedures mustbe followed precisely.

    CAUTION

    This is used to indicate the presence ofa hazard that could cause minor ormoderate personal injury or damage to

    your vehicle. To avoid or reduce therisk, the procedures must be followedcarefully.

    If you see this symbol, it means Do not do

    this or Do not let this happen.

    1998 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INCGARDENA, CALIFORNIA

    All rights reserved. No part of this OwnerManual may be reproduced or stored in retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, oby any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without thprior written permission of Nissan NorAmerica, Inc., Gardena, California.

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

    APD1005

    IMPORTANT INFORMATIONABOUT THIS MANUAL

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    Welcome To The World Of NISSAN

    Your new NISSAN is the result of our dedicationto produce the finest in safe, reliable and eco-nomical transportation. Your vehicle is the prod-uct of a successful worldwide company thatmanufactures cars and trucks in over 17 coun-tries and distributes them in 170 nations.

    NISSAN vehicles are designed and manufac-tured by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which wasfounded in Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and NISSANaffiliates world wide, collectively growing to be-come the fifth largest automaker in the world. Inaddition to cars and trucks, NISSAN also makestextile machinery, forklift trucks, marine engines,boats and other products.

    NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in-vestment in North America, starting with the open-ing of Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A. in 1960 andcontinuing with the production of some cars and

    trucks at one of the worlds most modern manu-facturing facilities, Nissan Motor ManufacturingCorporation U.S.A. in Smyrna, Tennessee, ve-hicle styling at Nissan Design International inSan Diego, California, and engineering at NissanResearch and Development in Farmington Hills,Michigan.

    NISSAN and its dealers employ about 60,000Americans.

    NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to theCanadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its sup-pliers and over 150 dealers employ approxi-mately 4,500 people. These include companyemployees and the staffs of NISSAN dealers all

    across Canada. In addition, many Canadianswork for companies that supply NISSAN andNISSAN dealers with materials and servicesranging from operation of port facilities and trans-

    portation services, to the supply of lubricantparts and accessories.

    NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics ancomputers in automobiles, and has led the indutry in improving both performance and fuel efciency through new engine designs and the usof synthetic materials to reduce vehicle weighThe company has also developed ways to buiquality into its vehicles at each stage of thproduction process, both through extensive usof automation and most importantly through an awareness that people are the cetral element in quality control.

    From the time the parts arrived from our supplieuntil you took delivery of your new NISSAN, doens of checks were made to ensure that only thbest job was being done in producing and deliveing your vehicle. NISSAN also takes great care t

    ensure that when you take your NISSAN to youdealer for maintenance, the service technician wperform his work accordingto the quality standardthat have been established by the factory.

    Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. Ayou know, seat belts are an integral part of thsafety systems that will help protect you and youpassengers in the event of a sudden stop or aaccident. We urge you to use the seat belts evetime you drive the vehicle.

    The NISSAN story of growth and achieveme

    reflects our major goal: to provide you, ocustomer, with a vehicle that is built with qualiand craftsmanship a product that we can bproud to build and you can be proud to own.

    AFW0001

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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 youNISSAN dealer are our primary concerns. Your NISSAN dealer is always available to assist you with all your automobile sales and servicneeds.

    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 con-

    tact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs Depart-

    ment 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 information:

    Your name, address, and telephone

    number

    Vehicle identification number (on dash-

    board)

    Date of purchase

    Current odometer reading

    Your NISSAN dealers name Your comments or questions

    OR

    You can write to NISSAN with the informa-

    tion on the left at:

    For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers

    Nissan North America, Inc.Consumer Affairs DepartmentP.O. Box 191Gardena, California 90248-0191

    For Hawaii customers

    Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii2880 Kilihau St.Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

    For Canada customersNissan Canada Inc.5290 Orbitor DriveMississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5

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

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    Table ofContents

    Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems

    Instruments and controls

    Pre-driving checks and adjustments

    Heater, air conditioner and audio systems

    Starting and driving

    In case of emergency

    Appearance and care

    Do-it-yourself

    Maintenance

    Technical and consumer information

    Index

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    1 Seats, restraints and supplemental airbag systems

    Front seats .............................................................1-2

    Seat adjustment .....................................................1-2

    Head restraints.......................................................1-4

    Rear seat................................................................1-5

    Supplemental restraint system (air bagsystem) ...................................................................1-6

    Supplemental air bag system.................................1-9

    Warning labels......................................................1-11

    Supplemental air bag warni