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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 (kilometers) of driving pleasure.Please read through this manual beforeoperating your vehicle.A separate Warranty Information Book-let explains details about the warrantiescovering your vehicle. The NISSANService and Maintenance Guide ex-plains details about maintaining andservicing your vehicle. Additionally, aseparate Customer Care/Lemon LawBooklet (U.S. only) will explain how toresolve any concerns you may have withyour vehicle, as well as clarify yourrights under your states lemon law.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 SAFELYBefore 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.

    WARNINGIMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATIONREMINDERS FOR SAFETY!Follow these important driving rules tohelp ensure a safe and comfortable tripfor you and your passengers! NEVER drive under the influence of

    alcohol 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 manualfor important safety information.

    MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLEThis vehicle should not be modified.Modification could affect its perfor-mance, safety or durability, and mayeven violate governmental regulations.In addition, damage or performanceproblems resulting from modificationsmay not be covered under NISSANwarranties.

    WHEN READING THE MANUALThis manual includes information for alloptions available on this model. Therefore,you may find some information that doesnot apply to your vehicle.

    All information, specifications and illustra-tions in this manual are those in effect at thetime of printing. NISSAN reserves the rightto change specifications or design withoutnotice 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:

    WARNINGThis 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.

    CAUTIONThis is used to indicate the presence ofa hazard that could cause minor ormoderate personal injury or damage toyour vehicle. To avoid or reduce therisk, the procedures must be followedcarefully.

    If you see this symbol, it means Do not dothis or Do not let this happen.


    WARNINGEngine Exhaust, some of its constitu-ents, and certain vehicle componentscontain or emit chemicals known toState of California to cause cancer andbirth defects or other reproductiveharm.


    All rights reserved. No part of this OwnersManual may be reproduced or stored in aretrieval system, or transmitted in any form, orby any means, electronic, mechanical, photo-copying, recording or otherwise, without theprior written permission of Nissan NorthAmerica, Inc., Gardena, California.

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



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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 makesforklift trucks, marine engines, boats and otherdiversified products.NISSAN has made a substantial and growinginvestment in North America. NISSANs commit-ment is nearly $4 billion dollars in capital invest-ments in facilities across the continent.

    Some of the facilities include the Nissan Manu-facturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee, vehiclestyling design at Nissan Design America, Inc. inSan Diego, California, and engineering at NissanTechnical Center North America in FarmingtonHills, Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN employsnearly 18,000 people throughout the UnitedStates, Canada, and Mexico. An additional71,000 people work for the 1,500 NISSAN andINFINITI dealers across North America.NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to theCanadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its sup-pliers and over 140 dealers employ approxi-mately 4,500 people. These include companyemployees and the staffs of NISSAN dealers allacross 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 lubricants,parts and accessories.NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics andcomputers in automobiles, and has led the indus-try in improving both performance and fuel effi-ciency through new engine designs and the useof synthetic materials to reduce vehicle weight.The company has also developed ways to buildquality into its vehicles at each stage of theproduction process, both through extensive useof 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 onlythe best job was being done in producing anddelivering your vehicle. NISSAN also takes greatcare to ensure that when you take your NISSANto your dealer for maintenance, the service tech-nician will perform his work according to thequality standards that have been established bythe factory.Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. Asyou know, seat belts are an integral part of thesafety systems that will help protect you and yourpassengers in the event of a sudden stop or anaccident. We urge you to use the seat belts everytime you drive the vehicle.The NISSAN story of growth and achievementreflects our major goal: to provide you, ourcustomer, with a vehicle that is built with qualityand craftsmanship a product that we can beproud to build and you can be proud to own.


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

    However, if there is something that yourNISSAN dealer cannot assist you with oryou would like to provide NISSAN directlywith comments or questions, please con-tact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs Depart-ment using our toll-free number:For U.S. mainland and Alaskacustomers


    For Hawaii customers(808) 836-0888 (Oahu Number)

    For CANADIAN customers1-800-387-0122

    The Consumer Affairs Department will askfor the following information: Your name, address, and telephone

    number Vehicle identification number (attached

    to the top of the instrument panel on thedrivers side)

    Date of purchase Current odometer reading Your NISSAN dealers name Your comments or questionsORYou can write to NISSAN with the informa-tion on the left at:

    For U.S. mainland and Alaska custom-ers

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

    For Hawaii customersNissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii2880 Kilihau St.Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

    For Canadian 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

    Maintenance and do-it-yourself

    Technical and consumer information












  • 1 Seats, restraints and supplemental airbag systems

    Seats ......................................................................1-2Front seat adjustment........................................1-2Folding rear seat ...............................................1-4Head restraint adjustment .................................1-5

    Supplemental restraint system...............................1-6Precautions on supplemental restraintsystem ...............................................................1-6Supplemental air bag warning labels ..............1-16Supplemental air bag warning light.................1-16

    Seat belts .............................................................1-18Precautions on seat belt usage ..