2003 Nissan XTerra Owners Manual

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FOREWORD
READ FIRST—THEN DRIVE SAFELY
a minimum of 50% recycled fibers,
including 10% post-consumer fibers.
Welcome to the growing family of new NISSAN
Before driving your vehicle please read this Own-
As with other vehicles with features for
owners. This vehicle is delivered to you with
er’s Manual carefully. This will ensure familiarity
off-road use, failure to operate four-wheel
confidence. It was produced using the latest
with controls and maintenance requirements, as-
drive models correctly may result in loss of
techniques and strict quality control.
sisting you in the safe operation of your vehicle.
control or an accident. Be sure to read
“Driving safety precautions” in the “Start-
This manual was prepared to help you under-
ing and driving” section of this manual.
stand the operation and maintenance of your
WARNING
vehicle so that you may enjoy many miles (kilome-
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION RE-
ON-PAVEMENT AND OFF-ROAD DRIVING
ters) of driving pleasure. Please read through this
MINDERS FOR SAFETY!
This vehicle will handle and maneuver
manual before operating your vehicle.
Follow these important driving rules to
differently from an ordinary passenger
A separate Warranty Information Booklet
help ensure a safe and comfortable trip
car because it has a higher center of
explains details about the warranties cov-
for you and your passengers!
gravity for off-road use. As with other
ering your vehicle. The “NISSAN Service
vehicles with features of this type, fail-
and Maintenance Guide” explains details
NEVER drive under the influence of al-
ure to operate this vehicle correctly may
about maintaining and servicing your ve-
cohol or drugs.
result in loss of control or an accident.
hicle. Additionally, a separate Customer
ALWAYS observe posted speed limits
Be sure to read “On-pavement and off-
Care/Lemon Law Booklet (U.S. only) will
and never drive too fast for conditions.
road driving precautions”, and “Avoid-
explain how to resolve any concerns you
ing collision and rollover”, and “Driving
may have with your vehicle, as well as
ALWAYS use your seat belts and appro-
priate child restraint systems. Pre-teen
safety precautions”, in the “Starting and
clarify your rights under your state’s lemon
children should be seated in the rear
law.
driving” section of this manual.
seat.
Your NISSAN dealership knows your vehicle
MODIFICATION OF YOUR VEHICLE
ALWAYS provide information about the
best. When you require any service or have any
proper use of vehicle safety features to
This vehicle should not be modified.
questions, they will be glad to assist you with the
all occupants of the vehicle.
Modification could affect its
extensive resources available to them.
performance, safety or durability, and
ALWAYS review this owner’s manual for
may even violate governmental
important safety information.
regulations. In addition, damage or per-
For descriptions specified for four-wheel drive
formance problems resulting from
models, a
mark is placed at the begin-
modifications may not be covered un-
ning of the applicable sections/items.
der NISSAN warranties.
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WHEN READING THE MANUAL
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including 10% post-consumer fibers.
This manual includes information for all options
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available on this model. Therefore, you may find
WARNING
some information that does not apply to your
vehicle.
WARNING
All information, specifications and illustrations in
Engine exhaust, some of its constituents,
this manual are those in effect at the time of
and certain vehicle components contain
printing. NISSAN reserves the right to change
or emit chemicals known to the State of
specifications or design without notice and with-
California to cause cancer and birth de-
out obligation.
fects or other reproductive harm. In addi-
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
tion, certain fluids contained in vehicles
THIS MANUAL
and certain products of component wear
contain or emit chemicals known to the
You will see various symbols in this manual. They
State of California to cause cancer and
are used in the following ways:
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birth defects or other reproductive harm.
WARNING
If you see this symbol, it means “Do not do this”
© 2003 NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
or “Do not let this happen.”
GARDENA, CALIFORNIA
This is used to indicate the presence of a
hazard that could cause death or serious
All rights reserved. No part of this Owner’s
personal injury. To avoid or reduce the
Manual may be reproduced or stored in a retrieval
If you see a symbol similar to these in an illustra-
risk, the procedures must be followed
system, or transmitted in any form, or by any
tion, it means the arrow points to the front of the
precisely.
means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying,
vehicle.
recording or otherwise, without the prior written
permission of Nissan North America, Inc., Gar-
CAUTION
dena, California.
This is used to indicate the presence of a
Arrows in an illustration that are similar to these
hazard that could cause minor or moder-
indicate movement or action.
ate personal injury or damage to your ve-
hicle. To avoid or reduce the risk, the pro-
cedures must be followed carefully.
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
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 —
most importantly — 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
WFW0002
been established by NISSAN.
Your new NISSAN is the result of our dedication to
America, Inc. in San Diego, California, and engineer-
Safety has also been built into your NISSAN. As you
produce the finest in safe, reliable and economical
ing at Nissan Technical Center North America in
know, seat belts are an integral part of the safety
transportation. Your vehicle is the product of a suc-
Farmington Hills, Michigan. Additionally, NISSAN
systems that will help protect you and your passen-
cessful worldwide company that manufactures cars
employs nearly 19,000 people throughout the
gers in the event of a sudden stop or an accident.
and trucks in over 17 countries and distributes them
United States, Canada, and Mexico. An additional
We urge you to use the seat belts every time you
in 170 nations.
60,000 people work for the 1,250 NISSAN and
drive the vehicle.
INFINITI dealers across North America.
NISSAN vehicles are designed and manufactured
The NISSAN story of growth and achievement re-
by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. which was founded in
NISSAN is also a substantial contributor to the
flects our major goal: to provide you, our customer,
Tokyo, Japan in 1933, and NISSAN affiliates world-
Canadian economy. Nissan Canada Inc., its suppli-
with a vehicle that is built with quality and craftsman-
wide, collectively growing to become the fifth largest
ers and over 150 dealers employ approximately
ship — a product that we can be proud to build and
automaker in the world. In addition to cars and
4,500 people. These include company employees
you can be proud to own.
trucks, NISSAN also makes forklift trucks, marine
and the staffs of NISSAN dealers all across Canada.
engines, boats and other diversified products.
In addition, many Canadians work for companies
that supply NISSAN and NISSAN dealers with ma-
NISSAN has made a substantial and growing in-
terials and services ranging from the operation of
vestment in North America. NISSAN’s commitment
port facilities and transportation services, to the
is over $6 billion dollars in capital investments in
supply of lubricants, parts and accessories.
facilities across the continent. Some of the facilities
include the Nissan Manufacturing facility in Smyrna,
NISSAN pioneered the use of electronics and com-
Tennessee, vehicle styling design at Nissan Design
puters in automobiles, and has led the industry in
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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
The Consumer Affairs Department will ask for the
For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers
dealer cannot assist you with or you would like to
following information:
Nissan North America, Inc.
provide NISSAN directly with comments or ques-
Consumer Affairs Department
tions, please contact the NISSAN Consumer Affairs
– Your name, address, and telephone number
Department using our toll-free number:
P.O. Box 191
– Vehicle identification number (attached to the
Gardena, California 90248-0191
For U.S. mainland and Alaska customers
top of the instrument panel on the driver’s
1-800-NISSAN-1
side)
For Hawaii customers
(1-800-647-7261)
Nissan Motor Corporation in Hawaii
– Date of purchase
2880 Kilihau St.
For Hawaii customers
– Current odometer reading
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
1-808-836-0888 (Oahu Number)
– Your NISSAN dealer’s name
For Canadian customers
For Canadian customers
Nissan Canada Inc.
1-800-387-0122
– Your comments or questions
5290 Orbitor Drive
OR
Mississauga, Ontario L4W 4Z5
You can write to NISSAN with the information at:
We appreciate your interest in NISSAN and thank you for buying a quality NISSAN vehicle.
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Table of
Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems
1
Contents
Instruments and controls
2
Pre-driving checks and adjustments
3
Heater, air conditioner and audio systems
4
Starting and driving
5
In case of emergency
6
Appearance and care
7
Maintenance and do-it-yourself
8
Technical and consumer information
9
Index
10

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1 Seats, restraints and supplemental air
bag systems
Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Injured persons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-24
Front manual seat adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Three-point type seat belt with retractor . . . . . . . . . . 1-25
Rear seat adjustment (Type A) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
Two-point type seat belt without retractor
Rear seat adjustment (Type B) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
(center of rear seat). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-28
Head restraint adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Seat belt extenders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-29
Supplemental restraint system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Seat belt maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30
Precautions on supplemental restraint
Child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-30
system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Precautions on child restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-30
Supplemental air bag warning labels. . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19
Installation on rear seat center position. . . . . . . . . . . 1-32
Supplemental air bag warning light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19
Installation on rear seat outboard positions . . . . . . . 1-35
Seat belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-21
LATCH (lower anchors and tether for children)
Precautions on seat belt usage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21
system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-39
Child safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-23
Top tether strap child restraint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-41
Pregnant women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24
Installation on front passenger seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-43
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SEATS
FRONT MANUAL SEAT
ADJUSTMENT
WARNING
Do not adjust the driver’s seat while
driving so full attention may be given to
vehicle operation. The seat may move
suddenly and could cause loss of con-
trol of the vehicle.
After adjustment, gently rock in the seat
to make sure it is securely locked.
ARS1152
WARNING
For the most effective protection when
the vehicle is in motion, the seat should
Do not ride in a moving vehicle when
be upright. Always sit well back in the
the seatback is reclined. This can be
seat and adjust the seat properly. See
dangerous. The shoulder belt will not
“Precautions on Seat Belt Usage” later
be against your body. In an accident,
in this section.
you could be thrown into it and receive
neck or other serious injuries. You
could also slide under the lap belt and
receive serious internal injuries.
1-2 Seats, restraints and supplemental air bag systems
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WRS0175
WRS0176
WRS0131
Forward and backward
Reclining
Seat lifter (if so equipped for driver’s
Pull the lever up and hold it while you slide the
To recline the seatback, pull the lever up and lean
seat)
seat forward or backward to the desired position.
back. To bring the seatback forward, pull the lever
Turn either dial to adjust the angle and height of
Release the lever to lock the seat in position.
up and lean your body forward. Release the lever
the seat cushion to the desired position.
to lock the seatback in position.
WARNING
After adjustment, gently rock in the seat to
make sure it is securely locked.
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WRS0165
WRS0180
WRS0181
Lumbar support (if so equipped for
REAR SEAT ADJUSTMENT (Type A)
3 Pull the ring on top of the seatback up.
driver’s seat)
Folding
4 Fold down the seatback.
The lumbar support feature provides lower back
1
support to the driver. Move the lever up or down
Pull outward on the 2 straps at the bottom of
to adjust the seat lumbar area.
the seat cushions.
2 Lift the front of the seat cushion up and
remove the seat cushion. Store the seat
cushion in a secure place.
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Document Outline

  • 2003 Nissan Xterra
  • OM3E-WD22U2
  • Table of Contents