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1. Two master keys (black) with transpon-der chip and chrome NISSAN brand
symbol on one side
2. Valet key (black) with transponder chip
3. Key number plate
4. Transponder chip
A key number plate is supplied with your keys.
Record the key number and keep it in a safe place
(such as your wallet) , not in the vehicle. If you lose
your keys, see a NISSAN dealer for duplicates by
using the key number. 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, your NISSAN dealer
can duplicate it.
NISSAN VEHICLE IMMOBILIZER
You can only drive your vehicle using the master
or valet keys which are registered to the NISSAN
Vehicle Immobilizer System components in your
vehicle. These keys have a transponder chip in
the key head.
The master key can be used for all the locks.
To protect belongings when you leave a key with
someone, give them the valet key only.
Never leave these keys in the vehicle.
Additional or replacement keys:
If you still have a key, the key number is not
necessary when you need extra NISSAN Vehicle
Immobilizer System keys. Your dealer can dupli-
cate your existing key. As many as five NISSAN
Vehicle Immobilizer System keys can be used
with one vehicle. You should bring all NISSAN
Vehicle Immobilizer System keys that you have to
your NISSAN dealer for registration. This is be-
cause the registration process will erase the
memory of all key codes previously registered
into the NISSAN Vehicle Immobilizer System.After the registration process, these components
will only recognize keys coded into the NISSAN
Vehicle Immobilizer System during registration.
Any key that is not given to your dealer at the time
of registration will no longer be able to start your
Do not allow the immobilizer system key, which
contains an electrical transponder, to come into
contact with salt water. This could affect system
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When the doors are locked using one of the
following methods, the doors can not be opened
using the inside or outside door handles. The
doors must be unlocked to open the doors.
●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 unintentionally open-
ing the doors, and will help keep out
● Before opening any door, always look
for and avoid oncoming traffic.
● Do not leave children unattended inside
the vehicle. They could unknowingly ac-
tivate switches or controls. Unattended
children could become involved in seri-
LOCKING WITH KEY
The power door lock system allows you to lock or
unlock all doors at the same time.
Turning the key toward the front
1of the vehicle
locks all doors.
Turning the key one time toward the rear
vehicle unlocks that door. From that position,
returning the key to neutral
3(where the key can
only be removed and inserted) and turning it
toward the rear again within 5 seconds unlocks
LOCKING WITH INSIDE LOCK
To lock the door without the key, move the inside
lock knob to the lock position
1, then close the
To unlock the door without the key, move the
inside lock knob to the unlock position
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LOCKING WITH POWER DOOR
To lock all the doors without a key, push the door
lock switch (driver or front passenger side) , to the
1, then close the door. When
locking the door this way, be certain not to leave
the key inside the vehicle.
To unlock all the doors without a key, push the
door lock switch (driver or front passenger side)
to the unlock position
When the power door lock switch (driver or pas-
senger side) is moved to the lock position with the key in the ignition and any door open, all doors
will lock and then unlock automatically.
When the power door lock switch (driver’s or
front passenger’s side) is moved to the lock
position with the key in the ignition switch and any
door open, all doors will lock and then unlock
automatically. This helps to prevent the keys from
being accidently locked inside the vehicle.
AUTOMATIC DOOR LOCKS
All doors lock automatically when the vehicle
speed reaches 15 MPH (24 km/h) .
● All doors unlock automatically when the key
is removed from the ignition switch.
The automatic unlock function can be de-
activated or activated. To deactivate or acti-
vate the automatic door unlock system, perform
the following procedure:
1. Close all doors.
2. Place the ignition switch in the ON position.
3. Within 20 seconds of performing Step 2, push and hold the power door lock switch to
position (UNLOCK) for more than
5 seconds. 4. When activated, the hazard indicator will
flash twice. When deactivated, the hazard
indicator will flash once.
5. The ignition switch must be placed in the OFF and ON position again between each
When the automatic door unlock system is deac-
tivated, the doors do not unlock when the key is
removed from the ignition switch. To unlock the
door manually, use the inside lock knob or the
power door lock switch (driver’s or front passen-
ger’s side) .
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CHILD SAFETY REAR DOOR LOCK
Child safety locks help prevent the rear doors
from being opened accidentally, especially when
small children are in the vehicle.
The child safety lock levers are located on the
edge of the rear doors.
When the lever is in the LOCK position, the
door can be opened only from the outside.
The remote keyless entry keyfob trans-
mits radio waves when the buttons are
pushed. The FAA advises radio waves may
affect aircraft navigation and communica-
tion systems. Do not operate the remote
keyless entry keyfob while on an airplane.
Make sure the buttons are not operated
unintentionally when the unit is stored for
It is possible to lock/unlock all doors, turn the
interior light on, and activate the panic alarm by
using the keyfob from outside the vehicle.
Be sure to remove the key from the vehicle
before locking the doors.
The keyfob can operate at a distance of approxi-
mately 33 ft (10 m) from the vehicle. The effective
distance depends upon the conditions around
As many as 5 keyfobs can be used with one
vehicle. For information concerning the purchase
and use of additional keyfobs, contact a NISSAN
dealer. The keyfob will not function when:
● the battery is discharged
● the distance between the vehicle and the
keyfob is over 33 ft (10 m)
The panic alarm will not activate when the
key is in the ignition switch.
Listed below are conditions or occur-
rences which will damage the keyfob:
● Do not allow the keyfob, which contains
electrical components, to come into
contact with water or salt water. This
could affect the system function.
● Do not drop the keyfob.
● Do not strike the keyfob sharply against
● Do not change or modify the keyfob.
● Wetting may damage the keyfob. If the
keyfob gets wet, immediately wipe until
it is completely dry.
● Do not place the keyfob for an extended
period in an area where temperatures
exceed 140°F (60°C) .
REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY SYSTEM
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●Do not attach the keyfob with a key
holder that contains a magnet.
● Do not place the keyfob near equip-
ment that produces a magnetic field,
such as a TV, audio equipment and per-
If a keyfob is lost or stolen, NISSAN rec-
ommends erasing the ID code of that key-
fob. This will prevent the keyfob from un-
authorized use to unlock the vehicle. For
information regarding the erasing proce-
dure, please contact a NISSAN dealer.
HOW TO USE REMOTE KEYLESS
1. Close all windows.
2. Remove the key from the ignition switch.
3. Close the hood and all doors.
4. Press the
button on the keyfob. All
the doors lock. The hazard warning lights
flash twice and the horn beeps once to
indicate all doors are locked. ●
button is pressed with
all doors locked, the hazard warning lights
flash twice and the horn beeps once as a
reminder that the doors are already
● If a door is open and you press
button, the doors will lock
but the horn will not beep and the hazard
lights will not flash.
The horn may or may not beep. Refer to “Silenc-
ing the horn beep feature” in this section for
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Press thebutton on the keyfob once.
● Only the driver’s door unlocks.
● The hazard warning lights flash once if all
doors are completely closed with the ignition
switch in any position except the ON posi-
● The interior lights illuminate for a period of
time when the interior light switch is in the
normal operation position. Press the
button on the keyfob again
within 5 seconds.
● All doors unlock.
● The hazard warning lights flash once if all
doors are completely closed.
The interior lights can be turned off without wait-
ing by inserting the key into the ignition switch
and placing the ignition switch in the ON or
START position, locking the doors with the key-
fob or pushing the interior light switch to the OFF
When thebutton on the keyfob is pressed,
all doors will lock automatically within 1 minute
unless one of the following operations is per-
● Any door is opened.
● A key is inserted into the ignition switch and
the switch is cycled from OFF to ON.Using the panic alarm
If you are near your vehicle and feel threatened,
you may activate the panic alarm to call attention
by pressing and holding the
button on the
keyfob for longer than 0.5 seconds.
The panic alarm and headlights will stay on for a
period of time.
The panic alarm stops when: ● it has run for a period of time, or
● any button is pressed on the keyfob.
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Using the interior lights
Press thebutton on the keyfob once to
turn on the interior lights.
For additional information, refer to “Interior lights”
in the “Instruments and controls” section in this
Silencing the horn beep feature
If desired, the horn beep feature can be deacti-
vated using the keyfob.
To deactivate: Press and hold the
andbuttonsfor at least 2 seconds.
The hazard warning lights will flash three times to
confirm that the horn beep feature has been
To activate: Press and hold the
andbuttonsfor at least 2 seconds
once more. The hazard warning lights will flash once and the
horn will sound once to confirm that the horn
beep feature has been reactivated.
Deactivating the horn beep feature does not si-
lence the horn if the alarm is triggered.
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1Pull the hood lock release handle located
below the driver’s side instrument panel. The
hood will spring up slightly.
2Push the lever at the front of the hood to the
side as illustrated with your fingertips and
raise the hood.
3Insert the support rod into the slot on the
underside of the hood.
When closing the hood, return the hood rod to its
original position. Lower the hood approximately
12 in (30 cm) above the latch and release it. This
allows proper engagement of the hood latch.
● Make sure the hood is completely
closed and latched before driving. Fail-
ure to do so could cause the hood to fly
open and result in an accident.
● If you see steam or smoke coming from
the engine compartment, to avoid injury
do not open the hood.
● Always be sure the lift gate has been
closed securely to prevent it from open-
ing while driving.
● Do not drive with the lift gate open. This
could allow dangerous exhaust gases
to be drawn into the vehicle. See “Ex-
haust gas” in the “Starting and driving”
section of this manual.
● Make sure that all passengers have
their hands, etc., inside the vehicle be-
fore closing the lift gate.
HOOD LIFT GATE
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The power door lock system allows you to lock or
unlock all doors including the lift gate simultane-
To open the lift gate, pull up on the handle.
To close, lower and push the lift gate down se-
curely.OPENING THE FUEL-FILLER LID
Pull the lid to open.
●Gasoline is extremely flammable and
highly explosive under certain condi-
tions. You could be burned or seriously
injured if it is misused or mishandled.
Always stop the engine and do not
smoke or allow open flames or sparks
near the vehicle when refueling. ●
Do not attempt to top off the fuel tank
after the fuel pump nozzle shuts off
automatically. Continued refueling may
cause fuel overflow, resulting in fuel
spray and possibly a fire.
● Use only an original equipment type
fuel-filler cap as a replacement. It has a
built-in safety valve needed for proper
operation of the fuel system and emis-
sion control system. An incorrect cap
can result in a serious malfunction and
possible injury. It could also cause
Malfunction Indicator Light
(MIL) to come on.
● Never pour fuel into the throttle body to
attempt to start your vehicle.
● Do not fill a portable fuel container in
the vehicle or trailer. Static electricity
can cause an explosion of flammable
liquid, vapor or gas in any vehicle or
trailer. To reduce the risk of serious
injury or death when filling portable fuel
– Always place the container on the ground when filling.
– Do not use electronic devices when filling.
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– Keep the pump nozzle in contactwith the container while you are fill-
– Use only approved portable fuel con- tainers for flammable liquid.
●The LOOSE FUEL CAP warning mes-
sage will be displayed if the fuel-filler
cap is not properly tightened. It may
take a few driving trips for the message
to be displayed. Failure to tighten the
fuel-filler cap properly after the LOOSE
FUEL CAP warning message is dis-
played may cause the
tion Indicator Light (MIL) to illuminate.
● Failure to tighten the fuel-filler cap
properly may cause the
tion Indicator Light (MIL) to illuminate.
light illuminates because
the fuel-filler cap is loose or missing,
tighten or install the cap and continue
to drive the vehicle. The
should turn off after a few driving trips.
light does not turn off after a
few driving trips, have the vehicle in-
spected by a NISSAN dealer. ●
For additional information, see the
“Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL)” in
the “Instruments and Controls” section
in this manual.
● If fuel is spilled on the vehicle body,
flush it away with water to avoid paint
To remove the fuel-filler cap:1. Turn the fuel-filler cap counterclockwise to remove.
2. Put the fuel-filler cap on the cap holder
To install the fuel-filler cap: 1. Insert the fuel-filler cap straight into the fuel- filler tube.
2. Turn the fuel-filler cap clockwise until a single click is heard.
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