• Check operation of foot and parking brakes.
• Check all warning and indicator lights when starting the engine.
• Do not leave vehicle idling unattended.
• Check that doors are closed and locked.
On the road
• Always drive defensively. Expect the unexpected.
• Use signals to indicate turns and lane changes.
• Turn on headlights at dusk.
• Always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, depending on traffic, road and weather conditions.
• Reduce speed at night and during inclement weather.
• Observe speed limits and obey road signs.
• When tired, get well off the road, stop and take a rest. Turn the engine off. Do not sit in the vehicle with engine idling. See warnings on engine exhaust on pages 46 and 47.
• When stopped or parked, always set the parking brake. Move the
selector lever to "P" (automatic transmission) or move the gear-shift lever to reverse or first gear (manual transmission). On hills, also turn the wheels toward the curb.
• When stalled or stopped for repairs, move the vehicle well off the road. Turn on emergency flasher and use other warning devices to alert other motorists. Do not park or operate the vehicle in areas where the hot exhaust system may come in contact with dry grass, brush, fuel or other flammable material.


The internal friction in a new engine is high. It will diminish gradually as moving parts adjust to each other. You can extend the service life and economy of your engine by observing the following precautions during the first 600 miles/1000 km:

• Avoid full throttle starts and abrupt stops.

• Do not overstrain the engine. Select the proper gear or driving position before reaching top speeds.

• The maximum speeds are for normal operating conditions, after the engine has warmed up.

• Observe all local and national speed limits.

Engine speed in each gear is automatically limited to prevent excessive engine speeds.

"E" stands for "Economy"

If your vehicle is equipped with the 4+E (five speed) manual transmission, drive in gear "E" for optimum fuel economy when cruising. However, if more power is required (when passing, for example), down shift into 4th gear.

If your vehicle is equipped with the 3-speed automatic transmission, again, select "E" for optimum fuel economy when cruising. If more power is required, the transmission will automatically down shift.