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Unread 01-13-2007, 05:36 PM   #16
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My wishes for the Compass are: a door unlock button on the front passenger door, why did they eliminate that, and lighted visor mirrors and one more, plastic around the rear seat belt receivers on the seat, it is really difficult to buckle up with one hand and to use two hands is difficult.

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Unread 01-13-2007, 06:05 PM   #17
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[QUOTE= plastic around the rear seat belt receivers on the seat, it is really difficult to buckle up with one hand and to use two hands is difficult.[/QUOTE]
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Unread 01-14-2007, 08:11 AM   #18
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On other cars the rear seat belt recievers ( the one on the seat bottom, the female buckle) are wraped in plastic allowing you to just grab the male end of buckle with one hand and click it into the female end, one hand operation. On the Compass, the female end is loose with no plastic around it, now you have to grab the male end with one hand and the female with the other hand, very awkward. Makes it tough for kids to do it on their own. Try it and you will see what I mean.
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Unread 01-14-2007, 03:08 PM   #19
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...a door unlock button on the front passenger door, why did they eliminate that...
It seems to be very uncommon for Japanese cars to have a power lock button on the passenger side; my '95 and '96 Maximas were set up that way, and it's probably a cost-saving measure. If you've noticed, there also isn't a lock cylinder on the passenger door exterior. You used to only see that on vehicles that come standard with remote door locks, but it seems to be catching on to most new vehicles. Guess the days of unlocking and opening the door for your lady friend are numbered!

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...plastic around the rear seat belt receivers on the seat...
This remided me of something I noticed the other day...again, not a biggie. I wish there was a way to unbuckle the rear center shoulder harness where it attaches at the seat cushion. That way, you could let it reel into the retractor and have it completely out of the way.

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Unread 01-14-2007, 03:40 PM   #20
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This remided me of something I noticed the other day...again, not a biggie. I wish there was a way to unbuckle the rear center shoulder harness where it attaches at the seat cushion. That way, you could let it reel into the retractor and have it completely out of the way.
You can undo the rear center shoulder harness. There is a special little slot on the buckle that you are to insert the male end of one of the other rear seatbelts in. The shoulder strap then retracts into the side of cargo area out of the way and leaves only a stubby little piece at the seat cushion. I hope this makes sense. Instructions can probably be found in the owner's manual...I say probably because my experience with the owner's manual so far has been that it is missing the sections with the info I needed.
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Unread 01-14-2007, 06:45 PM   #21
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Two things I would have liked to have are a 12v power tap in the rear seat area for the kids electronics, and a set of rear map/reading lights for the rear seat passengers. When time and motivation occur together I'll probably add those two items myself.
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Unread 01-14-2007, 07:10 PM   #22
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You can undo the rear center shoulder harness. There is a special little slot on the buckle that you are to insert the male end of one of the other rear seatbelts in. The shoulder strap then retracts into the side of cargo area out of the way and leaves only a stubby little piece at the seat cushion. I hope this makes sense. Instructions can probably be found in the owner's manual...I say probably because my experience with the owner's manual so far has been that it is missing the sections with the info I needed.
Thanks! I don't actually think it's in the manual, at least not where the index pointed me...
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Unread 01-15-2007, 09:17 AM   #23
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Thanks! I don't actually think it's in the manual, at least not where the index pointed me...

For those who need to know, it's on page 43 of the Manual. "Things to know before starting your vehicle" "Second row center lap/shoulder belt operating instructions." Not listed separately in the index but is under the "Seat Belts" section.
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Unread 01-15-2007, 11:28 AM   #24
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I wish this piece of the center console was only one moulded piece flowing into the rest of the dash.

When I look at it from the side, I just wonder…”why did they do that?”.
Perhaps this is a prop for the above dash NAV system…which in my opinion looks terrible also.
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Unread 01-15-2007, 12:02 PM   #25
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I wish this piece of the center console was only one moulded piece flowing into the rest of the dash.

When I look at it from the side, I just wonder…”why did they do that?”.
Perhaps this is a prop for the above dash NAV system…which in my opinion looks terrible also.
Just a guess but, I think that all of the center stack from the shifter to the top of the dash is going to be interchangeable between the Caliber/Compass/Patriot to save on production costs. Since the area between the Windshield and the front edge of the dash is different on all of them making a long one piece molded dash for each of them would have added to the cost.

If someone comes up with a nice dash pad this may be covered up with that.
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Unread 01-16-2007, 12:45 AM   #26
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My pet peeves are similar to a number of others. I had the Compass for almost three months and find that with only six hours of light a day, I miss all the interior lights I have with my 95 Dodge Caravan.

1. Light over back seats
2. Glove box light
3. Lights on all power window and door switches
4. Lighted cup holders
5. Lock on glove box
6. Rubberized padding in all the litttle cubby holes to keep stuff, e.g. sunglasses from sliding noisily around.

I went to a Parts Pick 'n' Pull and got a glove box light and map lights from a 95 Dodge Caravan. Once I get my Service Manual CD, I plan to upgrade the lights.

Other than that, I love my Compass and will enjoy it more when I've fully personalized it.
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Unread 01-16-2007, 05:49 AM   #27
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6. Rubberized padding in all the litttle cubby holes to keep stuff, e.g. sunglasses from sliding noisily around.


I've already vented about the lack of a door on the cubby under the radio. I'm going to Office Depot or Staples in the next few days to get one of those "sticky pads" that people put on top of their dashboards to hold a cell phone, and I'm cutting it to fit in that particular cubby. That way, I won't get hit by my ID badge flying out of the hole every time I accelerate.

I think that particular cubby is single-DIN sized, so I may search eBay and try to find a DIN-sized cubby with a door. As I recall, the one in my Maxima was single-DIN.
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I've already vented about the lack of a door on the cubby under the radio. I'm going to Office Depot or Staples in the next few days to get one of those "sticky pads" that people put on top of their dashboards to hold a cell phone, and I'm cutting it to fit in that particular cubby. That way, I won't get hit by my ID badge flying out of the hole every time I accelerate.

I think that particular cubby is single-DIN sized, so I may search eBay and try to find a DIN-sized cubby with a door. As I recall, the one in my Maxima was single-DIN.
Not sure on the nomenclature for the size. I did the eBay thing to try and find an ash tray to fit there and the ones that were called "DIN" were too big. Is there such a thing as "mini-DIN"? or maybe it is a single din as you say.
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Unread 01-16-2007, 07:58 AM   #29
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No Compass in the Compass.

We did not get the EVIC in our limited as it is just extra money for something that is not critical. Anyway, No EVIC=No Compass.

Kind of sucks if you ask me.
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Unread 01-16-2007, 11:20 AM   #30
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No Compass in the Compass.

We did not get the EVIC in our limited as it is just extra money for something that is not critical. Anyway, No EVIC=No Compass.

Kind of sucks if you ask me.
I don't have the EVIC either and you're right, it sucks
I wish I had it, but there were no Compass's to be had when I needed to buy. I was lucky to get mine. Had to make a trade with an out of town dealer who at first, was reluctant. He apparently had two people “looking” at it. I told my salesman to try harder or I would just go and buy it over there
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