If you hate automatic door locks as much as I do but own a Nissan product, the Owners' Manual suggests you're out of luck.
In both the Infiniti EX35 I drove last week and the Nissan Versa which graces my driveway as I type, the manual makes no reference to deactivating this thing.
Nissans however also have an 'Auto Unlock' feature, whereby the locks automatically unlock if you select Park. This feature CAN be deactivated by the procedure listed on Page 3-6 of the Versa Manual:
However, a colleague who chooses to be anonymous for good reason has discovered that if you do the above procedure and instead of holding the UNLOCK side of the button you hold the LOCK side, the Auto Lock feature is indeed disabled!
Now, I am fairly certain I have seen the capability to disable the Auto Lock feature described in other Nissans I have driven in the past.
What has changed?
Has somebody decided this is a feature they'll keep in the cars but not tell anybody about?
Is it a misprint in the Versa manual? (I wish I had the EX35 manual handy to make sure I'm not missing something there.)
I mean, for something like Automatic Locks which is among the most-hated features in today's cars, doesn't it make sense to allow owners to deactivate it?
To be fair (aren't I always?) Automatic Locks is also among the most loved features in today's cars, among the preternaturally paranoid and terminally lazy who just can't be bothered to move their finger WAY OVER THERE to push the bleedin' button. So making the feature owner-customizable makes the most sense. (General Motors and all others who do NOT make it customizable, please copy.)
Nissan has done it right here. Why are they hiding their light under a bushel?