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Our family's Nissan cube

That driver window will go up AND down with one touch. Only took me a little over 18 months to figure out the “up” part. (Lyndon Johnson photo/In-Car Tech Tell.)

I played video games a lot as a kid. I can still remember some of the button combinations I had to press back in the day on my Super Nintendo Entertainment System controller to get my fighter in Mortal Kombat to do cool special moves. Now I have a car that demands that same discipline of memory.

We’d had our Nissan cube for well over 18 months when I found out completely by accident that it featured a one-touch-up feature on the driver’s window. I was pulling away from the drive-thru at a fast food joint and my finger slipped off the window switch when, to my amazement, the window kept going up anyway! I knew this was a feature many cars have now, but must admit I was clueless that our cube had it.

I played around with the feature a little bit that day, then mostly forgot about it since I seldom get to drive the cube. (It’s my wife’s commuter car.) Then one day a few weeks later, I was driving the car again and tried to use the feature, only to find it no longer worked. Cue one of those weird “Did that actually happen, or did I just dream it?” inner monologues. Don’t act like you’ve never had one of those.

It bugged me that I couldn’t replicate the awesome one-touch-up window trick, but I kept forgetting to search it out in the manual. Finally today, I searched it online and found this discussion at my favorite Nissan cube message board.

That discussion said the one-touch-up feature will disable itself if the battery is disconnected. As soon as I read that, all became clear. We had installed the Nissan “Sports Horn” on our cube several weeks ago, which of course required unhooking the battery for safety reasons. The one-touch-up feature had been missing since roughly that time.

In Mortal Kombat, I can still remember the two button combinations that won many a victory over my friends and family without my favorite character in the game, Scorpion, suffering a single hit: Back, Back, and the “B” button would see Scorpion throw a harpoon into his opponent and pull them near, setting them up for a vicious uppercut punch. As the opponent was getting up from the uppercut, which comically threw them into the air and several feet across the floor, another harpoon was easily summoned before they had time to block or jump out of the way, creating a continuous loop of pain.

Once the fight was near its end, with the “FINISH HIM!” command given, Down, Down, and the “B” button would see Scorpion remove his mask to reveal a skull that breathed fire on his opponent, turning them to ash. “FLAWLESS VICTORY,” the screen would display, as if my pre-teen head needed to swell just a little more.

So today I went out to the cube to try the series of button presses required to get my one-touch-up window feature back. Quoting the original poster, Square1 at Nissan Cube Life:

“1. Make sure the windows are all up.
2. Turn the ignition to the on position
3. Hold the window button down but make sure it does not click to go into the auto feature.
4. Keep holding the button down and let the window roll fully down and do not release the button for 5 seconds after the window is fully down.
5. Now raise the window back up but make sure it does not click into auto mode and hold the button up until the window is fully closed. Same procedure, don’t release the button for 5 seconds after the window is fully closed/up.
6. Now try the Auto Mode — click down on the button and release immediate. It should be one touch auto down.
7. Test and make sure the one-touch auto up is now working properly”

I did the steps, and they were not without difficulty. It’s easy to push down on the button too hard, thus sending it into one-touch-down mode and ruining the process. Likewise, it’s easy to pull up past the detent for one-touch-up. But finally, I got it right. Upon a couple of successful tests to make sure my one-touch-up window feature was, indeed, real and working, I could think of only one thing to say to myself:

“FLAWLESS VICTORY.”

Even if it wasn’t quite so, you know, flawless.

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