Year Differences

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  • No airbag offered (making the gauge cluster unique).
  • Manual climate control offered on TT models.
  • Blank (no hamburger logo) on the nose panel.
  • Offset "NISSAN" logo on front bumper.
  • Sales: 39,290 units.


  • Manual climate controls discontinued.
  • New electronic climate controls allowing control over air flow direction, but no more ambient temp gauge.
  • Nissan logo put on the front fascia (nose panel).
  • Driver's airbag now optional.
  • Air conditioner evaporator valve changed from aluminum to steel for better sound insulation.
  • Naturally Aspirated model's brake rotors changed to Turbo units. Previous NA rotors were 4 mm thinner.
  • CD player option added for both the TT and NA; it was previously only available in the NA.
  • Bose stereo head unit changed.
  • Brake master cylinder changed to new unit in February 1991.
  • Sales: 17,652 units.


  • Driver's airbag made standard.
  • Dashboard and door complementary material changed from fabric to suede.
  • Separate mirror heater switch eliminated (combined with rear defroster switch).
  • Power adjustable driver's seat standard on TT.
  • Sales: 6,708 units.


  • Turbo oil line insulation changed for better heat dissipation.
  • Convertible option added.
  • Brake caliper material changed from aluminum to iron, to help warpage/shimmy problems.
  • New style fuel injectors for the non-turbo, (except convertible), that are less prone to premature failure.
  • Upgraded Bose stereo made standard.
  • AIV system completely eliminated.
  • Non-turbo model, (except convertible), ECUs changed from 8-bit to 16-bit by Japan Electronic Control System Co..
  • Sales: 11,599 units.


  • Rear spoiler design changed to a taller, pedestal-type.
  • Seat belts redesigned; they were moved from door mounts to true pillar mounts.
  • SuperHICAS system changed to an electrically-actuated unit.(previously power steering actuated).
  • New style fuel injectors for the convertible.
  • Passenger's side airbag introduced and made standard.
  • Keyless entry added.
  • Titanium keys discontinued in November 1994.
  • 'Reset' button removed from clock.
  • Off-white 'Pearl' color is dropped. Future 'Pearls' are more of a semi-metallic white.
  • Sales: 5,320 units.


  • New style fuel injectors for the twin-turbo
  • Front fascia became body coloured instead of gray strip.
  • Twin-turbo model ECUs changed from 8-bit to 16-bit (happened late in '94 model year)
  • Sales: 3,135 units.


  • Variable cam timing (VTC) dropped.
  • OBD II electronics introduced.
  • Driver's seat back rest no longer included adjustable side bolsters.
  • Sales: 2929 Units total, The last 300 of which are the "Commemorative Edition."

1997+ (Japan)

In 1997, all Z32 models adopted the twin-turbo front fascia, presumably to lower production costs.
In 1998, for 1999, the Z32 received a cosmetic update. To name some, the differences included:

  • New front fascia
  • New side-skirts
  • New taillights (featuring clear turn signal lenses, chrome housings, and black pinstriping)
  • New center panel ("300ZX" became red instead of silver)
  • New rear spoiler
  • Light gold gauges (similar to the Maxima from the same era)
  • A slew of new interior options (including carbon fiber accents, "lift-style" window switches, and optional Recaro SR seats).

The 1998 Z32 also received a revised Manual Transmission, which used stronger synchronizers to combat a common "soft-synchro" problem that had become apparent on earlier Z32s.