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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $33,580 $36,500
2-Door Coupe AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $35,330 $38,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 17 26 $38,825 $42,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335i xDrive 16 25 $40,570 $44,100
2-Door Convertible 328i 17 27 $40,985 $44,550
2-Door Convertible 335i 17 26 $46,645 $50,700
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 17 26 $37,075 $40,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 335i xDrive 16 25 $38,915 $42,300
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 17 27 $32,570 $35,400
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328i xDrive 17 25 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $33,580 $36,500
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $35,330 $38,400
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 17 27 $40,985 $44,550
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,910 $33,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328i xDrive 17 25 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 17 26 $37,075 $40,300
4-Door Sedan RWD 335d 23 36 $40,390 $43,900
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Touring 19 29 $28,933 $30,360
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Comfort 19 28 $32,544 $34,150
4-Door Sedan Aero 15 24 $41,555 $43,605
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Touring 19 29 $30,295 $31,790
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $33,655 $35,315
4-Door Wagon AWD Aero 15 24 $42,775 $44,885
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Touring 19 27 $40,149 $42,130
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Comfort 19 27 $42,365 $44,455
2-Door Convertible Aero 15 24 $48,917 $51,330
4-Door Sedan 2.0T XWD 17 27 $34,684 $36,395
4-Door Sedan 2.0T Sport 19 28 $35,394 $37,140
4-Door Wagon 2.0T XWD 17 27 $36,032 $37,810
4-Door Wagon 2.0T Sport 19 27 $36,504 $38,305
2-Door Convertible 2.0T Sport 19 27 $45,119 $47,345
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,910
$28,933
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,600
$30,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$560 / month
$506 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 BMW 3-Series is an enthusiast's dream, yet not-quite-perfect safety ratings, smallish rear seats, and some fussy controls might wrinkle potential buyers' noses. Despite rather conservative styling, the 2009 Saab 9-3 is one of the boldest performers in its class.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 28 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 93.0 93.4
Second Leg Room (in) 34.6 35.1
Front Head Room (in) 38.5 38.9
Second Hip Room (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.4 56.3
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 37.5 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.5 42.3
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.5 69.0
Track Width, Front (in) 59.1 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.2 182.9
Height, Overall (in) 55.9 57.1
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.3
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 105.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.0 15.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.94 11.1 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x 0.79 10.9 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.1 16.4
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.0 2.97
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 16.0 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.1 39.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size P205/55R16 P215/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code NA QYS
Front Tire Size P205/55R16 P215/55HR16
Spare Tire Size NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA QYS
Spare Tire Order Code NA N65
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3340 3210
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 180 120
Engine
Displacement 3.0L/183 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 230 @ 6500 210 @ 5500
Engine Type Gas I6 Turbocharged I4
Fuel System - TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 200 @ 2750 221 @ 2500
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.66 1.37
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.94 3.54
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.46 2.04
Trans Order Code NA MM3
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.23 3.55
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 1.05
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.85 0.71
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.32 3.77
Summary
Vehicle Name BMW 3 Series Saab 9-3
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Pivot MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 6
 
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