Compare 1997 Ford Mustang vs 1997 BMW 3-Series

1997 Ford Mustang
1997 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Coupe
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 20 30 $14,107 $15,355
2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $16,460 $18,000
2-Door Convertible 20 30 $18,912 $20,755
2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $21,787 $23,985
2-Door Coupe Cobra 18 26 $22,988 $25,335
2-Door Convertible Cobra 18 26 $25,480 $28,135
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3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
4-Door Sedan Automatic 318iA 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
4-Door Sedan Manual 318i 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
2-Door Coupe Automatic 318isA 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
2-Door Coupe Manual 318is 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
4-Door Sedan Automatic 328iA 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
4-Door Sedan Manual 328i 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
2-Door Convertible Automatic 318icA 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
2-Door Convertible Manual 318ic 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Automatic M3SA 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
4-Door Sedan Manual M3S 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,107
$19,215
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,355
$21,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$256 / month
$357 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
47.4 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.6 54.0
Second Head Room (in)
35.9 37.0
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.1 53.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.6 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
52.8 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
30.3 32.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.2 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
83.0 87.0
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.0 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
181.5 165.7
Height, Overall (in)
53.2 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.2 55.6
Wheelbase (in)
101.3 106.3
Liftover Height (in)
30.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 66.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.9 15.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.5 x 0.55 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.02 11.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.4 13.7
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 16.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.3 34.1
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.38 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
T32 NA
Front Tire Size
P205/65R15 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/90R15 P185/65R15
Front Tire Order Code
T32 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R15 P185/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3071 2,833
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4.0 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6.5 15 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
12.6 10.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
150 @ 4000 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
215 @ 2750 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
994 NA
Displacement
3.8L/232 1.9L/116
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 31
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.15 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.93 1.62
Trans Order Code
445 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.73 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.35 2.86
Clutch Size (in)
11.02 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.29 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Ford Mustang BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32 - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.06 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-bar link Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Coil Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar

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