Compare 1998 Mercedes-Benz C Class vs 1998 BMW 5-Series

1998 Mercedes-Benz C Class
1998 BMW 5-Series
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4-Door Sedan 2.3L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 2.3L 23 30 $26,490 $30,450
4-Door Sedan 2.8L 21 27 $30,800 $35,400
4-Door Sedan 4.3L AMG 17 22 $45,890 $52,750
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4-Door Sedan Manual 528i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Automatic 528iA 18 26 $34,590 $38,900
4-Door Sedan Manual 528i 20 28 $34,590 $38,900
4-Door Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 540iA 18 24 $44,325 $50,500
4-Door Sedan 6-Speed Manual 540i 15 24 $46,775 $53,300
4-Door Protection Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 540ip 18 24 $84,465 $88,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,490
$34,590
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,450
$38,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$648 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
52.7 56.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.3 55.9
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
50.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
32.8 34.2
Front Head Room (in)
37.2 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
88 92.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
59.0 59.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 188.0
Height, Overall (in)
56.1 56.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
57.6 60.0
Wheelbase (in)
105.9 111.4
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.7 70.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.9 11.1
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel, 4-Channel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.2 x 0.35 11.7 x 0.79
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)
11.2 x 0.47 11.7 x 0.87
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 18.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.85 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.2 37.1
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.2 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
205/60R15 P225/60R15
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P225/60R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
205/60R15 P225/60R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3250 3450
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 15 x 7
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
147 @ 5500 190 @ 5300
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
162 @ 4000 206 @ 3950
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.8L/170
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 28
Transmission
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.10 (1.90 Winter Mode) 3.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 2.49
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.27 2.93
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.24
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.93 4.20
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 1.66
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 5 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs

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