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Selected Style 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Sport 18 26 $30,597 $32,900
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.0L Luxury 18 25 $32,225 $34,650
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Sport 17 25 $33,666 $36,200
4-Door Sedan 4MATIC 3.0L Luxury 17 25 $33,899 $36,450
4-Door Sedan RWD 3.5L Sport 17 25 $36,270 $39,000
4-Door Sedan RWD 6.3L AMG 12 19 $52,359 $56,300
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi N/A N/A $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,597
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,900
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$548 / month
$545 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line For the price, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class offers sportiness, luxury, safety, and creature comforts in an attractive package. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 18 mpg 18 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 54.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 55.4
Passenger Capacity 5 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.9 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.5
Front Hip Room (in) 52.3 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 88.2 93.0
Second Leg Room (in) 33.4 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 37.1 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 4.1 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 182.3 178.2
Height, Overall (in) 56.3 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 59.6 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 108.7 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.7 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 60.4 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.4 12.0
Brakes
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 0.86 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.6 x 1.26 11.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 17.4 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 35.6 36.1
Steering Type Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.5 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P225/45R17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/40R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3527 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I6
Fuel System - TBD - - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 221 @ 2700 - 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.0L/183 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 228 @ 6000 230 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 (2008) 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 (2008) 28
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 4.63 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.78 2.46
Trans Order Code 411 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.07 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.25 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1) 5.10 4.32
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.75 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz C-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) 3-Link NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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