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1998 Mercedes-Benz CL Class Change
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Selected Style 2-Door Coupe 5.0L
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe 5.0L 15 22 $79,950 $91,900
2-Door Coupe 6.0L 13 19 $117,710 $135,300
318TI 3-Door HB Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 28 $29,195 $33,200
4-Door Sedan Manual 328i 20 28 $29,110 $33,100
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 22 31 $19,325 $21,390
4-Door Sedan Automatic 318iA 22 31 $23,030 $26,150
2-Door Coupe Automatic 323isA 19 27 $25,260 $28,700
2-Door Convertible Automatic 323icA 19 27 $30,510 $34,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic 328iA 18 26 $29,110 $33,100
4-Door Sedan Manual 318i 23 32 $23,030 $26,150
2-Door Coupe Manual 323is 20 30 $25,260 $28,700
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 28 $36,455 $41,500
2-Door Convertible Manual 323ic 20 30 $30,510 $34,700
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 20 28 $34,880 $39,700
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 32 $19,325 $21,390
Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 32 $26,015 $29,425
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 18 26 $29,195 $33,200
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 18 26 $36,455 $41,500
4-Door Sedan Manual M3s 20 28 $34,880 $39,700
4-Door Sedan Automatic M3sA 19 28 $34,880 $39,700
Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 26 $31,555 $35,900
2-Door Convertible Manual M3 20 28 $40,300 $45,900
2-Door Convertible Automatic M3 19 28 $40,300 $45,900
2-Door Roadster M 3.2L 20 28 $37,065 $42,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
$79,950
$19,325
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$91,900
$21,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1532 / month
$357 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 23 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 32 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 56.7 55.6
Second Leg Room (in) 31.5 32.6
Front Head Room (in) 36.5 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 92.7 87.0
Second Hip Room (in) 53.1 54.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.7 54.0
Second Head Room (in) 37.2 37.0
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.5 53.1
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.1
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in) 6.2 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 199.4 165.7
Height, Overall (in) 56.9 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.5 55.6
Wheelbase (in) 115.9 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 14.2 15.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x 1.2 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.8 x .48 10.7 x - TBD -
Brake Type Power Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26.4 14.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.2 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 14.56 16.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.3 34.1
Steering Type Speed-Sensitive Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size 235/60R16 P185/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 235/60R16 P185/65R15
Spare Tire Size Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4695 2778
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.5 15 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in) - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 8 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 143 80
Engine
Displacement 5.0L/303 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 315 @ 5600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type Gas V8 Gas I4
Fuel System SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 347 @ 3900 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 32
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.41 1.66
Trans Type 5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 1.00
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) NA -
Trans Description Cont. Again Electronic NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 4.04
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.19 2.52
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.65 3.45
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.22
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.59 4.23
Summary
Vehicle Name Mercedes-Benz CL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style 2 Door Coupe 3 Door Coupe
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double Wishbone Coil Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 5-Link Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
 
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