Compare 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 1999 BMW 3-Series

1999 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
1999 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Roadster 5.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 16 23 $70,560 $81,100
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 19 $110,400 $126,900
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3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3-Door HB Automatic 318tiA 23 31 $21,100 $23,300
3-Door HB Manual 318ti 23 32 $21,100 $23,300
4-Door Sedan 323i 20 29 $23,530 $26,400
2-Door Coupe Automatic 323isA 19 27 $25,330 $28,700
2-Door Coupe Manual 323is 21 31 $25,330 $28,700
2-Door Coupe Automatic 328isA 20 27 $29,265 $33,200
2-Door Coupe Manual 328is 20 29 $29,265 $33,200
4-Door Sedan 328i 20 29 $29,725 $33,400
2-Door Convertible Automatic 323icA 19 27 $30,580 $34,700
2-Door Convertible Manual 323ic 21 31 $30,580 $34,700
2-Door Coupe Manual M3 19 26 $34,955 $39,700
2-Door Convertible Automatic 328icA 20 27 $36,530 $41,500
2-Door Convertible Manual 328ic 20 29 $36,530 $41,500
2-Door Convertible Automatic M3 17 25 $40,375 $45,900
2-Door Convertible Manual M3 19 26 $40,375 $45,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$70,560
$21,100
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$81,100
$23,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1352 / month
$388 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 31 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 55.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 87.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.1
Second Leg Room (in)
- 32.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
4.90 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.1 165.7
Height, Overall (in)
51.3 54.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 55.6
Wheelbase (in)
99.0 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.9 15.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.9 x 0.4 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)
11.8 x 1.1 11.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4 Wheel Four-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.4
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 15.4
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P225/50WR16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
245/45ZR17 P225/50WR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
245/45ZR17 P225/50WR16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4125 2866
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.25 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.25 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
143 80
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
100 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
339 @ 2700-4250 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.0L/303 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 5600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 31
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 23
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 4.44
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.72
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 2.86
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 2.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 1.62
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 3 Door Coupe
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Coil Spring
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Anti-Roll Bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Lower Control Arms 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 -

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