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
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 87.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.0
Passenger Capacity
2 4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
- 32.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- 54.9
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 53.1
Exterior Dimensions
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
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 66.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 55.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.9 15.0
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 14.5
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
245/45ZR17 P225/50WR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
245/45ZR17 P225/50WR16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P225/50WR16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4125 2866
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.25 16 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
100 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
143 80
Engine
Displacement
5.0L/303 1.9L/116
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 5600 138 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
339 @ 2700-4250 133 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 31
Transmission
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
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 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 3 Door Coupe
Suspension
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
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Lower Control Arms Coil Spring

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