Compare 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2001 BMW 3-Series

2001 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2001 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 $77,934 $83,800
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 19 $119,924 $128,950
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4-Door Sedan 325i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 325i 20 29 $24,450 $26,990
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $26,250 $28,990
4-Door Sport Wagon 325i 20 29 $26,620 $29,400
4-Door Sedan 330i 21 30 $30,750 $33,990
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 21 30 $31,650 $34,990
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 20 29 $32,550 $35,990
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 21 30 $38,320 $42,400
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $41,020 $45,400
2-Door Convertible M3 16 24 $48,220 $53,400
Pricing
Invoice Price
$77,934
$24,450
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$83,800
$26,990
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1397 / month
$450 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 80.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.5
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 32.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 36.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 45.9
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
177.1 176.7
Height, Overall (in)
51.3 54.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 55.9
Wheelbase (in)
99.0 107.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.3 69.2
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 55.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.9 7.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x 1.1 11.8 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 11.6 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 16.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Recirculating Ball Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
245/45ZW17 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P205/55HR16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
245/45WR17 P205/55HR16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4125 3241
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.25 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.25 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
143 120
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 5600 184 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas 6-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
339 @ 2700-4250 175 @ 3500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.0L/303 2.5/152
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 29
Transmission
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 (1.95 Winter Mode) 3.85
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.49
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65 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)
3.59 4.21
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.66
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Lower Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Upper Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Lower Control Arms MacPherson Strut

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