Compare 2002 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2002 BMW 3-Series

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2002 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 5.0L Silver Arrow 16 23 $80,259 $86,300
2-Door Roadster 6.0L 13 19 $119,923 $128,950
2-Door Roadster 6.0L Silver Arrow 13 19 $123,643 $132,950
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4-Door Sedan RWD 325i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 325i 20 29 $24,820 $27,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 325xi 19 27 $26,415 $28,850
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $26,640 $29,100
4-Door Sport Wagon RWD 325i 20 29 $27,005 $29,500
4-Door Sport Wagon AWD 325xi 19 26 $28,595 $31,250
4-Door Sedan RWD 330i 21 30 $31,090 $33,990
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 21 30 $32,000 $34,990
4-Door Sedan AWD 330xi 20 27 $32,685 $35,740
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 19 27 $33,010 $36,100
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 20 28 $38,745 $42,400
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $41,930 $45,900
2-Door Convertible M3 16 23 $49,210 $53,900
Pricing
Invoice Price
$77,934
$24,820
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$83,800
$27,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1397 / month
$452 / 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 Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.1 38.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 91.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.4 54.5
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 45.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 32.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 36.9
Exterior Dimensions
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 -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
7.9 11.0
Brakes
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
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 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 16.6
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.7 13.7
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size P205/55R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
275/35ZR18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
245/40ZR18 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA N/A
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4125 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
143 120
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
100 - TBD -
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 5600 184 @ 6000
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas 6-Cyl
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
Transmission
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
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
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
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA 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 3.15
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Suspension
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
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
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