Compare 2003 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2003 BMW 3-Series

2003 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2003 BMW 3-Series
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2-Door Roadster 5.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 15 22 $79,971 $85,990
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 20 $105,323 $113,250
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4-Door Sedan RWD 325i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 325i 20 29 $25,460 $27,800
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 325i 20 29 $25,460 $27,800
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 325i 20 29 $25,460 $27,800
4-Door Sedan AWD 325xi 19 27 $27,050 $29,550
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $27,095 $29,600
2-Door Coupe SULEV 325Ci 20 29 $27,095 $29,600
4-Door Sport Wagon RWD 325i 20 29 $27,825 $30,400
4-Door Sport Wagon RWD SULEV 325i 20 29 $27,825 $30,400
4-Door Sport Wagon AWD 325xi 19 26 $29,415 $32,150
4-Door Sedan RWD 330i 20 30 $31,830 $34,800
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 21 30 $32,555 $35,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 330xi 20 27 $33,420 $36,550
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 19 26 $33,555 $36,700
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 20 28 $39,200 $42,900
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $42,475 $46,500
2-Door Convertible M3 16 23 $49,755 $54,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$79,971
$25,460
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$85,990
$27,800
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1433 / month
$463 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.2 56.6
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 38.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.4 91
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.4
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Second Leg Room (in)
- 34.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- 56.6
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 58
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 176.0
Height, Overall (in)
51.1 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.9 58
Wheelbase (in)
100.8 107.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.0 68.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.1 (Top Up) 7.3 (Top Down) 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
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-and-pinion Variable Assist Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.1 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
35.4 34.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/45ZR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/45ZR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P205/55R16
Front 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)
4125 3219
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
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
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 20
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.66
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.04
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.52
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.22
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
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 Strut type
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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