Compare 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2004 BMW 3-Series

2004 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2004 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 $82,584 $88,800
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 21 $111,647 $120,050
2-Door Roadster 5.5L 13 19 $117,413 $126,250
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4-Door Sedan RWD 325i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 325i 20 29 $25,730 $28,100
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 325i 20 29 $25,730 $28,100
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 325i 20 29 $25,730 $28,100
4-Door Sedan AWD 325xi 19 27 $27,325 $29,850
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $27,915 $30,500
2-Door Coupe SULEV 325Ci 20 29 $27,915 $30,500
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 325i 20 29 $28,190 $30,800
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD SULEV 325i 20 29 $28,190 $30,800
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 325xi 19 26 $29,780 $32,550
4-Door Sedan RWD 330i 20 30 $32,190 $35,200
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 20 30 $33,650 $36,800
4-Door Sedan AWD 330xi 20 29 $33,785 $36,950
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 19 27 $34,560 $37,800
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 19 28 $40,290 $44,100
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $43,020 $47,100
2-Door Convertible M3 16 23 $50,755 $55,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$82,584
$25,730
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$88,800
$28,100
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1480 / month
$468 / 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
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.3 90.8
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 38.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 54.4
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 34.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 176.0
Height, Overall (in)
51.0 55.7
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 58.4
Wheelbase (in)
100.8 107.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.0 68.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 57.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.2 10.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 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 16.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 13.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.2 34.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-and-pinion Variable Assist Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 3.0
Tires
Rear Tire Size
285/35WR18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/40WR18 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact P205/55R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
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)
4065 3219
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 16 x 7.0
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
Displacement
5.0L/303 2.5L/152
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 29
Transmission
Trans Type
7 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 4.04
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 2.52
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.15
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.22
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 4.23
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.66
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-Arm Multilink Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Upper Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 4-Link Strut type

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