Compare 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2006 BMW 3-Series

2006 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2006 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 24 $86,397 $92,900
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 20 $116,250 $125,000
2-Door Roadster 5.5L 13 19 $121,737 $130,900
2-Door Roadster 6.0L AMG 13 19 $172,050 $185,000
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4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 325i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 325i 20 30 $28,300 $30,900
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 325i 20 30 $28,300 $30,900
2-Door Coupe 325Ci 20 29 $29,575 $32,300
2-Door Coupe SULEV 325Ci 19 27 $29,575 $32,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 325xi 19 28 $30,030 $32,800
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 325xi 19 28 $31,665 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 330i 20 30 $33,485 $36,600
2-Door Coupe 330Ci 20 30 $34,395 $37,600
4-Door Sedan AWD 330xi 19 28 $35,215 $38,500
2-Door Convertible 325Ci 19 27 $36,215 $39,600
2-Door Convertible 330Ci 19 28 $41,040 $44,900
2-Door Coupe M3 16 24 $44,680 $48,900
2-Door Convertible M3 16 23 $51,685 $56,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$86,397
$28,300
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$92,900
$30,900
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1548 / month
$515 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Volume (ft³)
57.8 93.0
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 37.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 55.4
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
- 34.6
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
51.0 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
100.8 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.2 (7.2 w/top down) 12.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
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 - 11.8 x 0.79
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 15.9
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.2 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-and-pinion Variable Assist Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
285/35ZR18 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
255/40ZR18 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact N/A
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 3285
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - N/A
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - N/A
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)
- TBD - 185
Engine
Displacement
5.0L/303 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 5600 215 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas 6-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
339 @ 2700-4250 185 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 30
Transmission
Trans Type
7 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.46
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 4.32
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - -
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 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 5-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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