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
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 -
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 37.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
57.8 93.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
- 34.6
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 178.2
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 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
Rear Tire Size
285/35ZR18 P205/55R16
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4065 3285
Wheels
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
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)
- TBD - 185
Engine
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
Displacement
5.0L/303 3.0L/183
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 30
Transmission
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
Trans Type
7 6
Summary
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class BMW 3 Series
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Lower Arms

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