Compare 2008 Saab 9-3 vs 2008 BMW 3-Series

2008 Saab 9-3
2008 BMW 3-Series
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan 19 29 $27,108 $28,445
4-Door Wagon SportCombi 19 29 $28,223 $29,615
4-Door Sedan Aero 16 26 $33,559 $35,215
4-Door Wagon SportCombi Aero 16 26 $34,546 $36,250
2-Door Convertible 18 27 $38,077 $39,955
4-Door Sedan TurboX 16 24 $40,010 $41,765
4-Door Wagon SportCombi TurboX 16 24 $40,777 $42,565
2-Door Convertible Aero 16 26 $43,494 $45,640
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4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
2-Door Coupe AWD 335xi 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
2-Door Convertible 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible SULEV 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
2-Door Convertible 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,108
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,445
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$474 / month
$545 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Although the 2008 Saab 9-3 isn’t as stylish and recognizable, it is a unique and stealthy alternative to more frequently seen small sport sedans. The 2008 BMW 3-Series sedan has the best overall driving experience in its class and remains the gold standard among mid-size sport sedans.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
29 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.3 55.4
Second Head Room (in)
37.0 37.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.3 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
35.1 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
38.9 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
93.4 93.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
182.9 178.2
Height, Overall (in)
57.1 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.3 59.6
Wheelbase (in)
105.3 108.7
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.0 71.5
Track Width, Front (in)
60.0 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
15.0 12.0
Brakes
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)
10.9 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.79
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.0 36.1
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.97 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size
Compact NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/55HR16 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3210 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
120 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I6
Fuel System
MPFI MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
221 @ 2500 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5500 230 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
29 28
Transmission
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.54 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.04 2.46
Trans Order Code
MM3 NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.44 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.05 1.23
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.77 4.32
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.95 1.66
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Saab 9-3 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
4-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA

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