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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible Manual
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Automatic 18 26 $36,886 $39,240
2-Door Convertible Manual 18 27 $36,886 $39,240
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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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
$36,886
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,240
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$654 / month
$545 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2008 Volvo C70 feels light and gets lighter with the top down -- just don’t plan on taking many friends or much cargo along for the ride. 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
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 41.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 55.4
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.5
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 47.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.5
Front Hip Room (in) 53.1 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in) 33.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84 93.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 178.2
Height, Overall (in) 55.1 55.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.4 59.6
Wheelbase (in) 103.9 108.7
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.3 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 61.0 59.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.8 12.0
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System Four Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.0 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) 11.8 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 16.1
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.7 36.1
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.6 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size 235/45R17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size 235/45R17 P205/55R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3792 3340
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Alloy Alloy
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 180
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type Turbo Gas I5 Gas I6
Fuel System - TBD - - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 236 @ 1500 - 5000 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/154 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 227 @ 5000 230 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 27 28
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.91 2.46
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.77 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.95 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.65 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.39 4.32
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.27 1.66
Trans Type 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name Volvo C70 BMW 3 Series
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double Pivot
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
 
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