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Selected Style 2-Door Convertible Automatic
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Convertible Manual 18 27 $37,412 $39,800
2-Door Convertible Automatic 18 26 $37,412 $39,800
4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
2-Door Convertible M3 M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
2-Door Coupe RWD 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
2-Door Coupe AWD 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
2-Door Coupe RWD 335i 19 29 $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 RWD 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan RWD South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
4-Door Sedan AWD 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan AWD SULEV 328xi 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
4-Door Sedan RWD 335i 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
4-Door Sedan AWD 335xi N/A N/A $37,905 $41,200
4-Door Sports Wagon RWD 328i 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
4-Door Sports Wagon AWD 328xi 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
4-Door Sedan RWD SULEV South Africa 328i 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
Pricing
Invoice Price
$37,412
$30,085
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$39,800
$32,700
Monthly Payment Estimate
$663 / month
$545 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The C70 fills the space of the former Coupe (discontinued in 2002) and the Convertible (discontinued in 2004). It's less sleek than the cars it replaces, and while it's a little plain, the C70's shape is clean and well detailed with a minimum of clutter. 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 26 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Subcompact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 53.1 - TBD -
Passenger Volume (ft³) 84 93.0
Second Leg Room (in) 33.9 34.6
Front Head Room (in) 38.2 38.5
Second Hip Room (in) 41.5 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 53.6 55.4
Passenger Capacity 4 5
Second Head Room (in) 36.4 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 47.0 55.1
Front Leg Room (in) 42.3 41.5
Exterior Dimensions
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
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 180.4 178.2
Height, Overall (in) 55.1 55.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³) 12.8 12.0
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x - TBD - 11.8 x 0.94
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 16.4 16.1
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.58 3.0
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
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
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/45VR17 P205/55R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/45VR17 P205/55R16
Spare Tire Size NA NA
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 - TBD -
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3627 3340
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) NA NA
Rear 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 - 180
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 236 @ 1500 - 4800 200 @ 2750
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 2.5L/154 3.0L/183
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 227 @ 5000 230 @ 6500
Engine Type Turbo Gas I5 Gas I6
Fuel System - TBD - - TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 26 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.98 1.66
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.02 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.94
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 3.03 2.46
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 2.27 3.23
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.34 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.85
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.66 4.32
Summary
Vehicle Name Volvo C70 BMW 3 Series
Body Style 2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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