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318I 4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 318I 4-Door Sedan Manual 23 31 $22,755 $25,950
3 Series 318IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 22 31 $22,755 $25,950
3 Series 318IC 2-Door Convertible Manual 23 31 $29,050 $33,150
3 Series 318ICA 2-Door Convertible Automatic 22 31 $29,050 $33,150
3 Series 318IS 2-Door Coupe Manual 23 31 $24,285 $27,700
3 Series 318ISA 2-Door Coupe Automatic 22 31 $24,285 $27,700
3 Series 318TI 3-Door HB Manual 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3 Series 318TIA 3-Door HB Automatic 23 31 $19,215 $21,390
3 Series 328I 4-Door Sedan Manual 20 29 $28,835 $32,900
3 Series 328IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 19 27 $28,835 $32,900
3 Series 328IC 2-Door Convertible Manual 20 29 $36,260 $41,390
3 Series 328ICA 2-Door Convertible Automatic 19 27 $36,260 $41,390
3 Series 328IS 2-Door Coupe Manual 20 29 $28,910 $32,990
3 Series 328ISA 2-Door Coupe Automatic 19 27 $28,910 $32,990
3 Series M3 2-Door Coupe Manual 20 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series M3S 4-Door Sedan Manual 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series M3SA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 19 28 $34,500 $39,380
3 Series Z3 2-Door Roadster 1.9L 23 31 $25,915 $29,425
3 Series Z3 2-Door Roadster 2.8L 19 27 $31,455 $35,900
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2-Door Convertible
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Mustang 2-Door Convertible 20 30 $18,912 $20,755
Mustang 2-Door Convertible Cobra 18 26 $25,480 $28,135
Mustang 2-Door Convertible GT 17 26 $21,787 $23,985
Mustang 2-Door Coupe 20 30 $14,107 $15,355
Mustang 2-Door Coupe Cobra 18 26 $22,988 $25,335
Mustang 2-Door Coupe GT 17 26 $16,460 $18,000
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,755
$18,912
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,950
$20,755
Monthly Payment Estimate
$433 / month
$346 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
31 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sub-Compact Subcompact
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.6 41.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.5 53.6
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 35.7
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 41.2
Front Leg Room (in)
41.1 42.6
Front Hip Room (in)
56.6 52.3
Second Leg Room (in)
34.0 30.3
Front Head Room (in)
38.1 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
85.7 76.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
55.4 60.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 3.6
Length, Overall (in)
174.5 181.5
Height, Overall (in)
54.8 53.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
55.9 58.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 101.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 30.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
66.9 71.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.3 7.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.5 x 0.55
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x - TBD - 10.8 x 1.02
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.4 15.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.8 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.1 38.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.4 2.38
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T32
Front Tire Size
P185/65R15 P205/65R15
Spare Tire Size
P185/65R15 T125/90R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA T32
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P185/65R15 P205/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2,976 3216
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 4.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.4 12.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
80 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 540
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 150 @ 4000
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
133 @ 4300 215 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA 994
Displacement
1.9L/116 3.8L/232
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
31 30
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.04 3.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.52 1.93
Trans Order Code
NA 445
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.45 2.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.22 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.23 3.35
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 11.02
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.29
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.73
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 2 Door Convertible
Vehicle Name
BMW 3 Series Ford Mustang
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.06
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Four-bar link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Central Links w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 30
Suspension Type - Front
Coil Spring MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar w/Coil Springs

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