Compare 2008 BMW 3-Series vs 2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class

2008 BMW 3-Series
2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2-Door Conv 328i
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 328i SULEV 18 28 $40,020 $43,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv 335i 19 28 $45,540 $49,500
3 Series 2-Door Conv M3 14 19 $59,755 $64,950
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $32,750 $35,600
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $34,410 $37,400
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335i RWD 19 29 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 2-Door Coupe 335xi AWD 19 29 $39,560 $43,000
3 Series 2-Door Coupe M3 14 20 $51,980 $56,500
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD SULEV South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328i RWD South Africa 18 28 $30,085 $32,700
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 328xi AWD SULEV 19 28 $31,830 $34,600
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335i RWD South Africa 19 29 $36,155 $39,300
3 Series 4-Door Sedan 335xi AWD 19 25 $37,905 $41,200
3 Series 4-Door Sedan M3 14 20 $49,495 $53,800
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328i RWD 20 30 $31,740 $34,500
3 Series 4-Door Sports Wgn 328xi AWD 19 28 $33,490 $36,400
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4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury 4MATIC 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Luxury RWD 18 25 $29,388 $31,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport 4MATIC 17 25 $32,401 $34,840
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.0L Sport RWD 18 26 $29,388 $31,600
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 3.5L Sport RWD 17 25 $34,317 $36,900
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 6.3L AMG RWD 12 19 $50,034 $53,800

Pricing

Invoice Price

$40,020
$32,401

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$43,500
$34,840

Monthly Payment Estimate

$725 / month
$581 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2008 BMW M3 redefines the performance envelope for BMW's 3-Series range--but at a significant weight and price penalty. You might be going too fast to notice, though. More sport, more luxury, and more features for the money make the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class a more attractive possibility.

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Fuel Economy

City

18 mpg 17 mpg

Highway

28 mpg 25 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Sub-Compact Compact

Interior Dimensions

Second Leg Room (in)

31.9 33.4

Front Head Room (in)

38.0 37.1

Passenger Volume (ft³)

84.2 89.0

Second Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Shoulder Room (in)

55.3 54.7

Second Head Room (in)

36.5 36.9

Passenger Capacity

4 5

Second Shoulder Room (in)

49.3 55.1

Front Leg Room (in)

41.8 41.7

Front Hip Room (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Exterior Dimensions

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

70.2 69.7

Track Width, Front (in)

59.1 - TBD -

Min Ground Clearance (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Length, Overall (in)

180.6 182.3

Height, Overall (in)

54.5 56.9

Track Width, Rear (in)

59.6 - TBD -

Wheelbase (in)

108.7 108.7

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

9.0 12.4

Brakes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.3 x - TBD - 11.6 x 1.26

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 0.86

Brake Type

Pwr-Assisted Power

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

16.1 17.4

Steering

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.0 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

36.1 35.6

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Rack & Pinion Steering

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.0 2.5

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P225/45R17 P225/45R17

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P225/45R17 P225/45R17

Spare Tire Size

NA Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

- TBD - NA

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3792 3737

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Alloy Aluminum

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - - TBD -

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

- TBD - - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

180 - TBD -

Engine

Displacement

3.0L/183 3.0L/183

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

230 @ 6500 228 @ 6000

Engine Type

Gas I6 Gas V6

Fuel System

MPI - TBD -

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

200 @ 2750 221 @ 2700 - 5000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

18 17

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

28 25

Transmission

Trans Type

6 7

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 1.00

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive All-Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.94 3.42 (R2 2.23)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.46 2.86

Trans Order Code

NA 427

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.38 3.27

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.23 1.37

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.85 0.82

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.32 4.38

Clutch Size (in)

- TBD - NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.66 1.92

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

- 0.73

Summary

Vehicle Name

BMW 3 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Body Style

2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan

Suspension

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

NA 3-Link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

5-Link Independent

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

NA 5-Arm Multi-link

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Double Pivot Independent

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