Compare 1998 BMW 5-Series vs 1998 Mercedes-Benz C Class

1998 BMW 5-Series
1998 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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528I 4-Door Sedan Manual
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5 Series 528I 4-Door Sedan Manual 20 28 $34,590 $38,900
5 Series 528IA 4-Door Sedan Automatic 18 26 $34,590 $38,900
5 Series 540I 4-Door Sedan 6-Speed Manual 15 24 $46,775 $53,300
5 Series 540IA 4-Door Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 18 24 $44,325 $50,500
5 Series 540IP 4-Door Protection Sedan 5-Speed Automatic 18 24 $84,465 $88,900
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4-Door Sedan 2.3L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 2.3L 23 30 $26,490 $30,450
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 2.8L 21 27 $30,800 $35,400
C-Class 4-Door Sedan 4.3L AMG 17 22 $45,890 $52,750
Pricing
Invoice Price
$34,590
$26,490
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$38,900
$30,450
Monthly Payment Estimate
$648 / month
$508 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
28 mpg 30 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 32.8
Front Head Room (in)
38.7 37.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
92.5 88
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.8 52.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 54.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 41.5
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 50.9
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 67.7
Track Width, Front (in)
59.5 59.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
188.0 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 56.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.0 57.6
Wheelbase (in)
111.4 105.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
11.1 12.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 0.87 11.2 x 0.47
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel, 4-Channel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 0.79 10.2 x 0.35
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)
18.5 16.4
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2 15.85
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.1 35.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Recirculating ball
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.0 3.2
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/60R15 205/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P225/60R15 205/60R15
Spare Tire Size
P225/60R15 Full-Size
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)
- TBD - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3450 3250
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.8L/170 2.3L/140
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
190 @ 5300 147 @ 5500
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas I4
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
206 @ 3950 162 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
28 30
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.89 3.10 (1.90 Winter Mode)
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.49 2.41
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.93 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.24 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.20 3.93
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.66 1.49
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
BMW 5 Series Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Four-link 5-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Anti-Roll Bar w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double Wishbone

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