Compare 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL Class vs 2004 Saab 9-3

2004 Mercedes-Benz SL Class
2004 Saab 9-3
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2-Door Roadster 5.0L
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Roadster 5.0L 16 23 $82,584 $88,800
2-Door Roadster 5.5L AMG 14 21 $111,647 $120,050
2-Door Roadster 5.5L 13 19 $117,413 $126,250
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4-Door Sport Sedan Linear
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sport Sedan Linear 23 34 $24,929 $26,425
4-Door Sport Sedan Arc 23 30 $28,760 $30,485
4-Door Sport Sedan Aero 20 28 $30,766 $32,685
2-Door Convertible Arc 21 29 $37,715 $39,995
2-Door Convertible Aero 21 30 $40,078 $42,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$82,584
$24,929
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$88,800
$26,425
Monthly Payment Estimate
$1480 / month
$440 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 23 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Two Seater Compact
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
2 5
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 42.3
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 - TBD -
Front Head Room (in)
37.7 38.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
50.3 90.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.0 56.3
Second Head Room (in)
- 37.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.1
Second Leg Room (in)
- 35.1
Second Hip Room (in)
- - TBD -
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.5 59.3
Wheelbase (in)
100.8 105.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.0 69.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.4 59.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 182.5
Height, Overall (in)
51.0 56.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
10.2 14.8
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel Four-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.8 x - TBD - 11.4 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x - TBD - 12.3 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21 16.4
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.2 35.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack-and-pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.97
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
255/40WR18 P205/55R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
285/35WR18 P205/55R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4065 3175
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 9.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.5 15 x 6
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
143 140
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V8 Gas I4
Fuel System
SMPI Turbocharged MFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
339 @ 2700-4250 195 @ 2500
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
5.0L/303 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
302 @ 5600 175 @ 5500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 23
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.42 3.43
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.86 1.88
Trans Order Code
NA MAN
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.82 3.82
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 .89
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.82 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.38 3.58
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.92 1.18
Trans Type
7 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 .66
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Convertible 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Saab 9-3
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
5-Arm Multilink 4-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent 4-Link MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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