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Vehicle 1997 BMW 3-Series M3 2dr Cpe Manual 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class 2dr Coupe 3.2L
12-way sport seats Yes No
16.4 gallon fuel tank Yes No
16" x 7.0" 7-spoke alloy wheels No Yes
17" x 7.5 front/17 x 8.5 rear round double-spoke cast alloy wheels Yes No
205/55HR16 all-season BSW tires No Yes
225/45ZR17 high-performance radial front tires Yes No
245/40ZR17 high-performance radial rear tires Yes No
2-stage rear-window defroster Yes No
3.2L DOHC 24-valve in-line 6-cyl engine w/variable valve timing Yes No
3.2L SOHC SMPI 18-valve aluminum-alloy V6 engine No Yes
4 cup holders No Yes
5-speed ZF type C manual transmission w/direct 5th gear Yes No
75 amp/hr battery Yes No
80-amp alternator Yes No
8 speaker Bose sound system w/speed sensitive volume adjustment No Yes
9 mph automatic door locks No Yes
All season traction control Yes No
**ALL STANDARDS ARE 2001 UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED** No Yes
AM/FM/weatherband/cassette stereo w/antitheft coding & CD changer/cellular telephone controls No Yes
Analog fuel-economy indicator Yes No
Anti-lock brakes (ABS) No Yes
Anti-lock brake system (ABS) Yes No
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) No Yes
Anti-theft AM/FM stereo w/cassette-inc: 10 x 20 watt amplifier, 10 speakers Yes No
Anti-theft system-inc: central locking, transponder-encoded ignition key, engine immobilizer No Yes
Auto climate control-inc: separate electric temp control, LCD display Yes No
Auto dimming rear view mirror No Yes
Auto front seatbelt tensioners Yes No
Auto locking retractors on all seat belts Yes No
Automatic dual-zone climate control w/dust/charcoal filter, residual heat feature No Yes
Automatic Slip Control traction control system (ASR) No Yes
Automatic slip regulation traction control system (ASR) No Yes
Body-color hydraulic energy absorbing bumpers (damage control to 9-MPH) Yes No
Brake assist system (applies full braking pwr automatically when needed) No Yes
Burl walnut wood trim on doors, dash, console, shift gate No Yes
Central locking system-inc: double lock anti-theft feature, console switch Yes No
City 20/hwy 28 (3.2L engine/5-speed manual trans) Yes No
City 21/hwy 29 (3.2L engine/5-speed auto trans) (2000) No Yes
Courtesy lights w/fade-in/out feature Yes No
Cruise control No Yes
Crumple-zone body structure No Yes
Direct ignition system w/knock control Yes No
Diversity antenna system Yes No
Door mounted side impact airbags No Yes
Driveaway protection (disables engine when double-lock feature engaged) Yes No
Driver & front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) Yes No
Drop-down tool kit in trunk Yes No
Dual front airbags w/BabySmart auto passenger-side airbag deactivation No Yes
Dual front cupholders/coinholder Yes No
Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors No Yes
Dual pwr heated exterior mirrors w/driver-side 3-position memory, RH side mirror w/reverse dip-down, LH auto dimming mirror No Yes
Dual pwr outside heated rearview mirrors Yes No
Elect engine-management system Yes No
Electronically-controlled 5-speed automatic transmission-inc: driver-adaptive computer control, OD, winter mode select for forward & reverse starts No Yes
Electronic analog speedometer/tachometer Yes No
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) No Yes
Front 10-way pwr bucket seats w/3-memory presets No Yes
Front air dam w/spoiler Yes No
Front/rear coil springs/gas-pressurized shock absorbers/stabilizer bar No Yes
Front/rear coil springs, twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers, stabilizer bars Yes No
Front seatback storage nets Yes No
Full size spare tire No Yes
Full-size spare tire w/alloy wheel Yes No
Glove box w/take-out flashlight Yes No
Halogen free-form fog lights Yes No
Halogen free-form headlights (low beams) Yes No
Halogen headlamps/front fog lamps No Yes
Heated rear window No Yes
Heated windshield washer nozzles No Yes
Height-adjustable 3-point seat belts w/emergency tensioning retractors & belt force limiters No Yes
Hydraulic energy absorbing bumpers (damage control to 9-MPH) Yes No
Illuminated master key Yes No
Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension w/anti-lift/anti-squat/alignment control No Yes
Independent double wishbone front suspension w/triangular lower control arms, antidive geometry No Yes
Instrument panel-inc: speedometer, tachometer, trip odometer, fuel/temperature gauges, quartz clock, outside temperature indicator No Yes
Integrated garage door opener No Yes
Intermittent windshield wipers No Yes
Lamps-inc: front passenger reading, delayed shutoff courtesy No Yes
LCD main & trip odometers Yes No
Leather manual shift knob/steering wheel/handbrake grip/boot Yes No
Leather upholstery No Yes
Leather-wrapped steering wheel w/manually telescoping steering column No Yes
Limited slip differential Yes No
Map reading lights Yes No
Microfiltered ventilation Yes No
M sports suspension calibration Yes No
Multifunction display-inc: unfastened seat belt, exterior lamp failure, brake system/parking brake, front brake pad wear, SRS, ABS, Brake Assist, ASR, ESP, & low fuel/engine oil/coolant/washer fluid levels No Yes
Multi Information Display w/multi-function digital clock, outside temp display w/freeze warning, vehicle monitoring system Yes No
Multi-link system rear suspension w/central links Yes No
Nappa leather seating surfaces/door trim w/cloth upholstery Yes No
Open rear center console No Yes
Positive side-window sealing system Yes No
Pre-wired for BMW remote keyless-entry security system Yes No
Pre-wired for CD changer Yes No
Pwr door locks No Yes
Pwr front-ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes No Yes
Pwr front windows w/1-touch express-down No Yes
Pwr recirculating ball steering w/integrated damper No Yes
Pwr windows-inc: key-off operation, 1-touch up/down Yes No
Rear 60/40 split-folding seat No Yes
Rear bumper air diffuser Yes No
Rear cabin courtesy lamps No Yes
Rear manually adjustable head restraints w/driver pwr retractable feature No Yes
Rear wheel drive Yes Yes
Remote illuminated entry system No Yes
Seatback easy-entry feature Yes No
Service interval indicator Yes No
Single rear fog lamp No Yes
SmartKey 4 button remote locking system w/trunk release, panic alarm, valet lockout No Yes
Split folding rear seats Yes No
Storage pockets in both doors, dash No Yes
Strut-type front suspension w/arc-shaped lower arms Yes No
Vacuum-assisted ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes Yes No
Variable engine-speed-sensitive pwr-assisted rack and pinion steering Yes No
Vehicle-speed variable 2-speed intermittent windshield wipers w/single wipe mode Yes No
Velour carpeting & front/rear floor mats No Yes
Window closing from driver door lock feature Yes No






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