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1990 BMW 316 vs. 1982 Buick Century

To start off, 1990 BMW 316 is newer by 8 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 1982 Buick Century. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 1982 Buick Century would be higher. At 3,000 cc (6 cylinders), 1982 Buick Century is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 1982 Buick Century (110 HP) has 10 more horse power than 1990 BMW 316. (100 HP) In normal driving conditions, 1982 Buick Century should accelerate faster than 1990 BMW 316.

Because 1990 BMW 316 is rear wheel drive (RWD), it offers better handling in dry conditions; in addition, if you are looking to drift, it will be much easier to do with 1990 BMW 316. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 1982 Buick Century, being front wheel drive (FWD), will offer much better control with better grip. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 1982 Buick Century (197 Nm) has 56 more torque (in Nm) than 1990 BMW 316. (141 Nm). This means 1982 Buick Century will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 1990 BMW 316. 1982 Buick Century has automatic transmission and 1990 BMW 316 has manual transmission. 1990 BMW 316 will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 1982 Buick Century will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

1990 BMW 316 1982 Buick Century
Make BMW Buick
Model 316 Century
Year Released 1990 1982
Body Type Sedan Sedan
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 1596 cc 3000 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 6 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Horse Power 100 HP 110 HP
Torque 141 Nm 197 Nm
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 4 doors
Vehicle Length 4330 mm 4803 mm
Vehicle Width 1650 mm 1763 mm
Vehicle Height 1390 mm 1364 mm
Wheelbase Size 2580 mm 2662 mm


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