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2004 BMW 730 vs. 2003 Opel Meriva

To start off, 2004 BMW 730 is newer by 1 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2003 Opel Meriva. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2003 Opel Meriva would be higher. At 2,979 cc (6 cylinders), 2004 BMW 730 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2004 BMW 730 (225 HP @ 6000 RPM) has 124 more horse power than 2003 Opel Meriva. (101 HP @ 6200 RPM). In normal driving conditions, 2004 BMW 730 should accelerate faster than 2003 Opel Meriva. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2004 BMW 730 weights approximately 410 kg more than 2003 Opel Meriva. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Because 2004 BMW 730 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 2004 BMW 730. However, in wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2003 Opel Meriva, 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, 2004 BMW 730 (300 Nm @ 3500 RPM) has 150 more torque (in Nm) than 2003 Opel Meriva. (150 Nm @ 3600 RPM). This means 2004 BMW 730 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2003 Opel Meriva. 2004 BMW 730 has automatic transmission and 2003 Opel Meriva has manual transmission. 2003 Opel Meriva will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2004 BMW 730 will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2004 BMW 730 2003 Opel Meriva
Make BMW Opel
Model 730 Meriva
Year Released 2004 2003
Body Type Sedan Hatchback
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2979 cc 1598 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 4 cylinders
Engine Type in-line in-line
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 225 HP 101 HP
Engine RPM 6000 RPM 6200 RPM
Torque 300 Nm 150 Nm
Torque RPM 3500 RPM 3600 RPM
Engine Bore Size 84 mm 79 mm
Engine Stroke Size 90 mm 81.5 mm
Engine Compression Ratio 10.2:1 10.5:1
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline - Premium
Drive Type Rear Front
Transmission Type Automatic Manual
Number of Seats 5 seats 5 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 5 doors
Vehicle Weight 1790 kg 1380 kg
Vehicle Length 5040 mm 4050 mm
Vehicle Width 1910 mm 1700 mm
Vehicle Height 1500 mm 1630 mm
Wheelbase Size 3000 mm 2740 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 63 L 53 L


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