Monday, April 4, 2016
Six Speeds, No Excuses: 2007 BMW 550i E60
The 6-speed equipped Mercedes-Benz C320 was the interesting choice for someone who wants a self shifted German luxury sedan, but doesn't want a BMW -- but DT commenter Tom McGuire hit the nail on the head when he wrote: "Can Have" and "Not Want" sum up my view of this era of MB. Buy a BMW. Can't argue with that kind of logic -- but what if you don't want to be yet another poseur in a black 3-series? You could pickup a used 6-speed equipped 5-series, like this 2007 BMW 550i here on eBay with opening bid of $9,900 reserve-not-met located in New Rochelle, NY.
According to the window sticker, this E60 generation 550i hit somebody's back account to the tune of $72,245 before tax & registration. About 3000 days later it is bidding for less than $10k on eBay -- that's more than $20 a day in depreciation! But you know what they say -- there is no money better spent on a car than the previous guy's...
You won't find some fuel sipping inline-6 under the hood of the 550i -- no sir, its got a 4.8 liter (shouldn't it be a 548...don't get me started on BMW's badge fudging [fadging?]) DOHC V8 that puts out 360 horsepower and 360 ft-lbs of torque into a 6-speed manual gearbox.
See a better standard shifted family sedan for cheap? firstname.lastname@example.org
2007 BMW 550i: Beck/Arnley Direct Ignition Coil (req 8) for $45.89 via AdvanceAutoParts.
2007 BMW 550i: Zimmerman Front Rotor for $118.33 via AdvanceAutoParts.