15k: E60 6-Speed: 2007 BMW 550i

 The E60 BMW 5 series was the pinnacle of the controversial Bangle
styling – but will it stand out from all of the other beige mid
2000s cars years from now?  Until it becomes a collectible you will
need to live with the funky styling, but the combination of performance, comfort, and status is hard to match at this price.  Find this 2007 BMW 550i offered here on eBay for $14,800 buy-it-now or make-offer, located in Cleveland, OH.

BMW has done a great job of continuing to offer a manual gearbox in its executive class sedans, particularly in the 540i, 545i, 550i versions.  A surprisingly large percent of the 550is for sale have the manual transmission and the current prices start to break in to E39 M5 territory.  Would you prefer the extra few horsepower and limited slip rear of an older E39 M5, or the modern conveniences, lower miles, and comfort of the 550i?

The 550i is powered by the N62B48 all alloy 4.8 liter DOHC V8 pushing 360 horsepower into a 6 speed manual transmission.  The 550i will match a 335i in straight line speed, but give up a few lengths in the turns — but it can fit 3 adults in the back seat.

The two tone interior looks in good shape and this car benefits from the 2007 mid-cycle refresh that updated the front bumper, head lights, tail lights, and slightly debangled the trunk. You gotta wonder if that 6-speed manual shifter has surprise a few valets in its day.

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