6-Speed Dinosaur: 2008 BMW 550i

The first modern manual transmission was demonstrated by two Frenchmen (Louis-Rena Panhard et Emile Levassor) way back in 1894.  Many significant improvements to Panhard and Levassor’s sliding mesh “crash-box” have been engineered over the last century, but none as significant as electronics which have made the manual gearbox obsolete and replaced them in souless dual-clutch things that have rubber bands, sensors, and brains that tell the pile of parts when and how to shift.  Manual gearboxes might be all but gone from new car dealer lots today, but take a walk on the wild side over to the used lots and you can still double clutch and row your own.  Find this 2008 BMW 550i offered for $5,500 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist.


From the seller:

2008 bmw 550i 

condition: like new 

cylinders: 6 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

paint color: grey 

size: full-size 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: sedan 

This is a rare find. BMW 550i with standard 6-speed transmission. Fun car to drive with a stick!! I love this car, but have to sell it as I am getting new one. 

Car is in good running shape. Includes:

– Sports package, 

– Privacy Tinted Windows

– Satellite Radio

– Navigation

– Heated seats

– Voice control

– Smogged



177K Miles, mostly highway 






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