(4.7) 7 reviews
MSRP: $5,124$13,100
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 19
Engine: 360-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 (premium)
Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
Transmission: 6-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
2006 BMW 550

Our Take on the 2006 BMW 550

Our Take

BMW redesigned its midsize rear-wheel-drive 5 Series sedans for 2004 by making them slightly larger and giving them a fresh exterior look. Backseat space and trunk capacity increased. A new all-aluminum front-end structure helped reduce the car's weight. A simplified version of BMW's iD... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Wet-weather traction with RWD
  • Complex iDrive controls
  • Somewhat controversial styling
  • Seat comfort, especially in back
  • Price

Notable Features

  • More powerful V-8 for 2006
  • RWD layout
  • iDrive control system
  • Luxury amenities
  • Distinctive appearance


Our Expert Reviews

A fast and maneuverable sedan with tight handling, superb shifting, responsive steering and a lush interior, the new BMW 550i embodies all those good things that permit BMW to crow about ultimate driving machines.The 550 is an upgrade of the 545, with a bigger V-8 that churns out 360 horsepower, enough for thrilling acceleration and an EPA-imposed gas-guzzler tax of $1,000. But once you've... Read full review for the 2006 BMW 550

Consumer Reviews


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Most all-in-one package

by Sam from Oklahoma on August 21, 2010

Perfect car. Beautiful outside, luxurious inside, and the 550 purrs like a dream. I loved this car and would by a 5 series over and over again. I highly recommend it.

1 Trim Available

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Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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