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Capobranco
05-17-2011, 01:56 PM
BMW did not have an established target market demographic for the GT. The GT was a very courageous bold foray into uncharted territory, and BMW has allowed the GT to find its own customer. BMW understands that cars in general are very quickly evolving away from traditional forms, and that BMW must provide new solutions for a new age of emerging hip forward thinking enthusiasts not bound by convention. BMW is exploring a multitude of power train solutions – hybrid, efficient diesels, electric, and in terms of form, vehicles that can multitask such as the GT. All share BMW DNA and vision.

We often think of car enthusiasts as being a very hip adventure seeking group. The reality is that many, if not most, are invested in the ideas and technology of the past. Nostalgia is powerful. Design language must incorporate traditional styling cues in a manner that is both fresh, but pays homage to the past. Threading this needle is an art, fraught with insecurity – hence the inclination to play it safe. I would contend that BMW does a very good job understanding the nature of the customer for their core product lines – 3 – 5 - 7 series, and BMW targets appropriate conservative products to satisfy that core demand. BMW has been far more adventurous, and innovative, in their effort to redefine traditional concepts of the SUV, sports cars and multi-tasking 5 doors.

I understand the reasoning of BMW to make the 5 GT a bridge between the 5 and 7 series – 7 series architecture and features – 5 series pricing. Conceptually, this makes sense, except it has also sown confusion, and has fomented a culture clash. Witness the animosity of F/10 Forum to anything GT. The F/10 is perhaps the most conservative design from BMW in recent years. BMW would answer – yes, we were absolutely spot on given the evolving market demographic for the F/10. It would be improper to conclude that drivers of the F/10 are ipso facto conservative – but from a marketing perspective - I would anticipate finding many mid level corporate accountant-types. – which is perfectly fine – but hence the ultra conservative retrenchment of the F/10 v. the E60, dynamically and in terms of design. Perhaps many consider the anonymity of the F/10 as a positive attribute reflecting their quiet good taste.

I suspect that the F/07 crowd is a very different group –if not younger in actual years – certainly younger in spirit. In the most general terms, we are a hip group – forward thinking, not afraid of innovations or new ideas. We love adventure, travel, and outdoor activities. I suspect a few of us engage in extreme sports. Non-conformist art-types are a natural customer base. The GT being a flexible platform can be outfitted to meet the needs of those seeking luxury, utility, and comfortable cruising, as well as those who want a fast ride. I am certain, more than a few entrepreneur types, who need space for clients, but don’t mind a little showboating, inhabit our ranks. In general the GT accommodates independent thinkers who make their own decisions and seek luxury, performance, utility, and value. We are an eclectic successful independent group bound together by our passion for BMW.

My pop analysis maybe off, but seriously, which party do you want to attend on New Years Eve – the conventional 3 box F/10 gray suit party….or the hip, uninhibited F/07 diversity party? :cool:

darbyogill
05-17-2011, 02:16 PM
Your demographic description fits the average BMW buyer, but you are very far off the target demographic of the GT.

The GT was always planned as a conquest vehicle--a car that would attract buyers from beyond the traditional BMW customer base. This is largely why there is animosity from the more traditional BMW owners--because they're having to open up the tent to noobs. The only thing the GT customer shares with other BMW owners is socio-economic status. Other than that, GT owners are older, whiter, more likely to live in the suburbs, more likely to have adult children and more likely to have owned multiple Japanese (and even American) automobiles, and favor driving comfort and practicality above performance, style and even efficiency.

GT buyers will be "younger and hipper" than most Lexus, Acura, Infiniti and Cadillac buyers, but they will not be "younger and hipper" than other BMW owners.

In the end the GT was a margin play. The E61 sold less than 1000 units in NA each year of production. If they could double that volume with the GT then it would be a smashing success. So far, it's been a push. But curiously there is much discussion about a 3GT and even a 6GT... so clearly BMW is quite enamored with the form factor, even if the market in general is not.

11gt535
05-17-2011, 05:19 PM
I had the perception that the GT was an "older car" than I really was. Other hatches were distinctly younger than I am.

First day driving it here in the US someone stopped me walking away from it and told me that the car was beautiful and asked me what it was. Seems like there's room for all kinds of cars on the road.

car-fan
05-17-2011, 08:29 PM
Your demographic description fits the average BMW buyer, but you are very far off the target demographic of the GT.

The GT was always planned as a conquest vehicle--a car that would attract buyers from beyond the traditional BMW customer base. This is largely why there is animosity from the more traditional BMW owners--because they're having to open up the tent to noobs. The only thing the GT customer shares with other BMW owners is socio-economic status. Other than that, GT owners are older, whiter, more likely to live in the suburbs, more likely to have adult children and more likely to have owned multiple Japanese (and even American) automobiles, and favor driving comfort and practicality above performance, style and even efficiency.

GT buyers will be "younger and hipper" than most Lexus, Acura, Infiniti and Cadillac buyers, but they will not be "younger and hipper" than other BMW owners.

In the end the GT was a margin play. The E61 sold less than 1000 units in NA each year of production. If they could double that volume with the GT then it would be a smashing success. So far, it's been a push. But curiously there is much discussion about a 3GT and even a 6GT... so clearly BMW is quite enamored with the form factor, even if the market in general is not.

With all due respect I think you are way off base. This is BMW number 7 for me, since 1994. IMHO the GT offers those BMW enthusiasts/owners a vehicle that offers BMW performance and more flexibility than the standard 3er, 5er, 7er saloon err sedan. All types of folks drive GT's, and trust when I say I'm not a stodgy, old, tight lipped, individual in any way ;)

So your assessment of GT owners is a bit misguided, make that way misguided:rofl:

psmatharu2011
05-18-2011, 09:42 AM
Im not white, im dark brown (as my wife would say)
Im 30
I live in the subs
Hate Jap cars
Love BMW's

darbyogill
05-18-2011, 09:54 AM
Don't take any of this personally fellas... Remember demogrpahics are just a collection of averages, and if you hang out here you're almost certainly an outlier.

psmatharu2011
05-18-2011, 09:59 AM
Nothing personal at all :)

Capobranco
05-18-2011, 10:00 AM
Don't take any of this personally fellas... Remember demogrpahics are just a collection of averages, and if you hang out here you're almost certainly an outlier.

Given the small but growing numbers of GT owners, this is just fun speculation, based on personal experience and perhaps a hope. Given the confusing introduction of the GT in NA, and lack luster follow up marketing efforts by both BMW and dealers, I find it surprising that the GT continues to meet its sales quotas. The GT is not an obvious easy choice ***8211; poor marketing, confusion on the dealership level, and animosity from traditional BMW enthusiasts creates significant barriers to purchase.

The GT is a flexible platform that can be equipped in very different ways to satisfy a myriad of requirements and desires. Some view it as a luxury car, a luxury SAV, a performance SAV, a performance luxury sedan that has great utility, a crossover, whatever***8230;. Indeed one local DC dealer calls the GT a ***8220;Station Wagon***8221; in its inventory on its website***8230;yuck. Each of these characterizations will tend to attract a certain type of buyer. I would anticipate a very eclectic diverse buyer pool. Beyond a passion for BMWs I would imagine most potential buyers share a very independent ***8211; out-side the box mentality, as well as courage, and knowledge. The GT is not an easy purchase.

Personally, I know only two GT drivers ***8211; myself and another in the DC area...

I do not begin to fit your profile ***8211; I am urban/suburban, arts oriented, independent and entrepreneurial. I enjoy participating in canine protection sport with my German shepherd, work out daily, trek and climb mountains on weekends, and have studied in and traveled to Europe on a regular basis. I have had a life long passion not only for the arts, but also sports cars especially BMWs and Porsches.

I think I will fit in just fine at the GT Diversity Party

Capobranco
05-18-2011, 10:18 AM
Don't take any of this personally fellas... Remember demogrpahics are just a collection of averages, and if you hang out here you're almost certainly an outlier.

I am curious - who are we? - this is definitely not personal - just fun

darbyogill
05-18-2011, 10:33 AM
I am curious - who are we? - this is definitely not personal - just fun

If I were to use political terms, you (the collective you, not you-you) are the base.

http://halftimeadjustment.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/you-are-not-a-beautiful-and-unique-snowflake.jpg

Capobranco
05-18-2011, 11:58 AM
If I were to use political terms, you (the collective you, not you-you) are the base.

http://halftimeadjustment.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/you-are-not-a-beautiful-and-unique-snowflake.jpg

LOL!:rofl:

Dude - I'm not so sure about the collective me being the base - I' m an unusual snowflake:rofl:

BTW - I do not and have never smoked tobacco - aviator disco glasses ...please

PS Brad Pitt image - Fight Club?....client a few years ago - very nice guy...liked my protection trained German shepherd!

magnumforc
05-18-2011, 01:06 PM
Upper echelon executive, worked in law enforcement, investigations, lived in urban and suburbia. Traveled extensively nationally and internationally, kids, wife, delivered pizza and chicken and worked in a grocery store before and while on the way up. Worked two and three jobs at a time when times were rough and found the light at the end of the tunnel could be a runaway locomotive bearing down on you as well as daylight! Made enough money to buy anything I wanted and pissed more away on cars than I could ever count. A centrist, a veteran, and one who appreciates all the finer things life has to offer. One who doesn't care whether others like what he owns, as long as I like them. Because I never asked anyone else to pay, or sacrifice for them. That's the beauty of having been there, done that and gotten the tee shirt with the bullet holes to prove it.

No, not bragging at all. Just a happy GT owner.

Capobranco
05-18-2011, 01:31 PM
......One who doesn't care whether others like what he owns, as long as I like them. Because I never asked anyone else to pay, or sacrifice for them. That's the beauty of having been there, done that and gotten the tee shirt with the bullet holes to prove it....

+1

Amen....I have a few bullet holes myself...:thumbup:

darbyogill
05-18-2011, 02:25 PM
been there, done that and gotten the tee shirt with the bullet holes to prove it.


I have a few bullet holes myself

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j67/sakataj/Me/Funny%20Pics/thread_is_worthless.jpg

Capobranco
05-18-2011, 09:14 PM
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j67/sakataj/Me/Funny%20Pics/thread_is_worthless.jpg


ok ...here's a useful "picher"....cheers:beerchug:

http://soundcheckdublin.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/beer-pitcher.jpg

Jenny51
05-20-2011, 06:19 AM
Hi there, we went for a GT as we wanted to fit our mountain bikes inside and move the odd large piece of furniture, and can sleep in the car if necessary under the stars - moved to a GT from having 7 Series cars. We found the handling of the car over potholes very poor compared to 7 series, and it wandered a bit at speed. Perhaps it was the run flat tyres? Hubby has just put 21" wheels and normal tyres on it so we can pretend that we are young and have a hot hatch! These new - NON run flat - wide tyres have cured the handling problems and it now feels far more secure. Very happy with car now. (self employed 50 year olds)

innerloop
05-20-2011, 10:33 AM
Interesting topic.

I consider myself someone who puts a good bit of thought into each car I buy, and I put a high premium on picking stylish and interesting cars.

Demographically, I am late-30s, married, one toddler and another on the way. Love to travel internationally, dive, hike, etc. Work hard to never travel coach. Like to pick a car that stands out a bit from the crowd.

For reference, my last few cars have been mostly Euro, but jumping around between Audi (A4, S4) and BMW (330i, 335iC) and one Japanese (M45).

My last car was an Convertible 335i that I picked up on Euro delivery, which was a great experience, and was a great blend of style, outdoors, and love of travel.

In the last 3 years, however, I've gone from zero kids to (soon) 2, so I definitely had to move to a more practical car.

Initially I searched for Euro SUVs, looked at the X3, X5, Q5, Q7, etc. Was disappointed to find that most of them were not actually built in Europe (so no Euro delivery), and even the ones that seemed well styled just felt wrong.

I stumbled across the GT randomly, had no idea it existed, and the more I researched it, the more it seemed like the perfect mix for me. More practical than my E93, but didn't have the "I give up on style completely" feeling of going to an SUV or a Wagon.

So to me it was a perfect blend of:

- I can fit 2 kids and a dog in there (and then some)
- Doesn't look like an SUV or a station wagon, looks and handles like a big-ass car
- Still has spirited power & handling for fun mountain drives
- Isn't something you see 20 of in every parking lot

This was the first time I ever had back-to-back cars with the same manufacturer. I tend to get bored with things, so I constantly hopped back & forth between Audi, BMW, and occasionally looked at Japanese luxury brands. I briefly flirted with the A7 which looks AMAZING, but in terms of practicality & comfort, seemed like it missed the mark.

Was a tough decision and I'm sure I'll be a bit jealous every time I pass an A7 on the street for the next few years, though.

Capobranco
05-21-2011, 12:46 PM
Interesting topic.

I consider myself someone who puts a good bit of thought into each car I buy, and I put a high premium on picking stylish and interesting cars.

Demographically, I am late-30s, married, one toddler and another on the way. Love to travel internationally, dive, hike, etc. Work hard to never travel coach. Like to pick a car that stands out a bit from the crowd.

For reference, my last few cars have been mostly Euro, but jumping around between Audi (A4, S4) and BMW (330i, 335iC) and one Japanese (M45).

My last car was an Convertible 335i that I picked up on Euro delivery, which was a great experience, and was a great blend of style, outdoors, and love of travel.

In the last 3 years, however, I've gone from zero kids to (soon) 2, so I definitely had to move to a more practical car.

Initially I searched for Euro SUVs, looked at the X3, X5, Q5, Q7, etc. Was disappointed to find that most of them were not actually built in Europe (so no Euro delivery), and even the ones that seemed well styled just felt wrong.

I stumbled across the GT randomly, had no idea it existed, and the more I researched it, the more it seemed like the perfect mix for me. More practical than my E93, but didn't have the "I give up on style completely" feeling of going to an SUV or a Wagon.

So to me it was a perfect blend of:

- I can fit 2 kids and a dog in there (and then some)
- Doesn't look like an SUV or a station wagon, looks and handles like a big-ass car
- Still has spirited power & handling for fun mountain drives
- Isn't something you see 20 of in every parking lot

This was the first time I ever had back-to-back cars with the same manufacturer. I tend to get bored with things, so I constantly hopped back & forth between Audi, BMW, and occasionally looked at Japanese luxury brands. I briefly flirted with the A7 which looks AMAZING, but in terms of practicality & comfort, seemed like it missed the mark.

Was a tough decision and I'm sure I'll be a bit jealous every time I pass an A7 on the street for the next few years, though.

Hmmm…like so many fine young things…always seems to be another waiting to audition for the part…however when you see the real deal …you recognize substance and inherent goodness over the ephemeral whim and the lure of fad.

The A7 allure, sure, but what an expensive weekend affair— maybe the moment of climax would be be very sexy, but the next morning I would be asking myself – “wut-wuzithinkin?” - now I need to try and live with this - because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. This is not to say that you won’t have a good time with the GT too – only that – after the rush of the first encounter – you hang on because you know you have something unique and special.

Enjoy the 5 GT – I think it is a very cool car…one of the coolest designs BMW has done in many years. I relate to space for a dog – large German shepherd – no kids but lots of friends – the romance of driving a BIG BMW that oozes street presence, and has the power and handling to make mountain drives fun. As a great athlete - the GT allows you to drive very fast when you must – effortlessly.

I too, came to the GT from a 335iC 6MT – the GT ramps up the BMW experience to whole different level – yeah - the 335i was a pretty and fun but the GT is seriously delicious.

darbyogill
05-23-2011, 07:28 PM
Interesting.

http://www.worldcarfans.com/111052333613/bmw-5-series-gt---officially-a-mistake

GTGuy
05-24-2011, 05:57 PM
The GT is my first BMW and I couldnt be happier. My wife and I have had SUV's for the past 10 years. I am 6'6 50 years old and wanted a vehicle that we could carry people as tall as me in, sitting behind me when I drive, have decent trunk space so I could pick up said tall people from airport, get decent gas mileage, defined as 20+ MPG combined. So I looked at a bunch of crossover vehicles - X6, SRX, ZDX, Infinit FX series and the Lexus RX, R-Class. The only car that met all the criteria was the 535 GT. I would have preferred the 550, but it didnt meet the MPG criteria. In addition I got a vehicle that is fun to drive - no it isnt an M sedan but i will put this car up against any other for smoothness, quiet, responsiveness (in sport mode) and appointments. The technology in this car is tremendous - Fortunatly I have an engineering degree so I consider iDrive to be an intellectual challenge:thumbup: I also maybe one of those few who actually like the way the car looks - but I have received nothing but compliments since picking it up last Friday!

gbelton
05-24-2011, 06:23 PM
Glad to see some interesting commentary on the GT.

Owner of the GT550i.

mason
05-24-2011, 09:39 PM
My reasons were such:

- The car (hybrid) was getting near 100,000 miles
- We like BMW
- We want a station wagon but we don't want SUV
- We want a car that allows us to do European Delivery

Given that GT might be the best alternatives.

What we are:

- Late 30s professionals.

ProRail
05-26-2011, 08:21 PM
Whaddayamean WE, Kimosabe?

Maconit
02-05-2013, 08:06 AM
New to the forum, but echo many sentiments as those posted above. Laughed at the "whiter" comment, but never took it personal. My reasons were:
- tired of driving "daddy" SUV with sucky mpg
- wanted something different
- wanted to feel the road and power

I grew tired of the Audi dealer blowing me off. I knew them and looked at the A7 (wrong/lack of function) and A8 (too old manish) and I missed my Q7 TDI S-Line. When I described what I was looking for, they told me I was all over the place. I told them there is a car.....I didn't knw what it was, but there is such a car. A co-worker of mine told me about the GT. referenced it as a "sleeper" and that got me going. That evening I saw a GT for sale and was mesmerized. I went home and did my research....stayed up all night. The next morning I found one for sale from a dealership CPO bought it that night. Knew it was love halfway throught the test drive.

I have owned and sold a Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Ford F-350 dually, Audi Q7 TDI, S-Line, VW CC, Toyota FJ....traded a Toyota Sequoia for the GT. Happines and JOY!!!!

Demographic: HBCU grad, engineering type, retired vet with 3 teens. We are diverse.

tonyscv
02-05-2013, 11:55 AM
In my case it wound up being a perfect vehicle for me in August of 2012. I previously owned a 2010 Q5 and absolutely loved the car. My intention was to go with another Q5 Hybrid/Diesel, but I was really disappointed with their new Hybrid model (the premium cost + scarce availability in CA at the time were deal-killers) and their TDI model isn't coming until later this year / 2014. I looked at the A7 but there wasn't one available with the color combo I wanted and at 6'2" I was finding ingress and egress a bit tight.I like a high driving position and with the seat up in the A7 my head was scraping the roofline when getting in / sitting in the vehicle. Nothing from Lexus really interested me all that much. The Q7 just looks like a boat. Even though I drive a GT, the Q7 just *felt* too big. I don't have the need for seating for 7.

I considered the F10 5 series because the looks are gorgeous on the outside. The interior was nice enough, but I really didn't want to get back into a sedan again. The X5 is long in the tooth and due for a refresh this year. I owned a X5 previously as well so there was a bit of been there, done that in my mind. The X6 is terrific-looking as well but again, it's in need of a refresh (having to stick the key in a slot in the dash is just silly in a $80,000 car in 2012/2013). I wasn't looking for a GT at all, but they had a 550GT in the color combo I absolutely love (Carbon Black / Ivory) and they were offering almost a $10k discount off sticker for the 2012 models they had in stock, so I was essentially getting a 7 series for the price of a loaded 550 F10. The driving position is higher and the comfort and roominess overall is outstanding. It being fast as hell is a nice bonus. :)

When August 2014 rolls around I'll be looking seriously at a Tesla Model X (if it exists by August of 2014), Q5 TDI or X5/X6 post-refresh. The higher driving position is what I enjoy the most.

Rogue2258
02-06-2013, 11:17 AM
My wife and I put our 550 GT in valet at the Omni last weekend. The valet enthusiastically asked if we had taken the GT on a road trip. We were walking around the hotel grounds and noticed our GT was parked in front of the hotel with a GTR, R8, and a 911. Albeit that the GT's looks are not for everyone the fact remains that it is out of the ordinary. The fact that the GT is relatively rare and it's looks as so different are big reasons that my wife decided to get a GT. I do not think that one could put GT buyers as a collective into one personality type. I do feel on some level that each GT buyer is somewhat aware of the GT's unique styling and that it is car that is not universally appealing. Making a decision to choose a GT is certainly not one made by those that are satisfied with the status quo.

That being said we love our GT, and I am grateful to everyone contributing to this forum. It is great to communicate about our common bond which is our affection for the GT. There have been many times when the information here has helped me tremendously.

rafale
02-07-2013, 12:36 AM
I needed a wagon to haul furniture, visiting friends and family and to go on road trips. Yeah, can't really do that with my e89. A sedan wouldn't cut it. I've owned a Q5 and although a decent car, I was bothered by a few of its quirks. Looked at the BMW SUVs X3, X5, X6 and just really hated the ride in general. The X5, X6 are too mushy and honestly really truck like and unattractive. The X3 a bit better but a bit small and really ugly. The best choice for me boiled down to an E61 wagon (since the F11 is not being imported) or go Audi (Allroad). My experience with Audi service has been soso and I always felt the power steering on them was excessive. Added on the depreciation factor and the fact that it is still significantly less roomy than the GT. I went with it. The first time I saw the GT a couple of years ago, I told myself, gosh it's big and ugly. It is certainly not svelt but to be honest, it looks better than the X3 or X5. It is more economical at the pump, much better behaved on the road, bigger, more luxurious and about relatively cheap. It was just the right combination for me. Now if the F11 was imported maybe I would have done something different.

Capobranco
02-08-2013, 03:07 PM
Wow - it's been almost two years since I initiated this thread....

I think the essential point remains as true today as when I owned my GT - GT owners are independent spirits who are not afraid of blazing their own path, as opposed to being ruled by the opinions of others. F07 owners are true BMW enthusiasts who understand that their GTs are endowed with a robust athleticism, functionality and road presence that is truly unique in BMW's big tent.

I enjoyed my year with my 550iGT and the camaraderie of my FO7 brothers on this forum as we fought for respect, truth, and a new way for BMW.

BTW I betcha the F07 New Year's Eve Diversity Party is still cooler than the staid ol' F10 Conformity Party. :cool:

jadnashuanh
02-08-2013, 03:51 PM
Thoughts on whether the 3GT will help or hinder the 5GT in the long-term? People have such ill-informed preconceived notions. For example, it's a hatchback so it has less rear-seat headroom than the sedan. Way off. A lot of the vitriol comes from people wishing for the touring model. But, they don't seem to recognize that the GT outsells by a long shot those few takers on that model when it was available here. Then, the dealers first only ordered the things fully loaded and people would look at the sticker and say why would I pay that for a 5-series car, and never look further. The dealers often don't even have one people can drive, which is a big turnoff, too. So, the US dealer network shot itself in the foot, where they could sell more, if they had any confidence in themselves and BMW.

Personally, it's the only BMW I find comfortable to get in and out of, and it met my needs for size. I'd still like it if the steering wheel came out another inch, and then it'd be nearly perfect, but it's pretty damn good as it is! I've said it before, while I do like the way it looks, looks is not my primary selection criteria - fit and function are. The first new car I ever bought was a 1971 Citroen...as you can see, looks weren't my first thought there, either! But boy did that thing ride nice on crappy roads, and it was huge inside. Nicest overstuffed lounge chair I ever drove in.

devgil
02-11-2013, 10:14 AM
6ft1 and GT 535 go together. I would have loved to have my hands on the 550 but with my style of driving even the M5 have a hard time keeping up. Soupped up and chipped I am in happy land.
I gave up a chipped 535xi 2010 and initially was thinking of another 2011/12 until I came to this forum read up on the GT and got hunting.
For tall guys and those slightly on the big side this car has it all, the oomph of the a smaller sedan and the coziness of of the big brother. I did not give 2 hoods to a good friend who found it ugly. I listened intently to a waiter who nudged another whilst I was in a restaurant to go look at that beautiful Beemer out there.

I sincerely want to thank those who take their time to educate me/us on this forum. I love cars but know nothing about their inner "beast".

The BMW 535 GT is my fave ride as is my 2006 SONATA V6, a sleeper, with 185000 miles on it and sounding as good as new.

Thanks again to all who contribute, you made it soo much easier for the likes of me.
:guitar::banana::guitar::banana::guitar::banana:

Baldev
Valley Forge, Pa

RedRX
02-11-2013, 06:08 PM
Early mid-40's, professional, analytical type. I've had many different cars in the past, including a 335i coupe that I picked up in Europe back in 2007. I've since sold that car and have been driving a Mercedes SUV for the past 3.5 years. I was ready for a new car and wanted something that combined comfort, performance and practicality. For me, the 5 GT best met these requirements.

Regarding the looks, it's a mixed bag. One of my friends thinks it's the ugliest thing he's ever seen, and yet I occasionally receive compliments on the appearance from perfect strangers. In the end I honestly don't care what anyone else thinks of the appearance, because I like it (a lot) and I'm old enough now that the opinion of others doesn't much concern me.

spyderdude
03-05-2013, 12:16 PM
We just bought 2010 550i GT CPO with 42k miles. We mostly drove Japanese cars like Lexus and acura. $38k for this beemer was too good to pass on, so we bought it. I love this car. "Ultimate Driving Machine" is not a gimmic. It is TRUE!! It is stylish, has all options that i can imagine and then some, rare, versital, and practical for my wife and 2 babies. I have feeling that this will be the first of many Beemers that we will own eventually. I am a believer.

Fish23
03-05-2013, 08:03 PM
spyderdude, congratulations on your new toy and welcome to the GT club. It is good to have another member. Enjoy the ride!

jadnashuanh
03-05-2013, 08:59 PM
I think one of BMWUSA's problems comes from the original sales plans for the GT. When first introduced in the USA, it was V8 only and X-drive was not available. Then, the first ones sent to most any dealer contained almost all of the available options which priced the thing way up there $90K + was not unusual). Trying to get a 5-series driver to 'upgrade' to a GT meant paying almost (or more, relative to a base 7) as much as a 7-series vehicle. Especially in the NE, where many of the vehicles are X-drive, the dealers got a bad taste of these things won't sell, and not that many of them stock them, or have one on display for people to consider. It takes a well-read person or a random chance for them to sell, thus the reputation.

Personally, of the models available, it's the only one that I fit into comfortably. On all of the others, it's almost impossible to get in without banging my head unless I want to change the way I've been getting into vehicles for the last 60+ years! It meets my needs, I think it looks fine, but then vehicle looks isn't a huge factor when selecting a new car - first, I have to fit, then it must function well with the amenities I've come to expect...the GT meets all of those requirements.

mpress
03-06-2013, 08:10 AM
Jada, in addition to the foolish initial import layout of V8, 550, 2 wheel drive remember it was also only a FOUR SEATER.... a big ass expensive four seater at that..... sale sincreased as did interest once they added in the v6, 5 seats, and x drive... i see more and more of them on the road but still feel part of the more exclusive of bmw clubs driving one...there is little out there that offer the utility, comfort and sportiness of the GT all rolled into one....1 year later and 17K miless and i still love it everyday...

cant say that i wont want a 4 series gran coupe though when they hit the streets... but i certainly doent see owning an x5 as my hauler snow car anymore as long as the GT is available...
mp

car-fan
03-10-2013, 09:32 PM
Wow - it's been almost two years since I initiated this thread....

I think the essential point remains as true today as when I owned my GT - GT owners are independent spirits who are not afraid of blazing their own path, as opposed to being ruled by the opinions of others. F07 owners are true BMW enthusiasts who understand that their GTs are endowed with a robust athleticism, functionality and road presence that is truly unique in BMW's big tent.

I enjoyed my year with my 550iGT and the camaraderie of my FO7 brothers on this forum as we fought for respect, truth, and a new way for BMW.

BTW I betcha the F07 New Year's Eve Diversity Party is still cooler than the staid ol' F10 Conformity Party. :cool:

+1 :thumbup::thumbup: ;)