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Maab 01-19-2013 07:04 PM

A dog in the GT?
 
Hello,

Since I saw the GT for the first time I knew that it would have been a candidate for my next car.

I particularly like the interior's layout but I have a dilemma. how about placing the dog in the back cargo area instead of the seats as I do now. By looking at it I can see that it cannot be done unless the back seats are down and even then, I'm not sure she would fit in it. She is a relatively large tall dog, about 90lb.

Is here any gt's owner carrying a large dog in it? Could you please share your experience?

Thank you

jdubbs 01-19-2013 09:55 PM

I have a 75lb lab and he loves the back cargo area. I do not put the seats down except for very long trips (over an hour). I do remove the shelf that insulates the main cabin from the trunk of course, and he fits nicely back there, with plenty of room to turn around, curl up, walk back and forth, etc. For longer trips I put one of the seats down so that he can lay down and see out the front. For me, it's an ideal car for a dog since he can be in the way-back and not get dog fur all over the main cabin or damage the leather seats.

Maab 01-20-2013 07:24 AM

...That's encouraging, thank you.

The BoatMan 01-21-2013 10:48 AM

We have a 70lb doberman. I keep the seats down and have no issues. I've tried with 1 or both seats up and it does not work for us but as it worked for the previous poster it all depends.

One other note. The back hatch window is a heat sink. We do a lot of long trips with the dog and it was a sauna back there. We ended up tinting the rear hatch and rear windows even though we had the factory sunshades.

IMHO, the x5 we had previiously worked much better as far as the dog is concerned. Good luck.

Hausen 01-21-2013 05:50 PM

Dog in GT
 
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Our 45lbs dog is always in the cargo area. She loves it there. We bought a crate that fits perfectly . We take out the shelf (can be stored nicely in a separate compartment) and fold the middle seat and wall. A 90 lbs dog should fit.I would recommend a BMW cargo mat for the GT.

Maab 01-26-2013 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Hausen (Post 7328465)
Our 45lbs dog is always in the cargo area. She loves it there. We bought a crate that fits perfectly . We take out the shelf (can be stored nicely in a separate compartment) and fold the middle seat and wall. A 90 lbs dog should fit.I would recommend a BMW cargo mat for the GT.

That's a nice crate with a very cute dog! But I don't think mine would fit in it easily. She is a giant schnauzer with relatively long legs. Only lowering the back seats could work, I think... The dealer was reluctant to try in the floor-car.

tameautumn 10-10-2015 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Hausen (Post 7328465)
Our 45lbs dog is always in the cargo area. She loves it there. We bought a crate that fits perfectly . We take out the shelf (can be stored nicely in a separate compartment) and fold the middle seat and wall. A 90 lbs dog should fit.I would recommend a BMW cargo mat for the GT.

How big is the crate? What model of crate is that?

daders 10-10-2015 12:46 PM

I have to agree with Boatman, our 5 series wagon was way more dog-friendly. The cargo capacity of the GT is large with the seats down, but it's not as usable as a wagon or SUV due to the odd dimensions from the sloping roofline. Our Golden Retriever can't seem to get comfortable in the GT, the seat backs don't fold flat enough to allow him to stand without ducking his head (he's ~23" at the shoulders, 98 lbs) and we have the luxury rear seating package so he can't comfortably lay down in the rear seats.

I'm not certain (we don't crate him), but I'd be highly surprised if a large crate even fits (too tall) in the rear like Hausen's does...it would have to be on the rear of the folded seats and require some significant securing.

STRMTRPR550iGT 10-10-2015 03:32 PM

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This won't help but I'm going to post it here anyway... [emoji190]Attachment 533269

TheBlackGT 10-10-2015 06:25 PM

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This won't help but I'm going to post it here anyway... [emoji190]Attachment 533269

To add to the unnecessary (but lovely) dog pics in this thread :thumbup:

STRMTRPR550iGT 10-10-2015 07:41 PM

@theBGT I think the post is about dogs IN GTs versus dogs AND GTs... #ButThanksForPlaying! [emoji106][emoji106][emoji57]

TheBlackGT 10-10-2015 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by STRMTRPR550iGT (Post 9331078)
@theBGT I think the post is about dogs IN GTs versus dogs AND GTs... #ButThanksForPlaying! [emoji106][emoji106][emoji57]

close enough :rofl:

Fish23 10-11-2015 06:21 AM

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Originally Posted by TheBlackGT (Post 9331083)
close enough :rofl:


I liked the GT's front end and your dog. Excellent compare and contrast[emoji2]

If I was at home in Canada (this post is coming from Nice, France on the French Riviera) I would take a pic of how my two Shelties (see my avatar) are transported in the rear seat of my GT.

TheBlackGT 10-11-2015 03:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Fish23 (Post 9331370)
I liked the GT's front end and your dog. Excellent compare and contrast[emoji2]

If I was at home in Canada (this post is coming from Nice, France on the French Riviera) I would take a pic of how my two Shelties (see my avatar) are transported in the rear seat of my GT.

Thanks Fish, you always have my back :thumbup:

Funny thing is the dog in the picture is Romeo, my sheltie/corgi mix! I adopted him a few years ago, next time ill post up Polo, my rescued Toy Pomeranian, or as I like to call them the Bodyguards :D

daders 10-11-2015 05:16 PM

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Originally Posted by TheBlackGT (Post 9331918)
Thanks Fish, you always have my back :thumbup:

Funny thing is the dog in the picture is Romeo, my sheltie/corgi mix! I adopted him a few years ago, next time ill post up Polo, my rescued Toy Pomeranian, or as I like to call them the Bodyguards :D

It appears you have a history of saving things...2 dogs and a despised (by the "enthusiasts") BMW.

:thumbup:

STRMTRPR550iGT 10-11-2015 05:26 PM

@theBGT props to you for rescuing... Our little boy Olivier is a rescued Havanese who is the light of our lives... #DontShopAdopt!

Fish23 10-12-2015 03:52 AM

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Originally Posted by daders (Post 9332060)
It appears you have a history of saving things...2 dogs and a despised (by the "enthusiasts") BMW.

:thumbup:

Rescue is a great way to go. My two are our 4th and 5th Sheltie rescues since 1982, all from non-abusive situations as they just weren't right for their previous circumstances. It is amazing how quickly, and well, dogs can adapt to their new "packs".

I also like to think that owning a GT (and being a happy member of this forum) is a nice, figurative, "bird-flip" to those "enthusiasts".

Fish23 10-12-2015 04:58 AM

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Originally Posted by TheBlackGT (Post 9331918)
Thanks Fish, you always have my back :thumbup:

Funny thing is the dog in the picture is Romeo, my sheltie/corgi mix! I adopted him a few years ago, next time ill post up Polo, my rescued Toy Pomeranian, or as I like to call them the Bodyguards :D

Your photo was of two "beasts", as it were, each in their own way......***128512;

daders 10-12-2015 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Fish23 (Post 9332499)
I also like to think that owning a GT (and being a happy member of this forum) is a nice, figurative, "bird-flip" to those "enthusiasts".

Uh oh Fish...you better return from France soon, sounds as if they are rubbing off on you. Let them eat Crepes!:rofl:

TheBlackGT 10-12-2015 04:34 PM

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Rescue is a great way to go. My two are our 4th and 5th Sheltie rescues since 1982, all from non-abusive situations as they just weren't right for their previous circumstances. It is amazing how quickly, and well, dogs can adapt to their new "packs".

I also like to think that owning a GT (and being a happy member of this forum) is a nice, figurative, "bird-flip" to those "enthusiasts".


Dug up an old photo of Romeo's pal, Polo the Toy Pom. He was rescued from a puppy mill in Oklahoma and brought to upstate NY at the North Shore Animal League Rescue. He was always caged and never trained/walked before, along with having a few missing teeth.

However, nearly 2 years later and he's well adjusted to our home, with Romeo and 3 adopted felines (I know, it's practically a zoo here :rofl:). Big animal lovers here, and I think they all like the GT ;) hahaha

Here's an old photo of him (with his summer cut) posing in front of the GT.

Fish23 10-13-2015 10:05 AM

A dog in the GT?
 
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Originally Posted by daders (Post 9333237)
Uh oh Fish...you better return from France soon, sounds as if they are rubbing off on you. Let them eat Crepes!:rofl:


Actually, I have felt that way ever since I became a GT owner by understanding (as a systems engineer) and then appreciating its design intent and value proposition only to read negative review after negative review from the "snotty", sheet-metal-worshipping "critics" whose taste is all on their mouths. They pissed me off (pardon my French) especially the idiot turkey who compared the GT to a Pontiac Aztek.

Thus I cannot blame the French for my mini-rant but after being over here almost two weeks (and walking at least10,000 steps a day as measured by my Fitbit) I have seen hordes of BMWs but only two GTs. I saw a Saphhire Black one in Paris that was moving on the Champs Elysees and a white one today in Nice used as a cab and stopped in traffic at a light. I was able to snap the attached picture. Attachment 533667

Rogue2258 10-22-2015 03:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Fish23 (Post 9331370)
I liked the GT's front end and your dog. Excellent compare and contrast[emoji2]

If I was at home in Canada (this post is coming from Nice, France on the French Riviera) I would take a pic of how my two Shelties (see my avatar) are transported in the rear seat of my GT.


Fish is right on time with another extended vacation too a far away place as the cold weather sets in up in Canada. Thanks for the Euro GT sighting report;).

Our GT forum is dog friendly for sure.

Fish23 10-22-2015 06:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Rogue2258 (Post 9348167)
Fish is right on time with another extended vacation too a far away place as the cold weather sets in up in Canada. Thanks for the Euro GT sighting report;).

Our GT forum is dog friendly for sure.

I still owe a pic of my dogs in the back seat. I returned from France with a miserable cold and a missus on the injured list (right leg) from a fall that leaves her unable to drive her BMW. The GT is doing lots of chauffeur duty these days.

I thought I would have seen more GTs in Europe. I did see a fair number of X6s.

daders 10-22-2015 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Fish23 (Post 9348296)
I still owe a pic of my dogs in the back seat. I returned from France with a miserable cold and a missus on the injured list (right leg) from a fall that leaves her unable to drive her BMW. The GT is doing lots of chauffeur duty these days.

It is well suited for that role. Hope she recovers quickly.

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Originally Posted by Fish23 (Post 9348296)
I thought I would have seen more GTs in Europe.

They were probably all at the dog parks...or being detailed :rofl:

Capobranco 10-22-2015 09:36 AM

My big boy - Nick - loved our GT.

My 550i GT was a true decathlon champ - chauffeuring a big GSD was easy in the GT.

Alas both Nick and the GT have long since passed - I have wonderful memories of both.

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