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F07 Gran Turismo (2010 - Current)
The 5 Series Gran Turismo -- now available in the USA as a 535i, 550i and 550i xDrive model.

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:04 PM
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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?

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Old 01-19-2013, 10:55 PM
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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.
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Old 01-20-2013, 08:24 AM
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...That's encouraging, thank you.
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:48 AM
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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.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:50 PM
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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.
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:45 AM
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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.
How big is the crate? What model of crate is that?
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:46 PM
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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.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:29 PM
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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.
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.
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:41 PM
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@theBGT I think the post is about dogs IN GTs versus dogs AND GTs... #ButThanksForPlaying!
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@theBGT I think the post is about dogs IN GTs versus dogs AND GTs... #ButThanksForPlaying!
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Old 10-11-2015, 07:21 AM
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close enough

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

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

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

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
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Old 10-11-2015, 06:16 PM
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Thanks Fish, you always have my back

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

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Old 10-12-2015, 05:58 AM
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Thanks Fish, you always have my back

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
Your photo was of two "beasts", as it were, each in their own way......***128512;
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:15 AM
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I liked the GT's front end and your dog. Excellent compare and contrast

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