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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 10-20-2011, 04:51 AM
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I've been really impressed by the wife's GT (though I rarely get a chance to drive her), and seeing this post (and that beautiful Neuschwanstein pic) makes me want to go back and get another one!!! Stop tempting me (so much)!!
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:09 PM
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Wife got the keys today...I may never see them again...sigh...

Drive from Innsbruck to Venice, via Cortina d'Ampezzo, beatiful, beautiful drive.

Brenner Pass, car meet rain.


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Old 10-20-2011, 12:23 PM
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Brenner Pass - YES! - In a 5 GT - Jus' Wow!

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The GT looks very natural in the setting!
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:33 PM
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of 2012 535ix GT. I cannot wait!
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:50 PM
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of 2012 535ix GT. I cannot wait!
Pictures??? First impressions??
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:30 PM
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:12 PM
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Space Gray - 20 miles of impressions - no pics

Picked up the 535ix GT today. Awesome car

It's the base model with ZVP, comfort seats and heated front seats. It has the LS2 RFT's for what it's worth ( I did check with the BMW service dept and they are putting Bridgetstone's on for any replacements but said 25-30K miles was about normal on th 18" wheels). Appearance is stunning and the mud flaps give it added prowess

Initial impressions :
- I thumped the gas and response was great. Not the roar of a v-8, but nothing missing IMO
- x-drive pulled the car through some turns especially from a standstill. Almost felt like a front wheel drive which I'll need to get used to having only had RWD BMW's in the past
- interior space is everything I wanted. Having had a 740i, and the older style 5's, this was a big selling factor for me
- ride is stiff on the 18" wheels, I felt the road immediately : good or bad we'll see. Goodyear shop called me and said that if there are bubbles, they will waranty them throughout the life. I did not opt for any tire insurance and the BMW "tire guy" said that was ok with the 18's but you never know....
- base sound system is excellent, started storing CD's this evening and chosing settings for the quick keys as there are preset favorite stations, lots of HD stations, and it auto finds local am/fm stations as you are driving. Lots of radio - I personally would not ever need Satelite
- comfort seats awesome, no need for anything but them IMO
- still getting used to storage locations for "things"
- nav comes with traffic warnings from BMW - thought I needed Sat for this, but you do not (volume of the guidance voice is adjusted by using the radio volume when she talks, remember this..... :-)
- Blackberry Bold synched effortlessly and captured my contacts without a hitch. No email (BMW Apps) but I do not think I'd ever use that.
- The manual does not fit in the glove box without angling it up... weird...
- the doors are heavy and need to be pulled/pushed shut hard
- fog lights do not stay on or come on in auto mode - did not know that
- wipers auto mode does not stay on as standard- knew this
- weathertech makes a cargo liner that fits the sapce and costs about $130 (for my outdoor excursions )
- windows seem tinted well, I'll see if I go to Lumar OpticBlue 50 or 70% as the months wear on.
- i-drive will confuse you, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel all ready
- make oil level a quick key during break in period
- Nav on dash is great. Not sure I'd benefit from HUD
- make sure keys are far enough away from the car when parked, that they do not keep convenience doors working and subsequently killing the battery

Feel free to PM me with any questions you might want to ask off line.

Pics once I get to it; rain tomorrow and not even a garage spot for me so she sits outside tonight Oh well, it is a car

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Old 10-26-2011, 08:56 PM
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Congrats on the GT and great write up of initial impressions.

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- the doors are heavy and need to be pulled/pushed shut hard
Question on your door comment: soft close doors should help shutting the door, correct?

Or were you implying that the doors are just that much heavy to push/pull?
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:01 PM
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Congratulations!

You are now officially a member of the brotherhood

I am sure you will enjoy your new ride!
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:03 AM
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Thanks -

MyCabrandz - I did not get the soft close door option. That should help if you think closing the door will be a problem. I noticed immediately that the doors were heavy like my older BMW's, and coming from a LX400h right now, different. Good different

Looks sweet in the driveway right now!
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:27 AM
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Pic of 2012 BMW GT - Space Gray

Not the Swiss Alps like an ED, but home at last!
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Old 10-27-2011, 05:57 AM
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Looks great. Conrgrats!!

Btw, the manual fits if you put it on the left side of the glovebox... The top is shaped up on that side and that will allow the door to close.
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:16 AM
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Not the Swiss Alps like an ED, but home at last!

Awesome. Congratulations.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:41 PM
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Lots of jump

I've only been in comfort mode for the breakin period, but there is no lack of power or jump in the car that I have felt. Maybe it's a newer software version, but as many had reported bad responsiveness, i'm not seeing it.

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Old 10-29-2011, 06:05 AM
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cliamte controls

Another observation - I wish BMW would swap the climate controls with the retractable drawer. More like the 5 series layout. Not sure what that would do to the cup holders (that work by the way), but better access to those controls would be nice.

Anyone ever notice that on a cold day, when you turn the heat on and put your coffee in the cup holder, the A/C kicks on. Why??? I believe it's because the thermostat is right behind the cup and thinks the car is hot..... Go figure BMW, fix that too, although it's been that way for a long time.

The raised center of gravity seems to make the car sway a bit too. Anyone ever notice that?
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:04 AM
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snowy conditions

Wow -the xdrive works wonderfully inthe snow.

Yes, it's October and snowing in Philadelphia!

Happy Halloween
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:51 PM
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Just visited my 2012 550i xDrive M-Sport at the dealer. Apparently I locked in September's rates and they expire November 30th. My lease is up on my 2008 E93 M3 in mid December. Guess I have no choice but to get my GT earlier, probably going to get the BMW wheel and tire insurance since my GT comes with the Pirelli's on 20" rims.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:04 PM
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As all of you probably noticed..i've move on to a 750iAH. I still love the GT and continue to look at the GT sub forum.

All the best to all of you and hope you guys enjoy your GT's. It is a truly unique car..a class of its own.

Cheers
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:44 AM
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European Delivery should be the only way to buy a BMW!!!
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Two things I've noticed:
1) No M logo door sills
2) All the BMW logo door sills light up except driver side door.
Anyone else with the M sport package notice this?
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Old 12-04-2011, 03:44 PM
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My 2012

Here is my 2012.

I posted my one week impressions in a different thread - in retrospect, the wrong place. Should have been here.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:54 PM
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Completed my ED on Nov. 17.

European Delivery should be the only way to buy a BMW!!!
Congrats! I agree that ED was amazing. Before I did it, the thought was that it'd be a 'once in a lifetime' experience. Now I don't think I'd buy a new BMW any other way.

Btw, did your car come with the ///M door sills or just plain 'BMW' ones?

(Need to start a poll - What's your M package missing).
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Here is my 2012.

I posted my one week impressions in a different thread - in retrospect, the wrong place. Should have been here.
You guys are representing with some really nice GT's.

wchewbaka(<wookie?) what neighborhood was that pic taken St. Francis Wood/Twin Peaks?
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Old 12-08-2011, 12:42 AM
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Checked my pictures, all I have is a blurry shot of of an amber lighted door sill, can't make if it's BMW or ///M.

I'll have to wait until the car gets here at the end of the month...

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Congrats! I agree that ED was amazing. Before I did it, the thought was that it'd be a 'once in a lifetime' experience. Now I don't think I'd buy a new BMW any other way.

Btw, did your car come with the ///M door sills or just plain 'BMW' ones?

(Need to start a poll - What's your M package missing).
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