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Old 06-12-2013, 07:15 PM
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They're both ugly looking.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:56 PM
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I think the 3 GT looks good. I like the dimensions too.
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I am trying to decide between the two. Any advice or suggestions?
I'm one of the few fans of the GT. The 5er has amazing utility. It needs the Dynamic Handling package to give the best BMW handling. And it is a large car. The 3er should be more agile, but it lacks some of the key utility features of the 5er.
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BMW missed a good chance with the 3GT, a mistake that may last generations. The GT should have been a hatchback version of the 3 series, in between a F30 and 31, not a more massive and taller monster.
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BMW missed a good chance with the 3GT, a mistake that may last generations. The GT should have been a hatchback version of the 3 series, in between a F30 and 31, not a more massive and taller monster.
It's not a massive, monster. It is a touring car - Gran Turismo. That's the specific role BMW designed it to fill.
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Just buy an F31. The GT just look like posers.

It's for people who think to themselves "I want and need a wagon but I don't want to be seen as someone who wants and needs a wagon."
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BMW missed a good chance with the 3GT, a mistake that may last generations. The GT should have been a hatchback version of the 3 series, in between a F30 and 31, not a more massive and taller monster.
They already have one. It's called the X1.
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Just buy an F31. The GT just look like posers.

It's for people who think to themselves "I want and need a wagon but I don't want to be seen as someone who wants and needs a wagon."
I disagree. I certainly belong in the wagon-loving camp, having purchased a 535 wagon the last year they were imported to the U.S. (A rare choice -- BMW sold slightly over 870 in 2009.)

However, in the U.S., BMW sells the F31 only in the 328 version -- you can't buy a 335. On the other hand, you will be able to buy a 335 GT. Furthermore, the 335 GT will have more storage space and seat room than the F31. So until I see an F32, I'm reserving judgment. The 3 Series GT might be the closest we can get to a 535 wagon for the next several years. (Sorry, I originally referred to the 3 Series wagon as an F32, rather than an F31. Now fixed.)
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I disagree. I certainly belong in the wagon-loving camp, having purchased a 535 wagon the last year they were imported to the U.S. (A rare choice -- BMW sold slightly over 870 in 2009.)

However, in the U.S., BMW sells the F32 only in the 328 version -- you can't buy a 335. On the other hand, you will be able to buy a 335 GT. Furthermore, the 335 GT will have more storage space and seat room than the F32. So until I see an F32, I'm reserving judgment. It might be the closest we can get to a 535 wagon for the next several years.
I said long ago. For BMW to appease American soccer mom devision it needs to out a minivan. I wanted an E91 335i, but alas BMW locked the American market out of it. I am surprised they are bringing a 3GT 335i here.

BTW, the sports wagon is F31 not F32(coupe)
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:23 AM
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:29 AM
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It's not a massive, monster. It is a touring car - Gran Turismo. That's the specific role BMW designed it to fill.
You mean, like this Gran Turismo? Or did Maserati get it wrong? I guess it's possible, everybody knows "Gran Turismo" is German language.

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Will either the F31 or 3GT be offered with RWD in the states? AWD is an unnecessary weight and cost factor I don't need in Atlanta.
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I'm possibly interested in the 3GT as an alternative to my Tahoe SUV when it's time to trade. The Tahoe has great storage space, and more so than most other SUVs that are now becoming mostly the cross-over SUV design which do not have much storage.

I primarily use my Tahoe to travel between PA & FL. It's great on the highway until you need to maneuver quickly like I did last year when a deer jumped in front me (which I somehow missed). The Tahoe also can carry my salt water fishing rods and coolers, etc. when I bring them to the boat. I'm looking for something with storage space and that will also handle extremely well when I need to.

The only other vehicle that I am currently interested in is a Range Rover Sport which costs a lot more money. The Porsche Cayenne does not have much storage space. I also hate the looks of the 5GT and I'm hoping the 3GT does not look so bloated.
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Just buy an F31. The GT just look like posers.

It's for people who think to themselves "I want and need a wagon but I don't want to be seen as someone who wants and needs a wagon."
Here's how it really is:

- You care about rear passengers - F34.
- You care about your dogs - F31.

Cargo capacity is virtually the same. F34 is better for long things, F31 is better for boxy stuff. In some cases F34 will provide more utility, in other cases it will be F31.

But arguing that F31 is better all around is just plain wrong.
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Will either the F31 or 3GT be offered with RWD in the states? AWD is an unnecessary weight and cost factor I don't need in Atlanta.
It will depend on the success of the AWD versions. BMW is ready to make them, it's just the matter of NA marketing asking for them.
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I'm starting to like 3GT for hauling kids. As a matter of fact, 3GT is probably more practical.



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I am trying to decide between the two. Any advice or suggestions?
It depends on what you need the car for and what's important to you. I looked at both cars also to replace our current family car (X5). Both are great alternatives if you need space in the back for the kids and the practicality of 5 doors and you're tired of hauling around the unnecessary sheet metal of an SUV.

The F31 is a decent car, but much smaller. Try putting a rear facing car seat in there and you will know what I'm talking about.

I started to really like the 5GT only after driving it as a rental on the Autobahn. It's such an amazing tourer that you don't want to arrive at your destination. It has a much more luxurious interior than the 3GT due to its 7 series DNA. That's probably the biggest difference together with the associated significant weight difference, which makes the 335 GT a nimbler and faster car in comparison.

The design of the 3GT is a little easier to appreciate in my opinion. I saw it live and it looked great. I find that for a family with young kids it's probably big enough. I decided to go with the 335GT and will pick one up in Munich in September.

There will be people who don't understand the GT design. But the majority of them will be mostly looking at your tail lights anyway.
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It depends on what you need the car for and what's important to you. I looked at both cars also to replace our current family car (X5). Both are great alternatives if you need space in the back for the kids and the practicality of 5 doors and you're tired of hauling around the unnecessary sheet metal of an SUV.

The F31 is a decent car, but much smaller. Try putting a rear facing car seat in there and you will know what I'm talking about.

I started to really like the 5GT only after driving it as a rental on the Autobahn. It's such an amazing tourer that you don't want to arrive at your destination. It has a much more luxurious interior than the 3GT due to its 7 series DNA. That's probably the biggest difference together with the associated significant weight difference, which makes the 335 GT a nimbler and faster car in comparison.

The design of the 3GT is a little easier to appreciate in my opinion. I saw it live and it looked great. I find that for a family with young kids it's probably big enough. I decided to go with the 335GT and will pick one up in Munich in September.

There will be people who don't understand the GT design. But the majority of them will be mostly looking at your tail lights anyway.
Thanks for the insight.

We are thinking along the same line. We haven't been able to see the 3 GT in person and we are not sure about the interior space for the rear passengers. We have driven the 535GT and we really like the interior space. We were about to commit and then the 3GT comes along and judging by the numbers BMW posted, the dimensions of the two cars are not that significantly different. For the extra $$, 335GT may be a better buy as you said.

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I'll be serious looking at a 3GT in 2015.... Will be comparing to the wagon... Hopefully by then they'll offer a RWD version of both.


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