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Blue62

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1,839 posts

36 months

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Can anyone explain why the GT has flopped? Most of the road tests I have read have been complimentary and I was driven around in one this week for a couple of days and have to say I was impressed with the space, ride and comfort, so what is the problem?

InfoRetrieval

134 posts

32 months

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It looks like it's had a rear end shunt? Why would you choose it over the touring (more practical) or the saloon (better looking)?

isleofthorns

138 posts

54 months

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we've had one for about 18 months, and have done approx 25k miles, including several euro jaunts.

as an overall package, its been excellent. it has a higher ride than a five series touring, a larger load capacity, much more legroom and passenger space, a fantastic interior and good road presence. it tows very well and achieve 45mpg on a decent run.

we think it looks great (perhaps in the minority?!), but I'm sure it'll prove a 'grower'. given you can buy a decent 530d GT for the same as a base 520d SE touring, i think it wins hands down!!


martin mrt

2,664 posts

85 months

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I'm also a huge fan of the 5GT, I always have been, I personally think it looks terrific

520 SE touring or 530GT, its a no brainer, the 5GT wins hands down

MarkwG

1,269 posts

73 months

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I think we're a bit conservative in the UK: I think the GT is basically aimed at the US market, I think it's replaced the Touring. I've sat in one (not a great advert I know!) & found it very pleasant, but, not overally convinced otherwise.
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Blue62

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1,839 posts

36 months

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InfoRetrieval said:
It looks like it's had a rear end shunt? Why would you choose it over the touring (more practical) or the saloon (better looking)?
It's has the legroom of a seven series I believe and it's higher. I can only think it's the looks, maybe not everyone's cuppa but as someone else has stated they're a lot cheaper on the used market than their 5 series equivalent.

breadvan

369 posts

52 months

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Great interior, loads of space and a dash more like 7 series than 5, but the X5 has more appeal for those wanting the height and the 'look', and the 5 touring has more appeal for the hunting/shooting/fishing types as the 5GT is trying too hard to fit the executive mould.

The ride is also much better in a std 5 series.

I expect at some point to see a shooting brake version to compete with the CLS and forthcomming Panamera. With the rear end sorted and a more 'butch' target market, it will fly off the shelf.

Cheib

8,875 posts

59 months

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Blue62 said:
InfoRetrieval said:
It looks like it's had a rear end shunt? Why would you choose it over the touring (more practical) or the saloon (better looking)?
It's has the legroom of a seven series I believe and it's higher. I can only think it's the looks, maybe not everyone's cuppa but as someone else has stated they're a lot cheaper on the used market than their 5 series equivalent.
I think it's based on a 7 series chassis.

Everything I have read about the interior has been complimentary...it's the looks and questionable niche.

That said I can see the 3 series GT being a big hit.

E38Ross

14,604 posts

96 months

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probably because most view it as hideously ugly.

i agree with many of the comments, i went in one a while ago and was extremely impressed with the ride quality, refinement and interior quality. cracking cars and really good value.

BOR

3,310 posts

139 months

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Mine arrives in 8 weeks.

I think the resistance is due to the badly proportioned styling.

I'll report back when I get it.

scarecrow

135 posts

119 months

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IMO it is the most ugly vehicle BMW has ever produced and best forgotten.

mph1977

7,194 posts

52 months

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scarecrow said:
IMO it is the most ugly vehicle BMW has ever produced and best forgotten.
i think the X6 holds that dubious honour

the %GT is just a modern interpretation of an Austin Maxi

Dblue

2,247 posts

84 months

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scarecrow said:
IMO it is the most ugly vehicle BMW has ever produced and best forgotten.
+1

I appreciate we all have different tastes but it looks awful. Like something Ssangyong would have launched frown

E38Ross

14,604 posts

96 months

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Dblue said:
scarecrow said:
IMO it is the most ugly vehicle BMW has ever produced and best forgotten.
+1

I appreciate we all have different tastes but it looks awful. Like something Ssangyong would have launched frown
you've not been in one have you. they're sublime. it's just a pity they're so damn hideous.

Dblue

2,247 posts

84 months

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E38Ross said:
you've not been in one have you. they're sublime. it's just a pity they're so damn hideous.
I am sure they are lovely inside, I just find it difficult to find the door handle with my eyes closed lest I accidently catch sight of the exterior wink

Blue62

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1,839 posts

36 months

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I reckon if you can get past the looks, the GT is hard to beat on the late low miles used market.
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