7Post
7Post
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   7Post - 7 Series Forum > BMW 7-Series Forums > General 7-series (F01) Discussion

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      11-11-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
JNoSol
Captain
 
JNoSol's Avatar
 
Drives: F06 and E70-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City

Posts: 906
iTrader: (0)

Decision Help: Long or Short Wheelbase?

I'm thinking of trading up to the LCI 750. I'm stuck with a decision of Long or Short Wheelbase. For those who has an i or Li, what thought processes help you made the final decision?

Big thanks in advance!
JNoSol is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
Epiplatys
New Member
 
Drives: 750xi 2012
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Vancouver, BC

Posts: 16
iTrader: (0)

It was extremely simple:
- it is only 1 or 2 (seldom) people in the car, don't care about the rear seats at all
- one look at the rear seats and I was like - there is more than enough space for anyone here. Actually more than necessary. Why would anyone go the long wheel base?
- I like driving, why putting up with a longer wheel base and associated handling differences given the two points above
__________________
BMW 750xi 2012 Executive|Technology|SportM
Lexus LX470 2006 | Mercedes SL500 98 | Diamond DA20 2006
Epiplatys is offline   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
bmr760
Lieutenant
 
bmr760's Avatar
 
Drives: '12 550i, '13 750Li & '14 750i
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central South, FL

Posts: 557
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Epiplatys View Post
It was extremely simple:
- it is only 1 or 2 (seldom) people in the car, don't care about the rear seats at all
- one look at the rear seats and I was like - there is more than enough space for anyone here. Actually more than necessary. Why would anyone go the long wheel base?
- I like driving, why putting up with a longer wheel base and associated handling differences given the two points above
Pretty much this.
__________________

bmr760 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-11-2012, 11:09 PM   #4
Lizard1
Enlisted Member
 
Drives: F10 M5
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: West TX

Posts: 42
iTrader: (0)

I bought the Li for my wife to give extra room for the three kids in car seats. Don't have to worry about them kicking the backs of the seats. If you don't routinely cart people around, the i is just fine
Lizard1 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-12-2012, 12:47 AM   #5
BMWrules7
Major
 
Drives: 2011 750Li, Alpine White
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Boston Area

Posts: 1,027
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by JNoSol
I'm thinking of trading up to the LCI 750. I'm stuck with a decision of Long or Short Wheelbase. For those who has an i or Li, what thought processes help you made the final decision?

Big thanks in advance!
It's hard to distinguish a 7 short wheel base from a 5 series.

So, if you don't want the long wheel base, then save weight, money, and to some extent performance and go with a 550.

Otherwise, get a long wheel base seven. You get a lot more room.

So, save the money or spend it. Don't go middle of the road with a SWB 7.
BMWrules7 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #6
JNoSol
Captain
 
JNoSol's Avatar
 
Drives: F06 and E70-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City

Posts: 906
iTrader: (0)

Good responses and all opinions will be respected/considered. Keep them coming.
JNoSol is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-12-2012, 01:13 PM   #7
gatordent2007
Private
 
Drives: 2011 Activehybrid 7
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Clearwater, Fl

Posts: 88
iTrader: (1)

i also agree on going with the long wheel base. It gives the car a certain presence that imo lacks with the standard wheel base.
gatordent2007 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-12-2012, 02:13 PM   #8
Raja Ventureshield
Major General
 
Raja Ventureshield's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW M3 coupe
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Northern VA

Posts: 5,713
iTrader: (6)

depends on what you plan on using the car for If you carry people around, then get the Li or else get the short wheelbase. Both are more than adequate rear leg room, but the LI is a bit more luxurious with the extra space.

the new LCI looks fantastik.
Raja Ventureshield is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-15-2012, 07:34 PM   #9
BMWGRAM
@bmwgram
 
BMWGRAM's Avatar
 
Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: South Florida

Posts: 863
iTrader: (2)

had both, now with the 750i. much better, the li is not even worth it at all unless your some huge ceo getting driven around in all day, so go with the li if you fit that description
__________________
Current: E92 M3 | AW | ZCP | DCT | Revinora | HRE | Meisterschaft GT2
Sold: F30 335i | EBII | 6MT | M-Sport | Adv.1 Wheels | BC Coils
Sold: F30 335i | Jet Black | 8AT | 1M Bumper | Slek | GT Haus | H&R | MORR

Check out @bmwgram on instagram!
BMWGRAM is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      11-16-2012, 01:01 AM   #10
D335D
New Member
 
Drives: 2011 335D Black on Black Sport
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: San Diego, CA

Posts: 5
iTrader: (0)

My Mom had the long wheel base. Beautiful car. She complained it was hard to park. dad loved sitting in the back and smoking his cigars though! If the rear seats are going to be used at all, with car seats or retired grandpas with cigars, go long. If not go short. 7 series sport SWB is a slick car.
D335D is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-17-2012, 01:13 AM   #11
quainer
New Member
 
Drives: 2009 BMW 750LI
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NC

Posts: 20
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 BMW 750Li  [0.00]
li

I would def do the Li myself for the price its the way to go.
quainer is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      11-20-2012, 04:58 PM   #12
24601
Major
 
24601's Avatar
 
Drives: 2013 E92 M3
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Oahu, Hawaii

Posts: 1,157
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2013 Toyota Prius  [0.00]
2014 BMW 750Li  [0.00]
2013 BMW M3  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by BMWrules7 View Post
It's hard to distinguish a 7 short wheel base from a 5 series.

So, if you don't want the long wheel base, then save weight, money, and to some extent performance and go with a 550.

Otherwise, get a long wheel base seven. You get a lot more room.

So, save the money or spend it. Don't go middle of the road with a SWB 7.

Good point. A 7er is meant to be a LWB.
__________________
MY13 E92 M3 SS w/ ZCP l ZPP l 2MK l 6NR l 752 l M Performance Exhaust, Grill, Side Gills, C/F splitters

Sold - 2009 E92 335i LMB M-Sport
Sold - 2003 E46 M3 LSB SMG
24601 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-10-2013, 01:12 PM   #13
rharris612
New Member
 
Drives: 2013 750Li
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: North Texas

Posts: 6
iTrader: (0)

My wife took one look at the back seat of the 'i' and reminded me that we have two 6'+ sons. (Although they are both away at school). That made the decision for me.... 2013 750Li.
Driven it 2000 mile so far and LOVE it.
No difference in rated operating spec's
Don't remember the cost diff.
Everyone we take out to dinner appreciates it.
Having been driving SUV's for the past 20 years I haven't missed the room yet. I kind of agree with previous tho. If I wasn't thinking I would be carting people around I would have probably bought the 550.
rharris612 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-23-2013, 12:34 PM   #14
JNoSol
Captain
 
JNoSol's Avatar
 
Drives: F06 and E70-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City

Posts: 906
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BMWrules7 View Post
It's hard to distinguish a 7 short wheel base from a 5 series.

So, if you don't want the long wheel base, then save weight, money, and to some extent performance and go with a 550.

Otherwise, get a long wheel base seven. You get a lot more room.

So, save the money or spend it. Don't go middle of the road with a SWB 7.
I appreciate everyone's input. I pulled a trigger on a 2012 750Li Graphite Black Met - Saddle and Black Nappa Leather, lots of goodies. I'm extremely happy with the purchase.

Compared to my old F10 535i, it is wider and significantly longer. When it's on the road, I don't even realize I'm driving a big 4,600lb vehicle. I no longer get the avg 27mpg, but it was given with the bigger engine. Power delivery is smooth, almost too easy to do 100mph+ when you're not paying attention.

The fit and finish of the 7 is superior to anything I've ever owned. Everything is top notch. Photos and review coming soon...
JNoSol is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #15
bmr760
Lieutenant
 
bmr760's Avatar
 
Drives: '12 550i, '13 750Li & '14 750i
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central South, FL

Posts: 557
iTrader: (0)

That's a sexy combo, Gratz man!
__________________

bmr760 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-25-2013, 05:11 PM   #16
bimmerjph
Lieutenant Colonel
 
bimmerjph's Avatar
 
Drives: 2002 BMW 325i
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Tennessee

Posts: 1,956
iTrader: (0)

Congrats!
bimmerjph is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-30-2013, 01:55 AM   #17
dreamspeed
Major
 
dreamspeed's Avatar
 
Drives: 6MT
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Los Angeles

Posts: 1,021
iTrader: (0)

Grats! And I have to say if you never have people in the back why would need such a big car. In fact I don't think I've actually seen a 7 series one the road with passengers in the back lol. And I see those cars everyday.
__________________
dreamspeed is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-30-2013, 12:58 PM   #18
JNoSol
Captain
 
JNoSol's Avatar
 
Drives: F06 and E70-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City

Posts: 906
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by dreamspeed View Post
Grats! And I have to say if you never have people in the back why would need such a big car. In fact I don't think I've actually seen a 7 series one the road with passengers in the back lol. And I see those cars everyday.
Thanks. To your point, most Heavy Duty diesel powered pickup trucks I've seen on the road aren't hauling anything either.
JNoSol is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-31-2013, 12:22 AM   #19
nonamerequired
New Member
 
Drives: BMW 335i coupe
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Phoenix AZ

Posts: 28
iTrader: (0)

... so, waiting patiently for a longer review and pictures. I have ordered the same interior colors without the sport package, and couldn't find any at the local dealers with that interior. So I'd appreciate plenty of detailed interior pictures.

thank you in advance...



Quote:
Originally Posted by JNoSol View Post
I appreciate everyone's input. I pulled a trigger on a 2012 750Li Graphite Black Met - Saddle and Black Nappa Leather, lots of goodies. I'm extremely happy with the purchase.

Compared to my old F10 535i, it is wider and significantly longer. When it's on the road, I don't even realize I'm driving a big 4,600lb vehicle. I no longer get the avg 27mpg, but it was given with the bigger engine. Power delivery is smooth, almost too easy to do 100mph+ when you're not paying attention.

The fit and finish of the 7 is superior to anything I've ever owned. Everything is top notch. Photos and review coming soon...
nonamerequired is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-31-2013, 04:44 AM   #20
335ifanatic
Major
 
335ifanatic's Avatar
 
Drives: 12' 750i, 14' Bentley GTC V8
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Canada

Posts: 1,069
iTrader: (1)

I got the SWB because I didn't need the space and I rarely have people in the back sit.
__________________
335ifanatic is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-31-2013, 08:42 AM   #21
JNoSol
Captain
 
JNoSol's Avatar
 
Drives: F06 and E70-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City

Posts: 906
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by nonamerequired View Post
... so, waiting patiently for a longer review and pictures. I have ordered the same interior colors without the sport package, and couldn't find any at the local dealers with that interior. So I'd appreciate plenty of detailed interior pictures.

thank you in advance...
Saddle and Black Leather Leather + Fine Line High Gloss Wood trim are great combinations. Click on the link below, you can view the interior 360 degrees. If you're ordering the 2013, it should come with the mSport package for FREE. I would also add LED lighting if I were you. My 2012 doesn't have the mSport, but will add the bumpers later.

I got cold weather, executive, driver assistance, and luxury rear seating packages. I will post a comprehensive review with photos soon. Waiting for the spring blossom for a nicer photo shoot.

By the way, I wear my Ray Ban Polarized sunglasses 100% of the time when it's sunny out. You can't see the HUD with Polarized sunglasses.

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...dan/BYORD.aspx

Last edited by JNoSol; 03-31-2013 at 08:55 AM.
JNoSol is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-31-2013, 08:44 AM   #22
JNoSol
Captain
 
JNoSol's Avatar
 
Drives: F06 and E70-Sport
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City

Posts: 906
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 335ifanatic View Post
I got the SWB because I didn't need the space and I rarely have people in the back sit.
My wife is usually my DD. I like ridding in the back seat on the way home from a night out nowadays.

I do like the SWB as well. I couldn't find a good deal on one at the time. It sucks a bit trying to find packing and the ass sticks out when you park the LWB. Once I lower it, I can't get close to the parking stopper so it will stick out even further. The F02 is longer than my E70 X5. But I'm starting to love the LWB, couldn't see me owning a SWB 7 anymore. It has tons of presence and does turn heads driving around town.

Last edited by JNoSol; 03-31-2013 at 09:00 AM.
JNoSol is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:49 PM.




7post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST