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Old 21-04-2017, 09:29 PM   #1
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BMW M235i 18 months and 20,000 miles later.....

Not much happening tonight so thought I'd do a little review of ownership.

It was given a quick clean tonight and a couple of photos.



I'm only a few hundred miles short of the 20,000 mark now and have had a good experience. The only intermittent issue I've got is the brakes make a creaking noise when hot. Other than that the only thing I've had to face is two rear punctures, which both were repaired.

So far I've not had to dip my hand in my pocket for anything at all. I'm 2700 miles short of the first service and items such as the brake pads are showing another 20,000 for the front and 17,000 for the rear to go. My driving style is pretty smooth, so I'm still on original rubber too. The brakes can be sourced for reasonable money and 18" tyres aren't expensive.

Fuel economy varies massively to how the car is driven. On a motorway cruise 40mpg is possible, nurse it and high 40s is possible, but thrash it and it will drink a fair amount. Overall I'm nearly 30mpg. I live in a busy city, but do a bit of commuting between Aberdeen and central Scotland.

Performance wise the car is quicker than you'd expect for 325bhp. It's considerably quicker than other cars in the class. It's quicker on the move than my old A45 AMG and feels much faster. It does appear I've got a good one(or I'm a good driver ) as at a drag day my car was recording higher terminal speeds than all other standard cars. I was clocking 110mph and felt that it could do more as the day was really hot with huge queues.

Engine wise the engine is a cracker. It's so much better to have 6 cylinders. It's a really strong engine with plenty of torque from low down. It makes a good sound too.

The car does have a little more roll that other cars in this class. It rewards a driver who is smooth, but a driver who can only drive with aggressive inputs, or an on or off throttle will be all over the place.

The Pro Nav iDrive is vastly better than other car's systems. The Harmon Kardon sound isn't too shabby either.

Insurance is also very reasonable and cheaper than other performance cars in this class. I have been reading that some insurance companies have been awkward about taking on people with their first RWD car.

Everyone just sees 3.0l BMW and assumes that the running costs are going to be massive. You aren't going to run it on City Car money, but they aren't that bad at all.

The total package makes up for one of the best real world cars at this price point.
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Old 21-04-2017, 09:36 PM   #2
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Nice write up, looks smart too.

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Looks nice and great write up!

Glad you're enjoying ownership especially after the AMG fiasco.
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They do sound good and glad to see one that's not blue.


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Old 21-04-2017, 10:17 PM   #5
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Great review. I do miss my M140i, regret getting rid of it. The engine noise is fantastic.
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Very good review Kerr and the car looks mint for coming up 20,000 miles, the M235i has always been well received from the motoring press and by all accounts it's replacement, the M240i has raised the bar further.
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Not seen too many 2 series in that colour. Nearly all the m2s I've seen are in that powdery blue colour or the silvery blue/green colour.

Nice car, ive a massive love for bmws having owned a 5series. After having a line of non German cars I can see the appeal of bmws after owning one. They ooze drivability and far from boring, even for a modern car. I'm strongly considering another BMW in the not too distant future but it's likely to be something Bigger again.
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Good review that I would echo after nearly 12 months and 7k in my M135i

The engine is a peach, loves to rev, smooth as whipped cream and can easily produce mid - high 30's on a long run if required

I have had zero issues, bar a puncture that can hardly be blamed on the car - used no oil, no water and still showing as another 15k before needing a service

It is definitely a car that rewards smoothness, its not the easiest of cars to get the best out of but when you do its immensely satisfying - it definitely feels like an analogue old school hatch than a digital, artificial one

Mine will be going back next May and beginning to think what might replace it and the only car I can think of is what will be one of the last M140's
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Great review Kerr

Your BMW does suit white IMHO
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Looks lovely buddy. Got to admit i would really like one in the future.

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