THE LARGEST BMW 2-SERIES FORUM ON THE PLANET
2Addicts
2Addicts
BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
2Addicts | BMW 2-Series forum BMW 2 Series (F22) Forum BMW 2 Series Coupe and Cabriolet (F22/F23) General Forum A month with the M235i

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      05-25-2014, 10:30 AM   #23
agentm
Private
 
agentm's Avatar
 
Drives: M3, X3
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everywhere

Posts: 97
iTrader: (0)

Glad you enjoy it!
__________________
2004 M3 Silver Gray / CSL Header and Cats / RE El Diablo Exhaust / Hotchkis Swaybar / KW v2 / RD Sport Rims 19' / Falken FK-452 tires / Reinforcement Kit / Smoke Corner / 50% Tinted / Painted Shadow Grille / Umnitza Halo light / Hanman Lip / CF Diffusor / Autosolution SSK 30% / Aluminum Foot Pedals / AA Shift knob / AA Sport Fan Clutch / 3.91 Diff
Active Auto HKS Gen 6 Level 1.5 S/C
agentm is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 11:18 AM   #24
ando
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2015 M3
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Des Moines, IA

Posts: 218
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2015 BMW M3  [0.00]
2013 BMW 328i  [0.00]
Great car and impressive review. Keep driving!
ando is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 11:24 AM   #25
GOLFFRR
 
GOLFFRR's Avatar
 
Drives: Golf Cart
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Solvang, CA/Camarillo, CA

Posts: 16,367
iTrader: (4)

nice!
__________________

BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR NEXT BMW, EMAIL US FIRST WE CAN HOOK YOU UP!
Need a quote or assistance from David? GO HERE-->http://www.bimmerdavid.com/#!blank/c1r1e
Davids current ED Special ALL M CARS--> http://f10.m5post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1042739
GOLFFRR is online now  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 11:32 AM   #26
Transfer
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Transfer's Avatar
 
Drives: SQ5, X1
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA

Posts: 1,676
iTrader: (0)

Good writing and nice to see some Seattle representation.
Transfer is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 11:43 AM   #27
Powaup
Lieutenant Colonel
 
Powaup's Avatar
 
Drives: 6MT F82 M4
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Oakland, CA

Posts: 1,934
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2015 BMW M4  [5.00]
awesome write up
__________________
2015 /// F82 M4 | AW-Blk Ext | 6MT | Executive | Adaptive Suspension | Black 19's
Youtube Channel

CSUN 2013 17/80 @ FSAE West Lincoln, Nebraska
Powaup is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 12:07 PM   #28
f30jprad
Enlisted Member
 
f30jprad's Avatar
 
Drives: F30 328i M-Sport
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Anaheim, CA

Posts: 38
iTrader: (0)

Congrats. AW really shows off the lines of a car. Nice review. Enjoy!
__________________

'13 F30 328i: AW | M-Sport | Moonroof | Nav
'08 E90 328i: SG | Sport | Premium | Nav | LCI converted
'97 E36 M3: AW | K&N CAI
f30jprad is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 12:07 PM   #29
sid21177
Private First Class
 
Drives: 2011 328i AW/ 2013 128i AW
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Posts: 108
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2013 128i AW  [0.00]
2011 328i AW  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Exterminador View Post
Great write up! I'm really glad for you and the fact that this car has transformed your relationship with cars in general. BMWs have a way of doing that.

Enjoy
So much so that I ended up buying a 2nd one - lol
Now I just look for an excuse to drive
sid21177 is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 12:08 PM   #30
red-sauerkraut
.
 
red-sauerkraut's Avatar
 
Drives: x-car/m-car
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: northern hemisphere

Posts: 3,738
iTrader: (0)

Kerry Park no doubt..

Congrats on your revelation!
__________________
LESS LIMIT. MORE SKY.
red-sauerkraut is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 12:27 PM   #31
antzcrashing
... can I get a 1M
 
antzcrashing's Avatar
 
Drives: 2006 330i
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Miami FL

Posts: 1,085
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2006 BMW 330i  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by utsavized View Post
To not make this yet another redundant review, I will first set the background: I fall under the bigger population of the non-enthusiast population that BMW is trying to please with this car. Oh, well, I could call myself an enthusiast on paper, which is where I live, breathe and dream cars, but have never had the money, or the good fortune of ever driving the true Ms and the Porsches, or even an EVO or an STI for that matter. And to make up for the lack of technical comparisons and all other review-y things, I will try to make this interesting by simply recounting my time with this car. Thanks in advance for reading.

---

If I had a dream garage, it would have two cars: an M3 and an Aston Martin DB9. Having lusted over the M3 for so many years, I really feel no shame in considering this my first M car. I know, I know… It is not a true M. But after years of school and hard work, I can finally afford something like this. And, I have paid close to 50 grand for it (and I still cannot afford an M3/M2), so for all intents and purposes, it is, for me, an M car. This means though, that BMW has hit the nail at the right place. The 2 series, in the general sense, fulfills this purpose – to give big smiles to people who have enough money and desire for a sporty car, but just not enough for a true M car. Bang! And that is why it has 18 M badges, to help me forget that I couldn’t get a real M car. Fine by me.

The most I have ever driven in a year is about 6000 miles. I thought of a car, as a utility that enabled me to do things – go to work, get groceries, so on and so forth. I never drove, just to drive. Not that I have an illustrious history of vehicle ownership (90 Celica, 01 Passat, 94 318i, 06 A4, 08 E92, 02 Passat), but no car has engendered that man-vehicle bond in me. Until now. I have driven over 1500 miles on this car in less than a month. That should speak volumes in itself. The M235i begs me to drive it…really! I park it in the garage and take a look back at those glorious headlights one more time. As the LEDs fade away, it whimpers, “Please, one more spin round the block?” And just like that, it turns into yet another occasion where I am late for dinner. On the bright side, I wake up before the alarm goes off, go to work hours early to avoid traffic and as a result get more done. Hell, I may even get a promotion because of this car, and finally be able to get the coveted M3. A car that helps me get a car. Now that is proper utility! Pretty cool!

I am no racer. I have never tracked, nor do I indulge in speed grudges on the streets. But there is something different that happens when you are inside this one. I cannot help but compare this car with my 1 year old German Shepherd – loyal and sweet but at the same time, 100 lbs. of pure mischief and that swag that oozes “I can get away with anything.” For some reason, it puts off other dogs – they want to urinate where my dog goes, cover up the tracks, and try to regain their territory. The M235i then, is just that – an intelligent, fun but raw puppy, but one that can still afflict a lot of damage. I am not sure if it is the good looks, or the plethora of M badges, but it ignites that same sense of territorial instinct from drivers of other fast cars on the road – they come close, lower a gear and make eye contact. They feel challenged, and this compelling need to regain their territory. Again, I am no racer, and not nearly as good a driver this car deserves, so I don’t indulge. But I know the numbers, both for the other car, and for this, and just knowing the fact I can smoke that car into the horizon of my rear view mirror with a light stomp on the accelerator, gives me a weirdly addictive high.

It does bother me that quality of the sound system is not that good. I like the bass of the kick drum that hits your chest, but not the bass of the bass guitar that rattles the whole car. Unfortunately, there is no way to fine tune the frequencies. It is a shame that my headphones have that capability and not this car. It also bothers me that I cannot skip random tracks with the wheel on steering, and that every time a track resumes when I start the car, the screen stops showing the currently playing track. There are also some cheap plastic bits here and there, and on the rare occasion that I do push the car to its limit, I have no way to tell if things are getting too hot. But none of it really matters! As, none of these contribute to the size of the smile I wear when I am inside this car.

I was a normal guy just going about my business. I think this car has turned me into a schizophrenic. I hear voices telling me to drive more. I am late at most places because I always take the longer route. I was concerned about the consequences initially, and whether I would be able to handle this sudden change. After a month though, I have figured it out -- the only way to live with this car is to really have a split-personality, exactly like the car itself does. You go to work, take your girlfriend to dinner, take your dog to play, and while doing so save on some gas as well in the forcibly timid Eco Pro mode, which makes the car a pure utility, one that is driven by a sensible adult. When you are done with all that though, you roll the windows down, press the “you know which” button thrice and unleash the other personality – the beast, the schizophrenic, the lunatic – as you drive away, tail-happy into the Pacific Northwest highways, lit up with pure joy, some burnt rubber and sweet exhaust noise.

At the end of the day, you get home, late for dinner yet again, and look back at it one last time. And as those stunning LEDs fade away, it whispers, “once more?”

(Repeat).

Attachment 1032849
Great writeup. A reminder that the best car in the world is the one you work hard for and appreciate. And that an enthusiast is not one that can recite car technology and specifications, but someone that enjoys the drive
__________________
antzcrashing is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 01:23 PM   #32
CBS
Major
 
CBS's Avatar
 
Drives: F10 535, E90 M3, E30 M3
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Posts: 1,116
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2014 535xi M Sport  [0.00]
2014 X3 3.5 M Sport  [0.00]
2011 M3 E90  [4.88]
2008 X5  [0.00]
1990 BMW M3  [5.00]
Nice write up and Congratulations! Life is too short not to enjoy the ride.

Had a chance to experience the M235i at the BMW Performance Driving School three weeks ago. Very Impressive - Car just wants to GO!

Cheers!
__________________

ESS VT-1 550 | M24 Oil Cooler | Fall Line Half Cage | RaceTech 4009W | 6 pt Harness | Lifeline Zero 360 Fire Suppression | Rear Seat Delete | Motion Control DA Dampers w/remote reservoirs | 900/650 Hyperco Springs | RD Sport Sway Bars | Brembo 380 BBK | GC Camber Plates | Hoosier R6 | Eisenmann Sport | Stack Gauges | Painted Challenge Front Lip | Painted ZCP Rear Spoiler | Xpel Ultimate Film | LuxAngelEyes
CBS is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 01:56 PM   #33
BMW_Boy7
First Lieutenant
 
BMW_Boy7's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 M3
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: W.Bloomfield

Posts: 330
iTrader: (0)

What a enlightening story, glad your making progress with your goals in a steady fashion. It brings me joy knowing others are enjoying themselves from what they believe in and make come true.
__________________
DCK
BMW_Boy7 is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 02:14 PM   #34
CK335iMSport
First Lieutenant
 
CK335iMSport's Avatar
 
Drives: 2014 335i M Sport
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Austin, TX.

Posts: 368
iTrader: (0)

Fantastic write-up, thanks for sharing!
__________________
2014 335i M Sport - Mineral Grey/Coral Red, Nav., Premium, HK, MPE, 8AT. Mods: Macht Schnell Spacers (12mm-front, 15mm-rear) with 403M's, Bilstein B8 Struts/H&R Sport Spring combo, M-Performance black kidney grilles, IND Distribution color-matched reflector inserts and key hole cover.
CK335iMSport is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 02:41 PM   #35
dollarbillyo
Cursed Beemer
 
dollarbillyo's Avatar
 
Drives: '14 M235
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Pasadena / Newport Beach, CA

Posts: 46
iTrader: (1)

What a great write up, I am just over 5 weeks with the car and will give me two cents when I have some more time but just like you said, it makes you want to take the long way home and switch it from "comfort" to "sport" for the last couple of miles. Yes the radio sucks and the interior looks kind of cheap but when the pedal hits the floor, who really gives a S**t.
dollarbillyo is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 04:26 PM   #36
SPGdriver
New Member
 
SPGdriver's Avatar
 
Drives: 1987 BMW 325is
Join Date: May 2012
Location: USA

Posts: 12
iTrader: (0)

Dealer in Seattle?

Great write-up!

Which dealer in Seattle did you purchase from?

Did you buy or lease? How did you go about the negotiations?

I am looking to buy a new 328i for 2015 and am considering how far below MSRP a person can get...thanks...
SPGdriver is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 04:39 PM   #37
Alumac
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: prudently
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Atlanta

Posts: 280
iTrader: (0)

Nice write up! Glad you like the car, and have sense enough to realize what a steal it is at its price.

Don't pay any attention to the 'real M' jokers on here. Most of them are no more than badge snobs, and couldn't tell the difference driving the cars without looking at the trunk/boot lid.
Alumac is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 05:17 PM   #38
duk
///M
 
Drives: 2011 AW/FR 6MT E92
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: San Jose, CA

Posts: 2,952
iTrader: (0)

Great review. This car is awesome. Who cares if you don't have a 'true' M as long as you are happy, that's coming from an M owner.
__________________
2011 AW/FR 6MT E92 | Powered by Premier | Alekshop | ESS |
Rok n Peace Clothing: www.roknpeace.com

duk is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 05:59 PM   #39
Agamemnon
First Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2013 335ix EB2, Mppk, Akra
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Richmond BC

Posts: 366
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by duk View Post
Great review. This car is awesome. Who cares if you don't have a 'true' M as long as you are happy, that's coming from an M owner.
Plus 1! The M235i is a great ride. Glad you are enjoying it.
Agamemnon is online now   Canada
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 06:39 PM   #40
sgrinavi
Second Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2011 M3 & 2013 328i Sedan
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: SW FL

Posts: 225
iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2013 328i  [0.00]
2011 BMW M3  [0.00]
Thanks, that's was a fun read.
sgrinavi is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 07:40 PM   #41
snaimpally
Lieutenant
 
Drives: 2011 335i MT
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Austin, TX

Posts: 497
iTrader: (4)

Garage List
2011 BMW 335i  [0.00]
Thanks for the review. I was planning to wait for the M235i when I stumbled upon a very low mileage 2011 335i at a great price, which I ended up getting. I'm glad you are enjoying - I'm loving my car. I think the combination that BMW has, in terms of handling, comfort, and performance, is hard to beat.

In terms of audio, I suggest you call Ken at MusicarNW for help with the sound system. He specializes in systems for BMW and has several different options based on your budget. I have seen his posts here and on other car audio forums for several years and he knows his stuff. Though I am not yet a customer of his, he was kind enough to email me quite a bit of information on the audio systems he sells. He is based in Portland so if you can drive down there, he can install and tune the system for you. Even otherwise, he will mail stuff out if you don't mind a little DIY.

Last edited by snaimpally; 05-25-2014 at 08:40 PM.
snaimpally is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 09:02 PM   #42
bradleyland
TIM YOYO
 
Drives: 2013 M3
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Vero Beach, FL

Posts: 1,681
iTrader: (0)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by SPGdriver View Post
Great write-up!

Which dealer in Seattle did you purchase from?

Did you buy or lease? How did you go about the negotiations?

I am looking to buy a new 328i for 2015 and am considering how far below MSRP a person can get...thanks...
Have a look for a "deals" thread in the F30 forums. There are lots of them with good tips on how to get a good deal.
__________________
His: 2013 ///M3 - Interlagos Blue Black M-DCT
Hers: 2013 X3 28i - N20 Mineral Silver / Sand Beige / Premium, Tech
Past: 2010 135i - TiAg Coral Red 6MT ///M-Sport
bradleyland is online now   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 09:03 PM   #43
Lynn_228i
AW BMW 228i with Black Dakota Leather Seats
 
Lynn_228i's Avatar
 
Drives: BMW 228i
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NJ

Posts: 227
iTrader: (0)

Thank you for the review. I am so excited for you! I also have the Alpine White exterior that I love so much in my current BMW 128i and will be soon leasing the BMW 228i in Alpine White as I still love the color. Your post makes me want to take a long drive tomorrow! I am sure your car handles so well and is so much fun to drive. Congratulations! Enjoy!
Lynn_228i is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      05-25-2014, 09:11 PM   #44
Suave
Major
 
Suave's Avatar
 
Drives: 2015 F80 M3
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Montgomery County, PA

Posts: 1,298
iTrader: (0)

Yep you are the demographic BMW was after. I have to tell you that the M235i is no slouch! The car has a lot of power and handles really well so much so that it reminds me of earlier generation M Cars. I wish this car was around for me when I came out of college. Fast forward more than a few years and now i am finally moving into my first M car the F80 M3. I will enjoy it no doubt but I will never forget my first BMW (on my profile) which hooked me on the brand forever. I can feel your passion and dedication and have no doubt you will have a long relationship with Bavaria. Welcome to the club friend.
__________________
2015 /// F80 M3 / BIMMERPOST ED Group Lead-Jun 23 2014 / AW-Full SO / Executive / Lighting /
DCT / M Suspension / Black 19's / Side-Top View Cameras / HK / Enhanced USB-Bluetooth /
MODS (COMPLETED): CXP 45% Tint, IND Ext Gloss Blackout kit M Performance Pedals, CF V Caps: .
Coming Soon: M Perf CF Diffuser, Spoiler, Exhaust Tips, CF-Alcantara Brake Handle, CF Shifter Cover, MPE
Suave 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 05:24 PM.




2addicts
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