About That Blind Spot - 2015 BMW M235i Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2015 in BMW
imageAbout That Blind Spot - 2015 BMW M235i Convertible Long-Term Road Test

The 2015 BMW M235i is the perfect rush-hour warrior, except for that one thing.

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  • ebeaudoinebeaudoin NE IllinoisMember Posts: 509
    Or you could, ya know, put that top down.

    :D
  • daryleasondaryleason TexasMember Posts: 501
    Actually, if you're a "Click & Clack" fan, they did an excellent article about how to set your side mirrors to eliminate blindspots. After reading it (years ago, before they retired) I set mine up like they recommended and while I still check to be sure, I've never had an issue.But I thought Californians were known for not checking before merging...don't all y'all just point the wheel & go?
  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Member Posts: 671

    But I thought Californians were known for not checking before merging...don't all y'all just point the wheel & go?

    Unfortunately, yes.

    http://www.edmunds.com/acura/tlx/2015/long-term-road-test/2015-acura-tlx-crash-tested.html
  • socal_ericsocal_eric SoCalMember Posts: 189
    http://papers.sae.org/950601/

    And nice summary with picture from C&D:

    http://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-adjust-your-mirrors-to-avoid-blind-spots


    Combined with a blind spot monitoring system and/or outside convex mirrors should help on most cars. On a convertible with a small rear window and not a wide field of view you might not be able to push the side mirrors out quite as far but on my wagon for example, which also has a small rear window I can still keep the side mirrors out and shift my head enough to see a little of the side and outside rear of the car.
  • cotakcotak Member Posts: 89
    I adjust my mirror that way and while it does eliminate blind spot for parallel traffic. It doesn't always works for say when you are at an angle. Say when you are just turning on from the on-ramp.
  • schen72schen72 Member Posts: 433
    This is when Honda's LaneWatch would be immensely helpful.
  • miata52miata52 Member Posts: 114
    Set your mirrors correctly (see Click&Clack reference above) and never have the need to look over your shoulder again.
  • locke42locke42 Member Posts: 25
    miata52 said:

    Set your mirrors correctly (see Click&Clack reference above) and never have the need to look over your shoulder again.

    You still do if your rear window is the size of a submarine porthole.
  • agentorangeagentorange Member Posts: 893
    Proof that it is possible to drive in Braille?
  • reighty8reighty8 Surrey, UKMember Posts: 6
    locke42 said:

    miata52 said:

    Set your mirrors correctly (see Click&Clack reference above) and never have the need to look over your shoulder again.

    You still do if your rear window is the size of a submarine porthole.
    The F23 rear visibility really isn't that bad. :D The linked method worked on worse cars I've driven like the Vauxhall Insignia.
  • quantumfluxrquantumfluxr Member Posts: 3
    schen72 said:

    This is when Honda's LaneWatch would be immensely helpful.

    The M235i has the exact same thing. Either this tester car wasn't optioned with it or somehow they have it off. I use it all the time (although I've never even noticed any blind spot so might be just an experience thing). Having owned cars with *real* blind spots (Lotus Esprit for example) the M235i feels like a normal car.
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