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2015 BMW M235i Convertible Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited May 2016 in BMW
image2015 BMW M235i Convertible Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

Wrap-up of the Edmunds long-term 2015 BMW M235i Convertible test.

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Comments

  • kiiwiikiiwii Posts: 318
    original MSRP was around $60k? that's crazy for a stingy tiny 2 series. before seeing TMV, I thought this thing is around $30k-ish when new.
  • thepuffthepuff Posts: 87
    The fact that the article said "BMW" and "Convertible" and "M" and the engine was a "35" series should have hinted that this would start at around $50,000 regardless of size. Find another new European convertible with this performance level and options for $30,000 and I'll buy it today. Hell, find it in any other make and I'll buy it.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,245
    I paid less than $38,000 for my 2014 CPO M235i coupe; it has every option save the Helen Keller(Driver Assistance) packages, and at that price it's an outstanding deal, especially considering that the CPO warranty doesn't run out until 2020. I'm averaging 25-26 mpg in mixed driving; my worst tank was 22.4, best 31.9. No complaints at all aside from the lack of a mechanical limited slip, but even adding that cost in I'm still ahead of the game. In any case, the only real competitor was the 2016 Mustang GT w/Perf. Pkg.- and it still would have needed the FRPP Track Handling Pack to make it suitable for HPDEs.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • airpowerairpower Posts: 28
    BMW gains an advantage over rivals when it comes to ownership. Included with the purchase of any model in the lineup is a free scheduled maintenance plan for the first four years or 50,000 miles.
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    Can someone comment on the recent change in this feature. According to Automotive News, the time frame was decreased.

    Thank you.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,245
    BMW's free maintenance has been cut back-beginning with the 2017 models-from 4 years 50k miles to 3 years 36k miles. Also, wear items(brakes, wiper blades, etc.) are no longer covered. In addition, starting with the 2015 models the free maintenance no longer can be transferred to a subsequent owner.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • darthbimmerdarthbimmer Posts: 606
    To answer the question in the featured story window, "Would This Convertible Make Your Commute Fun?" I can tell you from experience driving BMW convertibles for many years that the answer is It Depends. When the weather is warm and clear, and traffic doesn't suck too bad, a convertible is almost magic. I put the top down, turn up the sound system, and in seconds all the worries of the work day melt away. It's like the teleporting to a different world. OTOH, if the weather is crummy, or if I'm condemned to grinding through stop-and-go traffic on packed roadways, it's no fun. I'd rather have the superior isolation of a coupe or sedan.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,245
    edited May 2016
    Easy answer for me- I can't drive a convertible at BMW CCA HPDEs- so "coupe" is always the solution.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

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