2015 BMW M235i: 20,000-Mile Update
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on April 27, 2016
Our long-term 2015 BMW M235i has been quite busy since I wrote the 15K-mile update. We realized that our time with the car was coming to a close and wanted to make one last push to cross over 20,000 miles.
Despite its popularity, the M235i has spent most of its time in Southern California, rarely straying too far from Los Angeles. This meant we were actually a little behind on our annual mileage schedule. In an effort to tack on miles, a few of us set out on a series of road trips.
First up was Cameron's 900-mile round trip to Zion National Park in Utah. That was followed by Jay and Kurt's eventful trip to Fremont, California, to pick up our new long-term Tesla Model X. That trip added another 700 miles to the BMW's odometer, but we were still short of our 20,000 mile goal.
Mike Schmidt set out alone for three days and 1,300 miles on a trip up through central California and back down the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains. When he returned, the BMW's odometer read 19,197 miles.
I pulled up Google Maps and began looking at destinations 400 or so miles away. I texted my wife and asked if she was up for a trip to Lake Tahoe. We took off Friday afternoon and headed north.
Somewhere along California 20, in the middle of Tahoe National Forest, the BMW rolled over 20,000 miles. I would tack on nearly 600 before the M235i left our garage for good.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,589 miles