2015 BMW M235i: Break-In Period Requires Many Miles of Restraint
April 21, 2015
I was genuinely excited when the sign-out sheet came around and our newest long-termer, the 2015 BMW M235i, was still available. I drove a hard-top M235i a while back and truly loved the experience. It had sharp, direct steering and a fantastic feel for the road, both of which I was anxious to experience again. Sadly, I couldn't really put our new convertible through its paces since we're still in the break-in period. It's a long one, too.
According to the owner's manual, we need to keep the M235i's inline-6 below 4,500 rpm for the first 1,200 miles. It also instructs us to stay below 100 miles per hour and to "avoid full load or kickdown under all circumstances." Keeping it below 100 mph isn't a problem, but avoiding full load or kickdown meant keeping a light foot all weekend.
Other instructions include driving conservatively for the first 200 miles to help the tires achieve "full traction potential" and driving "moderately" during the first 300 miles to achieve "optimal performance between brake discs and brake pads."
We see a road trip in the BMW's near future so we can take off the training wheels and see what the car is really like.
Travis Langness, Associate Editor @ 570 miles