2015 BMW M235i: Door Panel Disintegration
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on January 20, 2016
This would be easy to blame on the car. But this was our fault.
After 10 months and 13,000 miles of use, some of the material on the driver's door panel of our long-term 2015 BMW M235i looks like it went a few rounds with a wolverine.
I just noticed it the other day and at first I did blame the car. At first blush it simply looked like the material began to disintegrate, which was surprising because in my experience BMW interiors are some of the most durable around.
Nope, this was us.
On further inspection it became clear that a careless editor with a sharp object (maybe a mountain bike?) caused the damage. Look closely, you can see the claw marks. Plus the passenger side door panel still looks pristine, as does the rest of the BMW's interior.
I have no doubt that this was the fault of a human and not the machine.
Just know this: It wasn't me.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 13,223 miles