My M235i

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    Having been impressed by a couple of friends M1x and M2x cars I decided to test drive one for myself. I did, and loved it, so the hunt for the right one began. Eventually I found it, a nice M235i in Mineral Grey with oyster leather and a few nice toys on board. The downside is it was in Hull, and I'm in Tyneside. Fate stepped in, and rather than trade my Cayman in to BMW I sold it back to the dealer I bought it from, between York and Hull. It was a quick trip down the road after dropping it off to go look at the car, and take it for a test drive. Deal done, which included them delivering it to me, or rather my friends detailing business where I help out in my spare time.
    It arrived in a bit of a state as I requested they didnt clean it in any way to prevent any scratches etc, so the first stage was a wash and decontamination. Once done, it was onto the ramp, wheels off, and a good going over with a polisher. The plan was to use the gtechniq range of products, so the body had Crystal Serum Ultra topped with 2 layers of EXO, the wheels and brake calipers had Crystal Serum light topped with EXO and the glass had G1.
    The interior took a full morning to do, and was finished with gtechniq Leather products and matte dash.
    While detailing it, I decided that I wanted the chrome grills and wing mirrors changing to gloss back, so a local business came and wrapped them for me. I also had an Autowatch Ghost fitted by another of my friends who has an in-car entertainment and security business.
    A week after delivery, we were finally happy with it and I rolled it off the ramp to take a few photos and head off for a shakedown cruise. Sadly as I drove out of the door the heavens opened and ruined all of our hard work so the only photos are from inside the workshop :)
    A week later and the grin is still firmly attached to my face, Im starting to get to grips with the menus and features and really enjoying driving it. I will update this thread as and when anything changes.

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    Car looks amazing !
    Looking at a m235i convertible to replace my X5 , engines sound amazing .
     
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    Thanks. I thought the noise of the Cayman I had was the best thing in motoring, but this is equally as addictive in its own way, especially in sport mode
     
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    the car is looking good after its time in the detailers, i understand your frustration of having to take it out in the rain, that happened to me 18 months ago a week at the detailers and it rained on the 60 mile trip home, i arrived home and said to the missus come and look at the car it looks amazing, how wrong was I
     
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    Looks the business. (y)

    I've not been 'up close & personal' with one of these yet, but is that the 'usual' panel gap at the leading edge of the door, in pic #3? [​IMG]
     
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    Perhaps to allow for cabin flexing under heavy G loads when cornering?:eek::whistle:
     
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    Looks great - I really like these too. Starting to become good value now. Would go for an auto with Adaptive Suspension and sunroof.
     
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    It just looks fabulous! :love:
     
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    Had two cars done by David at DDB, and would have had two more if we hadn't bought from London.
    Does a good job.

    Car looks great., I am half fancying a 2 series for the other half when she decides to let the Mini go.
     
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    The car looks very good.(y)

    I have been considering getting both the Porsche and the 6 series detailed but chickened out as I did not know anyone decent locally. As DDB are only 20 miles away from me I don't have too much of an excuse..
     
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    I hope so. There's no accident damage etc recorded against it, but you've got me worried now :)

    Thanks. Mine is auto with sunroof but not the adaptive suspension. I would have liked it but after 4 months of searching this is as close to the spec I wanted that I could find, the suspension is the only thing on the list that's missing
     
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    Thanks
    Ive worked with him for about 10 years now, he certainly knows his stuff. My other car is an '07 Mini Cooper S JCW (with full gtechnic package) and I love it, couldn't bear to part with it.

    Give him a call, or pop in any time. He also opens up on Saturday mornings specifically to do quotes and inspections, I'm usually there too.
     
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    Oooops!! :oops: Not the intention, just looked 'odd' to my untrained [very] eye. As said, I've not had a chance to be close to one of these, so it's probably how they are? What's the other side like?

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    All panel gaps look big from that angle, this is one of mine I've found that highlights the issue.


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    No worries, Ive just been out to check and the other side is the same, so either its supposed to be like that or the front end is about to fall off :mrgreen:
    Now you point it out it does look a bit odd in the photo, it doesnt look quite as bad in the metal but its still a big gap
     
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    Here's the panel gaps on my M140i, I can't imagine the two cars would be much different. The gaps do look awkward from certain angles as the top of the door sort of folds in more than the wing panel.

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    Thanks for doing that, its reassured me that mines ok (y)
     
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    (y)That is truly lovely , enjoy it . If BMW had made a 235i Convertible with a metal folding roof I d have bought one instead of the 435i, not that I regret getting the 435i in the slightest .
     
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    Thanks. Now that would get my vote, a tin top folding version would have seen me queuing at the door to buy one. Mrs Moggy fancies a 4 with the folding roof (in snapper rock blue), but its wasted on her at the moment with her 3 mile commute.
     
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    But she could travel and arrive in style. :cool:
     
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