BMW M2 Competition - An Oppo Journal
This is an ownership journal for my 2019 BMW M2 Competition. I'll be updating this post as time passes, no more frequent than once per month.
This is the first entry here. I haven't driven much since it's winter out and the car currently isn't licensed in WA. Hopefully will get her licensed in the next few weeks, after which I plan to take a short jaunt on some roads I found near Palouse Falls.
Been dreaming of the M2CS and adding parts (vented carbon hood, carbon lip spoiler), but who knows if I'll ever pull the trigger as the costs seem too high.
The ZR2 has taken over daily-duty. I've really been missing driving this car.
Should I get a battery tender for winter? I think the longest I've let her sit is around 2 weeks, but still not sure if the drives I've had in between are enough to keep the battery topped. I also want to run the fluids every once in a while to stop the pipes from drying out and cracking, so I'll be driving her briefly for that reason.
I had Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires put on last month followed with an alignment. Twas expensive taking it to the BMW dealership versus a normal tire shop, but I've had trouble in the past with the Genesis so...
- Road - Tail of the Dragon
Tail of the dragon was great. The outside temperature was around freezing when we did it, and thankfully there was no traffic whatsoever. Tires didn't slip once, probably thanks to my old age and decreasing levels of yoboishness.
- Trip - Moving West
We moved from IL to WA state in the summer of 2020. The M2C was as comfortable as I could have hoped, but this car revs high on the highway so ~20 MPG is all you can hope for.
These mirrors have a habit of flailing bugs into the cabin and right at your face at highway speeds; unfortunate if, like me, you like to drive around with the windows down.
- Trip (Planned) - Arizona
I have a trip planned in the spring to AZ and back. Suggestions welcome!
- Road (Planned) - Rattlesnake Grade
This is WA-129 from Lewistown, ID to Enterprise, OR. Someone in Road & Track took the 718 Cayman GT4 here.
- Road/Trip (Planned) - Suggestions?
All of these modifications were done DIY, and my #1 advice to anyone attempting to work on their car is to have the correct tool for the job. If you don't have the correct tool, go out and buy it; don't use the incorrect tool.
- V2 Alcantara Steering Wheel
- Carbon Steering Wheel trim
Rim is thinner in places, especially compared to the CS wheel. Alcantara can be cleaned/maintained quite easily.
- Polar Blue M2/M2 Buttons
- Polar Blue Engine Start Button
- Full-Screen CarPlay
Full-screen CarPlay is a must, even thought it really should have come like this from the factory.
- Alcantara and Carbon Center Console Lid
- Alcantara and Carbon Handbrake Lever
This was a late-night drunken purchase I made to lift the ambiance of the cabin. #NoRegrets
- BMS Air Filter
Had to remove the carbon-fiber brace to access the air filters. I removed the carbon filter altogether and replaced the main filter with the BMS one. Unfortunately at my next service, they replaced the air filter without talking to me.
- M-Performance Wheel Valve Caps
- Rolls-Royce Style Floating Center Hub Cabs
- Carbon Fiber Mud Guards
I haven't tallied up the costs yet. This maybe updated at a later date when problems inevitable start occurring and it becomes more worthwhile.
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@fractalfootwork If you have more time when you do that Lewiston trip or are close enough to do it a separate time, Route 12 between Kooskia, Idaho and Lolo Montana is fantastic. It's the road that has the curves sign and "next 99 miles" or something similar. Looking at the map of that area if you go south and take route 14 from Kooskia to Elk City along the South fork of the Clearwater, that looks like a great road as well
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I wouldn’t worry too much about the battery. I’ve parked my 128i for 3-4 month winter hibernations twice now and it has started first try without issue both times in the spring.
Also, this post, and anything else I see about the M2C (or CS), is making it increasingly difficult not to replace my 1er with one. The want is strong, and my willpower not to crater my bank account is waning.
@powderhound haha yeah I found that road while map hunting too, looks fun and is on the list!
@daswauto good to hear. I’m wondering if the tech jump from the last gen would increase the draw on the battery? Maybe but probably not that drastic.
I’ve never driven a 1 series, so unfortunately I can’t speak to their differences, but I hear everybody has to be a diehard 1M fan; not sure how different they are from the base model. I would guess going from a 128i to an M car would surely be worth it. What’s drawing you into an M car? I remember really wanting CarPlay; I think that started my search for a new car. I test drove the OG M2 and wasn’t too impressed (later realized that I never took it out of comfort mode), but I needed a new car and the M2C was going to fix most of my issues with the OG. The best way to describe the M2C: it’s a thug.
I’m actually thinking backwards myself and wondering if a cheap old E46 M3 or 996 would be worth adding to the stable? Something with good handling and much lighter than the current regulations could handle. Something I could care less about and mod to my hearts desire without too much worry. Also you can add CarPlay to every old 911 I hear now.
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@fractalfootwork How did you code the full-screen Carplay in?
@spasoje some guy on the bimmerpost forum sold me sketchy software that I loaded into the car with an ethernet-to-OBDII cable.
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@fractalfootwork Good point on the newer tech potentially being more power hungry - mine doesn't even have a screen, just a dot matrix display for the radio and gauge cluster. I'd hope the power management is on-par with it though.
I think the thuggishness is probably the draw for me. I've always loved the smallest M-cars, starting with the e46 m3 that was new when I was getting into cars. The stumpy proportions, bulged fenders, straight 6, manual, rwd combo is just perfection to me. It's what I have now, turned up to 11.
You make another excellent point in your last paragraph and it perhaps makes me appreciate what I have now a bit more. The 128i is that bit lighter (but still modern levels of safe) and is cheap and well used enough that I can modify it as I please without having spent a small fortune on the car to begin with. For now, that is exactly what I'm doing - I've got Ohlins suspension sitting in my office waiting to go in and an LSD is the final major item I'd like to add. I plan to stick with the 1er for the foreseeable future, but I'll still want an M2C.
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One of the more epic driving roads in AZ is highway 191. It's on the eastern edge of the state, pretty much completely out of the way. It would be tough to justify heading all the way out there to drive it because unless you're camping or doing other off-road activities there ain't much out there, but man would it be worth it. Here's a link to an Arizona Highways article about it: https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives/coronado-trail. If you're coming to AZ just to check out sweet driving roads, that would be somewhat hard to beat. There's other stuff around, but god damn that one is good. If you're going to be in Tucson / Phoenix / Flag, it's probably too far afield and there are better options close by.
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@fractalfootwork How high does it rev on the highway and at what speed is that?
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@daswauto Ohlins! please let us know how they go. I'm running ST XTA on my 1er and they ride quite well, much better than stock. I can only imagine the Ohlins..
I should get around to getting an LSD at some point..
@cb I think it’s just above 3k at 80 mph, but don’t quote me on that. If I drove at 60 mph in 6th, I’d probably get way better gas mileage, butt life’s too short for that
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@fractalfootwork May not love the face, but damn, if it ain’t a really nicely-proportioned car. That near-side-view shot really nails it.
Congrats, man. Looking pretty fine.
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@pg I really should’ve had them installed by now but with autocross out of the picture last year motivation was severely lacking. I only drove the car 6-7000km last year, though I did ride my mtb a bunch instead.
I want to get the car in for a thorough service in the spring so I may have a shop put them on then.
Did you do anything about the squishy rear subframe bushings when installing the STs? That’s the other holdup for installing mine - I’m debating between e90 M3 bushing and inserts to stiffen up the existing ones.
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@daswauto I went the cheap route and just did the whiteline inserts. Made a tangible difference and holding up so far. I did do the front M3 diff bushings with rear f30 diff bushing.
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For a second I thought you were my friend Brandon, who also has a white M2 comp that he took with us on a trip to the tail back in September. But it was not freezing at the time...
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It's a tiny detail, but I really love how the color double stitched seams match up here....
@phenotyp Not sure what you mean by "the face", but I really like the grill. It was a point of contention before the new M4 monstrosity, but not so much anymore haha. My biggest problem with the design is that the hood can sometimes look a bit droopy, and it can be difficult to get a good picture of it. That's probably the #1 thing I want to address right now, just need some more money.
BMW's aftermarket M-Performance Carbon hood I think fixes this well:
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Should I get a battery tender for winter?
Yes, you should. It's a very cheap investment that will help increase the life of your battery and prevent any unfortunate non-starting events. The car may start just fine each time you start it up but sounds like you're not running it nearly enough to top it back up. Just get a battery tender, plug it in, and be done with it.