A further update following the last one. A more eventful last 10k miles with a replacement windscreen, a set of tyres and 2 (scheduled) visits to the dealer. I’m now doing some longer trips to the south coast in addition to my lengthy commute. Given appropriate traffic conditions, I find I can cover over 200 miles in about 3½ hours without needing to get out and stretch my legs which reinforces what a fine long-distance car this is. Long trips south on a sunny winter morning do render the HUD virtually invisible even though it automatically brightens up, so it gets switched off, and all the info gets transferred to the multifunctional instrument panel. It took a little getting used to seeing the rev counter temporarily disappear to be replaced with caller info, song titles, voice commands, etc. when used. Replaced all 4 tyres, Bridgestone Turanza ER300 RFTs with the same again at about 53,000 miles. Accounting for the use of winter tyres and switching the Bridgestones front to rear at each changeover resulted in a little over 36,000 miles on the first set. That was one big reason for replacing like-for-like. Also good wet grip. Only compromise has been noise. But new ones are 3dB quieter than the worn ones (yes, I measured it on the same stretch of M6 before and after…). Curiously balancing them has been a challenge – I’ve been back to the tyre depot once so far but I need to revisit. Family priorities got the better of me and I switched to the winters meanwhile, so I’ve not had time. It’ll be done once the weather improves. Why do tyre depots tighten the bolts way beyond 140Nm? Learning from others’ woes about fragile locking bolts, I took the precaution of replacing them with standard wheel bolts (picked up on a trip to Germany) before going to the tyre place. That was €20 well spent. Checking the torques when I got back revealed they were all very overtightened, so they were duly corrected and the locking bolts re-installed. The 3rd oil service was due at ~57k so I opted for the while-you-wait option. Received a phone call reminder the day before which I thought was a nice touch. First service I’ve paid for as the service pack expired at 50k. It was £370. Ho hum. Make of that what you will. Took about 2.5 hours and I whiled away the time using the Wifi and catching up on some email. I failed to consume £370 worth of coffee but they did look after me well while I was there. Had a sit in a 530d xDrive M Sport among other things. Nice but not yet convinced. Overall a happy customer. Saw this in the dealer’s as well. Seriously nice. But how would you repair the inevitable paint chips? Some weeks later, on a local A-road, I was being approached by an ambulance on a shout coming in the opposite direction, so I duly slowed down and pulled over to the left to give it room in the middle of the road to get past. As a thank you, it kicks up a stone which lands fair and square in the MOT Zone A of the windscreen. Oh joy. It was obvious the damage was larger than the 10mm permitted by the almost-imminent MOT. A call to the insurer’s helpline, which turns out to be Autoglass, sorts a replacement for the £75 excess and is fitted 3 days later. And – in spite of having read some stories about screen replacements when you have HUD, adaptive lights, auto lights and wipers – the job was done and all is well with the technology – everything works as it should. Interestingly, when I phoned up, they knew without any prompting from me that my car had the HUD and adaptive lights. I asked how and it was apparently because I had declared them as optional extras on my insurance. The new screen is made by Pilkington and seems identical to OEM. An additional benefit is there is no gravel rash on it either. I shudder to think by how much my premium is going to go up come renewal time… New wiper blades went on at the same time. Bosch Aerotwin again. They are definitely not as durable as factory-fit ones, I reckon they last ½ as long, but they are less than ½ the price. The Mobius action cam was remounted on the screen as well with a new adhesive bracket, placed so as to stay outside the sweep of the wipers (another MOT thing it seems) having first replaced the dead battery inside it with a supercapacitor. I also found a better way of routing the cable to the 12V socket in the passenger footwell by hiding it inside the top of the nearside A-pillar trim, rather than taking it down the screen side of the A-pillar and across its base. Within 4 weeks of the new screen being fitted, on the A34 southbound near Newbury late at night with very little traffic, another stone finds its way from the northbound carriageway onto the left hand side of the screen. 15mm bullseye. Fixed it with one of those windscreen repair kits once home again – it worked really well and the result is virtually invisible. And….breathe… Costs-wise, I estimate it’s ~62p/mile since new. Fuel consumption remains consistent, a slight dip over winter due to the colder weather extending the warm-up times but still in the mid-40’s. The second trip to the dealer was for brake fluid change, end of warranty check and the first 1st MOT. A pleasantly uneventful visit, with the brake fluid change coming in at ~£73. There’s still over 10mm left on the brake pads which indicates the iDrive is being a tad pessimistic suggesting there’s only 30k miles left on them. Happy customer again. As you may have read elsewhere on here, I got a quote for a BMW warranty…as it’s above 60k miles now, it’s just over £100/month with the £250 excess. A savings account has been duly opened and fingers have been crossed… How long to keep this one though? Conflicting thoughts… - Over 60k and 3 years, the 535d has been a pleasure to own and a delight to drive. For me at least, it’s a perfect blend of performance, economy and long-distance comfort. And having specc’ed it from new, it’s got everything I want and nothing I don’t. The only question is how long before it starts playing up. I'm learning to live with the paint chips... - As noted elsewhere, I saw my old E60 on the ‘trader, still going strong some 5 years and ~70k miles after I parted with it and depreciating very little in that time. - I’m still not sold on the G30. There’s no 540d in the UK and the in-gear acceleration figures of the 530d, (xDrive or not), don’t compare favourably to the 535d. Given the problems my colleagues are having with company G30/G31s (iDrive issues, water in headlights, intermittent HUD, rattles), it’s not convincing me. - Now’s my last chance to grab a proper 6-series, Coupe or Gran Coupe nearly new. It is tempting. More of a known quantity but with the roads as potholed as they are, I’m not convinced 20” wheels are a smart choice. But if I could find one with 19”s, VDC & comfort seats, I could be swayed…at the right price…there are some nice Limited Edition ones out there right now… Indecision is leading to no decision, so for the time being, barring unforeseen events, I’ll be sticking with what I’ve got. Let’s see when we get to 80k.