G30 530d - 7,000 miles on

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    Thought I’d provide an update, my only excuse being that I gave it a long overdue wash at the weekend.

    On the plus side:
    · It’s been to Germany now and whilst full bore acceleration isn’t at the 535d level above about 130 - 140 km/h I’ve no complaints;
    · Fuel economy remains remarkable – averaging over 55 mpg on Fuelly.com. A non-stop run from just outside Aachen to Karlsruhe saw me average 120 km/h (~75 mph) and return a little over 50 mpg – and I was not hanging about on the faster bits; once I’ve seen over 800 miles on a tankful;
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    · Low AdBlue consumption, it reckons I’ve used 2.5 litres and have 8,000 more miles before a top-up, yet I believe the tank takes 12 litres in all;
    · The brakes don’t produce anything like as much dust as those on the F10 did;
    · The Bluestone paint is the best colour yet for hiding the dirt, which, along with the lack of brake dust, is making me rather lazy when it comes to washing it – but the AG Extra Gloss Protection is holding up well;
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    · Fitting another Mobius camera to look out the rear window was a doddle thanks to the 12V socket in the boot and the folding rear seats – I fitted it asymmetrically with a wider lens, so it still has a full view, as I didn’t want to see it in the rear view mirror. Some loss of reception on the DAB (but not the stations I listen to);
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    · I am liking the ambient lighting colours a lot. Currently going through my blue period. This may change at any time…
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    Niggles are trivial but include:
    · There is a rattle inside the driver’s door when the weather gets frosty, which disappears once it’s warmed up inside;
    · The interior plastics seem to exude more plasticiser gunk onto the windscreen, so I end up cleaning the screen more often;
    · ConnectedDrive continues to be, well, disconnected half the time;
    · OTA map updates have at last updated – partially – it now has 2018-4 from an OTA update for GB/IE but the rest is 2018-2 as supplied from new;

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    · The nav can be set to learn routes, which I set it to, except that it doesn’t;
    · The car is more susceptible to getting damp inside when stood in wet weather for any length of time. I always run with the A/C on (Auto with the fan in the mid-position) but I left it at an airport for a rainy 2 weeks in November and the rear screen had moisture on the inside as the sun was shining through the windscreen that day. No leaks evident, so a bit of a puzzle;
    · The screenwash filler cap is in a ludicrous location near the bonnet hinge and the neck is blocked so it won’t take a proper funnel, making it difficult to refill – the only funnel that fits is a cut-off PET pop bottle;
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    · EcoPro has a coasting function when you come off the gas at speed to save fuel. Fine in itself but it doesn’t work well with cruise control. The car coasts for too long, drops below the set speed by a few mph then boots the throttle jerkily to get back up to the set point.
    · To use the proper dipstick you have to take the engine cover off. The iDrive electronic dipstick now needs to idle the engine at 1,000 rpm for about a minute to tell you the oil level. So far, so good, no oil consumption.
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    The top of the dipstick is circled in red below...
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    Some differences to the F10:
    · The wiper stalk no longer has a button on the end to activate the auto-wiper function, you have to move the stalk up 1 position from centre. So you can’t flick wipe (1 position down from centre) without switching the auto-wiper function off and then on again;
    · Whilst the iDrive has most Vehicle Status settings, it no longer has the brake wear indicator;
    · The standard LED headlights have a rather curious blue line appear when switching to full beam – it seems this is normal from what I’ve seen on other forums;
    · There is an occasional, apparently random but horrible, brief “graunching” sound when starting the engine from “not quite completely cold”. Again, this seems normal from what I’ve seen on other forums.

    So, I’m still very happy and enjoying the G30 experience. It’s somehow more relaxing to drive than the F10. But had I stuck with the 535d, EGR recall and iDrive problems apart, I’s probably still be happy with that too. @Peter ‘s post on older cars still feeling new is spot on. The G30 is a fine car, no doubt, but on reflection IMHO it’s not as big a step forward over the F10 as the F10 was over the E60. And I’m not yet convinced that it’s as well-built as an F10, but time and miles will tell. So there is a case to say if you’ve got a decent F10, it’s worth hanging on to and spending your hard-earned another way.
     
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    glad you are still happy with the new 5 series, i have to say that it is a very nice car

    I went to a launch event when it came out and got to take out a 520d Xdrive in the same colour as your car and have to say i would be more than happy with that as my daily driver
     
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    12500 miles in and mine still impresses me every drive, probably as complete a performer as one car can be
     
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    @Johnny Grabble good to hear that you're still enjoying your new G30. (y)

    Particularly impressive is the frugal fuel consumption. 56 Mpg from a 3 litre 5 series is, as you say, remarkable. My 330d is averaging 41 Mpg.
    I also like the Bluestone paint colour - much nicer than silver.
     
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    I looked at the G30 in the showroom and was not impressed with the lower door plastics and the cubby lid in front of the gear selector. I figured my F07 was better finished and your thoughts above seem to conclude the same.
    I have also been looking at the X4 M4.0i and for a £60k car does not have anything like as nicer interior as my F07. I need to change cars this year but I don't see any of the current range as a step up - a £30k - £40k outlay (plus my car) for not much gain, seems like madness. But I believe your 535d had highish mileage, so it was probably another factor for the change, I am currently on 33K which is barely run in.
    Why does the idrive not have the brake pad sensor anymore? I wonder if that's something that can be coded?
    Some things seem a backwards step, maybe cars are at the stage where any further development is for the sake of change rather than progress?

    Having said that, I do fancy a G30 540i with a few tasty options!

    That fuel consumption is staggering!
     
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    Motorway miles, a 70-odd mile each-way commute, about 20k a year, and a modicom of anticipation is how it's done. It might drop a little now that the M6 through Cheshire is getting back to normal speeds.

    So did I, but was worried about fuel consumption, although I guess I could probably get 40-ish out of a 540i with my driving pattern.
     
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    Those steady, constant speed sections at 50 Mph will certainly have helped achieve that consumption.
    But sacrificing a few Mpg must surely be worth getting rid of those miles of dreadful roadworks? :)
     
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    Absolutely right! It'll probably save me 20 minutes a day, and that's before time lost in jams due to all those extra accidents is taken into account.
     
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