G30 530d SE – 30,000 miles & a recalibration

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    Under normal circumstances, the car would’ve hit 30k by the end of March. But of course, things have changed. For the time being, I’m working from home, so that’s over 400 miles a week I’m no longer driving. My last long trip was to the South coast to see family mid-March, which was when I last filled the tank, in Southampton. As I write, there’s still 1/3 left in it. Including the trip back to Cheshire, it’s done 600 miles in 3 months. A good proportion of that was relocating my son from his subterranean university bedsit back home. Now there are fewer lockdown measures in place, it’s getting a decent run out for 45 minutes or so every week or two. Being stood for a while doesn’t seem to have had any ill effects, other than it’s being washed a lot less often. Start-stop is still kicking in as soon as it’s warmed up, so the battery seems OK. I’ve been parking it with the handbrake off so it doesn’t seize. The Bluestone paint does a OK job of hiding the dirt .

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    Since the last update, there have been a few glitches with the iDrive. First, RTTI was failing to forget some notifications, so it was finding diversions when it didn’t need to. This now seems to have gone away, with a little help from BMW advising me to “update services” in the iDrive. Then, having never had an over-the-air satnav update since purchasing it, one popped up on the screen in February. I accepted it and it failed to update. Back to Download Manager and the trusty USB stick then…

    More recently, before lockdown, the satnav failed to load on start-up. I’ve driven for over an hour with “navigation system loading” on the screen. At the same time, the system would not recognise the USB drive either. I left the car for a couple of hours that evening then unlocked it and everything was normal again. It’s happened once more since, in early April. Just like my previous F10 535d, this looks like an intermittent iDrive fault which is guaranteed never to manifest itself at the dealer until either (a) it’s out of warranty or (b) it’s trade-in time and the sales guy is valuing the car. Ho hum.

    Fuel consumption to date is still averaging over 56 mpg, although the OBC for the current tank is showing ~47, reflecting a lack of motorway use. It’s using between 0.3 – 0.4 litres of AdBlue per 1,000 miles. Service due in 8,000 miles. The oil level on the real dipstick, as well as the electronic iDrive one, remains resolutely constant. No appreciable wear on the driver’s seat yet, either. I’m pretty sure the F10 535d seat was getting shiny at 30k miles.

    It’s still on the original Pirelli Cinturato tyres. 3.5mm average remains on the rears, close to 5 on the fronts. I usually replace them at 3mm but with current use, that could be a while yet.

    Costs-wise, excluding depreciation, it’s 18p/mile. I did have a quick look at the elephant in the room: I reckon depreciation is close to £1/mile, which is only scary if I’m thinking of getting rid of it, which I’m not.

    However, since Christmas, my perceptions of the G30 have been recalibrated. Because, as some will know, I bought this:
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    This has become my daily driver. I can get a week’s shopping in the boot and now that I’m driving maybe 6,000 miles a year, instead of 20k+, enjoyment and involvement are my priorities. There are some marvellous roads round here as well as in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Derbyshire Dales, all within easy reach.

    The G30 remains impressive as a refined, economical motorway cruiser, decent load lugger and I still love the low-end grunt of a big diesel. My son and I were recently grateful we took him for a check-up at the hospital in it, as there was an accident on the M56 coming home and we had to sit there for over 2 hours while it was cleared. Wouldn’t have fancied that in the Mazda at all.

    But I’ve also taken the G30 on some of the routes I’ve driven the MX-5. No surprise, and by comparison, it’s heavy (the extra 700 kg really shows) and wallowy (even with the VDC in Sport), and the steering is vague, which combined with its size makes it much more of a challenge to place confidently on the narrow twisty bits.

    Motorways and fast A-roads = G30; fast A-roads and anything more fun (especially if the sun’s out) = MX-5. Might do a post on the MX-5 soon…
     
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    I'd like an MX-5 for sheer fun factor although I'm 6'4" so not sure I'd fit in it!
     
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    why. I find the Z3 a great fun car I think you would fit in it —— but try one —- preferable not one for sale The older MX-5 seem to have built at Longbridge the way they are rusting I spent over 10 mins yesterday stuck behind a reasonable new Mazda (Very nice Blue) before finding a bit of clear road. I also enjoy 6 pot motor
     
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    Yeah, I had to try before buying to see if I'd fit at 6'1". Good 3 inches headroom and the seat whilst on its lowest setting, isn't set fully back. There are good few guys in the owners' club taller than me. Apparently it depends if your height's in your body or your legs according to them...
     
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    You wont
    A tall friend of mine couldn’t drive claire’s when we had it .
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    56mpg (y)
     

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