G30 530d SE – a year and 20,000 miles later

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  1. Johnny Grabble
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    A year of ownership already: now it’s nicely run in and gathering a certain patina of paint chips on the front bumper as the miles clock up. It’s proven itself as the consummate motorway cruiser, where it accumulates most of its miles, as well as an enjoyable A- and B-road car and a decent load lugger. TBH, it’s a bit big for the back lanes unless I have them to myself but it does point, grip and go well given its weight and size. With the back seats down, I can just about fit all my son’s university kit in it as we relocated him from halls of residence to his new flat.

    The first oil and microfilter service was completed at around 18,000 miles and was uneventful. That was about 2,000 miles ahead of when the iDrive was saying it should be done but I had a big trip to Europe planned. Blue Bell Crewe did it while I waited, enjoyed their nice coffee and browsed around the showroom before they relieved me of ~£360. Apart from admiring all the rather nice cars which are beyond my means, the car I liked the most, from sitting in it at least, was the new 3-series. Felt much bigger inside than the previous generation and appeared to be a step up in interior quality. Once I’m not required to relocate offspring on a regular basis I could well see me in one of these.

    Meanwhile, a good clean and polish of mine the other day meant I did have to take a few gratuitous photos of course…

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    Running costs – excluding depreciation – are about the same as my previous F10 535d at 18p/mile. VED on the G30 is more, but it uses less fuel than the F10 and these offset one another. Maintenance costs to date are the same for both. With large diesels depreciating heavily at present, I am ignoring depreciation (lest I get depressed). It’s probably over 80p/mile in the first year despite the decent discount I got on the purchase. It’s looking like I’ll get about 26,000 miles out of the back tyres before they reach 3mm, and a 40k+ from the fronts.

    Fuel consumption has improved a little more over summer to a remarkable average now of ~57 mpg. Although the M6 is now “smart” and no longer a 50 mph limit on my commute, it seems to have had little impact. I attribute the improvement to the engine reaching operating temperature quicker in the warmer weather. Be interested to see what winter brings.

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    As the picture shows, I did have one tank which returned 63 mpg and reached 881 miles before I filled up with ~30 miles’ range still showing on the dash. This was the result of a number of trips in a single work week, with no weekend local use. I went to Cambridge and back, then to Dorset and then a couple of commutes. Most of that was in EcoPro but I don’t really see a benefit of more than 5% by using it. I’ve only ever used Shell Fuelsave diesel or Texaco regular diesel in it, a 50/50 split. There’s a Texaco near my home and a Shell near work. As I saw no meaningful mpg or economic advantage in using “superdiesel” in my F10 over 70k+ miles, I’ve not used any in the G30.

    I’m convinced the fuel tank is larger than the published 66 litres. I’ve had a few fill-ups (I stop filling at the second click of the pump) in the mid-65 litre range at which time the ConnectedDrive App has told me there are typically 2 – 3 litres remaining. I reckon there is a usable 68 litres capacity. It’s not used much AdBlue either. I put 7 litres in at 18,000 miles just before the service and that’s it so far.

    The stop-start system is different to the F10: in traffic, the engine will start of its own accord when the vehicle in front moves off, so I assume it’s hooked into some sort of camera somewhere. The F10 required a foot on the throttle to restart it.

    Niggles? The main one by far is rattles. A rattle somewhere in the dashboard is dependent upon road surface. There’s another one in the driver’s door, which is temperature dependent – worse when it’s cold – and another in the front passenger seat, which depends upon how far forward it is set. I even removed all my stuff from the car, emptied all the storage areas to check it wasn’t down to me, and it’s not. The rattles are audible on the dashcam too...but demonstrating them to the dealer is going to be a challenge.

    Other than that, the OTA map updates, having worked once, have not worked since, so maps are updated manually by USB. The sat nav’s behaviour has changed as well, which is another small niggle. It readily identifies a diversion using the RTTI but no longer calculates the diversion including any delays on it. Instead, it waits for you to select the diversion, then it recalculates the diversion with the delays. Often, this simply proves that the delay on the original route wasn’t as bad as the diversion. Odd.

    That’s the story so far. Overall, happy. I would like to get the rattles fixed and, given the deprecation, I would like to hang on to this car for a good while yet, if I can be confident it’ll go the distance. However, my experience to date is showing that my G30 is simply not as well screwed together as my 2 F10s were.
     
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    you seem to be getting good MPG from your 530D (y)

    l never do in depth checks but the l drive says my 530D gt is doing about 39 MPG combined
     
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    Good review and read, shame about the rattles. (n)

    Just shows how good mpg can be when the engine hardly ever cools down, (20k per year). :)

    Peter
     
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    A good years worth of mileage and economy for a big car. Very impressive.
     
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    Glad to hear that your G30 is still going well, Johnny. (y) Just a pity about the rattles - nothing more annoying, especially on long journeys. It might be worth getting the rattles fixed but you may be better off going to an independent specialist than a main dealer. It would also save some money.

    I'm amazed at your fuel economy - 57 mpg o/all average is impressive. My F30 330d can achieve around 50 mpg on sedate motorway journeys, but has only averaged 41 mpg o/all from new. Maybe 80% of my mileage is on local roads, with only 20% motorway use. It just shows how engine efficiency is constantly improving.
     
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    Yes they do this :D
    I think the front PDC senses the car in front moving off and re-starts the engine before you even lift off the brake.
     
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