G30 530d SE – 3 years & 40,000 miles

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  1. Johnny Grabble
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    So 3 years has come around already and the car recently passed its first MOT with no drama while it was in for brake fluid change and an end of warranty check. The second service – an oil service and vehicle check – took place a few months ago at around 38,000 miles.
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    With my 3 previous 5-ers, the 3 year milestone would normally see the car at about 65,000 miles but of course the pandemic has changed all that. I’ve been working from home since March 2020, so my weekly 450+ miles of largely motorway commuting plus additional business travel is no more. Over the last year mileage has been about 8,000, which, when permitted, has been some trips to Hampshire and Dorset to visit family and friends and to Cornwall for some short breaks. Most of my mileage is to my partner’s in Shropshire, a good hour away. So the G30 is now mainly an A-road car rather than a motorway one. It rarely does short trips as I tend to use the MX-5 for those, so I reckon the DPF will survive despite the low overall miles.

    If anything, the transition to mainly A-road driving has highlighted to me the wisdom of going for the straight 6 530d: it’s a fine overtaking machine and all that turbodiesel torque gets used frequently. Fuel consumption has dropped as a result, but not by much. Pre-Covid, it was averaging over 56 mpg (over the first 30k miles), since then, it’s dropped into the 49’s. Overall since I bought it, the average is about 54. Happy with that.

    Costs wise, the main expenses in the last 10k miles have been 2 new Pirelli rear tyres, £370, the originals being replaced at ~3mm, having lasted 32k miles; a set of winter wheels and tyres, £705, bought nearly new from Germany, and the service at 38k, which was £525. The MOT/brake fluid/EOW check was £150. AdBlue consumption remains small, I've put in no more than 15 litres, about £15's worth since I've had it.

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    With fewer miles to amortise the expenses over, the cost per mile, assuming a trade-in price from Honest John, is 95p, of which a little over 70p is depreciation. VED has gone up this year from £475 to £490 but insurance, due to the lower mileage, has decreased by £150. The front tyres, whilst having about 4 mm remaining, have pronounced wear on the outer shoulders, a consequence no doubt of all that enthusiastic roundabouting and A-road use…I expect I’ll have to replace them sometime mid-next year, as of course, the winters will be going on before long. The brake pads are in good shape, with 11mm remaining on the fronts and 8mm on the rears at the 38,000 mile service. First car I’ve ever had where the rear pads wear faster than the fronts. Not sure why, as I’m not a big user of the cruise control.

    In a change from the past, given the low-for-me mileage, I’ve put a BMW Comprehensive Warranty on it for the next 12 months for £680, with a £250 excess. In the past, with the previous 5-ers being over 60k miles, that wasn’t something I’d have done, as the costs were prohibitive.

    On the reliability front (touch wood) there have been a few tech-related inconsistencies, which appear to come and go. The reversing camera has failed to operate 3 times; the sat nav has failed to load once. The MyBMW App remains as inconsistent as ever: sometimes it will send destinations to the car, sometimes it won’t, even from the same location and Wi-Fi network in my house. Over-the-air map updates have happened successfully only twice in 3 years of ownership: there appears to be no rhyme or reason why some do update and some do not, so the tried and trusted USB stick updates are the fallback.

    But for me, by some margin, the most irritating feature of this car is the “Front end collision warning” function, a.k.a. automated emergency braking. Approach another car from behind at a moderate pace, e.g. pulling up to traffic lights or a row of parked cars, and a red car appears in the instrument display. Approach a little more enthusiastically, and the red car appears and an alarm sounds. Leave it later still and it applies the brakes at maximum. Now, that’s all fine in principle, but the system struggles to distinguish traffic on my side of the road and oncoming traffic, especially on narrow country roads. It also struggles to distinguish between parked cars and stationery traffic. So more than once, it’s slammed the brakes on without warning, which has been quite a shock. Changing the parameters on its sensitivity do not appear to make a significant difference, so the system has been switched off as it clearly cannot be trusted. Fortunately, no one’s driven in to the back of the car yet and I’ve installed a second Mobius, rear-facing mounted on the rear screen, fed off the 12V socket in the boot just in case, although it does affect the DAB reception detrimentally. That said, even without the Mobius in place, the DAB reception is pretty poor compared to the MX-5, so I’m not missing much.

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    Overall, it seems to be wearing well, the alloys are unmarked, there are the inevitable paint chips on the front bumper and leading edge of the bonnet but other than that, it’s in good shape. With only me washing it, swirl marks do not feature. Inside the driver’s seat is getting a little shiny, in spite of frequent attention to the Dakota leather, and the driver’s floor mat is showing some wear. To conclude then, I'm happy with this one, for the time being at least, it's a keeper.
     
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    A thorough and genuinely interesting write up.
    I would certainly look twice if I saw you out on the road, cameras front and rear in a 530d shouts unmarked copper to me…!

    Hopefully many more pain free miles for you.
     
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    Great write up and some very interesting points.

    The front tyre wear on the outer shoulder is typical BMW. My F10 535i suffered from it.

    In terms of brake wear, the rear brake pads will wear if you cause the traction control to operate frequently, or as you said, braking as part of cruise control.

    Killer depreciation, the bad part of buying new. My 535i brought tears to my eyes when I PX’d it and has made me say never again.

    That’s great economy and along with the performance a pretty good compromise, I would say. I had an F10 530d before the 535i and it had a lot going for it.

    Enjoy!


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    A good review/write up, enjoy the next period. (y)

    PS; you are making me feel guilty. :oops: I've had my F11 9-years. Need to get busy writing up an update/review for the last period. I'll wait until I've been to the garage on Friday, hopefully the cameras will finally be sorted.

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