6 months into owning a 530i manual Touring LCI. I like it! Definitely where I need to be as it suits my engineering brain that likes having full control of the gearing and the power delivery, with the extra flexibility you get with a manual clutch.
I drive mixed urban (20 miles a day, 25.7ish mpg) with pace but don't run the high end of the rev range that often, though it might be a good idea once in while to blow the soot out. Consuming less than 1.0L of 5w30 oil every 3k miles (CCV or passing ring/bore) yet to accurately confirm. Tail pipes are blacked up more than a non direct injection setup but the engine runs fine and smooth across the rev range, though has the more noticeable Peizo injector clatter at idle. 3.5k+ RPM starts a nice smile whilst pulling very well, though you can't hear much inside unless you put the windows down.
I notice when stopped at traffic lights (650 rpm) after about 30 seconds, the ECU seems to hunt around for the leanest tick over and just bobbles a little, it's nothing much really but I can tell.
The previous owner had injectors replaced around ~2012 (according to BMW). In INPA there is a screen that allows injectors to be shut off with a click of the mouse, hopefully it should help identify injector related issues. Still so much I don't yet fully understand and how best to use the software tools (safely).
No proof yet that the NoX setup is running correctly and enabling lean burn operation when conditions allow or the Desulfurisation regen is ever occurring correctly.
How much is a lot? I guess I need to clean the tail pipes out and see how long it takes to recoat.
Having 6 gears is a new experience for me and have had a couple of interesting down shifts, further than I wanted, hitting 3rd instead of 5th once , was below the red line anyway LOL. Just me being a bit dozy but 6th to 4th originally seemed most problematic.
Also with a 6 speed box I find I'm more often skipping gears, mostly due to speed limits and traffic conditions, shifting 2nd to 4th, 3rd to 5th, up and down etc.
The 2nd gear noise winds up a bit like a hoover (as it did in the E39 manual).
I used to notice feeling clutch pedal clicking (annoying), as if catching the floor matt when lifting but I think it was the plastic pedal cover shifting around, which seems to have gone now.
Edit: Fussy? yes maybe.
@Lilsandy Hi n welcome