OP back again, with nothing much to report at only about 5k miles!
The remote locking has only frozen once since I last reported, but pressing the 'lock' then 'unlock' buttons a few times cured it on the spot, so I'm not dead sure it was a fault as such. In any case, I won't be asking for it to be fixed - just not worth the bother.
Otherwise, all is as it was on my last report. The slight low-speed RNS rattle is still there - and I will be asking for that to be fixed - but over about 20mph you don't hear it.
Road noise on rough surfaces remains the main annoyance, but is still not something I get too excited about. I understand that Dunlop SP Sport Fast Response tyres might be better, but doubt I'll ever get around to changing!
I've read that no such problem is apparent in the Kia Ceed, which I find very odd as the platforms are identical. Anyone have an answer on that?
I've recently discovered that you can play music from a USB memory stick! I have my entire collection on a stick, and not only does it play logically, you can also save tracks to the car's internal memory ('My Music'). In my ignorance, though, once started, I can't discover how to turn it off, unless you either turn the whole radio off, or switch to ordinary radio. The manual's no help either.
Anything else? No - it's all very boring!
One thing, though - those 2011/2 media reports that said that VW was carefully examining the quality of this i30? What they actually meant was that VW had taken a look and were curled up laughing! Sorry, Hyundai - even though my i30 is commendably rattle and squeak-free - you have a long way to go in the build quality dept. Panel fit/gaps are disgraceful!
Cheers - Peter.
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