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Offline fenderblast

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Sport or Venture
« on: October 13, 2016, 12:35:10 PM »
Hi,

I'm going to look at a 2012 M3 Sport 1.6D at the weekend as a replacement for my rather tired Citroen C4 VTR+. It'll mainly be used for my 35 miles a day each way commute (A & B roads and motorway), so I want something comfortable, economical (with a bit of poke to it) and with some toys to play with while I'm sat in the car for 2 hours a day. The 1.6D Sport looks to tick all those boxes (plus the 10 speaker Bose system sounds good on paper... but does it sound good to the ears?), but for the same money (7-8k) there are a few Ventures around. Any opinions on which would be the better buy??
Also, is there a reason why 1.6D sports are stupidly thin on the ground??

Cheers,
Chris

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Re: Sport or Venture
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2016, 03:56:13 PM »
In terms of basic mechanics they are literally the same. Although on a 12 plate the sport is either one of the last of pre-facelift cars or an early facelift whereas all ventures will be facelift cars. The facelift brought with it some changes to improve refinement and NVH but nothing earth shattering along with a different dial treatment.

For a reference the old one looks like this:



In terms of equipment differences the venture got standard Nav (but not Bose iirc), the sport has Led tail and stop lights and a heated front window otherwise they are identical.
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Re: Sport or Venture
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2016, 04:40:54 PM »
Thanks for that Steven.

The Sport I'm going to look at is definitely (I think) a facelift model.
How does the standard audio in the Venture with the touchscreen TomTom headunit compare to the Bose system? And how good are the Xcarlink USB interfaces? Playback from a USB stick is an absolute must!

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Re: Sport or Venture
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2016, 06:41:20 PM »
Afraid I've only ever driven mine so can't offer comparisons. Mine being pre facelift and none Bose has no USB in but does have very good Bluetooth so don't miss it given I stream music off my phone.

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Re: Sport or Venture
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2016, 11:44:04 PM »
I have a Venture, and here are my experience for you to think about:

- All Venture come with the large screen Tom Tom satnav. I think the 12 plate Sport comes with a small screen and only the 13 plate Sport has the same Tom Tom satnav as the Venture.
- Venture comes with the 'smoked' alloy wheels.
- The 1.6D engine is very economical if you can make yourself cruise at around 60~65mph. At 70mph and beyond, the fuel economy starts to drop.
- I would suggest that you test drive the 1.6D and take note of the 1st gear to 2nd gear shift. Personally, I didn't quite like the power engagement.
- If I had known the two points above, I would have considered the 2.2d (185) Sport. However, there are not many of these car in 13 plate with the large Tom Tom satnav.




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Re: Sport or Venture
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 01:16:38 PM »
Thanks Plastic91

i'm very tempted by the TomTom sat nav and touchscreen... has anyone retrofitted one to a Bose system?

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Chris

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Re: Sport or Venture
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2016, 01:16:38 PM »