Originally Posted by alms211
Actually - I don't think there is much of any difference in paint quality. BMW has just as much orange peel as the GT-R. GT-R's paint may be a tad softer though. Interior wise - I like the layout of the M3 better and the bits/pieces look at bit nicer but the M3 doesn't have any leather on the dash either. I wouldn't let the interior drive my decision here. The GT-R isn't anywhere near Corvette bad.
I think all you have left out are the mechanical noises and perhaps some ride quality compromises that you get with the GT-R. My research has indicated that some of those issues can be remedied (sp?) with non runflat tires and the mechanical noises aren't that bad with upgraded tranny fluid????
The GT-R will be more expensive to maintain but I really don't think it is as much of a delta as you think.
The GT-R has really grown on me in the looks dept. Also think it looks much better in person than in photos. It will definitely garner more gawks than the M3 if that is something that is important.
For your intended use I'd give the GT-R much consideration. What have you been driving and what are you accustomed to? American, Euro, Japanese, British,..? I think that may play a role in which one you will like better as well.
Originally from HS till about 2+ years ago it was mainly Honda's.. A couple of built EG hatches, EM1, DC2, and an EM2 (EM2's are the 01-05 Civics which are complete trash FYI if you are ever looking for a cheap DD). For the past 2 years I have been driving a '11 G37x sedan. Modability of the AWD G's is sad to put it nicely. In those two years I have grown to hate sedans because it has unneeded space for me in the rear since I don't have any kids(that I know about) and since the backseat doesn't go down it has been kind of pointless. The paint on the Infiniti's is the same thing they use on all the Nissan's, I know how bad it is since I complained to the dealer within a week about it chipping. Originally 2 years ago I was going to buy a M3 but decided against it at the time since I was looking for a new job. Since then I have gotten a better job that pays a lot more (it's also less than half the distance away from my house compared to the old job).
With that, ride quality is not going to be a concern based on me knowing I will be swapping the stock suspension of either car. The worst ride I have ever had was on my old slammed EM2 with BC Racing coilovers (going from KW Variant to BC was such a mistake). I also don't plan on keeping the stock run flats with the GTR if I get that.