Originally Posted by k.vu246
Nice spread of cars there! These are actually the three cars I've been considering for the last few months. What are your thoughts on how they compare to each other?
Depends what you're after.
R32 is slower by a large margin, but still drinks about the same as the M3 (23mpg ish) and will generally cost you less to maintain.
M3 (Don't think It's a CSL - I see CSL wheels but I don't see a carbon front splitter) is incredibly highly rated, even as a used car - My brother's got one and can generally get a return of 23 mpg on standard journey - Also better if you're considering track days.
I can also quote my brother saying "If my M3 wasn't convertible, I'd have your M5"
M5 is the one I'd personally choose - It is less common than either of the above and is also by a small margin faster than the M3.
It also costs more to maintain and drinks more fuel - I'm usually doing about 21mpg, but did manage 30 on a 1500 mile road trip to Switzerland.
Not sure what you guys pay for insurance over there, but certainly here you're looking at similar costs for all three (Actually a bit lower for the M5 - something to do with number of crashes especially the R32!)
Also you may want to consider the car's size and number of doors (The M5 with a winning 4 doors and massive boot) and the fact the the M5 has front parking sensors (Here in the UK the M3 only has rear, not sure about the R32 although I doubt it!)
There is of course a ton of other stuff you should consider, but I think that most people here will steer you to the M5!!
I've had mine 2 years now and apart from the maintanence/fuel costs couldn't be happier!
Enjoy, whatever you decide to purchase.