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Currently, the going rate for a fairly clean, manual IS300 is $5-7k. You might have to travel to find one. Cars that have been up north may have some rust, some damage. The supply of clean, unmolested IS300s (let alone manuals) is shrinking. The car is, at the youngest, 14 years old, and it wasn't mass produced like the domestic models you mentioned. If you really want one, find a clean one with the options you want and buy it. You won't be able to forever.

While clean IS300s are getting harder to find, so are owners willing to pay those "premium" prices. So if you find one and you think the price is too high, come with a reasonable offer and a smart seller will take you up on it.

The parts market for the IS300 is also drying up fast. There are next to zero, if not zero, companies actively producing aftermarket parts (even Megan and Godspeed have pretty much called it quits). It's getting harder and harder to find OEM parts. If you're already hesitant about paying the "premium" for a clean manual IS300, you might not love the market, and you might want to consider one of those domestic cars you mentioned. Having said that, the IS is a helluva car to drive. For me, the driving experience is worth staying on shrinking ground. It's slower than some other cars of its time, and it's slower than cars of today, but it's special in its own right.

FYI: the IS250 is garbage. Lots of well-documented carbon build-up issues. Plus, they're just not as fun. They're pretty gutless. The 350 is better, but still not overly amazing.
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The parts market for the IS300 is also drying up fast. There are next to zero, if not zero, companies actively producing aftermarket parts (even Megan and Godspeed have pretty much called it quits).
I can attest to this. Yonaka, one of the few brands that offers a few parts for our cars is making small batches of their offering for us. It was hell trying to get their axle back muffler sent to me. They did however stock up on those axle backs, as well as their "high flow" radiator. Of course I would never recommend their coil-over offering, despite it's price point.

I will say, there are still some companies that should remain relevant for the foreseeable future. Such as Figs, and Driftmotion. I believe Seibon will still sell us their hoods and trunk lid, among other body components. There's finishing lines if you want to do an ABS relocation. And Eibach still makes the thicker sway bars (highly recommend)

Then there are things that should stick around for awhile, like ECU's. Those can be interchangeable, like AEM's offering for example.

So it doesn't look like all hope is lost. But you'll need to act fast on certain parts. I was part of the handful of people that picked up eBays last stock of Megans suspension H brace that didn't cost $800-$1600

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I think it is just that there werent as many is300's made manual from factory. s2000's only came manual.
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The parts market for the IS300 is also drying up fast. There are next to zero, if not zero, companies actively producing aftermarket parts (even Megan and Godspeed have pretty much called it quits). It's getting harder and harder to find OEM parts.
this is the most comical thing ive read on on here recently (and also incorrect). here are companies still 'actively' producing parts for the IS300:

Figs
Xcessive
Battle Version
Megan/Godspeed

I could add even more, but ill just keep it to the MFGs who have multiple offerings for the IS300. I also have no problem sourcing OEM stuff if needed. of course we dont have 240-level product support, but who wants one of those shitboxes anyways?
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this is the most comical thing ive read on on here recently (and also incorrect). here are companies still 'actively' producing parts for the IS300:

Figs
Xcessive
Battle Version
Megan/Godspeed

I could add even more, but ill just keep it to the MFGs who have multiple offerings for the IS300. I also have no problem sourcing OEM stuff if needed. of course we dont have 240-level product support, but who wants one of those shitboxes anyways?

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