First I want to make it clear everything I'm about to say is meant to be in a calm and friendly tone.I'm starting to not want it anymore and move on to something that makes more sense. Even BMWs with manual transmission run about 7k on the median side. I am looking every day, you don't have an idea that's literally what I do every day coming home from work and once every weekend. I'm searching at every inch of the internet. I have enough money to buy a 100k car, I want something older since new cars are boring and majority lack a manual with 4 doors. I went on many different forums asking for opinions, which is how I formulate what I am willing to pay for the kind of condition they're in, like a car collector. I'm not wasting your time, if you think I am then don't participate.
I think you have the correct idea now. When I was searching for my IS300, I also considered a Supra. Anyone can tell you those cars are "overpriced" on the used market, but that is just what the market values them at. I thought I was getting better bang for my buck with an IS300 considering it was newer, otherwise somewhat similar, probably more luxurious, and half the price for comparable condition etc. If the manual IS300 is more valued on the used market than what can be considered "reasonable", as everyone said, its because many people want one, and there isn't a huge stockpile of them.
I definitely paid more than a person who didn't care about this specific car would, and an excellent example of that is how much more the manuals demand than a comparable automatic. Nobody would tell you the AE86 Toyota GTS hatchback in manual is good value for money but there is plenty of people willing to pay what most consider an unreasonably high price for it.
Also consider an unmolested manual IS300 is known for being extremely reliable with reasonably priced parts for repair (if and) when necessary. That alone makes me prefer it over many other cars I was also considering, and why I ruled out BMW. I paid a little on the high side for it and fully aware, but thats the sacrifice I made to make sure I secured it when I saw it listed for sale. Have had it 5 years now and despite having brake sound issues now, I'm VERY satisfied with it, simply because it is exactly what I wanted! Would do it again!
FYI I paid $11k for mine back in 2014 for a pretty much bone stock, clean IS300 manual with 87k. Just as a point of reference, and because its yet another excuse to talk about my lovely car. :grin:
Keep in mind it was EXACTLY what I wanted. Blue with black (full) leather interior. In my mind it was a good deal, and many agree with me, hence the high used market value.