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I don't know if it's available with a manual transmission, but if you can find a used Pontiac Vibe / Toyota Matrix (they're twins), that might fit the bill. They seem to be running around $7K with 100K miles though, so maybe not in the price range.
The current car is a Matrix. I like it a lot, but I don't know how easily I'd be able to find another one.
I ran a used car search and they're clearly out there. The Vibe is the same car (from the same factory) with a Pontiac badge, so it's a bit cheaper on the used market, but not a lot cheaper.