What should I get as my first car?

Lets say my budget is €5,000? I was looking into getting a VW Golf, maybe a 2005 model. I drive manual so I'd steer away from Automatic (see what I did there?).
Really I have no major requirements - other than I want a respectable first car! If I have to go around in a car with a plastic spoiler on the back and neon… » 6/01/13 10:49am 6/01/13 10:49am