This Mk6 generation Golf with a rare manual gearbox is just about everything you could want in a car: nice looking, sporty, versatile, reliable, and cheap. Its 2.5 liter 5 cylinder gas engine isn’t cutting edge, but it gets the job done with reasonable power and far more refinement than you’d expect from an entry-level hatchback. It’s also reported to be quite cheap to maintain by longtime owners, which may be a surprise to some.
If you need a great all-rounder for very little money, this car looks like a great bet. It’s offered on craigslist HERE by its second owner in the San Francisco area.