I am now the proud 2nd owner of a manual Rav4. They took my offer of $6k. Thing is mint, feels like a new car. I don't know if it'll be a forever car for me but it's what I need right now and it's a hell of a lot cooler than the alternatives.
Can't take it home yet, as I couldn't find anyone to go with me today, but I'll pick it up sometime this weekend.