mate the first thing we need to know is a budget, then if you want to leave it stock etc... or want it kitted (e.g. xr) or if you want to keep it your self
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Deff the EB, at least its a good first car where you can either get someone to look after for it for you, and it will last ages, or a good car to get your own hands dirty and tinker around with it, and not do too much damage!
Like EF said, get an EBII. For $5000 you could almost get a Fairmont if not a pretty good GLi. Good, reliable and tough cars they are. With half decent performance and economy you couldn't ask for much more in a first car
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