Welcome to another Hooniverse Couldawouldashoulda Weekend post, with your insane host, UDMan. You all know that Hyundai and Kia have been on a roll lately, producing cars that are starting to get people to actually want them, backed up by a kickass warranty that is second to none. But you are a struggling student, or a minimum wage earner, or someone who blows their cash at the casinos (or hookers…. whatever) and you only have about $12,500 to spend. You could get an entry level Kia Rio 1.6 Manual, or you could get a bitchin’ 1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL with only 53,000 Miles on her. So what would you choose?
The Kia Rio is currently on its last legs here in the US, with its replacement (along with its sister brand mate, the Hyundai Accent) due momentarily. With the $12,500, you get a 110 HP 16-valve four cylinder, a 5-speed manual transmission, an AM FM CD Sirius MP3 Audio System, and very little else. It’s pretty boring to drive as well, with all the handling characteristics of whipped butter.
On the other hand, for the same money you could lay claim to a German Panzer Tank in the form of a 1980 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL. This is the long wheelbase version of the “S” class sedan, with a 4.5L V-8 pumping torque through the Automatic Transmission to the rear wheels. Inside is true craftsmanship from the Fatherland, with firm and supportive seats, a steering wheel as big as a lorry, and doors that put bank vaults to shame. According to the listing:
1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL, this long wheelbase luxury sedan has only 53,000 miles, rare sunroof, handsome Thistle Green paint, perfect Parchment leather interior, 4.5 liter V8, automatic, power steering, power disc brakes, cold A/C, power windows, cruise control, AM/FM/Cassette, power antenna, driving lights, and Alloy wheels, this car is fast, and runs and drives like new!
So, what will it be? The Kia Rio that has about as much excitement as warmed over Cream of Wheat, or the German Über Sedan that will make you look and feel like a Baller, even if you are not one? See the Mercedes Listing here.