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Old 01-02-2002, 03:57 PM
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The old 4-matic was not very good in a number of ways. Not only did the system itself not wear terribly well, but it tended to put lots of stress on the entire front suspension & steering. Buying one now is all but guaranteed to lead to an easy $10K to $20K (USD) to fully restore. The old 4-matic system ran through ’93 in the 124 chassis. Starting in ’98, MB reintroduced the 4-matic system. The only thing that remained the same is the name 4-matic. This system was and is found in the 320 wagons and sedans in ’98, and starting in ’99 they added the 430 sedans as well. The new systems are pretty good. I have heard rumors of transfer case issues at 80K miles or so.

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'00 ML320 "Casper"
'92 400E "Stella"
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