I recommend against getting into one of these cars. My experience as a mechanic with them has been pretty negative. The basic car (2wd) is very good, great car, but the first version 4Matic is just really bad news. The transfer case problem is the worst one, real expensive to repair, usually just replace it. It doesn't really "feel" lie the 2wd version either, kind of a heavy "truck-like" feel to the steering. Resale on them is poor too, probably from guys like me slamming them all the time. I'd avoid it.