You should be able to see an axle-shaft coming from the oil-pan and through the front-springs to the front-wheels. Turn the wheels hard-left or hard-right and you should see the axle-shafts.
I agree, I don't think there were any 2.6 4-Matics.
IMHO, stay away from the 4-Matic. It's expensive to maintain, it doesn't last long and eventually leaks (the tranny & diff case), and is not needed in So.Calif. regardless if you go to the "snow" for skiing (just get a set of Nokian snow-tires or chains).
It's also heavy, and you can't get aftermarket springs for the front.
1988 360TE AMG
Last edited by ke6dcj; 12-20-2002 at 05:00 PM.