Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help

Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > Mercedes-Benz Tech Information and Support > Tech Help

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-19-2005, 04:51 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 85
1990 300te test drive

I just test drove a 1990 4 matic wagon with 225M miles. Body was perfect, interior clean. Started fine. Acceleration is a bit sluggish, but my present car, a 1997 volvo T5 is very fast, so most cars seems sluggish in comparison. Ride was good, brakes good. However, the yellow 4-matic indicator on the dashboard was lit the whole time I drove it. Is this the sign of trouble?

Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2005, 04:59 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 3,726
Yes, and the 4-matic emblem on the outside is a sign of trouble.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2005, 05:56 PM
Hatterasguy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Milford, CT
Posts: 19,306
Run away fast, as soon as you see the 4 matic badge on the trunk.

The later 4 matics are better though.
2020 GMC Sierra Denali
2007 Tiara 3200
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 02:05 AM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Lexington, KY
Posts: 130
If you can, try the '98+ 4Matic wagons instead. The 4Matic system in those cars are vastly less problematic.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 02:20 AM
Saint's Avatar
Registered User
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 119
Sorry guy...but everything I have read about 1990 4 matics has been just terrible. I own two 1990 300TE wagons...and luckily had read about the 4 matics ahead of time. Steer clear. Drive in the opposite direction. Berate the person for trying to sell you a money pit

These 1990 300TE's are great cars. I have been very happy with my first one. The second arrived needing some TLC due to a neglectful po, but mechanically has been running excellent....despite the po's best attempts at neglecting that too. I have to remind myself that these cars are 15 years old. 15 years old...15 years old....I would take these 15 year old 300TE's over many new cars.

Just avoid the older 4 matics like the plague.
1990 300TE....all comments are about this case I forget in the actual post
Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2005, 11:56 AM
BENZ-LGB's Avatar
Strong, silent type
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Southern California
Posts: 1,663
Originally Posted by deanyel
Yes, and the 4-matic emblem on the outside is a sign of trouble.
That's very funny...and very true....

Stick to the simple RWD models and you'll be fine

Current Benzes

1989 300TE "Alice"
1990 300CE "Sam Spade"
1991 300CE "Beowulf" RIP (06.1991 - 10.10.2007)
1998 E320 "Orson"
2002 C320 Wagon "Molly Fox"

Res non semper sunt quae esse videntur

My Gallery

Not in this weather!
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:24 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page