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Old 12-21-2006, 09:09 AM
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4matic - run and hide?

Looking at 124 wagons. A few have 4matic. Have done searches here and read threads. I am of the impression that buying a MB with 130 to 200K miles with 4matic is probably not a good decision. I know, I know, depends on records, maintenance, PO driving habits and conditions, etc., but, I guess the essential balance is -- risk versus benefit of 4matic in an "older" MB.

Thanx for ideas, theories, diatribes, monologues, etc...

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I wouldn't buy a te with 4matic.... if you really need to use it..you shouldn't be out on the streets..

why deal with the problems
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:02 AM
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I wouldn't buy a te with 4matic.... if you really need to use it..you shouldn't be out on the streets..

why deal with the problems
So much about that system causes headaches, even when it works...shocks, bearings even brakes all come at a premium to replace.

Snow tires are 700$...4matic repairs are many multiples of that...

I speak from experience...just my 2 cents. STAY AWAY!
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Want/need a 4 wheel drive?........buy a Jeep.
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Old 12-21-2006, 10:58 AM
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thanx guys -- confirms my gut feeling. I've never had 4WD and do not anticipate a need for it.

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