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Old 07-29-2002, 05:02 PM
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4matic - Yes or No

I'm looking at a 99 E320 4matic sedan with 28k from a dealer. Obviously in great condition - some new tread b4 winter is about all I can find.

Okay, okay - the transfer case problems are well documented for the older versions. But the MB sales/service guys are telling me that the newer cars do not have the same problems (starting in 97/98?), and that this 99 version is at least as reliable as a non-4matic E-class.

This car is a perfect match for my driving needs, but then again I could buy a brand new Subaru instead, and never worry about the transfer case for 120k+ miles.

Any tech's out there that can set me straight.

Thanks much - Michael
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Old 07-29-2002, 05:50 PM
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The new 4-matic system has been in use since MY1998 on the ML and W210 E-Class. To date, it seems very reliable. ML's are a big seller here, and 4-matic problems don't even seem to be on the radar.

I would buy one in a second.
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Old 07-30-2002, 12:25 PM
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Lot's of ML's here too. Especially in winter on Mt. Bachelor. I already have the ski rig, but really need a second car that can get around town reliably once the snow flies.

I haven't heard many negatives about ML's either. They do seem to depreciate quickly though (guess that coud be said about most newer MB's).

I know I will not get any fantastic price from the MB dealer, but this car is like new.
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Old 07-31-2002, 01:25 PM
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Yes, you could buy a new Subaru and you would likely find it very reliable, but then.....you'd have a Subaru instead of a MB.
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Old 08-01-2002, 12:31 AM
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I'd say go for it, very few problems, nothing expensive like the old 4 Matic transfer cases. Very rarely the seal for the front diff, and of course as with any other 4 wheel or even front wheel drive vehicle there is the extra set of CV boots up front. I'd buy one if it seemed like a fair deal.
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Old 08-01-2002, 12:03 PM
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Thanks all.

I am going to see if I can work a deal this weekend.
Time to get my poker game face ready !!!!
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Old 08-01-2002, 01:38 PM
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Hi Michael-

I'm from Central Oregon too!!!

One of my co-workers drives a 99 or 00 4 matic and loves it! She's had great luck with it.

I'm thinking about one too when I replace my ML at the end of the lease next July!
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