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Old 08-31-2000, 09:36 AM
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I am looking for an early 90s 300TE Four matic Benz. There does not seem to be too many of these around. Doea anyone know how many were built? Availablity of parts? Any problem areas to look for on these cars? Is this just more mechanical stuff to go wrong?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I refuse to buy an SUV! (unless it was a Unimog or Gelandewagen, but wife vetoed)

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Old 08-31-2000, 10:27 AM
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The W124 4matics were problematic (no pun intended). It seems to be a high maintenance vehicle. Chewing up tires seems to be the number one compliant. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 08-31-2000, 12:53 PM
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Do a search on this site for "4-matic" or "TE" and you'll see many stories. Probably mostly mine. I had a 91 'TE 4-matic for 2.5 years, and drove it about 35K miles and it was endless problems. Despite that I loved the car. I have 2 friends that have the E 4-matic and a TE 4-matic from '90 and '92, respectively (both bought new), and they have only had the typical E class related problems, such as replacing the A/C control unit, valve seat replacement, replacing the oxygen sensor, vacuum system related problems, and so forth. If you get one, I strongly suggest getting one with a Mercedes Starmark warranty.

Oh, and due to the way the 4-matic engages, it did cause extra wear on the front tires. I rotated mine every 4K miles and they showed normal wear after about 20K miles when I traded the car.

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Old 09-03-2000, 04:23 PM
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I have one, it's great in the snow and mud, 4wd works a great (on mine), however, it goes thru tires as well as the inclement weather. the Transfer case will leak by at 100k miles if not sooner and cost 2k for a factory rebuild.



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