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RE: what about 4-matic???

I'll put it simple: in my opinion 4-matic is not worth having. The
system works only to a certain speed and only in the 1st gear. Once the
automatic shifts into second, you have a RWD car, only heavier and more

Aleksander Mierzwa
87 Audi 5000CS turbo (mine)
88 Renault Medallion wagon (mom's)
91 mountain bike (just in case both cars broke at the same time :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	James Marriott [SMTP:marriott@micron.net]
> Sent:	Tuesday, September 16, 1997 6:47 AM
> To:	Quattro list; Northwest Audi list
> Cc:	earl_esson@smtp.scpboi.com
> Subject:	what about 4-matic???
> Haudi,
> I've another clueless friend (errr, birds of a feather?) who's looking
> at an MB 300. The particular machine in question has 4-matic. Earl has
> done some 'net searching himself, and found that this is a very
> high-maintenance system (lotsa fluid to change, lines to replace,
> sticking RR brakes, etc) that doesn't seem to work very well when
> compared to Subaru or Audi, etc. However, the Benz is huge compared to
> an A6. Can anyone provide compelling _evidence_ or _gut feelings_ why
> the 4-matic is worth having, rather than a regular 300 with good tires
> and chains or an A6Q? No "MB sucks!" stuff, please. BTW, Boise is
> ~flat,
> and only gets 20" of annual snow.
> Thanks,
> Earl, by proxy