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RE: 2004 E320 Sport and Snow

Kajtek1 - 1/28/2006 12:49 AM

Traction control is better, than nothing. Does your model has winter mode for transmission shifting?
Being in California I drive 4-Matic.
Making about 5 skiing trips annually I get snow once, or twice.
Than with all those heavy rains in Northern California, the 4-Matic is handy.
I am thinking about getting a s-class 4 matic. My wife drives a 98 e-class 4matic wagon. She gets around in snow alittle better than i do.
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RE: 2004 E320 Sport and Snow

Kajtek1 - 1/28/2006 12:55 AM

B-McD - 1/24/2006 2:50 PM

RWD cars should always be better in rain in snow. In a FWD car the wheels lose grip as the front end rears up. The RWD car pushes into the ground gaining grip.
In the rain yes, since the rear is not likely to hydroplane, but in snow and mud this is the matter of control. With low traction the driving rear wheels slides sideways "fishtailing" and require lot of practice to control. Front wheel drive goes (or don't) where the wheels are steered.
In THEORY things work the way they should, but of course it probably won't in practice. Because in THEORY communism works.
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RE: 2004 E320 Sport and Snow

Snow, ice, mud, the 4matic will get u there. I have a home in Switzerland, half way up a mountain, and winter is a breeze. I briefly had a A190, with some sort of crappy traction control, and found I had to reverse up to a ski slope, with a couple of inches of snowy ice on the road. Sold it, back to the old 4matic. Dont know why I bothered, the A190 lost half its value in a couple of years. Had a 190E garaged in Switzerland, before the 4matics came out. Putting on chains in the middle of the night, in minus degrees in a sudden snowstorm, halfway up a mountain, so as to get home and not freeze to death was not my idea of motoring pleasure.
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