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#1 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 04:53 PM
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AWD vs. 4matic

Could someone explain the difference between AWD and 4matic.
I have a 2001 E320 wagon with AWD. What am I missing?
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4MATIC is AWD in German
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AWD is b*&&^^^t, 4MATIC is the best power delivery system in the universe.

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and don't take Quattro into account since that is the worst AWD system you could ever find.

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What's so bad about Quattro? It is very hightly regarded.
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In my opinion 4matic is technically a all-time-all-wheel-drive system - ATAWD - and 4matic is rock solid..
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In my opinion 4matic is technically a all-time-all-wheel-drive system - ATAWD - and 4matic is rock solid..
By definition AWD is full time/all time.
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The worst AWD I've encountered was on my mom's 2000 Honda CR-V. The viscous coupling in that car required significant wheelspin from the fronts before the rears did anything.

Eventually the prop shaft failed on that car and they just used it as a FWD car until they sold it recently with 280k on it. Good car, terrible AWD system.

I'm quite used to Subaru's very good AWD system on their automatic transmissions. I've never owned a manual Subaru with AWD, and it's an entirely different system. The Legacys and our current Outback have all been fantastic, and I loved my SVX.

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I think what makes 4M different from most AWD system is the power split, where rear wheels get more power than front ones.
I had one of the first ML320, that were NOT called 4M and entering the freeway from curved ramp I had traction control acting when with wet pavement I step on it at 30 mph . Those models per my memory had the same torque going to front and rear, or the difference was minimal.
Than the first called 4-Matic on W124 was huge lemon as it was RWD with a system that would couple front axle in emergency situations. The coupling system was failing at alarming rates
That 4-Matic was not AWD.

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My 2001 E320 wagon does not say 4matic on the rear deck. It is AWD. What is the difference?


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