|06-13-2013, 07:13 AM||#6 (permalink)|
Date registered: Jul 2006
Vehicle: 1999 E55, 2001 E320, 1990 560 SEC, 2004 ML350, 2001 ML55, 1995 S500, 1998 SL500, 2010 E550 Sport zoo
Location: NW Arkansas, La Jolla CA, Hong Kong
In my opinion 4matic is technically a all-time-all-wheel-drive system - ATAWD - and 4matic is rock solid..
|06-13-2013, 07:24 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Date registered: Sep 2008
Vehicle: 2002 E430 4-Matic
Location: Chicago - North Surburbs
|06-13-2013, 08:14 AM||#8 (permalink)|
Date registered: Aug 2008
Vehicle: 2002 E320 Wagon
Location: Champaign, IL
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.
2005 Subaru Outback
2005 Mazda RX-8 GT
2002 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon
|06-13-2013, 09:38 AM||#9 (permalink)|
Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W210 E300DT x2/w211wagon4M / Ford SD. Seeking diesel pushmower
Location: CA Bay Area
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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