We just bought a 300 TE 4 Matic, with 147,000 miles. We paid a couple grand for it. The body and interior is in great shape (especially for being in Alaska). Everything worked fine initially except for the 4 matic, which we were told was not uncommon. A month or so after we bought it, we started having trouble starting it on really cold mornings. We took it to the shop and were told that the fuel distributor had a valve that was sticking, and that in time it will eventually go out. The new part from the dealer is ridiculously expensive, and about 100-150 bucks used on ebay (with a 60 day warranty). The labor, we were told, would be a couple hundred bucks. The mechanic told us that we could continue to drive it, and that eventually it just wouldn't start anymore. At the moment, it's starting fine. We're not familiar with Mercedes and haven't talked to anyone who has owned this model. It seemed like a decent price, and the car seemed to be a perfect second car for my wife and our two small children. The research we did initially on the internet was very positive...excellent safety rating, owners who had the same model with over 250,000 miles on their cars and still going strong, etc. We're not sure how much we should put into this car, and if the distributor is a very common issue. My wife and I are both mechanically illiterate, aside from checking fluids. Not having the 4 matic is sort of a pain, since there's now snow on the ground, but the car is very solid and has been driving surprisingly well so far this winter. We would appreciate any feedback on this car in general, anyone who has had issues with the fuel distributor, other common issues that we can expect to deal with, etc. Thank you.