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Old 01-21-2014, 02:22 PM
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I'm really getting a chance to use the 4Matic on my W212 this winter and it works well in the snow and heavy rain. We are in the middle of a Snowzilla today in Maryland and I just drove through some pretty dicey conditions on the way home. My experience has always been with rear wheel drive E's and this is night and day as it should be. I don't know how 4Matic compares with Quattro or X-Drive. Anyway--Just a testimonial, because I actually made it home without ending up in a ditch.
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I'm really getting a chance to use the 4Matic on my W212 this winter and it works well in the snow and heavy rain. We are in the middle of a Snowzilla today in Maryland and I just drove through some pretty dicey conditions on the way home. My experience has always been with rear wheel drive E's and this is night and day as it should be. I don't know how 4Matic compares with Quattro or X-Drive. Anyway--Just a testimonial, because I actually made it home without ending up in a ditch.
What type of tire set up? With winters it is phenomenal you will cut through just about everything (besides unplowed parking areas).

Even without winters if you go ultra slow, you should have no issues but slippage happens. I heard the Quattro is king, but I cannot attest.
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My s500 4matic is a beast in snow with new all season. Unplowed parking lot with 8+"? no problem. Airmatic on high and go for it.
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I love the 4Matic on our W212 and W203. Good set of tires and 4Matic makes winter driving safe and fun.
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Yeah the 4matic system on our SUVs have been impressive. BTC which I love though got me into the RWD.
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Thanks good to hear. Trying to get out of here, Alexandria to Rockville but traffic.com makes it looks pretty good right now?
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Thanks good to hear. Trying to get out of here, Alexandria to Rockville but traffic.com makes it looks pretty good right now?
Roads are fine. Side roads obviously depend on plows, but highways were fine for me (toll road and 66). I'm sure the beltway and 270 is fine.

Visibility is the issue Be careful.
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What type of tire set up? With winters it is phenomenal you will cut through just about everything (besides unplowed parking areas).

Even without winters if you go ultra slow, you should have no issues but slippage happens. I heard the Quattro is king, but I cannot attest.
I'm running the PZero Nero All-Seasons which work well for me for this car.
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Originally Posted by Case1906 View Post
I'm really getting a chance to use the 4Matic on my W212 this winter and it works well in the snow and heavy rain. We are in the middle of a Snowzilla today in Maryland and I just drove through some pretty dicey conditions on the way home. My experience has always been with rear wheel drive E's and this is night and day as it should be. I don't know how 4Matic compares with Quattro or X-Drive. Anyway--Just a testimonial, because I actually made it home without ending up in a ditch.

I'm bracing for the same storm arriving now in Boston. You are correct about the handling. Just put on a set of Conti-Pro's DWS a few weeks ago ahead of the last storm. Its excellent in the snow!

My X-Drive was just as good as well. Never had a Quattro.
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4matic is amazing. i didn't have it last winter and have it now and its been a noticeable improvement, i am sold for life. i love it.
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I was just out in Vienna in a 4 matic. I kind of miss slipping around a little. Just for fun it's nice to kick out the tail a bit. Roads will be real fun in the morning after the 3 degree low predicted! Will have some real good ice. 2 + hr commute ahead
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I'm really getting a chance to use the 4Matic on my W212 this winter and it works well in the snow and heavy rain. We are in the middle of a Snowzilla today in Maryland and I just drove through some pretty dicey conditions on the way home. My experience has always been with rear wheel drive E's and this is night and day as it should be. I don't know how 4Matic compares with Quattro or X-Drive. Anyway--Just a testimonial, because I actually made it home without ending up in a ditch.
I had a E3504matic and have had for a long time a '98 A4 quattro. I found the 4matic to be more stable. On the same turn snowy turn that I comfortably negotiated with the 4matic the rear end on the A4 wanted to break away. The A4 would make a better rally car I guess.

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Just came home in the middle of the storm in my 4Matic. I have Conti Extreme DWS. It is AMAZING. Didn't slip, din't spin and it just plows ahead. I haven't seen the need for snow tires in my 4Matic. I am sure it gives you more surety, however I am fine with all seasons. Again, it is my choice :-).
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Great to hear such reviews, I know RWD is more enjoy to drive namely on non tarmac roads but I would love to have a 4MATIC as well
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I would not have bought the car if I could not get 4 matic. Both my wife and I only drive AWD. What sold me was the first drive in my then BMW 535 xi - it was the first weekend and in a major rain storm. The car did not slide at all. Th 4matic is even better from what I can tell.
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It was 6 degrees this morning with solid and packed snow covered roads. My 4Matic did not spin or slide even once. I felt very much in control and confident while driving it.
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chicagoland - lots of snow very cold single digit - my very first 4matic

i have always had rear wheel drive and i am so surprise how this thing handle control safety if i knew what 4matic did i think i would have never bought a RWD E350

Yes it has original Cont pro tires and believe me 6 inch snow plowed through no spinning

black ice at night it handle perfectly i must say congrats to Mercedes and Continental deserve thumbs up for safety and i will not think twice going out in a winter storm..
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I wasn't super pleased with the factory rubber ( Perelli) this E had on it when I picked it up.
Tail end kept wanting to lead in the sloppy stuff under deceleration.
Last night I had the Michelin PA4's put on and got a chance to play in the snow on the way home.
Viva la difference. it's wunderbar! Suddenly 4-matic feels solid and planted in the sloppy snow and ice.
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I wasn't super pleased with the factory rubber ( Perelli) this E had on it when I picked it up.
Tail end kept wanting to lead in the sloppy stuff under deceleration.
Last night I had the Michelin PA4's put on and got a chance to play in the snow on the way home.
Viva la difference. it's wunderbar! Suddenly 4-matic feels solid and planted in the sloppy snow and ice.

amazing isn't it.. comparing this to my 2012 BMW X5 the 4 matic takes the cake (might be my hakkapiileta (sp) tire set up) but Benz did a great job.

I tested it out on an open industrial road with turns/curves. I was able to hit 45-50mph and maintain great traction. Reduce that to real road speeds 20-30mph in winter and you are unstoppable.

Ground clearance is our only concern, I have the 350 as the daily driver and sucks I could not get suspension height adjustment.
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I swear by 4MATIC. Will always have it. Only use it 3-4 times a year but love having it when I need it.
I totally agree. I will always have an AWD car. The traction is just awesome.
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