Mid Week Match-Up: A Wagon for Winter

This week’s Mid Week Match-Up request comes from Kenn who writes:   I’m looking to replace my 01’ Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic Wagon (just about to tick over 250k miles) with something similar. I need something that can fit my 110lb German Shepard and can take on MN winters (though I’ll likely buy snow tires for whatever I buy so AWD/4WD is not a must). I’m looking at wagons, larger sedans and SUV’s (will consider crossovers….but not happily) and always want something a little unique, fun and that I can work on myself (automatic gearbox). My budget is 10k and I live in the Twin Cities in MN.  Thanks for the help!

For someone searching for a late model German sedan where AWD/4WD is a must, my mind instantly goes to Audi.  Yes, they can cost some serious coin when something goes wrong, and they are complex/heavy vehicles…but how many other ways can you get into a car with a big V8 mated to all four wheels?  Take a look at this 2007 Audi S4 here on eBay bidding for $4,494 with 3 days to go, located in Canton, CT.

What do you recommend? Comments below.