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2004 Volkswagen Phaeton Sedan


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Volkswagen Phaeton Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 335 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

  • It competes favorably with Germany's finest on nearly every level, but without the prestigious name it's hard to swallow the price.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful engine lineup, standard all-wheel drive, a features list Mercedes would be proud to call its own.

  • Cons

    Low fuel economy, premium price for a non-premium brand.

  • What's New for 2004

    The Phaeton is an all-new ultraluxury flagship sedan from Volkswagen.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (82 total reviews)

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Car as hobby

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I craved this car for months, shopped for 6 months, and found a great deal, with remaining CPO warranty. The car is a dream to drive, and the ride unimaginably good. However, you learn that this is a finicky monster to maintain properly. The tires wore quickly because the alignment went out, and there are few places that no how to align it. Without a long term warranty? A transmission is 10K, and the wrong transmission fluid was spec'd when new. The speaker wires break. The regulators in the doors go bad starting at 60,000 miles. This is a car for people with money to burn, and two cars to drive. Oh yeah, the build quality is the burden of ownership, maintaining the dream.

Great car, but get a

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I've had the car for about a year now. Overall, this is a extremely competent luxury car. Good acceleration (not a burner, but fast enough), very smooth & quiet. The exterior is understated (which suits me just fine) & the interior is one of the best I've seen (especially on an 04 car). Good attention to detail all around. The only drawbacks I can mention is Service & some reliability issues (mostly electrical gremlins - which aren't uncommon in high end luxury cars). Combining the electrical issues w/ the fact VW technicians have little experience w/ the car can make service an exercise in trial & error & very costly if not covered under warranty(mine didn't cover much)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Best kept secret in the

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

I purchased a used, certified model with 60,000 miles from a VW dealer. The superb materials and build quality make it seem hardly used. The buttons, carpets, leather surfaces, chrome, liners, etc all look new. The paint deserves special mention. My silver reflex paint scheme is beautiful. The car is comfortable, with ample room inside, especially the back seat area. The air suspension is sublime. This is the car to have on long trips. This car is truly exclusive, as less than 3,500 Phaetons were imported into the US. Thankfully the Phaeton remains in production, and obtaining parts is not a problem. Servicing by VW is a must. Recommend purchasing an extended warranty.

Gas Mileage


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  • 21
  • highway
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What's New for 2004

The Phaeton is an all-new ultraluxury flagship sedan from Volkswagen.

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