2004 Volkswagen Phaeton Consumer Review: Best Kept Secret in the Used C

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton - Consumer Review

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V8 Sedan (4.2L V8 AWD 6-speed Automatic)

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Best Kept Secret in the Used Car Market
By Steve on


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.

Best Features

Materials and build quality. Exclusive, understated luxury. Few will really realize how special this car is, and that is what makes it fun. Capable of reaching autobahn speeds without breaking a sweat. Relatively reliable for a car this complex. German over-engineering at its best!

Worst Features

Navi System is outdated. Telephone compatibility is a pain. TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) can be finicky. Repairs will cost a small fortune. VW V8 has a timing belt?? Purchase a GOOD extended warranty, it will pay for itself with just one major repair.
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