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.
Highway ride. Upgraded stereo Unbelievably durable leather. Back seat heating, ventilation, and massage.
Horrific blind spot Horrifically poor durability. Front brakes alone are $1200 at dealership. Suspension on the 2004 is suspect, and will fail. VW had to help with repairs. Unless a fully updated 2004 is found, with papers, I would avoid that year.
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