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2005 Phaeton is Audi/Bentley indisguise
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By bsdtwd
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Aside from a few switches, lack of auto chestnut covers on front air vents, massage ac/heated seats all the way around and about $80,000 you can SETTLE for an Audi A8L or a Bentley Flying Spur. The Phaeton is amazing. All the above, with soft close doors, a 270 Watt Bose 17 speaker system, a great manu shift tranny w/ AWD makes it a dream car in stealth mode. Best thing I've ever driven. A True Luxury Rocket. Found a 2005 with 29k miles. Gotta go drive it. Get'em before they're gone. Best Lux Bargain Going. VW should try again with 2013. Sells well in Europe. Bring on the auto bahn.


Best Features

Best interior ever. Double pane glass. Bentley/Audi specs and quality and even more on the cheap. Don't tell your neighbors.


Worst Features

Remote start. Not available and impossible after market due to car's complexity. Key must be in slot or no go.


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Those who know it - appreciate it.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By russell
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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Beautiful exterior; drive for sport, drive for comfort, in the rain, sleet and snow it's a champ, enjoy the sound system, massaging seats and share the story with those many inquirers. Some quirky issues correctly identified by other reviews just cannot outweigh the value of buying this car with some gentle miles, and really enjoying it. It's one of the few unique vehicles that not pretentious, but is truly luxurious.


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Phaeton vanishes from US market
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By Christopher De Jonge
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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I enjoy my Phaeton. It has beautiful interior trim. The exterior is sleek and muscular. The handling is sub-optimal, however I am used to more sport drive handling. It is a gas-guzzler. Perhaps the most disconcerting thing is that 2006 will be the last year for new model Phaetons. Already the resale value has tanked. Further, I question whether parts might be hard to obtain.


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Mercedes vs. Phaeton
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By Marlene
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


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My husband and I have owned Mercedes in the past. We test drove the Phaeton a month after leasing our Toureag. We found it to be far superior to the Mercedes in handling, comfort, room, GPS system easier to use and comparable in price. We were more comfortable with the sales personel at VW and service was much more accommodating. Love it, hope to never have to go back to a Mercedes


Best Features

The leg room, navigation system, excellent stereo, ample seat room, and quiet engine.


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The People's Luxury Car
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By Maxwell Stein
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)


Review

While some would argue that VW is the maker of inexpensive economy cars, it has been gradually making its way upmarket. The Phaeton is the company's attempt to match Mercedes and BMW's flagship sedans directly. For the most part, the experiment works. The Phaeton can best be appreciated from the inside-out where the driver and passengers are coddled in top-quality materials and a pleasant environment. The styling is sublimely understated to the point where it might be considered the Passat's big brother. Still, it won't confuse anyone out there with an S-class or 7-series. Its performance is quietly competent but certainly no M-5 bahn-burner.


Best Features

The fantastic seats, great dashboard and interior environment. The exterior paint is as close to flawless as one gets.


Worst Features

If the VW was perhaps $10,000 or so less expensive, it would then be a major value. Otherwise, one would be concerned as to its market depreciation - it might be safer buying the Bimmer. W12 engine is a HUGE step up in performance but also price.


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