2005 Volkswagen Phaeton Consumer Review: Pleasant surprise
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton Sedan - Consumer Review

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Pleasant surprise
By De Jonge on

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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A)

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I happened upon this vehicle by chance and am very happy for the outcome. I am very impressed by the engine muscle, interior comfort and subdued exterior design - not in to the 'prestige vehicle' badges. The car wants to go at speeds more compatible with its design. I have a hard time keeping it under 80 mph. Indeed, in one instance I was pressed to accelerate only briefly and quickly reached 120 mph. Its fuel economy is not good, with average city driving yielding about 16.5 - 17.0 mpg. I always look for excuses to drive this car - a wonderful feeling. I also look forward to my first road trip - should be fantastic!
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