2005 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A)
I was a dedicated BMW 7 Series owner,
until the 7 Series became tainted by
cab gimmickry, a rear end so homely it
appears designed piecemeal by
committee, and a failure to keep up
with demand for advanced AWD driving
The Phaeton is precisely what the BMW 7
Series should be, had BMW been doing
its homework over the last four years.
Phaeton is doing for the VW trade name
what award-winning chardonnay did for
Gallo -- it brings an air of
respectability to VW.
Compared, the Audi A12 is just too
lightweight. The heavy Phaeton has a
low center of gravity, providing a
feeling of safety, luxury and control.
Luxurious interior, with Bentley-like
The driver feels he is in the "Clark
Kent" of luxury cars - a Bentley
Continental GT without the pretense.
It is a show-stopper among those who
love automobiles. Strangers often
approach, awe-struck by the Phaeton.
GPS requires cumbersome insertion of
CDs for the region of the United States
where one is driving. Suggest VW look
at the more advanced hard disk GPS
technology used by Lexus and Toyota.
Orange digital lighting is outdated;
soft blue is better.
Switching from CD to radio is unduly
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