Used 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton

2005 Volkswagen Phaeton
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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton

Pros

  • Powerful engine lineup, rock-solid build quality, exquisitely trimmed interior, standard all-wheel drive, a features list any Mercedes would be proud to call its own.

Cons

  • Excessive weight impedes handling, poor fuel economy, premium price for a non-premium brand.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

It competes favorably with Germany's finest on nearly every level, but without the prestigious brand name, it's hard to swallow the price.

2005 Highlights

Changes to VW's flagship sedan include a new style front grille, new soft-close doors, active cruise control and standard cell phone preparation for the W12 model (optional on V8). The V8 model also receives revised 18-inch alloy wheels and wood upgrades (Myrtle and Walnut).

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

2005 Phaeton is Audi/Bentley indisguise
bsdtwd,02/29/2012
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.
Those who know it - appreciate it.
russell,07/14/2009
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.
Best Car under $150,000
GripperDon,11/25/2005
I owned every luxury German car brand there is, plus some great Asian cars. This is the best bar none. The importer did a poor job of promoting the car and nobody know how good it is. VW has treaded the Phaeton a bit better in Europe, but their problems in the USA have caused it to be cancelled. They really hosed the owners, but this car is hard to belive. Its build quality is utterly fanstastic. It drives great, quiet and smooth with great handling, ride and acoustics. What a sound system.
Great Car!
Jmac,01/19/2005
Best interior for quality, comfort and looks of any BMW, Mercedes,even Audi. Performs well. Edmunds cites heavy weight impedes handling. My view is the extra heft makes for a quieter more comfortable ride. I like having the VW badge. It gives me a great car without the high profile prestige factor.
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Features & Specs

MPG
14 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
335 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
11 city / 17 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
420 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
14 city / 21 hwy
Seats 4
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
335 hp @ 6500 rpm
MPG
11 city / 17 hwy
Seats 4
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
420 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Used 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton Overview

The Used 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton is offered in the following submodels: Phaeton Sedan. Available styles include V8 4dr Sedan (4.2L 8cyl 6A), W12 4dr Sedan (6.0L 12cyl 5A), V8 4dr Sedan w/4 Seats (4.2L 8cyl 6A), and W12 4dr Sedan w/4 Seats (6.0L 12cyl 5A).

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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