• (4.8) 13 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,837$16,409
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 15-19
  • Engine: 420-hp, 6.0-liter W-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

Our Take on the 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen’s new luxury Phaeton sedan has been available in Europe since the spring of 2002 and is expected to go on sale in the United States in late 2003. Two engines will be available in U.S. models: a 335-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8 that teams with six-speed Tiptronic transmission and a ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel economy

Notable Features

  • Full-size dimensions
  • V-8 or W-12
  • Tiptronic automatic transmission
  • Air suspension all around

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton Reviews

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Old-school Volkswagen Beetle owners, hold your wallets. Stereotypical mind sets, hold that thought. If the Volkswagen Phaeton, the automaker's first true luxury vehicle, doesn't get you thinking differently about VW, maybe the climate-control system in the new four-door, ultra-long ride is enough to alter conventional thinking. There's more than just cool technology in the... Read full review for the 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton

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Cheap to own; do your own repairs though

by Doug from Baltimore on January 7, 2010

Cheap to buy, $16,000. Very comfortable and big, except for headroom. Watch out for the rear climate controls, they will get broken by a 3 year old walking over and kicking them, but it still works. A... Read Full Review

3 Trim Levels Available

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Great news! There are currently no known recalls on 2004 Volkswagen Phaeton.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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