(4.8) 12 reviews
MSRP: $3,965$16,705
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

Our Take

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


Our Expert Reviews

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

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Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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