2004 Volkswagen Phaeton
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Cheap to own; do your own repairs though

by 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...
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. Also, don't let anyone touch the trunk unless you tell them how to use it first. Very fun and comfortable to drive. Already replaced oil, intake filters, spark plugs, no other problems.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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Great Luxury Car

by from FAir Oaks, CA on May 15, 2015

I've admired this car since Jeremy Clarkson reviewed it many years ago. Finally bought one recently. My V8 Phaeton really is better in every way than the Mercedes I owned for 10 years. Handling is act...
I've admired this car since Jeremy Clarkson reviewed it many years ago. Finally bought one recently. My V8 Phaeton really is better in every way than the Mercedes I owned for 10 years. Handling is actually pretty good for a big car. Comfy, fast, and good-looking. The stealthy styling and VW badges let it get by under the radar.
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A little costly for repairs when needed

by from Olney on March 30, 2017

Just do the annual maintenance and regular oil changes and you won't have much trouble. Make sure you watch the transmission fluid levels so that you catch any small leaks early. The is a complicated...
Just do the annual maintenance and regular oil changes and you won't have much trouble. Make sure you watch the transmission fluid levels so that you catch any small leaks early. The is a complicated high performance vehicle so keep that in mind. Work on it yourself if you know what you are doing or be sure to take it to someone well experienced with either a VW Phaeton or an Audi A6 or A8. Get the W12 rather than the V8. Well work the extra cost.
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best used car for the money

by from Harvey's Lake, PA on October 26, 2009

I bought this car used with 73,000 miles early last year. It is the best car I have ever driven, and I have had no problems at all. I bought this car primarily for rainy day and winter use, and loved ...
I bought this car used with 73,000 miles early last year. It is the best car I have ever driven, and I have had no problems at all. I bought this car primarily for rainy day and winter use, and loved it immediately, and despite the 360 h.p. V8, it goes in the snow like tank, there is no loss of traction at all. It cost every penny of $21,550, and with 125,713 miles on it now, I have yet to have a problem. I doubt that this car will ever die (and I know that i will never sell it) but if it does, I will buy another.
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PEOPLE CANT BELEIVE ITS A VW

by from LOS ANGELES on March 18, 2008

I GET COMMENTS ALL TH TIME. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL CAR. I DONT LIKE THE NAVIGATION AS IT ISNT TOUCH SCREEN - IT IS SCROLL AND THE TIRE PRESSURE SENSORS HAVE PLAYED UP - OTHERWISE ITS BEEN PERFECT IN EVER...
I GET COMMENTS ALL TH TIME. THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL CAR. I DONT LIKE THE NAVIGATION AS IT ISNT TOUCH SCREEN - IT IS SCROLL AND THE TIRE PRESSURE SENSORS HAVE PLAYED UP - OTHERWISE ITS BEEN PERFECT IN EVERY WAY - FAST, COMFORTABLE, SOUND SYSTEM, TRIM, FINISH. ALL THAT FOR UNDER 30K.
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Audi A8

by from Stamford CT on September 20, 2011

It is an audi A8 with more extras, and lower cost. The gas is going to kill you, and the service is going to take both legs and arms to pay for. But between those two obstacles you will be the happies...
It is an audi A8 with more extras, and lower cost. The gas is going to kill you, and the service is going to take both legs and arms to pay for. But between those two obstacles you will be the happiest man on earth.
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Best Car Ever, Hands Down

by from New Mexico on September 4, 2015

I've had my W12 for 15 months and it has been a dream to own and drive. Got it up to 140 mph with no effort (for about 1 minute). Have driven cross country twice with no problem. Because it's the W12 ...
I've had my W12 for 15 months and it has been a dream to own and drive. Got it up to 140 mph with no effort (for about 1 minute). Have driven cross country twice with no problem. Because it's the W12 I've met more people that want to buy it then I could imagine. It's a wonderful luxury ride. Everyone is amazed at the huge back seat space. The only problem now is that my friends always want ME to drive so they can ride around in my car. So glad I bought it.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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No Regrets

by from Dana Point, CA on January 27, 2011

I bought my 4 seater three years ago, and other than wishing I had the W!2, I really love everything about this car. It's got so much class and attitude compared to the big BMW that I can't understand...
I bought my 4 seater three years ago, and other than wishing I had the W!2, I really love everything about this car. It's got so much class and attitude compared to the big BMW that I can't understand why VW could not market this car. The ride is stunning and the appointments are first class. The V8 is smooth with a great sound....................just don't drive the W12. ;-)
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Uses car for Commuting

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Amazing car!!!

by from AZ on October 12, 2010

I've owned my Phaeton for 5+ years and all I can say is that it is an amazing piece of machinery. Love the interior and roomy too...I can't believe how much back seat room it has. This car is at its b...
I've owned my Phaeton for 5+ years and all I can say is that it is an amazing piece of machinery. Love the interior and roomy too...I can't believe how much back seat room it has. This car is at its best cruising at freeway speeds. Smooth, powerful and very quiet. I looked at a 745 BMW but they are a dime a dozen. The Phaeton is unique and luxurious...you can't go wrong.
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Transmissions issues at 80,000 miles

by from Dallas, TX on May 27, 2011

Stick with the Audi A8. Have had two with no problems. Liked the VW, (drove great, good performance, but reliabiliby is very sub-par) but transmissions have serious problems (check out the internet; m...
Stick with the Audi A8. Have had two with no problems. Liked the VW, (drove great, good performance, but reliabiliby is very sub-par) but transmissions have serious problems (check out the internet; multiple posts by dissatified customers). Also the Navigation on the 2004 is CD based and not very user friendly. AUDI has a much better DVD based navigation system. Tire pressure monitor system is a real pain also. AUDI gets better mileage. The AUDI is definitely worth a few thousand extra.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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