2005 Volkswagen Phaeton

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2005 Volkswagen Phaeton

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Exclusivity
  • Performance
  • Interior space

The bad:

  • Price
  • Fuel economy

2 trims

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Our 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Full-size dimensions
  • V-8 and W-12 engines
  • Tiptronic automatic transmission
  • Air suspension
  • 4Motion AWD

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


A lot of bang for your buck

It was definitely everything I expected,I’ve only owned it for a month. It has some quirks, I get a flat tire warning from time to time for no reason. The computer had to be replaced because the sunroof drain stopped up and covered the computer which is under your left foot.


Most comfortable car I’ve ever owned

This car is just a nice place to be. Extremely comfortable, quiet, and packed with features like heated and cooled seats front and back. The only downside to this car is that they stopped importing them to the US which means you’re getting a car that’s at least 13 years old. That means they’ll need some general upkeep and that can get very expensive. You get a Bentley ride with VW engineering, Audi performance, but a Bentley maintenance cost.


Great new addition to may garage

Best luxury vehicle I have ever owned. I recently purchased this car and drove it from the dealer I bought it from in KY to Boston. The V8 performed wonderfully and I loved the stereo. I will be upgrading the stereo to handle my iPhone 6+ and this upgrade easily integrates into the existing screen so I can use my iPhone Nav & stereo. The back seat is a pleasure and I spent a few hours back there and am looking forward to being there with my wonderful wife. The rear view side mirrors and rear visibility are a bit limited without turning around but I bought convex mirrors and they helped tremendously. A true Bentley in a VW body . No bumper parking sensors on the one I bought and that I do miss and I will be putting in a rear view camera that also integrated into the Nav when car is placed in R. A hidden gem and a fine addition into my garage. Glad I got rid of my 2008 Range Rover for this automobile. Worth the flight and the 14 hour trip. Now I want the 4 seater. Make sure the timing belt has been done recently and these require transmission flush and radiator flush when you purchase car. Make sure this has been done in the last 70K miles. It's an expensive fix but you will love how long the car will last with this done. Also make sure you find a certified Phaeton Repairman, not too many around at VW or Audi dealers. I have found 3 dealers w/I 20 miles of me that service this vehicle.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Volkswagen
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
MY 2015-MY 2017 vehicles/75,000 miles; MY 2018- MY 2019 vehicles/72,000 miles; MY 2020 and newer vehicles/75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
Vehicles purchased on or after 1/5/21: MY 2017 & older, 2 yrs/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2018-19, 1 yr/12,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty; MY 2020 & newer, 2 years/24,000 miles (whichever is 1st) limited warranty
Dealer certification required
100-plus point inspection
Roadside assistance
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