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Volkswagen Phaeton: 2004-2006 (D1) Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?


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wizechatmgr

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Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Oct 12, 2004 4:05 PM
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I just am one of those people who can't stand blank spaces. I was wondering if anyone has purchased a Phaeton and if so, what their overall review was of it.
Port Fellamay

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Oct 12, 2004 8:39 PM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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Hey you know I was really confused with this car, I had seen them selling at like 75$k or more when I first saw them on Ebay. Then I seen some auctions selling them brand new with warranty the whole bit for like 10,000$.

I am like what is going on>? Is this just a passat with a big engine in it?
MadRabbits

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Oct 12, 2004 9:19 PM   in response to: Port Fellamay in response to: Port Fellamay
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Not quite. This car shares just about nothing with the Passat (just about). It's more of an Audi A8 based vehicle. Base price starts at about $64k and climbs over $95k for the W12 models. This is part of Volkswagens quest to cover all ends of the market spectrum and it is quite a push above the Passat. It's received lots of incredible reviews that would lead one to believe that they've produced a product that can both compete and win in the ultra-high luxury department, but only if they can live down their econo-box reputation. I've never driven one and do to reasons of the dollar probably never will but have seen a few about town already and they are quite impressive.

As for getting one on E-bay for $10k, the only way you'll pick up a Phaeton for $10k is if you're getting it from a salvage yard, and even then $10k might not be enough. Look, it's E-bay, caveat emptor my friend...

Search the net for some reviews on this rather impressive machine, albeit out of the manufacturers character.

Larry...
Port Fellamay

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Oct 13, 2004 11:05 AM   in response to: MadRabbits in response to: MadRabbits
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Yeah I was confused by that, not sure what that auction was about. But that really made me demoralize it as a juiced up passat by the low sale price. It was some sort of private auction, and I seen a lot of these with very low sale prices on expensive cars.

I don't like how they all have the same body shape and styling. Mercedes does a better job I think of putting character to each different class. The more expensive one actually looks a lot more expensive, rather than a super passat frame.
Frank Grimes

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Oct 13, 2004 12:44 PM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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Yes, I have 4. They are wonderful.
volksnut

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Oct 19, 2004 5:39 PM   in response to: Frank Grimes in response to: Frank Grimes
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Have sat in one and admired the attention to detail and looked under the hood to drool on the machinery. If I won the lottery (a big one) , the W-12 would be my family sedan because it is SWEET! Unfortunately, I do not have the resources to buy this caliber of automobile and will have to be happy with my EV Weekender. By the way Frank, do you really have 4 or are you pulling my naive leg? There are plenty folks that have this kind of money, just not typical VW owners.
PanEuropean

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Nov 7, 2004 2:48 PM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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Lots of people are buying them - over 300 were sold in the United States in October of 2004 alone.

Michael
eecjr71

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Jan 25, 2005 9:16 AM   in response to: Frank Grimes in response to: Frank Grimes
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This goes out to you frank grimes, is that your real name or is that the name of that guy that did everything the hard way and always got screwed over on the simpsons? just curious!
tootsie

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Sep 14, 2005 10:09 PM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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Yes. There are about 2,500 sold so far.
Port Fellamay

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Sep 15, 2005 10:08 AM   in response to: tootsie in response to: tootsie
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I think it looks like a pregnant Passat..heheh at least from the outside. You can hardly tell it's a Phaeton if you see one around, other than it looks bigger bolder. It's a nice car, and I suppose leasing one isn't out of the question for a lot of people. Buying it with the fact cars depreciate so quickly, seems a little lavish, you must have big money to burn, or have an affection for collecting them, or just be a compulsive car buyer.
PanEuropean

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Sep 19, 2005 4:47 AM   in response to: Port Fellamay in response to: Port Fellamay
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Or, perhaps you just appreciate the engineering that went into the Phaeton - which, by the way, is an almost identical twin to the Bentley Continental GT and the Bentley Flying Spur - but you don't want to flash your income around. We Phaeton owners call it 'stealth wealth'.

Michael (a W12 Phaeton owner)
derdas

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Jul 31, 2007 1:24 AM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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If the Phaeton exists in the US past 2008 look for the 10 cylinder TDI diesel engine....turbo of course (from the racing circuit)...just a rumor!! But anyone that I have talked to that are true Phaeton users are astonished with the fit and finish, performance..etc. But get real....who will pay $100,000 plus for a VW?...almost nobody...
Pastor Richard

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Jul 20, 2010 4:53 PM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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I bought a 2004 3 months back, its burgundy, with a light camel leather interior. I had driven the car in Europe in 2004 and loved it then, its more Bentley and Rolls than STS/CTS and its comfortable for 5 people, it has more wood than Ethan Allen and it has an amazing engine that shifts invisibly, if there wasn't a posting on the dashboard the gear I am in, I would be clueless? It is a ubber-luxury car that looks like a Passat on 'Roids. The backseat is limo big (it has foot rests) and shades, the rear shade is electric, heated & A/C seats, great sound and Nav, its 4 Wheel Drive all the time and grabs the road like a cheetah! I lusted for 4 years until I could get the buck to buy it, shopped 2 years and found this one with only 32K, oaid $22K (=$2K for Platinum Coverage to 100K mi.) - show me where the $10K new one with original warranty is, I'll get it for my wife. Oh, yeah,its not a city car, (214-16 mpg) but on the hwy I see 24+ (if I keep it at 70), I did get a ticket going 89 already, but I drove it at 145 in Holland and I was nowhere near top speed (the speedometer reads to 200!). I love, it I love, I love it! But I am 6'5 and 250#, its the first gar ever (had loads of Cadillac, Jags, Alpha Romeo's and many great muscle cars, original SHO, Vett's, Spyders or multiple origins and Lancia's (which I also loved!), but nothing comes close to the Phaeton comfort and plushness, from the moment you turn on the engine and the wood panels rise to expose the a/c vents, you know this is a Bentley not a VW (Phaeton is built in the new Bentley plant in Dresden, Germany). Anyone who rides in it is in awe and I thank the Lord daily for his spoiling me, as a Pastor, it is a large but modest looking car (again, the big Passat!). In Europr it is the Salon Coah (biggest car next to a custom Limo) it is sold in a LWB and SWB (long/short wheel-base) we saw only the LWB in the US. They make it in a 6 Cyl. Diesel Turbo Fuel Injected motor, as well as 8-10-12 cylender models. I'm planning on driving mine through the tribulation...
ICLAUDE

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Jul 29, 2010 11:41 AM   in response to: Pastor Richard in response to: Pastor Richard
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YES. in june 2010
A 2004 LWB VW 12
Computer software a bit dated and need reseting a bit to often.
Expensive to keep, a pair of front struts installed at VW dealer cost over ($5,000.00).. Yes Five thousand dollars, to install two new front struts.
But we love the car, and now will buy a work shop manual from Bentley Publishers.
Cheap to buy expensive to keep.
quartereck

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Re: Anyone purchased a Phaeton yet?
Posted: Jun 12, 2011 3:37 PM   in response to: wizechatmgr in response to: wizechatmgr
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I was surfing looking for updated navigation Disk and saw the forum. When I saw the first PhaetonI made a U-turn and followed into a parking lot to look at the car and I bought my first Coucou Gray 2007 32,000 miles my second was Nocturne Aubergine bought 2009 with 8000 miles and just bought another Nocturne Aubergine Klsvierlack a little more shine to the paint with 46,000 miles.I would have paid a premium for a low mileage but just couldn't find. I have been buying heavy cars even in the 1980's A Maserati Quadraport with twin overhead V8 with 4- Webbers, a couple Silver Shadow's (worst 2 cars ever owned but loved the look) few Jaguars great ride and a few S-500 Mercedes. I live on a small Island wife drives Audi A-4 Cabriolet and I drive a restored 1979 CJ-7 Jeep and I'm 65 and just love cars but the Phaeton hands down most comfortable and dependable auto owned,the repairs expensive but worth every dollar. Hope one day they import the newer models.

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