2004 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 Review — Volkswagen Phaeton

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2004 Volkswagen Phaeton V8

By Bob Gordon Co-Publisher

I have driven lots of cars my review research over the of the cars I drive do not elicit a second look from the around town…but this it was different.

Driving a new VW Phaeton me the kind of attention that a trophy wife can generate a bunch of car guys who have it all.

During my week the Phaeton the car served me well, as I the back roads of Kentucky on my test drive routes…up and and out of the hollers…from bumpy county to high speed interstates…from the gym to the and from the gas station to the car wash and to the gas station…we have them all in beautiful central Kentucky.

The interesting places that I my Phaeton(alas for only a week)was to car around town. My daughter is looking for a new car, and as a good of a car guy (and a journalist in her own right or I say “own write”) she thought I should act as the Phaeton’s chauffer we made a day of looking at and driving the she hasn’t yet driven but was considering for hoping to see which ones generate a spark of love.

But an interesting and strange thing everytime we drove onto a lot and parked the Phaeton in a customers spot…out they came…one by one and two by two…kinda like the ghouls in the “Night of the Living Dead” for that, but the image worked for me) car guys moved ever and closer to the Phaeton, eyes over, drawn to this that was becoming their(and else’s)center of attention …but real smiles appeared on “Next Up” masked faces. eyes truly sparkled and were kicked and the questions

The questions I heard the most my week long test of the VW Phaeton were…What is it?; A VW?; Can I sit in it?; How much does it have and is it enough? How it drive? How do the Plasma screen work? Is it sold in Louisville? All questions that deserved answers.

Throughout the week the VW generated more questions any other car I tested…and throughout the I continued to discover answers. a week is more than for most cars, I feel one week with this car is not time to learn all of the driving and nuances that you “just” across as you use the car as transportation in everyday

Some of the neat things I the Phaeton has a self charging halogen flashlight in place of a lighter; the automatic trunk not opened and closed at the touch of a but the lock latch actually up into its own space as the trunk its zenith, so you wouldn’t bang head into the latch; of the trunk…WOW, the Phaeton has a trunk to all trunks…Tony Soprano and the boys fill it with three bodies and still have left over for shovels, wrap, and some warm that happened to “fall da truck“; the back seat was so and well appointed that an NBA center would feel and pampered back there…plus the adjustments rivaled a Sharper recliner; speaking of recliners and Image, all the seats on the car I drove had A/C lumbar supports and a built-in just never want to the Phaeton…I was hoping for a back control and a WC but never found

Ok back to the most asked

What is it?

It is a heck of a car that any on the road…a beautiful venue provides a more than ride, a car that at the touch of a can be made more relevant for any condition: 4 Motion AWD, Damping Controls; Auto Air Suspension; Electronic Stabilization including ABS/ASR/EDL with assist…plus Engine Braking Electronic Brake Force and Servetronic Power Steering. The has Air Bags Everywhere, Tire Monitor; Rain Sensors and Windshield Washer Nozzles; Sun on the windows and on and on and on and on and on and on…you can see the details

A $75,000 VW?

And well worth it German ride and handling is the to cars costing twice as as it does. and the fit and finish are spectacular…with Sonnen Beige leather and Wood Trim in all the right the Phaeton was right at home in my estate carriage house (oh VW says it looses 15% of its owners to brands each year so it a step up for VW fans

Can I sit in it?

No sir, no looking…you car selling peasants good to be king“

How much Is it enough

The Phaeton’s 4.2 liter 40 valve is rated at 335 horsepower…with fuel estimated to be 15 in the city and 22 on the highway…does is it enough horsepower. I must that I think the Phaeton at 335 was underpowered…and I guess VW agrees me as they are making a W12 version of the car in 2005, I can’t wait to get my on that baby…another tidbit of that I furrowed out, is the Phaeton’s first cousin the A8 has basically the same specs, but its 4.2 40 valve engine is rated at 330 HP and is in Germany while the Phaeton’s is built in Hungry…who says you get the same old same old in our reviews?

The even caused a chat stir among VW aficionados in Louisville with their chatter focused on the fact my Lune Blue car was spotted around town…I guess the first one to visit the Bluegrass…and with a $75,000 MSRP I am it won’t be the last.



Engine and Transmission

4.2L V8

Supercharged No

Power To Ratio 15.5

Automatic Standard

Adaptive Automatic Standard

Interactive Transmission Standard

Speeds 6

Driveline All Wheel

Final Drive Ratio

Battery Saver/Rundown Protection

Delayed Power Retention Standard

Fuel Capacity 23.8

EPA Fuel Economy 15

EPA Fuel Economy (Highway) 22

Room, Front Row (Inches)

Radio Anti-Theft Standard

Radio Antenna Standard

In Radio Antenna Standard

Standard Seating 5

Front Seat Standard

Driver Power Seat Standard

Multi-Adjustable Power Seat

Front Heated Seat

Front Cooled Seat

Front Power Lumbar Standard

Front Adjustable Height Standard

Steering and Trim

Tilt Steering Standard

Safety and Security

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Test Rating (Driver/Passenger)

Driver Airbag Standard

Passenger Airbag Standard

Side Airbag Standard

Row Side Airbag Standard

Head Curtain Airbags

Front Seat Belt Adjuster Standard

Front Belt Pretensioner Standard

Trunk Anti-Trap Device

Side Guard Door Standard

Electronic Parking Aid

Vehicle Anti-Theft Standard

Theft Tracking/Notification Standard

Automatic Day/Night Or Electrochromic Standard

Power Door Standard

Selective Locking/Unlocking

Child Safety Door Standard

Compass Standard

Temperature Gauge Standard

Detail SBRP235/55HR17, All-Season

Alloy Wheels Standard

Size Spare Tire

Lighting, Mirrors and Wipers

Fog Standard

Automatic Headlights

High Intensity Discharge Standard

Daytime Running Standard

Perimeter Lighting

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