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2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12

When Volkswagen announced they would produce a luxury vehicle to take on the best executive machines out there, people laughed. As we all know, the Germans aren#8217;t a humorous lot. When they set out to do something, they do it properly. The Phaeton was no exception. Ferdinand Piëch, former Volkswagen Group chairman, gave his engineers a list of engineering parameters that he required of this über People#8217;s Car.

While the official list of parameters was never released, a few were leaked to the automotive press. Among them, he required the Phaeton to cruise at 300 kilometres per hour (186 mph) with an exterior temperature of 50°C (122°F) while having the climate control maintain 22°C (72°F). Another bar that was set was a torsional rigidity of 37,000 N·m/degree.

So, then, this car was no laughing matter.

Between 2004 and 2006, Volkswagen sold the Phaeton here with either a V8 or the W12 unit we see here, which sees duty in a few Bentleys. The D1 chassis on which this car is based is also shared with the Bentley Continental GT and Continental Flying Spur. It has been rumored that the next generation Phaeton might be sent to the US, but with 2006 sales totaling only 235 units, it seems like a long shot.

Since the last Phaetons rolled off the dealer lots, these cars have seen massive depreciation, like this Phaeton W12 for sale in Texas.

2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 on eBay

The Volkswagen Phaeton is possibly the biggest bargain in the luxury car market as well as the least known. The VW Phaeton was only sold in the US for three years and it was VW#8217;s entry into the high end luxury market. It used the same chassis as the Audi A8 and the Bentley as a starting point and was manufactured in the same factory as the A8 and Bentley.

The W12 version also used the same base engine as the Bentley.

This car is one of the black/tan Premium Editions that was marketed by Volkswagen. It has the rare and expensive W12 engine. It is a great running and looking car. It has no dings, scratches, etc that I know of. It has the power opening and closing trunk, parking proximity sensors, heated, cooled, and massaging seats for both front and rear passengers.

Of course, it also has a navigation system, the factory upgraded high-end audio system and almost everything else you can think of. This car has high end Italian leather and the same quality woodwork as the Bentley. The rear passengers have their own climate controls, seat adjustments, etc.

The rear legroom is limo-like. The ride is incredible and it adjusts in firmness and ride height through the console controls. It also has standard AWD like the Audi A8 for safer driving in wet or slippery conditions or just better dry grip.

The W12 engine is difficult to describe. It just keeps pulling so smoothly and quietly #8211; it has VERY strong acceleration. You have to really watch it on the expressway because the drive is so quiet and effortless you do 90 and it feels like 50.

New, this was almost a $100k car when new. The car has brand new TPMS sensors, new batteries (the car requires two batteries), and new front brakes including new rotors.

A/C ice cold, Factory GPS system, Fully loaded with all the goodies, Looks #038; drives great, No accidents, Upgraded sound system, Very clean interior. These cars are complex and it is important to buy one with no issues. This car has a clean diagnostic scan with no issues on the car.

This car runs and drives excellent. I am selling the car because I have two of them. It is a very nice example and is the ultimate car for those with champagne tastes and beer budgets. A Bentley at VW prices.

Any other questions, please ask.

Like other cars in its class, there#8217;s a lot of bells and whistles here (namely electronic) that, down the line, can turn into an economic nightmare. Also, I#8217;ve often wondered about taking a high-end car in terms of servicing at the Volkswagen dealer. I never had the best experience with the Volkswagen dealers when my GTIs were under warranty.

Did Phaeton owners get treated any better? That#8217;s a question for the ages. Since this car is out of warranty, a better question to ask would be if there are any specialist mechanics out there who are familiar with servicing these.

Phaetons with the W12 engine that have between 75,000 and 100,000 miles are ranging roughly between $15,000 to $20,000. Regardless of the running costs, it#8217;s a lot of car for the money. I#8217;ve always admired the Phaeton for the engineering tour de force that it is, from the exquisite trunk hinges to the air vent covers that act as radiators.

Hopefully, as the years pass, a few enthusiasts keep these on the road to remind everyone what Volkswagen is capable of.

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