VW Phaeton... Thoughts?

I remember reading something saying the Head of VE told his techy blokes to make the best car they could, hugely specced etc and I'm also aware their price has fallen like a stone.

Part of me is quite tempted to get one; anyone have one?

Some mixed reviews out there... 3 litre TDI most likely...
 

Glad_its_all_over

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I had a 2005 Phaeton 3.0 Td V6, bought it in 2011 with 130,000 miles up for peanuts - around five grand - and ran it for five years. Lovely car, smooth, powerful and decent-handling, plus it's a 4x4 and very, very nice inside, That's all the upsides.

The downside is that the onboard electronics are fearsomely complex and require the services of a NASA-trained CERN physicist to keep healthy and, once the toys start failing, there's little or nothing anyone but a VAG main agent can do and their prices for high-end service work make Rolls Royce specialists look like backstreet repairmen.

There is some spares commonality with other VAG motors, but it's concealed by different part numbers for identical components.

In the end, the electrical gremlins on the multiple circuits (and *two* batteries) got too annoying and I reluctantly scrapped it, reasoning that it owed me nothing, at £1000 or so a year for around 20-25,000 miles per year at an average 40 or so mpg.
 
My father in law had one; the 3ltr diesel and thought it excellent. he mainly used it for long motor way cruises around Europe. He has replaced it since with the Volvo S90 to similar spec. VW upset him when the clutch broke in France and no spares were available for a week. I drove it a couple of times and found it very comfy.
 
People will think that you're driving a Passat.

Get an Audi A8 instead, then they'll just think you're driving an A4
 

Glad_its_all_over

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People will think that you're driving a Passat.
It actually helps a lot that the thing passes for a Passat at a casual glance, there's a lot less of the cockrocket prejudice you see directed at things like high-end Audis, Benzes and Beemers.
 
Manys the time I,ve been tempted to buy a phaeton.an awful lot of car for little money.
 
I like VW and would have bought a new Touareg if they were still importing them to the US. My old Touareg was 11 years old when I got shot of it just before xmas. I got one year old Merc GLE350 and to be honest I miss my old Touareg.
 

Truxx

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If you must have one have a V10. Just well, because. I was that close to a V10 tuareg but inexplicably settled for a horrible X5 instead.

But next time....

Or a Cayenne.....
 

Ravers

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Shares a lot of bits with the Bentley Continental GT and Flying Spur.

Not a bad thing.
 
Just a bit of an itch...
It's a helluva lot of car for peanuts...
Fair one, but do you want the attention it might bring and also possible probs with getting parts etc? If not a worry the go for it. Enjoy life.
 
Some good points here notably the philosophic ones...

JFDI is a good motto...
 
If you must have one have a V10. Just well, because. I was that close to a V10 tuareg but inexplicably settled for a horrible X5 instead.

But next time....

Or a Cayenne.....
Is the X5 really that bad?

I had only discounted one through lack of patience with local dealership arranging text drive.

YM
 
If you must have one have a V10. Just well, because. I was that close to a V10 tuareg but inexplicably settled for a horrible X5 instead.

But next time....

Or a Cayenne.....
V10 Cayenne, really? Mine's a V6 and a brilliant car.
 
In which case you have answered your own question.

You could get hit by a bus tomorrow.
Now I know my Dead Pool 2020 prediction

Bravo_Bravo on a bus in a tunnel
 

Gout Man

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There a bit old now aren’t they? Cheap for a reason. I’ve just had a look on Autotrader and there isn’t much choice, I’d stick to your Audi if I were you.
 

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