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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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21 reader reviews for Volkswagen Phaeton Saloon.
  • 3.2 V6 4dr

    ROBERT TURNER , ESSEX . Date: 26/07/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is a smooth, fast, relaxing cruiser - not a racer. There have been no problems, just a fantastic driving experience - I still smile when I get in it.

    I bought it second hand at a fraction of the new price. This car stands head and shoulders above all other competitors. Certainly, it comes at a cost - it is not very economical and I hear it is not cheap to maintain. However, I have yet to have a problem or a service but whatever it is, it's worth it.

    Having looked at an Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Mercedes S-Class and Jaguar XJ before buying, I believe I have a better car for a lot less money. Snobs can keep the badges - I know they have made a mistake, it's their loss and my gain. Buy now while you can.

    I will change to 5.0-litre diesel or 6.0-litre petrol when the time comes. Please, before you buy the competition, swallow your pride and check it out. At this moment, I can't find any fault other than you cant race it. It's the best £19,000 I've spent.

  • 3.0 V6 TDI 222 4Motion 4dr

    christoph lees Date: 14/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is fantastic. It is understated but still gets attention, drives superbly for such a massive weight and regularly returns 36mpg on long runs.

    The interior is fully specified even on a standard car and is at least on a par with Mercedes; even better as second hand values have stabilized and I bought the car last year with a huge discount. It is worth now only a little less than its original new cost. Just one downside: the weight and four-wheel drive lead to a formidable appetite for tyres, which are not budget priced.

    Having read some of the more negative reviewers' comments, I suspect they are aggrieved competitor franchisees who hate to see a VW wipe the floor with the somewhat naff 7 Series offering from BMW and overpriced twin Audi A8!

  • 3.2 V6 4dr

    peter key Date: 25/04/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My Phaeton is a second-hand example (2003 model). It seemed more sensible to buy a second-hand one than a brand new one. It only had 10,000 miles on the clock and came with VW's full one-year warranty.

    After driving it for about 20 miles, the yellow exaust warning light came on. I took it back to the dealer and they dealt with the problem. Then after about two days the yellow light came back on again, and this time they couldn't figure out the why, so they told me to drive the car while they consult with VW's headquarters.

    The car drove well (quiet, refined and comfortable), although you do feel the car's enormous weight. It comes with long list of options as standard which I liked. Anyway, after about a month the torque converter broke down. The dealer took the car from me straight away and gave me a Touarag as a courtesy car, and I haven't had my car back for 3 weeks!

    What is my final verdict on Phaeton? I wouldn't recommend it. Buy it only if you could live with its faults and break-downs (I have a whole list of other dodgy things that went on with the car). If you really do want one, then try to buy the latest one which probably has less faults and glitches.

  • 5.0 V10 TDI 4Motion LWB 4dr

    sotiris vassiliou Date: 25/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Hello again,

    I'm relaying news on my brother-in-laws 5.0 TDI. It lost power and drove like a 1.0 Fiesta one day. VW promptly identified a turbo problem. Three weeks in a courtesy Touraeg and a bill of over £3000 (warranty covered) leads to a conundrum. Keep the VW and risk having to spend more dosh when the warranty runs out or extend the warranty?

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