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Volkswagen Phaeton, Sedan
#1470 of 1691 Pick Up Phaeton Tomorrow
Jul 15, 2005 (10:19 am)
VW guild was correct. When choosing a Phaeton you get the benefit of $4500 mfg. subsidy (purchase) or an agressive rate (lease). You don't get both. My dealer admitted the error and made the following accommodation: I pay the taxes up front (netted out from the turn in of the A6). I have 48 months/ 18,000 miles a year at $775/ month. This is for the 05 Cairo Gray with a $78,040 sticker. For comparison, my quote, admittedly without haggling, on a 2006 A8 SWB and a $77,900 sticker was 48 months, 15,000 miles and $1365 a month.That's like $27,000 more over the lease term for the same MSRP. Not much of a decision.
#1471 of 1691 Re: Pick Up Phaeton Tomorrow [pji44]
Jul 15, 2005 (5:02 pm)
This is a no brainer. The Phaeton, I am certain will be a wonderful automobile and made all the better by the $27,000 savings.
You will love the 4.2 engine.
I love my new Audi A6 3.2 -- your deal, I think, even beats the deal I got.
#1472 of 1691 First Impressions
Jul 18, 2005 (9:55 am)
One weekend behind the wheel. Drives like a vault. Similar in character to my 2002 A8L but steering is a bit lighter. Outstanding fit and finish.
Inerior lighting at night
level of detailed data available
drawbacks- Phone prep for a phone that's not available in the US.
Love the lines and color--Cairo Gray.
#1473 of 1691 Re: First Impressions [pji44]
Jul 18, 2005 (1:53 pm)
Congratulations!!! And Welcome to the PHAETON Family...Enjoy & Carpe Diem!!!
#1474 of 1691 Phone Question
Jul 19, 2005 (1:54 pm)
VW Guild..thanks. I really love the car based on my first 4 days of ownership. I called the Phaeton Customer Care line (877)742-3866 and asked about the phone set up. They were very helpful and said the car with this option was built for 3 NOKIA phones, models 6360, 6340i and 6310i. All are discontinued. The customer rep told me they are actively and currently looking for a replacement option for those of us with this issue. The intent is hands free operation and display through the infotainment center. She said bluetooth technology would be available on the 06, but she was unsure about a retrofit to a 2005 model.
We'll see if and when I get return. I know that were discussions about the phone months ago. She also said that Cairo Gray was an extremely rare color. I guess that make a rare sight even rarer.
#1475 of 1691 Re: Phone Question [pji44]
Jul 21, 2005 (11:13 am)
I would NOT count on retrofit for Bluetooth -- but I have been wrong before.
#1476 of 1691 1000 Mile Report
Aug 01, 2005 (1:42 pm)
No surprises. Solid feel, balanced ride, anticipated poor MPG. I drive fairly aggressively and the car has responded. It doesn't have snapping acceleration but rather constantly building speed. I find the steering good yet the brake feel could be a little more resistant.
Haven't had the time to figure out how to use everything yet. Everyone who's been in it loves it--especially at night. Called Phaeton Customer care about the phone package (on 7/22). They said they were aware of the lack of an integrated phone solution and would get back to me within a week. Received a call back on 7/29 indicating a probable solution this week. They said they would call again.
I have no regrets with this selection. It is beautifully crafted, engineered beyond belief and if it remains reliable will easily be the best vehicle I have ever had.
#1477 of 1691 Re: 1000 Mile Report [pji44]
Aug 04, 2005 (7:34 pm)
I'm at 3,000 on one I bought with 10,000 mi used. I'm tickled every time I drive - especially when it's clean.
What's not to like?
(Stock photo - mine is Kristall Grey.)
#1478 of 1691 phaeton on the no go ...discontinued ?
Aug 13, 2005 (1:32 pm)
well, i posted 18 months ago or more that phaeton would be replaced , by another car in the vw stable , in the new dresden factory.
i just read that
there are no plans to continue with phaeton production and that bentley will be replacing it in dresden.
i would have tried to change the character of the phaeton ,make it more of a drivers car and less of a cruiser , but i guess at over $ 160.0 per car for the bentley they may make more money here . but economy of scale may offset this ?
they were not getting economy of scale in the phaeton either . but ,i think that if they had made it more of a drivers car,get rid of some weight and many of the computer stuff ,in essence ,make it into a vw and not a hi priced technological fantasy , and a better driver , it could have had a better future.
now that bmw and mb are going the full computer way , a decent straightforward car with accurate input / reaction ,i.e. no computer stuff, at a good price ,could have a chance against them. and the phaeton could have been such a car.
the only drawback is their dealer network in the usa . and vw mgt. may have seen this in their crystal ball
Aug 15, 2005 (12:34 pm)
Hi all, I am new owner and new to the forum. I found a 2004 Phaeton V8 that I bought this weekend through a wholesaler that they got directly from VW corporate. It had 61 miles on it and was never titled. It still had all of the plastic protective wrap on the inside and outside of the car. It stickered at $75K - I bought it for $52K. I saw the toll free Phaeton number in the postings and made an appointment at the nearest dealer for this weekend to have an oil change done (figured it won't hurt since it's been sitting around).
The only thing missing were the navigation disks so I just ordered them from NavTeq (rec'd info from the toll free Phaeton line) for $200. VW said that there were 1-2 iterations from the first set anyway so now I will have these.
The VW person I talked to on the phone was able to schedule my appointment for me right over the phone which was welcome since I had tried to call the dealer directly twice but sat on hold for 5 minutes each time before I hung up.
I hope to pick up some good info on this forum. Are there any MAJOR service bulletins I need to know about for the '04s?