Used Car of the Day: 2005 Volkswagen Phaeton V8 AWD

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 2005 volkswagen phaeton v8 awd

Continuing the Volkswagen trend, we have a 17-year-old VW luxury sedan on today's docket.

For $7,500, this 195K-mile Phaeton could be yours. The seller claims this all-wheel-drive sedan has been well-cared for and he's only selling because he bought an EV. He or she also mentions that a lot of the miles are highway miles put on driving back and forth from San Francisco to LA.

Under eight grand for a well-maintained Phaeton that's loaded with luxury features? We're thinking of hopping on a plane to Cali. This is the opposite of yesterday's project car.

[Image: Seller]

Become a TTAC insider. Get the latest news, features, TTAC takes, and everything else that gets to the truth about cars first by  subscribing to our newsletter.

Join the conversation
8 of 35 comments
  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Nov 02, 2022

    This car probably has three times the number of moving and electronic parts as your average Camry. And at this age and mileage every single one is a candidate to fail at any time. And even when they don't, you have a car that is not better than a Lexus LS 460 unless you are Piëch trying to shuttle between VW factories on the autobahn. Give us something worthwhile, Tim.

    • See 1 previous
    • FreedMike FreedMike on Nov 02, 2022

      I can see the proud new owner of the $7500 Phaeton showing up at the VW dealership when the motorized AC vent covers die... "Well, sir, it'll take four months to get the parts from Germany, and the whole dash will have to be disassembled, so...$800 in parts plus $3,000 in labor should do it."

  • Nope .... nope nope nope ... aw heck nope. This is the one thing worse that my now ex-ford-toreass

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 02, 2022

      @FreedMIke--You would be lucky to even be able to order parts for this it is such a rare and low production model and being 17 years old your only option might be an online nationwide search of junkyards. Not the best car to keep as a hooptie. At least an old Chevy or Ford you can still find parts and most mechanical parts for them can be found at your local O'Reilly's.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Nov 03, 2022

    This is so appealing to me. (It's a trap.)

    Note that this vehicle's owner now drives an EV.

    • Jeff S Jeff S on Nov 03, 2022

      He probably will save enough money in potential repairs to pay for the EV.

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Nov 07, 2022

    Does the Phaeton V8 have the timing chains on the back of the engine like other VAG V8s?

    I pity the fool that buys this thing.