The Volkswagen Phaeton W12 Was a $120,000 VW Ultra-Luxury Sedan

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    The Volkswagen Phaeton W12 is one of the craziest Volkswagen models ever -- a 12-cylinder Volkswagen luxury sedan with a $100,000 price tag. Today I'm reviewing the Phaeton to show you why the Volkswagen Phaeton is one of the most interesting cars of our time.

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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro

Yes, I am saying "Phaeton" correctly. No, it is not "fay-tin." Yes, it has three syllables. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phaeton Click that link and there's a little voice that will even sound it out for you. You're welcome ;)

Vor 3 years
Soggy Salt
Soggy Salt

You are saying it wrong

Vor 10 Tage
De Maigus
De Maigus

As a German, I was really impressed, I was prepared to hear it pronounced in a really weird way, but you were very close to pronounce it like a German does 👍🏻

Vor 20 Tage
Lestat Lunar
Lestat Lunar

@Mega Jaxx its my pronounciation, so deal with it!

Vor Monat
Mega Jaxx
Mega Jaxx

@Lestat Lunar no it's not...ask a German...there is no y or j in pheton....it's just like feton

Vor Monat
Lestat Lunar
Lestat Lunar

Its fayton

Vor Monat
hydrofarmer15
hydrofarmer15

I Iike how the back seat passenger headrest was just randomly moving lol @4:17

Vor 5 Stunden
1993 Honda Civic
1993 Honda Civic

hehe 420 horsepower

Vor 7 Stunden
Addin
Addin

Only might get this as my first car as some are going around for £2k to £4k

Vor 12 Stunden
YourLocal86
YourLocal86

It just looks like a blown up/inflated Toyota Avalon.

Vor Tag
Smokey Bean
Smokey Bean

My uncle had a Phaeton and I was amazed on how good it was. I thought it was some special VW only offered in China, but the experience inside the car is nothing like an typical VW I find in the states. I really think it's for rich folks that does not want to show off their wealth, yet they want a car that's on par with the Bentley Flying Spur. I don't think any other car can present itself as understated wealth than a Phaeton. But most people in the states don't have that desire to do so. My friend thought I was crazy when I random found one on the and street and yelled, "dude look at that VW phaeton"

Vor 2 Tage
Frank O'Connor
Frank O'Connor

Doug needs to revisit the scores here: Importance - arguably this is a direct throughline to the Bugatti and some of VAG's racing pedigree - as well as general improvements to the whole line up. Cool Factor: It's 9/10 come on.

Vor 2 Tage
Breck the Yeen
Breck the Yeen

The deranged cult literature in the glove box terrified me.

Vor 3 Tage
5th Gen
5th Gen

Doug you seem gay

Vor 3 Tage
CekBack
CekBack

this is the most beautiful thing i've ever seen in my life

Vor 5 Tage
Mexicanus Prime
Mexicanus Prime

God forbid we have to look at climate vents and cupholders

Vor 6 Tage
aida aliten
aida aliten

Tbh it does kinda look like a stretched passat

Vor 6 Tage
lifehackertips
lifehackertips

Shame it's so plain looking

Vor 9 Tage
otto kopp
otto kopp

"Volkswagen" please speak the V as a F Folks-wah-gen. grettings from Germany ✌️😉

Vor 10 Tage
Richard Kleinberger
Richard Kleinberger

It is a beautiful car. Being a VW is also very cool! VW should have priced it similar to Lexus at the time and could have easily taken the market share at the time.

Vor 11 Tage
rav3two
rav3two

thanks

Vor 11 Tage
Dereck tbear64
Dereck tbear64

Any VW is Way better than anything U.S. makes.

Vor 11 Tage
Dead Body
Dead Body

This might be the greatest luxury car ever bruh

Vor 12 Tage
JorgeHunndo
JorgeHunndo

5:26 ehh. my 96 Cadillac Seville had them in the back 🤣

Vor 12 Tage
Mike McKeen
Mike McKeen

Look at the trunk hinges. They aren't stamped steel or bent steel rod. They are brushed aluminum, left in the raw so you can see them. Little aerospace parts like they were lifted from the ailerons of an airliner.

Vor 13 Tage
errol mcinnes
errol mcinnes

they depreciated to worthless this year. You can't even give them away. they require at least 15,000 annually in repairs. Mine gave out at 53,000 miles after over 110 thousand in repairs

Vor 14 Tage
Matthias
Matthias

Gerhard Schröder, chancellor of Germany, changed the car fleet from Audi to VW back then when the Phaeton was released (before, he was Ministerpräsident of Niedersachsen, where Wolfsburg/VW are located)...

Vor 17 Tage
The Soggy Baguette
The Soggy Baguette

If I'm buying a luxury car, I want this level of attention to detail

Vor 20 Tage
De Maigus
De Maigus

Yeah, like every German Sedan, it was designed to drive on the Autobahn, especially Business People travelling and they want to reach their destinations fast but comfortable.

Vor 20 Tage
Bonnie Bishop
Bonnie Bishop

The boundless tomato serologically slip because visitor unprecedentedly knot than a flaky calendar. rude, flowery appliance

Vor 22 Tage
TechSys Engineer
TechSys Engineer

My father had a business trip in London, was picked up in a W12 Phaeton @ the airport. He didnt pay attention to it and the whole trip thought he was in an S Class. He always said, "damn I wish they'd make that car again - I'd love to own one."

Vor 24 Tage
بخب ؤوت
بخب ؤوت

The basically stole the w220

Vor 24 Tage
Gertrude Elisa
Gertrude Elisa

The flawless airplane superficially disarm because accordion commonly object anenst a squealing linen. ordinary, cute decrease

Vor 26 Tage
Jaroslav Mihok
Jaroslav Mihok

i would never pay full money for this car because it is you know VW but for todays price hmmm i love how that car looks from outside and inside honestly

Vor 27 Tage
Ming Ming
Ming Ming

all those power features are a nightmare waiting to happen when your motors and electronic goes bonker. Hope the owner enjoys them before they go broke and then you cant even use your AC .....lol....

Vor 27 Tage
Stephanos Demetriou
Stephanos Demetriou

of course a Mormon would choose a Phaeton over a S-class or 7 series.. or even A8

Vor 28 Tage
Chris Andy
Chris Andy

@15:50 Mercedes always used that system but unfortunately nobody really honored that, so the cut down the costs and have only displays in the car

Vor 29 Tage
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson

16:07 whats more crazy about this IMO is that theres one on EACH SIDE OF THE CAR so you can tell if you're backing in straight.

Vor Monat
RealGaming
RealGaming

Literally my 2017 A3 has individually lockable rear doors

Vor Monat
Zenimi Nassim
Zenimi Nassim

NRA 🤮🤮

Vor Monat
TGWCL
TGWCL

Great seats!

Vor Monat
errol mcinnes
errol mcinnes

one feature i didn't see you mention; if the starter fails due to battery, turn the key the other direction and it switches batteries. Built in jump starting feature. It works in the event either battery dies.

Vor Monat
Ethan Carroll
Ethan Carroll

They did make a suv called the touareg

Vor Monat
Niall Doyle
Niall Doyle

I have one from 2003. Gorgeous car. Goes like a Swiss watch.

Vor Monat
Audi879
Audi879

7:39 B5 and B5.5 passats didnt get navigation in the usa

Vor Monat
ben kolosov
ben kolosov

My 2009 Audi A6 prestige had individual child lock buttons on the door also, loved that feature.

Vor Monat
MadMan's Rants!
MadMan's Rants!

AKA Audi A8L W12

Vor Monat
S Sawa
S Sawa

Base price was 63,000 for the V8 and 83,000 for the V12 not 95k.

Vor Monat
Martin Krautter
Martin Krautter

Book of Mormon?! :-O

Vor Monat
takumi fujiwara
takumi fujiwara

Who would spend 120k for this junk

Vor Monat
Felix Szehan Wang
Felix Szehan Wang

Phaeton did alright in China, they were not uncommon to see back in 2010 when i visited my grandparents in Shanghai. Apparently those low key wealthy Chinese families love Phaeton because everyone else thinks they are driving a Passat.

Vor Monat
Dimitar Gueorguiev
Dimitar Gueorguiev

it was sales disaster as far as I recall

Vor Monat
Kicabran Ticta
Kicabran Ticta

I know he’s reviewing cars, but this guy is just a chatterbox, can you imagine living with him.

Vor Monat
TR Roland
TR Roland

Love it!

Vor Monat
Jtsi
Jtsi

Who else realised that this phaeton belongs to a Mormon 😂

Vor Monat
Graham Clayton
Graham Clayton

Was the Phaeton a really expensive Volkswagen, or a a bargain priced Bentley Continental?

Vor Monat
MarineMartin14
MarineMartin14

4:18 the headrest....

Vor Monat
K Soriano
K Soriano

Review the Audi Al w12 please!

Vor Monat
Walter Garcia
Walter Garcia

Awesome

Vor Monat
Haziret Erdal
Haziret Erdal

This ist the first begin without "THIIIIS" 🥳

Vor Monat
Who's yo Daddy?
Who's yo Daddy?

21:50 wow Doug was so tall back then.

Vor Monat
proileri
proileri

Goverments liked that it looked like a Passat, because it looks like they are not spending too much on transportation.

Vor Monat
Dezxter
Dezxter

HE DIDNT START A VIDEO WITH THIS IS

Vor Monat
Andy Willis
Andy Willis

individual child locks - opel vectra C 2007 2.2GTs or 2.0 Cdti both have it too.

Vor Monat
Mike Devlin
Mike Devlin

It's the perfect incognito luxobuggy!

Vor Monat
Madeline Herrle
Madeline Herrle

I loved ours but yes it cost a fortune to maintain and difficult to find techs trained in working on it.

Vor Monat
John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin

So, would you purchase a $17K Jetta new or this car? What would the cost of ownership be after 5 years?

Vor 2 Monate
Arturo Perez
Arturo Perez

I thing Volkswagen tries to compete agaisnt Bentley Continental Flying Spur with this Phaetom

Vor 2 Monate
Nicholas Sheena
Nicholas Sheena

Who is here after this exact car just got listed on carsandbids

Vor 2 Monate
TheShredder4018
TheShredder4018

Man if this car gets a 6/10 my s14’s gonna get a 0

Vor 2 Monate
MIGs Yesterchips
MIGs Yesterchips

There was a lot of testosterone in VW thinking back in these days. Just like Airbus with their A380 ;)

Vor 2 Monate
José Armando Guerrero Chairez
José Armando Guerrero Chairez

The car of the People.

Vor 2 Monate
Arham Jamal
Arham Jamal

German overengineering ...

Vor 2 Monate
Korn1holio
Korn1holio

Volkswagen makes/used to make luxury cars? Wow. Live and learn I guess.

Vor 2 Monate
Terence Apted
Terence Apted

Still made in Europe.

Vor 2 Monate
Tofu
Tofu

Only 8700?! What a steal

Vor 2 Monate
siddharth manoj
siddharth manoj

You will never know it was there unless you know. hmmm

Vor 2 Monate
Devil Slayer The Saint Of Killers !
Devil Slayer The Saint Of Killers !

The coronado t shirt that he is wearing would fit perfectly with today's pandemic.

Vor 2 Monate
chickenTNT
chickenTNT

This is my dream car

Vor 2 Monate
Bender Bending Rodriguez
Bender Bending Rodriguez

I feel like this car was what Apple is doing with their wheels and monitor stand. It wasn't meant to sell. It's meant to grab attention

Vor 2 Monate
Juan Pablo Abondano Santos
Juan Pablo Abondano Santos

the book of mormon comes included

Vor 2 Monate
ShikataGaNai100
ShikataGaNai100

"Book of Mormon" in the glove box?

Vor 2 Monate
ShikataGaNai100
ShikataGaNai100

I have a friend who I helped score the V8 version of this from a university president, in perfect condition, for $4K. And, he never thanked me for it...thank you so much, Scott Henderson of Vermillion, SD. Dick!

Vor 2 Monate
Γιώργος Φωτο
Γιώργος Φωτο

Great car.

Vor 2 Monate
gti205er
gti205er

The car is so fragile and expensive to maintain that nobody in Europe buys it anymore..

Vor 2 Monate
Commander Walnut
Commander Walnut

Did anyone else notice how it says " national rifle association" on the license plate?

Vor 2 Monate
Commander Walnut
Commander Walnut

@ShikataGaNai100 who keeps a Bible in their car ? Or any religious book? I noticed how my dad does it but I've never understood why, are you suddenly gonna need to perform an exorsim on your way to work ?

Vor 2 Monate
ShikataGaNai100
ShikataGaNai100

...or that there was a "Book of Mormon" in the glove box?

Vor 2 Monate
Victory Mansions
Victory Mansions

Pause the video and then press this > 2:42

Vor 2 Monate
Chroma
Chroma

The trunk part is a little too extra

Vor 2 Monate
Gianluca Daniele Di Maggio
Gianluca Daniele Di Maggio

Ah, the good old Pedothon. Or Phaetophile? I remember it, there was a wanted pedophile in our town driving around in that car and i saw him as a kid at a stop light. I never forgot about that one car model.

Vor 2 Monate
Austin Powers
Austin Powers

I am still waiting for Tyler Hoover to get one

Vor 2 Monate
Connor Gregory
Connor Gregory

4:17 anyone else see the head rest retract

Vor 2 Monate
Nanok
Nanok

Mercedes Metris has those parking sensors

Vor 2 Monate
Ryan Checo
Ryan Checo

8/10 for comfort??? It has massaging rear seats Doug!!!

Vor 2 Monate
Kaden _772
Kaden _772

2004’s luxury car... from the wrong brand lol

Vor 2 Monate
Kai
Kai

My Mk6 GTI trunk badge is sort of similar. If the car is unlocked it'll swivel upward, and becomes a handle that unlatches the trunk. Pretty sweet touch.

Vor 2 Monate
Az Iz
Az Iz

😍😍😍👍

Vor 2 Monate
Erium
Erium

Of course its owned by a mormon.

Vor 2 Monate
C A
C A

It appears there is some kind of secret cult manuscript inside the glovebox!!!!

Vor 2 Monate
Michael Wiebe
Michael Wiebe

The German chancellor used to be driven in a Phaeton... I'm German, but this car never made a break-through, not even compared to Audi's A8, it's family cousin. This car was a year-long dream of former VW strongman Ferdinand Piech... However, people never connect VW to S-class competition! A very luxurious and nice car, but nowadays, I wouldn't want to pay for the running costs!

Vor 2 Monate
dean walsh
dean walsh

120 grand is to much

Vor 2 Monate
dean walsh
dean walsh

I like it I'm window-shopping for these cars of pheaton vw...

Vor 2 Monate
I. D.
I. D.

Das beste Auto 👍

Vor 2 Monate
I. D.
I. D.

3081 Prozent HirnLose Menschen

Vor 2 Monate
Michael David
Michael David

Balance is what separates serious cars from pretenders, and this car was poorly balanced.

Vor 2 Monate
William Rivera
William Rivera

Honda civic or Toyota Corolla..car is car honda HRC1998...2000...never stop in the kaoz 😇🤧😷😇🤡🌺.... Ups is james bond car wow 😲 true story... jjjjjjjjjjjj 🤣🤣🤣😂🤣🤣 LoL

Vor 2 Monate

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