Ever since I bought my 2005 Phaeton last year, I have been keeping track of the Phaeton used car market. My reactions have alternated between patting myself on the back for getting a great deal to questioning whether I paid too much solely because it had 3X,XXX miles on it. Â Well, after months of trawling Craigslist, eBay, etc., this
purpleÂ burgundy 2005 V8 4-seater may be the most unique.
The car is for sale at the Buggy Bank* in Berkeley. Â The biggest argument against buying this car is that it is very close to the psychologically prohibitive (at least for prospective Phaeton owners) mark of 100,000 miles. Â But, there are plenty of arguments for picking it up.
First, this is the 2005 model. Â This has soft-close doors and trunk lid. Â The 2004 doesn’t. Â The rims are much fancier and better looking on the 2005s than the duller ones on the 2004s. Â Minor glitches from the 2004 have been identified and corrected. Â But most importantly, the air suspension system will cost just $2,500 to repair (assuming it’s bad at only one corner) for the 2005 model versus $10,000 for the 2004.
Second, this is the 4-seater model. Â This is about as luxurious as you can get with a Phaeton, and the base Phaeton ain’t too shabby either. Â I have never seen this exterior color on the big VW before and it looks positively regal in conjunction with the leather and wood trim. Â
Third, it comes with an extended warranty/service contract. Â And you’ll definitely want that if this ever happens to your Phaeton.
If this car comes with a clean bill of health from a PPI and the car has been religiously maintained, this may be a great deal. Â Plus, you can always negotiate.
Check out the Phaeton ad here.
* Buggy Bank is a not-quite-a-consignment business in Berkeley, California. Â You pay the place a fee, leave your car there, and set an asking price. Â The people there advertise it and let people test drive it and take it to the mechanic. Â When the prospective buyer is ready to make an offer, Buggy Bank gives them the owner’s contact information. Â A deal is negotiated, the parties then meet at the Buggy Bank, sign the documents, and exchange the money and keys. Â As an example, I paid Buggy Bank $410 to sell my Acura TSX and it sold for a fair price (for both the buyer and the seller) quickly and without hassle.
Disclaimer: Neither I nor Hooniverse have been paid, whether monetarily or in services, by Buggy Bank or the current owner of this Phaeton to post this. Â
Image source: Buggy Bank