2004 Volkswagen Phaeton 3.2 V6


  • Well kept high specification V6 
  • Low mileage with FSH 
  • Huge history file of fastidious maintenance
  • Long MOT to April 2025 with no advisories 
  • Private vehicle-appropriate plate included 
  • ULEZ compliant

The Appeal

The Phaeton was a very bold idea: Volkswagen would build a car to be the equal of arch-rival of Mercedes-Benz. 
Arguably, it did considerably better than that. The Phaeton’s architecture underpinned the contemporary Bentley Flying Spur, which was built alongside the Volkswagen in the same factory. 
Buyers weren’t quite ready for a high end Volkswagen limousine so sales were slow. But contemporary reviewers and canny buyers know that these are exemplary cars. 
Of the wide range of engines available, the 3.2 litre ‘VR6’ 238bhp fitted to this 2004 car is a canny choice. It is relatively simple and delivers decent economy with sufficient power. 
This car is a very low mileage, clearly well maintained example in sober and understated black. Inside and out there are few signs that this is a 20 year old executive express. The qualities that bested the best remain compelling now, giving the buyer a beautifully engineered, high quality limousine that will wow passengers. 

Ultra rare machine, these were born in the diesel era as this is ordered from factory in a petrol version. Having scurried the market it appears this is the only petrol phaeton around making it a certain collectible and with such low miles not much needs to be said regarding the rarity.
With its full service history, extensive maintenance file and long, advisory-free MOT, this is a fine example of one of Germany’s best executive cars. 

History and Paperwork

  • First registered 13th May 2004 
  • Six registered keepers 
  • Handwritten records of the keepers are contained in the photographs
  • Other handwritten notes recording MOTs and servicing 
  • 14 services recorded with additional oil and filter changes shown in notes
  • Oil and filter change most recently at 50,769 miles in September 2022
  • Factory handbook and wallet in very good condition 
  • Extensive maintenance file shown in photographs showing regular work 
  • The car appears to have wanted for nothing with any minor issue quickly rectified
  • Gearbox fluids flushed and replaced in August 2022
  • Old MOTs to support mileage with additional handwritten notes 
  • MOT to 29th April 2025 with no advisories and 53,804 miles showing on test 
  • Private plate L30VWP included in sale 
  • Invoices totalling over £11,700 of maintenance with detailed bills
  • Serviced at main dealers or main agents according to seller 

Service history:

  • 27.04.06: 16,562 Cameron’s VW Perth 
  • 20.04.06: 26,268 VW Wallsend 
  • 31.03.07: 29,152 VW Lookers Tyneside 
  • 24.03.09: 32,287 VW Lookers Tyneside 
  • 21.07.10: 33,419 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 10.08.11: 34,594 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 10.05.12: 35,057 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 07.05.13: 35,559 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 01.05.14: 35,970 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 28.04.15: 36,366 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 04.05.16: 36,782 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 02.05.17: 37,132 VASSTech Northallerton 
  • 02.05.18: 37,542 VASSTech Northallerton

Service history 2018:

  • Invoices present for this work 
  • Oil, filter and other consumables changes at the below intervals 
  • 39,000 miles 42,000 miles, 46,000 miles and 49,000 miles 
  • Spark plug change and coil pack change at 40,000 miles  

Service history from February 2021: 

From August to September 2022 the following issues were attended to or replaced between 50,609 miles and 50,769 miles at cost of £2,370.73: 
  • Misfire
  • Parking sensors
  • Temperature sensor
  • Electric fan module
  • Window regulator
  • New automatic gearbox transmission oil and filter
  • Rear brake pads 
  • All four wheels were renovated.  

The vendor has provided the following information: 

  • ULEZ compliant ultra rare machine these were born in the diesel era a this is ordered from factory in a petrol version. 
  • It appears this is the only petrol Phaeton around making it a certain collectible and with such low miles not much needs to be said regarding the rarity. 
  • Four brand new tyres 
  • Alloy wheels in excellent condition with zero kerbing 
  • This machine has needed a wanted to nothing
  • Extremely collectible as I could not find another for sale on the market
  • If you’re looking for a rare pedigree the search is over

The Condition

  • Understated and popular black metallic paintwork in very good order
  • Some minor marks to paint to be expected including small blemish on bonnet 
  • Bodywork is very straight and tidy with no visible or reported accident damage 
  • Underside presents well with no structural advisories on current MOT
  • Alloy wheels in excellent condition with zero kerbage
  • Four brand new tyres fitted all round showing good tread and condition 
  • Exterior fittings including lights in good order with clear lenses 
  • Cream leather interior in very good order with barely any signs of wear
  • Dark walnut veneers well kept with few signs of age
  • High limousine specification includes glass electric sunroof, rear blinds and premium stereo 
  • Front electric seat with memory function 

The Mechanics

  • 3,189cc Volkswagen V6 developing 238bhp 
  • 5spd automatic gearbox with sequential shift options 
  • Extensive history file with regular and careful maintenance
  • Full service history with recent oil and filter change 
  • Gearbox fluid replaced in 2022 
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on current MOT 
  • No reported running or driving issues 

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This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is Where Is’ basis and without warranty. Photos and descriptions are solely for guidance purposes and it's customary to carry out a full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase for your own peace of mind. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 2004
  • Make Volkswagen
  • Model Phaeton
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 53,994 Miles
  • Engine size 3198
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Barking
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
18 bids
  • Dk•••• £4,600 14/06/24
  • Mi•••• £4,500 14/06/24
  • Gi•••• £4,400 14/06/24
  • Gi•••• £4,300 14/06/24
  • Mi•••• £4,200 14/06/24
  • Mi•••• £4,100 14/06/24
  • Gi•••• £4,000 14/06/24
  • Jo•••• £3,750 13/06/24
  • Gl•••• £3,500 12/06/24
  • th•••• £3,000 12/06/24
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