Volkswagen Phaeton Owner's Manual

Volkswagen Phaeton Owner's Manual
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The creator of “people’s” cars, the Volkswagen concern now has a limousine in its arsenal. Relying on marketing forecasts regarding the growth of luxury car sales, Volkswagen releases the Phaeton in the spring of 2002. The name of the new brand is taken from ancient Greek mythology. Phaeton is a proper name, that was the name of the son of the sun god Helios. The final completion of the new VW takes place in Dresden. To attract interest in their new model, the company built the most unusual factory in the world – the Glass Manufactory. Where, if desired, the client can see with his own eyes how his car is assembled. So far, this spectacle is especially popular among tourists. VW especially emphasizes that the Phaeton is a hand-built car.

VW Phaeton 2002

By releasing the executive car, Volkswagen has invaded a new and extremely conservative sector. It is logical to conclude that this strategy is aimed at raising the status of the brand as a whole. Phaeton is a kind of evidence of the achievements of the Volkswagen concern throughout its history.

The car is solid and respectable. Its dimensions are 5055mm long, 1903mm wide and 1450mm high. The appearance is devoid of any frills and design “bells and whistles”. But the originality of the individual components of the Phaeton cannot be denied. So, for example, when the rear lights are turned off, 4 multi-beam stars seem to be burning behind the red glass reflectors. Worthy of praise and direction indicators, located on the lower edge of the side mirrors in the form of transparent strips of LEDs.

Status obliges the creators to provide an impressive list of standard equipment. Let’s start with the salon. Leather and natural wood are used in its decoration. On the center console is a multifunctional 7-inch display that can work as a TV-receiver. It serves the on-board computer, navigation and audio system, cruise control. The instrument panel is original and trimmed with chrome rims. The front seats in the W12 version have 18 adjustments, as well as built-in ventilation and back massage systems. The rear sofa, having sacrificed one seat, was turned into two luxurious armchairs. They are separated by a console with folding armrests. The Easy Access System automatically retracts the seat when the door is opened.

Another useful innovation is diffuse airflow. Outboard air, purified by two anti-dust filters containing activated carbon, is supplied by the main fan. After that, a system of 25 electric actuators distributes the air flow throughout the cabin.

The audio system operates in three modes: studio, surround and concert hall. Cell phones are concealed in the center armrests front and rear for convenience. The basic package also includes a four-zone climate control system and each passenger can set their own microclimate. Parking sensors will help not only in the parking lot, but also in heavy traffic, warning of a dangerous approach.

VW Phaeton 2002

The suspension is worth special attention. On the Phaeton it is pneumatic and has height sensors on each wheel. Electronics automatically changes the position of the body depending on driving conditions and vehicle loading. If desired, the driver can change the height of the body above the road. The suspension has 3 levels: normal (NN), low (TN), when the body is lowered 15 mm below the NN position, and high (HN), when the body is raised 25 mm above the NN position. Interestingly, the choice of levels NN and HN can be set manually – by pressing the buttons on the center console. The TN mode is controlled exclusively by automation: when the speedometer needle reaches 160 km / h, the suspension will automatically press the accelerating car to the road, lowering its center of gravity and thereby reducing aerodynamic resistance.

According to their characteristics, suspensions are divided into 4 categories: basic, comfortable and two sports.

The range of engines consists of a V6 with a volume of 3.2 liters and a power of 241 hp. It can be used in tandem with a 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission. The acceleration time from 0 to 100 km is 8.4 s and the W12 engine has a displacement of 6 liters and a power of 420 hp. Volkswagen engineers paired it with a 4Motion all-wheel drive transmission with a Torsen center differential. Its acceleration time is 6.1 s. Gross vehicle weight with V6 engine is 2600 kg, W12 – 2900 kg. The volume of the fuel tank is 90 l.

A diesel engine V10 TDi biturbo 5 l / 313 hp is planned for production. It will come with a 6-speed Tiptronic adaptive automatic transmission. The peculiarity of this engine is that each turbocharger takes only its own row of cylinders for service. According to experts, the appearance of the new engine will allow the Phaeton to compete on equal terms with the BMW 7-Series, which has a similar eight-cylinder engine in its lineup.

Volkswagen Phaeton

The Volkswagen Phaeton is a luxury full-size sedan produced by Volkswagen. It was first introduced in 2002 and has gained a reputation for its high-end features and engineering excellence.

Specifications

  • Dimensions (Min-Max):
    • Length: Approximately 5180 – 5200 millimeters (mm)
    • Width: Approximately 1900 – 1930 mm
    • Height: Approximately 1450 – 1480 mm
  • Curb Weight: Approximately 2255 – 2450 kilograms (kg)
  • Wheel Size: 17 – 21 inches
  • Model Variations: V6, V8, W12
  • Engine Options:
    • 3.2L V6
    • 4.2L V8
    • 6.0L W12
  • Engine Power:
    • 200 – 335 kilowatts (kW)
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: Approximately 90 liters (L)

What’s New

  • Luxurious interior with premium materials
  • Advanced technology features
  • Smooth and powerful engine options

Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Audi A8
  • Lexus LS

Maintenance

  • Tire Replacement: Typically every 30,000 – 50,000 miles
  • Battery Replacement: Usually every 3-5 years
  • Oil and Filter Change: Recommended every 7,500 – 10,000 miles
  • Common Check Engine Light Causes:
    • Malfunctioning oxygen sensor
    • Loose or damaged gas cap
    • Issues with ignition coils or spark plugs
    • Mass airflow sensor problems
    • Catalytic converter issues

Common Breakdown Causes

  • Transmission problems
  • Electrical system issues
  • Suspension and air suspension failures
  • Brake system problems
  • Cooling system and radiator issues