The Everyday Driver team is experiencing a nightmare many of us are curious about, but not brave enough to try, owning a used VW Phaeton and Maserati Quattroporte. Vehicles were technological marvels in their day, but today they are some of the least reliable vehicles money can buy. To see what it’s really like to own these unique vehicles, Tod and Paul have a series of videos cataloging their experiences, and today they have a good one. Top speed circulates in old luxury sedans on Bonneville’s Salt Flats.
In its early days, the VW Phaeton was poised to elevate the VW brand by borrowing luxury trim and expertise from Audi and Bentley to build a world-class luxury sedan. To elevate the Phaeton, VW added all the features it could possibly get, making it an extremely complex car to maintain.
The Phaeton was championed by VW Group chairman Ferdinand Piech, who gave his engineers ten parameters to develop the Phaeton. Many of these settings are not common knowledge, but one example is that the Phaeton must be able to drive for 24 hours at 300 km / h with an outside temperature of 122 ° F (50 ° C) while still having a cooled cabin. . at 72 ° F (22 ° C). Today, a used Phaeton is a steal for the original purchase price, but will do its best to slowly bankrupt its owners.
Then we have the Maserati Quattroporte, which was one of the sportiest sports sedans ever made. Powered by a naturally aspirated Ferrari V8, the Quattroporte was the Ferrari sedan of your dreams. To enhance the luxury of the Quattroporte, Maserati has done its best to add a host of electronic features, i.e. Tod’s case no longer works and hampers the experience of ownership.
Regardless of the reliability issues, both of these sedans have impressive performance that we can finally see on display at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Of course, these cars have issues, but they performed very well after several races at top speed, so they are not that unreliable.