1996 Vauxhall Omega GLS 2.0 petrol
Excellent value for money in a secondhand luxury car
Idler valve needed replacement at 40,000 miles.
Handbrake requires constant readjustment which lasts only a couple of months.
Rear springs cracked at 50,000 miles.
Front brake disks warped at 60,000 miles.
Ignition leads needed replacement at 66,000 miles.
Glove compartment lock failed at 80,000 miles.
Front compliance bushes need replacement at 95,000 miles.
Rear brake disks require replacement at 95,000 miles.
Paintwork has chipped badly.
Acceleration is modest (2 liter engine and large body) but general performance is very acceptable.
Comfort, road-holding and general handling are very good.
Steering tends to wander especially on cambered roads or if it is windy.
Brakes have a rather long travel which takes a little getting used to. However they are very effective.
Headlights are atrocious, especially on dip which gives nearly no field of view.
Parts and labour (admittedly from a main dealer) are expensive and general level of servicing is poor with minor faults not found or corrected even when pointed out.
Engine noise is much higher than I had expected especially in the lower gears.
I have done quite a few miles in this car and general comfort and reliability have been good, let down by the poor quality of the main Vauxhall dealer service.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th September, 2002