1980 Oldsmobile Omega 6 cdyl gas from North America
Brakes failed early on.
Radiator replaced twice before 30000 miles.
Alternator belt replaced every 5000 miles.
Doors rusted off hinges within 3 years.
Transmission failed shortly beyond warranty.
Paint flaking off upper trunk and hood.
Car would sometimes just stop and become difficult or impossible to start resulting in towing.
Air conditioner failed to work in third year.
This was the car that finally turned me off GM after purchasing 4 new GM products previously.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th April, 2007
30th Apr 2007, 13:44
"This was the car that finally turned me off GM after purchasing 4 new GM products previously."
- No surprise. This was one of the worst pieces of junk ever made by GM.
1st May 2007, 16:15
This was an "X" car, like the Chevrolet Citation. The 1980 "X" bodies were the most recalled cars of their time. They had 10 or 11 just that year alone and I believe hold the record. Initially the automotive press loved it-a compact front-wheel-drive, in that day and age. But these kinds of problems obviously overshadowed that later on.
3rd May 2007, 12:58
You sure don't see many of the Omega's around or any of the early 1980s X-body cars around, I know that the 1980 X-cars (Chevrolet Citation, Pontiac Phoenix, Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Omega) went through a long list of recalls.
I thought that the Omega was the classiest looking of the front wheel drive X-cars.
22nd Nov 2010, 22:31
I owned a 198 Oldsmobile Omega. Bought new. Previously new GM cars I purchased included 1966 Chev Impala, 1968 Olds Cutlass S, 1971 Chev Impala, 1973 Chev Impala, 1976 Corvette Ray, 1980 Olds Omega...
It was the Omega that turned me off GM cars. I never purchased another one. The rad has gone, tranny gone, paint peeling, door hinges rusted off all within 3 years. Dealer offered no help. GM just produced crap and it caught up with them.