1996 Opel Omega Review

1996 Opel Omega MV6 2.5 ltr petrol V6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.5 ltr petrol V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance260000 kilometres


Expensive to own, but a car I loved and miss!


Interior beginning to deteriorate.

Rust beginning to show.

Front bumper started falling off.

Rear brake lights on the spoiler falling off.

Rear bushes collapsed.

Full exhaust replacement.

Full manifold replacement.

LCD screen playing up (bad pixels).

Ignition switch mechanism broken TWICE!!!

Parts in New Zealand are very expensive.

General Comments:

Great open road car, 1 tank gets you from Christchurch to Hamilton - Heavy on the gas around town.

Very nice interior, feels somewhat "flash"

Handles open road fantastically.

Good pickup.

Good safety features.

Excellent factory sound system (for a change!)

Would I buy another Omega? Definitely if at a good price, and I knew I wouldn't have the same problems!

Would I recommend to others? No - Unless you have good mechanical skills, time, patience, and money! The engine bay is packed with engine - not much room to move!! Also the engine sits slightly further back than you can get access to. The rear spark plugs are somewhat difficult to get to!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 30th May, 2009

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review