1997 Opel Omega MV6 3.0 V6 24v from Lithuania


Good when working


I bought the car in mint condition. Previous owner was very careful and had the car running perfectly. The only thing that didn't work was the heated seats. All the things I had to change or fix during those 46 000km:

Front brake pads replaced.

Front forks rear bushings replaced.

Front stabilizer "something" replaced.

Front stabilizer inner bushings replaced.

Steering lateral "something" replaced.

Front pendulum bushing replaced.

Rear differential rubber mountings replaced.

Steering mechanism tip (near the wheel) replaced.

Stabilizers inner rubber mountings replaced.

Main steering bar or "something" replaced.

A/C valve leaking - replaced.

Rear spring broke - both replaced.

Spark plugs replaced.

Cooling system rubber pipe leaking badly - replaced.

Spark plug wires replaced (don't know what's the true word in English).

Ignition coils started showing signs of deterioration.

By the way - I had LPG installed.

One of the exhaust system muffler deteriorated from the inside and clogged up the pipe - fixed.

The plastic covers in wheel arches (again don't know the word) attached very weakly - during heavy snow loosens from their mountings.

The indicator stalk just broke - from the inside - the indicators won't turn on. And also the cruise control went dead along with it. When replacing the stalk, I've found out that it had been replaced some time earlier in the car's life.

The interior heaters vacuum valve started leaking coolant badly - replaced.

Finally the rear differential broke - blocked to be precise. Now the rear wheels are always spinning together at the same speed.

Also the front passengers seat grip handle (at the ceiling) just broke off, when my friend took a grab on it.. Some other few interior plastic bits broke of during normal operation..

Some parts of the dash don't light up anymore.

At the moment there's some gurgling from the front chassis again...

General Comments:

When working the car has some plus sides. It's roomy - bigger that the E-class or the 5 series, but a bit smaller that the S-class and the 7-series. However the rear passengers feel comfortable at all times. The car is extremely good at longer journeys, struggles in narrow city streets though.

The level of luxury in MV6 is really decent - there's everything you could ask in a 1997 midrange executive saloon. The interior feels a bit cheap, but that's OK - the Opel/Vauxhall are not priced as the BMW or Merc.

The gearbox works quite wheel, long ratios give better fuel economy and more relaxed ride. The engine is powerful enough for a confident ride but just that. The 3.0 produces 211 bhp and is the most powerful in the range, but it's not the racer. Forget about drags, drifts or some other crazy stuff. It's a heavy car with rather soft ride and the engine isn't tuned to rev. Saying the truth, it is quite an unresponsive unit - feels more like an underpowered lazy V8. Good for cruising, good for safe passing, but really not sharp.

Rust is what you have you watch out for. And when it starts, you're in a marathon battle - it will keep appearing till the end.. Yours or the cars..

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

Review Date: 25th January, 2011

1997 Opel Omega MV6 3.0 Litre V6 from United Arab Emirates


Totally unreliable


Time belt was changed by the dealer at 25000 Km (because of age mainly). Surprisingly the new time belt had disintegrated at 40,000 Km causing severe engine damage that was not covered by the dealer.

Motor of the electric rear blind burned out at 50,000 Km.

Driver's power seat stopped functioning at around 55,000 Km.

At 70,000 Km the engine needed a costly tune up that was available at the dealer's shop at high cost.

Sun/moon roof never functioned properly. Kept having endless uncontrolled opening and closing of the roof.

CD changer never worked.

After simple battery change, I had to take it to the dealer for "computer reset"!!

At 80,000 I deceided to get rid of the car at any cost.

General Comments:

Nice car, but an owner should expect heavy bills.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th December, 2005

6th Sep 2009, 21:18

For some autos, you have to replace the battery while the car is running. The problem is not all people know that and you must have replaced yours the wrong way.

If the battery was disconnected, the car may need a computer reset.

1997 Opel Omega CD 2.5 TD (BMW engine) from Slovakia


Comfortable ride, if you can see the road and if the electricity supply works


Always some problems with electricity.

I have bought it at 160000km, after some 15000 I had to replace the starter, after 2000 I had to replace it again as the contact in switch box were broken. After another 15000km I had to replace the alternator. Now again problems as the cables between starter and alternator are melting other cables.

Also turbo has to be replaced. The valve from side of exhaust pipe remained fully opened and caused higher fuel consumption. As the turbo was damaged, also oil was leaking and being consumed with huge clouds from exhaust pipe.

Last, but not least the front lights are made of some strange plastic material, which is getting yellow and dirty after some years of using the lights. Also will be replaced now.

General Comments:

Very comfortable... really. I like this 1994-1999 model of Omega B, because of its ball-shaped exterior and interior design. I like it much more than newer ones.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th June, 2005

12th Jan 2006, 18:19

All plastic headlight lenses turn brown or yellow with age. This is especially true if you live in a hot climate. The cheap/easy fix is to have a painter rub and clear coat the lenses restoring them to an almost new condition. This is cheaper than replacement. I should also point out that the replacement lenses will also change colour. They will do so faster if you have replaced them with used lenses.