1995 Vauxhall Omega CDX 2.5 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland
A poor quality car
A lot of thrashing from the "Top End" of the Engine. - No oil circulating around cams. Removed sump and drained oil - ONLY 1.5litres of oil (should be 5.5) - For some reason a wrong dipstick was in the car??? - now severe knocking from one of the engine banks.
Auto transmission Judders when taking up drive from standstill.
Digits on the computer display are failing, making it harder to read.
Sunroof switch faulty.
Passengers heated seat stopped working.
Nearly every suspension bushing has failed.
Front brake discs have become warped.
Water pump has started to leak.
Oil leaks from the engine.
Paint starting to blister on door tops and arches.
I bitterly regret selling my 1990 Ford Granada Scorpio 2.0i, which had racked up 196,000 trouble free miles, and still used less oil than an Omega with half the mileage, Plus it felt faster than the omega 0-60ish.
The Omega has excellent potential, but sadly will never be fulfilled due to terrible quality and reliability problems.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th January, 2002
Sounds like you bought a lemon! Did it come with any service history? Sorry to hear of so many problems, but I think you were unlucky.. certainly the cams/hydraulic lifters can clatter a bit when starting up, till the oil gets round the system, but 1.5L of oil??? how could an incorrect dipstick cause this? I don't think the dipstick was the cause, perhaps an oil pump fault or neglect?
Electrical problems always something of a problem for older cars, however should be easy enough to fix with a haynes manual, some fuses and a meter. Water pump problem sounds like you better get your timing belt replaced, including the idling pulley and pump before its too late!
I bought my Omega GLS 16V 2L as a 99T just a month ago with 89K on the clock. Being a fleet management vehicle it had a fully stamped service history every 10K, I rang the last garage to check if the timing belt and pump had been changed which was confirmed. So far only changed the front pads and had all wheels balanced for a smoother ride - touch wood!