1997 Vauxhall Omega CDX 2.5i petrol from UK and Ireland
Just as good as the Carlton and Senator
Crankshaft sensor failed and the car wouldn't start one morning. Other than that, no breakdowns or anything major, just consumables like servicing and brakes and so on.
Oh there were a couple of electrical gremlins such as ABS sensors and electric windows being erratic, but that was it.
A good car that many commented was not much of an improvement over the previous Carlton and Senator models; however I feel the small improvement was sufficient. It was a very comfortable and fast car (V6 versions at least); the 2.5i pulled adequately enough. Never tried the diesel version of this car, but from what I heard it was a good engine due to being a BMW design. Would have loved the diesel, as the fuel consumption barely got above 29 or 30 at best. I suppose for a 90s 6 cylinder car this was good though.
Just a great 90s executive car that was very similar to rivals at the time, and just as capable as your similar Mercedes or whatever. The 10 years I had it, I enjoyed it very much, and it held up to the previous car as I mentioned. Reliability of this car is not as bad as the motoring press and some reviews said at the time, however I will say the few electrical faults listed above did not happen on my previous cars (Carlton and Senator), but other than that, it was generally just as tough and reliable, and a great long distance cruiser with all the toys.
Vauxhall dealers can be funny; best find a trusted independent that knows these cars. Only scrapped it last year as it was approaching 200K miles and was uneconomical to keep on the road; however had I thrown some money to get it through its MOT test, I bet it would have lasted another year. They made these cars up until 2003 I think so find a good one before they are gone forever; you will like it. I decided to move on to a 2004 BMW 5 Series though. Hope it's half as good as the Omega/Carlton/Senator was.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th April, 2016