1997 Vauxhall Omega Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1997 Vauxhall Omega Elite 3L 24v from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3L 24v Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carFord Sierra

Summary:

Good, but only just

Faults:

Bulbs blown in climate control, Leaking cam cover gaskets, Drivers heated seat not working, very small amounts of rust, annoying rattle from passenger seat when someone is sat in it,

General Comments:

This car is a nice big cruiser, but unfortunately compared to the likes of a ford Granada Scorpio or a ford Scorpio ultima I feel it is cheap. I know a lot of people will disagree, but that's what I think. My model on the R reg has no remote steering wheel controls or adjustable steering column not good enough for a very expensive car when new. Nothing to tell me if any of the doors are still open! The plastics inside feel cheap even compared to a granada! Passenger space in the back is good, but no more than you expect of a big car, same for the boot. It does go well, but the fuel consumption is rubbish, I know it's a big car yes, but it drinks as much fuel as my old 2.9 12v granada and that engine was 15yrs older in design! The climate control is excellent however and the moving interior mirror with the memory is a fantastic idea. I would have not bought this car if I was not so much in a rush to get one. Alternative to a BMW 5 series? Don't think so. Not even an alternative to a sierra which I am going back to. Many will think I'm mad, but I've been in a fair few omegas now and they are all nice cars just seem to be cheaply made. The Carlton was better I think. Nothing serious has gone wrong with it though. Service from main dealer was appalling bad, don't think they can be bothered with these old cars now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 2006

1997 Vauxhall Omega Select 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 16v Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired64400 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carFiat Uno

Summary:

Fast, frugal and just great. Vauxhalls Finest!

Faults:

Coil pack failed at just below 65,000 miles. Soon remedied from the scrappers for £20.

Crankshaft sensor packed up at the same mileage, again a tenner from the scrappy.

General Comments:

Amazing comfort and reliability. Good on juice too, well the 2.0 model is. Tasty colour, finish is a little sub-standard, but it isn't awful. Great comfortable mod-cons, including air con, very welcome on a summers day!

In my view, they look good - nice, sloping front, and slightly higher rear. Fast and frugal.

Servicing at home is easy, and there is just about enough room in the engine bay, with an exception to down the back - there isn't much there.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2006

1997 Vauxhall Omega Elite 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

A joy to drive

Faults:

Dash bulbs have blown - supposedly difficult to replace (supposed to remove steering wheel) - changed all bulbs in Halford's car park in less than 20 minutes including buying the bulbs (3x 2watt for Dash and 2x 3watt for Computer).

Bulbs failed in Climate Control. Replaced bu still don't work. Job for a weekend.

General Comments:

Once turbo on diesel kicks in quick acceleration, otherwise a bit slow on the take off.

Very comfortable.

Cruise control and automatic essential for motorway driving - makes it effortless.

Family love the car. Estate essential if you have a family. Also black leather easy to clean after a Mcdonalds's Drive Thru!

Climate control and heated seats wonderful for weather that can't make up it's mind.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2005

1997 Vauxhall Omega Elite 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120900 miles
Most recent distance121100 miles
Previous carBMW 3 Series

Summary:

Apart from initial reliability worries, it's a relaxed, but deceptively quick cruiser

Faults:

The cam cover had been leaking oil, but this was rectified by the dealer before I started to use the car.

Last evening the engine suddenly died. The AA engineer diagnosed quite prophetically it was the crankshaft sensor. The main dealer has confirmed this is the case today, so that's going to cost £280 maximum to fix.

General Comments:

So far I'm very impressed with the comfort. Air conditioning, great stereo, armchair-like seats all combine to make long distances seem like a trip to the shops.

The performance is deceptively quick. Admittedly it's not very quick off the line (not like my previous car which was a BMW E30 325), but once it's moving you can seriously embarrass supposedly superior machinery (e.g. Mercedes, BMW).

I'm also quite impressed with the looks. I know the majority of people would say the styling is bland, but features such as the muscle-car style curve over the front wheels is particularly impressive.

I'm generally looking forward to using it on long distance journeys. It's very nature encourages a relaxed driving manner, something the BMW did not. Hopefully it should keep my license a little safer as a consequence.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2004

Average review marks: 6.2 / 10, based on 27 reviews