1997 Vauxhall Omega Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1997 Vauxhall Omega GLS 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Cavalier

Summary:

Get one now!!!

Faults:

Cam belt sensor.

Camshaft sensor.

Front bushes.

General Comments:

I use this car as my living, as I am a taxi driver.

The car has only had had original parts replaced, and has never let me down.

Front bushes were replaced. Using my reliable mechanic, the cost with front discs was 120 pounds!!

Not an expensive car to own. Front pads, 17.50, exhaust, 250 full system, and a full service can be done for 60 pounds... I rest my case.

As my car is used as as taxi, it is used to the limit!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2004

8th Jul 2005, 21:27

A lovely car. I bought my GLS 2000 Auto just two months ago for an extremely reasonable price (just 55k on the clock, genuine). The bodywork is immaculate requiring only a few rust spot touch ups. The interior is a dream. Thanks to the advice on this site I now know why I have a problem at the front end, especially when braking. The front bushes!! Do you know this is a recurring problem with all GM motors. Back in 76 my Manta had exactly the same problem. Why oh why don't GM sort it out? As I don't have a full service history, I intend as a precautionary measure to have the Cam Belt changed at next service. Can't afford such a lovely car go to the dogs can I?

1997 Vauxhall Omega Elite 3.0 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 miles
Most recent distance86500 miles

Summary:

Luxury motoring made affordable

Faults:

Sat nav has trouble picking up satellites (even in areas of good coverage where a handheld GPS unit on the dashboard has no difficulty), and sometimes gets very confused as to the car position even when it has a good satellite fix. Suspect this is a faulty nav unit rather than a general design flaw in the system.

Stereo occasionally fails to detect the CD changer (NO CASS error on display), but this goes away after switching the stereo off and on again.

General Comments:

First the bad points:

Rear visibility when all 3 rear headrests are installed is very poor - removing the centre headrest is a must for anyone who likes using their rear view mirror.

Very difficult to judge where the back of the car is when reversing - none of the rear bodywork (saloon body) is visible through the rear window.

Windows mist up very quickly in cold/cool weather unless you keep the climate control switched on.

Now the good:

Very VERY comfortable ride on all road types. Just completed a 1000-mile weekend trip which, in all the other cars I've ever driven, would have left me with an aching back and right leg. In the Omega the miles just rolled by without any discomfort.

Driver seat/mirror memory is very handy when you share the driving with a partner who's 10 inches shorter than you are. The mirror memory is also useful if you want to adjust the wing mirrors to help in reversing - once you've finished just push the button and the mirrors go straight back to where they were.

When the sat nav isn't being uncooperative, it does a good job, particularly on unclassified country roads where roadsigns are few and far between, and junctions take you by surprise unless you're crawling along at 10MPH.

The auto box is as smooth as lightly creased silk - not so smooth that you can't tell when it's changing up or down, but easily smooth enough to be unnoticeable unless you're paying close attention.

With that gorgeous 3 litre V6 up front, the performance is superb. Push your foot to the floor, let the auto box kickdown, and feel that shove in your back as you accelerate away. And it's got the power to do this at practically any speed - from standing starts at traffic lights through to overtaking at motorway speeds. If you're a real speed freak you probably won't be satisfied with anything less than a sports car, but those of us who want a seriously fast car that's also practical (and doesn't command sports car insurance premiums) won't be disappointed.

The Philips/Bose audio system sounds superb, no matter what kind of music you're playing. And if you like your music loud, that's not a problem either... Not that you need to turn the volume up, thanks to the excellent soundproofing - a 2002-spec Mercedes E class is the only other car I've driven that let in as little road/wind noise as the Omega.

The climate control system works very nicely - no more sweating on hot days or shivering on cold ones. If you set it to auto mode, it takes just a few seconds to get the temperature to where you want it, and then it'll constantly fine tune its output to keep it there.

I could mention so many more good things about this car - that huge boot which swallows just about anything you want to carry, masses of legroom front and back, the way it makes every drive feel effortless - but I'll bring this review to a close with a quick summary of my feelings about this car:

Every time I drive the Omega, every time I'm a passenger in it, I end up with a big smile on my face. It might not have the prestige of its 5 series/E-class rivals, but its their equal in every other respect - except price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2003

21st Nov 2003, 06:25

It seems the sat nav problems were all related to a loose-fitting aerial connector on the back of the computer/CDROM box. After pulling the box out of its mounting cradle (a fun task given its position deep within the boot above the rear wheel arch...) to gain access to the rear connectors, I noticed the aerial connector was far looser in its socket than I'd have expected.

This I put down to two things - there is very little slack in the wiring loom, so it wouldn't take much movement of either the sat nav box or the wiring to start pulling against the connector, and unlike the data/power connectors, the aerial connector has no mechanical latching/locking devices, so it can be pulled out of its socket without much effort.

After unplugging and reconnecting the aerial, giving it a few quick twists to clean up the contacts a bit, I switched the unit on and by the time it had booted up it had already found one satellite, then within a minute it had enough to calculate a position. Over the following few days both myself and my girlfriend have been out on several drives of varying length through a mixture of urban and open areas, on all types of road, and not once has the sat nav shown any signs of confusion. Looking down at the screen and seeing "0 satellites" is no longer a routine occurrence...

So, I'm a little disappointed in Philips for not using a locking connector for the aerial - the connector might be acceptable for a desktop sat nav unit, but not for a piece of hardware which spends its life subject to the accelerations, vibrations and knocks of everyday driving. However, I'll let that pass, because now that the unit is working the way it was designed to work, I'm a very happy bunny!

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