1997 Vauxhall Omega CD 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland
Cheap to buy good performance cruiser
Water hose at rear of engine burst in second week after buying it.
Exhaust blowing heavily at one of the seals in the middle box.
Paint chipping on the front of the bonnet, also blistering on nearly all of the doors.
Blowers in the center console have stopped working.
I've always wanted a powerful auto since my father owned a truly awesome Senator 24V, although it is not a patch on that in terms of performance from a standstill.
I am impressed with its overall pace as once it is moving the kick down is impressive from the sweet sounding V6,and on the motorway it feels like a very comfortable rocket ship, my only slight disappointment is the standstill take off, yes I know it's an Auto, but sometimes it can feel quite sluggish.
The handling certainly in the dry is very impressive for a car of this size although in the wet I have noticed the traction control light flicker furiously.
In terms of economy it's a two fold story, around town it struggles to top 21 to the gallon, where as on the motorway it can easily achieve 33 to the gallon without sacrificing to much cruising speed.
Thankfully not to much has failed on my car apart from a really irritating hose leak which in itself was not a big deal, but replacing it resulted in half the engine needing to be removed and replaced, this cost £120 and that wasn't at the dealership.
In terms of the dealership I personally wasn't happy with the attitude of the staff, I had the cam belt replaced as a matter of course when I purchsed the car, but this ended up costing £450 pounds as they realised they had to replace the pulleys when they replaced the belt, something they failed to realise or tell me about when they originally quoted £300 for the whole job.
Overall I am happy with my car as it cost me K reg cavelier money to buy and in my opinion is's a hell of a lot of car to have for banger money, the only real problem has come with dealing with dealership and their mechanics an experience I won't be repeating as I am not Roman Abramovich!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 8th September, 2003