1998 Vauxhall Omega CD 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Brilliant luxury barge!

Faults:

Over the 16 years I had it, lots of wear and tear;

Entire brakes + suspension parts replaced.

Full exhaust system.

Timing belt changed.

And of course regular oil changes. Only real "faults" were an electric window stopped working, an ABS sensor needed changing, and a leaky rocker cover gasket. Nothing too serious or expensive.

General Comments:

One of my favourite cars to drive, the Omega handled with ease for a rear wheel drive car, and gave acceptable acceleration. The 2.0 16v unit was not the fastest, and if recommending this car I'd say go for a V6 model - 4 cylinder feels a little under powered for a car of this size. However I did achieve around 30 MPG or a little more on average - you won't get that out of the V6s.

5 speed manual box was a little vague in feel and use, though it felt correctly geared to the car. Never struggled with enough torque for most situations. Again, V6 models are probably a different story and I've heard even the auto boxes are good.

The interior of this car was its most appealing feature. The CD model was mid to high range as per Vauxhall, and being an executive car there are a few things one can expect as standard; electric windows all round, air con, plush velour seating, cruise control and trip computer. Mind you, this was the 90s, features like that were a big deal back then but are now commonplace on run of the mill smaller cars you can buy now. But what appealed to me about this car, even in its final years and kept its luxury feeling going, was the ride quality and quietness in the cabin that you simply still don't get in smaller cars. Shut your eyes and most people wont be able to tell the difference from this car if they are sitting in a top end BMW or Mercedes. I feel the Vauxhall was very underrated in this respect.

Vauxhall can make an executive saloon and this proves it, never mind what the press badge snobs said about it back when it was a new model in 1994.

Incidentally, my car was a 1998 which I'm glad about as this was just before the facelift version in 1999 that ran for a few years until discontinued in 2003. I preferred the look of the older 90s models.

In conclusion though this car was only scrapped recently, but after nearly 20 years and nearly 200,000 miles I think I got my monies worth out of it. Reliability was also not as bad as some reviews suggested, though they did have a lot of electronic problems. Maybe I got lucky, but I did look after mine with not much more trouble other than the wear and tear mentioned above, which would happen to any car.

If you are considering a Vauxhall Omega to buy today... ideally go for a well optioned V6 (4 cyl is acceptable, just don't expect great performance) with history and as low miles as possible, and find a nice independent garage to look after it. It makes an ideal second car to cruise around in absolute luxury, and still blends in with more modern executive cars - no one will know what you drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st December, 2016

6th Mar 2017, 17:00

Good review, I thought the Omega was a great update to the Carlton and Senator, despite the fact it was not as well received as those cars.

But even Omegas are rare now with only about 40 - 60 for sale nationwide at any one time. The fact the last ones made on 2003/4 registrations are now more than 10 years old means rust might be an issue, so do check this carefully if buying one; also electronics on these cars as you mentioned might be a bigger problem as they get older.

1998 Vauxhall Omega Reflection 2.5 24 valve Ecotec V6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Superb long distance cruiser with real driver appeal if driven properly

Faults:

Coil pack needed replacing (a cheap part if bought on-line, but access to remove/refit is ridiculously tight - I ended up leaving the original in situ and simply relocated the new one as far as the original cables would allow).

Rocker cover gaskets leak (better if rocker covers swapped for the metal ones from a Vectra and not the plastic ones originally installed).

General Comments:

Very well equipped car (and it all worked).

German-built and the quality shows throughout.

The 24 valve V6 is smooth and quiet, but packs a real punch around 4-5000 RPM.

Handling is a little soft and mostly just the autos (and police spec models) are fitted with limited slip differential, so if you do push too hard you need to be awake...

Excellent tow vehicles (mine pulled a 1600kg caravan for 50 miles with a flat tyre before I realised what was causing the "slight drag"). Oops!!!

Massive boot (even bigger on the estates).

Surprisingly good on fuel for a big V6 powered cruiser.

Electrical niggles can/will occur around 100k miles.

Have oil breathers cleaned when serviced because these can clog up and cause rocker gaskets to fail prematurely.

Get ALL 4 wheels aligned when fitting new tyres and/or suspension components. Rear end is adjustable for camber, and will scrub the tyre inner edge if not set properly.

Go for a later one with the projector beam lights (much better than the earlier plastic lensed ones). If you have an early one with the usual yellowing to the headlamp lenses, there is an easy/cheap way to restore some of their reflective qualities... Put a decent amount of T-cut onto the lense and GENTLY rub it in following the lines of the lense mouldings. Wipe off and repeat as required. Be very gentle as rubbing too hard could damage the lense mouldings and ruin the beam pattern.

LOTS cheaper to buy and service than a BMW/Mercedes, and now becoming a lot rarer on our roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2012