1998 Vauxhall Omega CD 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland
Brilliant luxury barge!
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.
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