1998 Vauxhall Omega CDX 2.0 16v from UK and Ireland


Bargain executive barge, well worth serious consideration


Secondary air pump failed at 60k miles - not needed for normal operation therefore was simply disconnected.

Idle control valve failed at similar mileage, led to regular stalling at junctions and when changing gear at lower revs (lethal when negotiating a bend and you lose power steering!) - £125 to renew - money well spent.

Suffers from excessive tyre wear on inner shoulders, a friend in the trade says they ALL do that.

Minor electrical gremlins eg one heated seat stays cold, powered seat lift failed and central locking has had one or two bad days.

Otherwise - extremely reliable and interior wearing very well.

General Comments:

Very comfortable, economical for the size of car, performance perfectly adequate so generally to be recommended.

Poor service from some dealers who cannot really be bothered, but as so little goes wrong it's not really a big problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th January, 2006

1998 Vauxhall Omega Reflection 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


Big, smooth auto, but not cheap to run.


About two years ago there was some minor rust near the drivers side wing mirror which was fixed under Vauxhall Warranty.

Cam belt tensioner broke, no damage, but could have been very expensive, cost £370.

Front wishbones both sides replaced at 55000 miles, cost approx £400.

Front discs and pads replaced at 45000 miles, cost approx £130.

Drivers side door strut came adrift, common problem due to the weight of the doors, £400 to fix.

Rocker covers leaking at 50000 miles, expensive to replace, £120 a side (V6).

Plug leads on offside need replacing, leads alone for one side only cost £102!, with 5 hours labour to fit them.

General Comments:

I have had a lot of problem with the car between 50000 to 69000 miles, which is a shame as it is a fantastic car, and I love driving it.

It handles like a dream, very smooth, and it's like your on rails going round corners.

Insurance is a little expensive, and it is not a cheap car to run. Mine does about 23-25 mpg, and I don't push it.., if you did, think you would be looking at less the 20 mpg.

They get expensive as they get older, but the trade off is you get a great car to drive..

I would buy another one..

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th November, 2005

1998 Vauxhall Omega Elite 3.0 from UK and Ireland


For what you pay, very good value and performance


Gearbox electronic selector (my fault, went into floodwater on the road)

Rear shock absorbers - being replaced.

Rear Irmsher alloy - damaged by pothole.

Interior dash lights - changed and gone again.

Climate control compressor - on order.

General Comments:

I bought the car cheap as I was moving to Ireland, it's an extremely rare model in Eire; I know of only 3 other Elites, and they are saloons, mine is an Estate.

Performance - very good, you can certainly hold a BMW 325/328/330 at bay.

Handling - good.

Comfort - I am tall and find the seats just OK, everything else is first class, especially the Bose stereo.

Residual value - forget it, you have already bought in on the slide, it's not going to make you money.

Image - it's good here in Eire as Opel is very big, however in the UK, image will be poor. Do you care? Be different, why go with the BMW/Audi/Mercedes pack - quality is an issue with Mercedes in particular anyway.

Build quality - not the best, however the engines are as good as BMW, keep it serviced properly and get that cambelt changed well before Vauxhall recommends in the book.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2005

26th Oct 2005, 12:50

Yeah, its systematically synthetic couplings that detract from the egg-shaped chassis veers. Try elongating the ring-nozzle to re-invert the sideway plum?

1998 Vauxhall Omega CDX 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


This is a damn good exec class car- go get one!


The cruise control isn't working - the stalk controls are just dead and do nothing - if anyone has any suggestions they would be appreciated.

General Comments:

Just bought this Omega after my 2.5 manual Vectra was stolen 3 weeks ago. Being an auto and a bit heavier, the Omega is a bit slower off the mark, but it more than makes up for that in comfort and roominess.

Also under the bonnet there is actually room to get spanners in and do stuff without having taking the car to bits! (Try changing an EGR pipe on a V6 Vectra or an alternator!)

The car handles well, the power steering gives plenty of feel as you wind up the speed. Noise levels are fine and there is plenty of room inside for 4/5 occupants. I'm 6'2" and passengers behind me have more than enough leg room.

All in all this is one hell of a motor for very little outlay and its not too juicy either, doing 30-35 mpg on a motorway run at 70-90 ish mph.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2005

12th Oct 2005, 05:41

There is an Omega owners club on the Yahoo website, they may be able to help with your cruise control problem.