1998 Vauxhall Omega Reviews - Page 5 of 10

1998 Vauxhall Omega GLS 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance135000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

2.5 V6 - be prepared to take off!

Faults:

Engine kept stalling when the engine temperature increased. After much speculation from various parties, problem was found to be the crank sensor. Fitted and now no problems at all.

Paintwork chips very easily, my old car was bashed and battered and still didn't chip anything like this.

General Comments:

Engine pulls superbly. Put the car in 4th at 20mph and pull right the way through to 90mph+.

Cabin is plain, but well laid out.

Excellent car for carrying lots of equipment. Car still drives exactly the same with 5 people and luggage on-board.

Dealers are a complete much of morons. All the dealers in my area charge £60+ per hr labour and really haven't got a clue when it comes to engine faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th July, 2003

1998 Vauxhall Omega MV6 Estate 3.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Carlton

Summary:

A beautiful, comfortable, high performance

Faults:

The car has sustained a dent on the tailgate. The car rolled back with the tailgate open and hit the house!

The drivers door "stay" fell apart.

The Handbrake shoes disintegrated after recent dealer service.

There are a few rust spots appearing now (especially the rear wheel arches) and there are some stone chips.

The alloys are becoming a little tatty.

General Comments:

None of the faults are "serious" and all, apart from the first, are due to "normal usage".

The car is seriously quick!

The car has a Manual gearbox, which is apparently rare. Apparently the power transfer between gears can be felt by passengers, if the driver is in a "sporty" frame of mind!

The engine sounds lovely. It sounds like a jet - and goes like a rocket!

The phone is built into the radio; there is no handset. The microphone is in the center console, the ear piece is the front speakers! Unfortunately does not accept all networks (For example "Orange")

The car has:

A great sounding entertainment system.

Black Leather upholstery.

(Are you "Drooling" yet?)

Electric Sunroof.

Tinted Glass.

Xenon lights.

Cavernous load compartment.

The "Faults":

Noisy and "ear popping" when sun roof opened. (Thank the Lord for the Air conditioning!)

Can be a little "thirsty". I have got the trip to read 7 mpg! But, hey, if consumption was an issue, I wouldn't have bought this car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2003

8th Jul 2003, 14:57

Your "sound system" will sound great the MV6 and Elite Omega's have Bose speakers fitted to them as standard.

I drove a 2001 Omega estate "Elite" company car, to south Wales and back... (North East England) and I felt somewhat deafafterwards... I went through the whole CD wallet, great car.

1998 Vauxhall Omega CD 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin Montego

Summary:

Armani suit, but with a Burton's label and price

Faults:

Within 2 weeks of buying the car the horn failed. This was repaired under warranty.

Intermittently the driver's door locking button would not lift fully, so the door stayed locked. Dealer would not investigate until fault became consistent, so took it to private garage who fixed it within 30mins!

Both front tyres wear the outer edges of the profile despite the tracking being correct. Front tyre wear is common in Omegas according to local Kwik-Fit.

General Comments:

I bought this car second-hand from a car supermarket as an "emergency" buy, because my previous car had finally died on me that same weekend.

The Omega fitted my list of "wants":

-rear wheel drive

-an engine with more than 4 cylinders

-cheap to buy. What a find!!

For service, main dealers are typically over-priced and under-helpful. One quoted £450 for replacement exhaust, and couldn't carry out the work for 3days; A local exhaust centre supplied and fitted the same thing (without the Vauxhall label) for £145 within one hour of me asking for a quote.

I still use the main dealer for servicing (oil and filter changes only) to maintain the vauxhall service history. All other work is done by my local private garage for a fraction of the cost of the dealer.

Beware of cost for timing belt replacement for Vauxhall V6 engines. The dealer-quoted price of £110 only refers to supplying and fitting the belt. What isn't included is the other £200 for the pair of belt-tensioning jockey-wheels that must be replaced at the same time. Again, this work was done much cheaper (including the parts) by my local private garage.

The car drives well, smooth and civilized at all speeds. Tyre noise can become intrusive at high speed.

On dry roads, general road manners and cornering are good, with fairly tight body control without an unduly harsh ride. Despite this, for a rear-wheel drive car, the cornering is not as confidence inspiring as, say, a BMW, but is similar to Merc C and S classes. Cornering on damp roads must be treated with caution.

Everyone that rides in the car is impressed with the level of equipment and quality of fittings; even more so should they be told how little a second-hand Omega can be bought for. Mine was just over 3 years old, average mileage, but was only a quarter of the original list price!!

The saloon boot is huge, with split-fold rear seats to allow for longer bulky loads. Unfortunately for long wide loads, even with the seats folded forward, the aperture in the rear bulkhead between the boot cavity and the seats does restrict the available width. The estate does not have this shortcoming.

After owning a 2Litre diesel Montego, the power from the petrol 2.5 V6 was initially a revelation. It feels a bit flat now that I've got accustomed to it, needing to be worked hard up to 4000 to 5000 revs for respectable acceleration, so maybe I need to upgrade to a 3.0 V6 automatic for a swifter, but lazier drive! Having said that, despite a "boy-racer" driving style, the 2.5 V6 still gives me 27mpg each day, and 35mpg on motorway cruises.

The manual gearbox isn't bad, although first gear is always heavy to engage and disengage until fully warmed up. The clutch is light in action, but doesn't give the most positive feel, and is horrible for use in stop-start traffic.

Overall, the quality feel and road presence that exude from this German-made executive car are extremely impressive, irrespective of the budget brand name.

The styling, the gadgets, the hidden features (e.g. interior pull-down loop on underside of boot lid, fully folding FRONT passenger seat for those REALLY long loads) all show quality. This car doesn't just look the part - it IS the part.

I am now an Omega addict, and am lusting after an MV6 auto estate next. Hopefully the extra 500cc under the bonnet, bigger loadspace at the back and the sportier handling tweaks will eradicate my only shortcomings with my current car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2003

25th May 2005, 12:02

To answer your question about the passenger seat raised in the 1st comment. Look on the passenger door side of the passenger seat. There you will find a lever, about half down that side of the seat. By lifting that lever up you can fold the seat forwards in half, thus increasing the space available for long loads. As for tyre pressures I have a 2.5 V6 automatic. The pressures given are 31.5 psi for both front and back wheels. This is based on the car not being fully loaded with passengers and luggage.

I agree with the comments on the boy racers in their Novas & Astras. However, now I know I can leave them for dust I don't waste my time on them any more. I concentrate on enjoying the great ride out of the car. A lot of car for little money. The only draw back is the unhelpful & exorbitant servicing/repair/garage fees charged by the dealerships. They spoil the fun out of owning the car.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 37 reviews