1999 Vauxhall Omega Reviews - Page 4 of 8

1999 Vauxhall Omega CDX 2.5 V6 24v petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 24v petrol Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance95200 miles
Previous carVauxhall Omega

Summary:

Its got the lot for not a lot of dough

Faults:

One front shock absorber was leaking on getting the car so replaced both by Vauxhall dealer.

Poor wheel alignment on getting the car so had adjustable camber bolts fitted to the front and the whole thing laser aligned - dead straight and true now.

General Comments:

I had a 2.0 16v CD for 5 and a half years before this one so knew what I was getting into and after 6 months with this new one I am still very pleased.

Had to do a couple of things as detailed above when I got it as you can see elsewhere here.

This one has the leather option and radio cassette cd changer with built in phone. The list of creature comforts is too big to list here.

Fuel consumption can be frightening if you are not aware before you get one. 24 mpg around town and up to 33 mpg on long runs. Suggest you do not get one if you are worried about fuel costs.

It is fast - 142 mph so tires have to be high rated 16 inch 225x55 profile which do not come cheap.

I intend to have another one next and am not happy that they will stop production of the Omega in summer 2003.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

26th Jan 2004, 18:37

Update from writer - well I've had the car for a year now, and it just passed its MOT with flying colours and no preparation. It is up to 99000 miles now, and feels and sounds like new.

The only non-regular maintenance item I have had to do was to replace the driver's door lock solenoid, which had an intermittent fault. Cost me just £20 from a "recycler" and 30 minutes of time to remove the door interior, replace the part, and put it back together.

The mobile phone built into the radio with full steering wheel controls is great with the new regulations.

If you are an Omega owner, you might like to join our free owners group on Yahoo - go to http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/omega_owners/.

6th Apr 2005, 14:48

Another update from the writer - well had the car for a little over two years now. Passed last MOT with the replacement of a track rod end. New cat back exhaust for £116 fitted last year. New cam belt also last year as required by service schedule.

Still very pleased after nearly 9 years and 2 Omegas.

Fitted new wire mesh grill, altered badges and plan to have lower profile wheel and tire combo along with lowered suspension later this year.

1999 Vauxhall Omega GLS 2.o petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.o petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

The low price of second hand cars make them a very good buy

Faults:

There is a recurring fault on the car. When the engine is disengaged, waiting at a roundabout for instance, or when changing gears the revs. will reduce and the car stalls.

The dealer says this is a known fault with Vauxhalls and is caused by a "filter" getting blocked. The car is currently waiting to go back in to the garage for the same fault again.

Has anybody else got this problem?

The ashtray will not stay closed and to replace it according to the dealer will cost around £100.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable on long journeys and cruises effortlessly at high speed.

It has the best turning circle I have ever had on an estate.

The 2,0 litre engine is not really big enough for it and when the air conditioning is on the performance when pulling away is seriously effected.

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

Review Date: 11th July, 2003

14th Jul 2003, 09:27

The stalling problem sounds like the classic Ecotec Idle Speed Control Valve problem: go over to www.topbuzz.co.uk and look at the 'information' - 'technical guides' pages. there's loads of useful info. for these engines.

In terms of the ashtray problem; I had this problem the other week: the outer plastic 'skin' of the ashtray trim had come away from the inner plastic shell. I gently levered the 'skin' off and pushed it back on firmly; took all of 2 minutes.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 26 reviews