1999 Vauxhall Omega Elite 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


Big, fast, luxurious, petrol guzzler


Oil leak at 45000 miles. Traced to a split in the oil cooler which is buried deep in the "V" of the engine. £400 to strip down and replace. I was told by the dealer that this is common enough for them to keep oil coolers in stock.

On two occasions the sunroof opened by itself. Either a poltergeist or an electrical fault, but so infrequent it is not possible to trace.

General Comments:

Very fast, big and luxurious.

Excellent value second hand.

Very comfortable motorway cruiser with all the toys.

While you can pick these cars up cheap they are not cheap to run. Average about 27mpg, Insurance is costly (group 15) and tyres etc.. are expensive.

As much as I like this car, my next car will be something a little more economical to run.

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

Review Date: 19th February, 2003

24th May 2003, 13:13

I have the same car and thought MPG was reasonable for the size etc'.My wife even commented on the fact that she thought she would be putting petrol in all the time and she wasn't.I still have a lemon.

1999 Vauxhall Omega Elite 3.0 Litre from UK and Ireland


Superb to drive and very well equipped


The satellite guidance system needed reprogramming.

General Comments:

It has a very high standard of equipment - I cannot think of any extra that I would want.

It has excellent acceleration.

It cruises at high speed very comfortably.

It is very economical for a 3 litre - I get 27 mpg overall.

When the back seats are dropped, the load space is enormous - from the boot right through to back of the front seats. Being a saloon, the load height is only the same as the boot.

The xenon lights are very bright, but because they are self-levelling, beam adjusters are needed for driving on the continent (my previous models had manual adjustment and non-xenon headlight models probably still do).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2003

1999 Vauxhall Omega Elite 3.0V6 from UK and Ireland


Enough of everything, and more..


Slight oil leak,

General Comments:

More than impressed so far,

The car is thirsty, though it's a 3litre unit and that is to be expected, have found the 21-24mpg is average,

Test drove a 2.5 found this slightly lacking over the 3.0

The Bose Audio system is pretty good, I work in car audio and it is a far cry from the usual poor quality stuff.

Have pushed the car to 140+ and found it to be stable and pleasant.

Recommend letting some one else take the depreciation, and buying one with a full service history

Try D.K. Car sales in Thatcham they specialize in omegas and are very helpful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th December, 2002

1999 Vauxhall Omega CD 2.5 V6 from UK and Ireland


The best value secondhand buy ever!


Outside air temperature indication started reading 10 degrees high. Vauxhall quoted £220 + VAT to repair. I can live without it.

Tickover is lumpy and it sometimes stalls. There is also a flat spot at 4000 rpm.

Minor rattle from the door lock button and instrument panel.

General Comments:

Big Vauxhalls are always a great secondhand buy. They are as good as BMWs and Mercs; only the badge lets them down. The 2.5 V6 engine has loads of torque and good economy. I use it to pull a caravan and it the best towcar I ever had - even better than my old Senator although I would say that the Senator had more comfortable seats. Don't be put off by velour seats - they are every bit as comfortable as leather. One complaint I have is that the heater needs to have the fan running at high speed to get the heat into the car or onto the screen and it can be quite noisy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2002

1999 Vauxhall Omega GLS 2.0 16v Ecotec from UK and Ireland


Probably the best value for money executive motoring on the planet!


No faults discovered to date.

I have so far owned the car for 3 weeks (1 previous owner, obviously high miler fleet) and I have driven nearly 400 miles... feels much less!

General Comments:

Extremely affordable luxury motoring if you buy second hand! Big and menacing but smooth, silent and confidence inspiring. Vauxhall's flagship rear wheel drive replacement to the Carlton and Senator is an effortless drive, a tranquil and relaxing environment in which to swiftly transport you and your passengers from A to B. These cars suffer huge depreciation which makes them excellent second hand buys. The 2.0 16V entry engine level combines sensible economy with sufficient performance. Here are my comments to date on having owned a diamond black 2.0 16V GLS saloon automatic.

The cabin is extremely quiet and the seats are almost armchair comfortable quality. There's a nice central armrest/storage box, fingertip door controls for the electric wing mirrors (heated too). Window controls a little awkwardly placed behind the transmission selector.

Interior materials might not be up to mercedes or bmw quality, but generally everything is solid and tidy. Glovebox is a bit small due to the airbag and doesn't have an air conditioned vent as in previous cavalier models. Multi info LCD display provides useful time, date, outside temperature and radio/cd player info.

Ventilation and heating excellent. Plenty of control with front and rear vents, individual temperature adjustment for passenger and driver side (fine click stop rotary controls), five fan speeds, air conditioning, recirculation and pollen filter. There is however not much air flow with the fan switched off and so quite often I found it necessary to have it on low speed if windows are closed.

Automatic box is smooth and intelligent, although car idles quieter in neutral suggesting some transmission noise. Sports mode takes revs almost to maximum permissible so can be a little frightening! 0-60 is obviously what you would expect from a 2.0 in this huge body, sufficient but not thrilling. However once moving, the omega doesnt require much effort to push along and accelerate, it just keeps going quicker and quicker!

Rear wheel drive is great for pulling away quickly at roundabouts and junctions though 2.0 litre auto insufficient to worry about sliding the back end out (well so far I havent experienced such!).

Fantastic brakes combined with 4 channel independent ABS makes stopping this huge motor safe and reassuring. Handbrake though has short travel and needs to be pulled up hard (not a problem with auto).

Steering is positive and tight, car soaks up bumps and potholes effortlessly and gives a smooth, but not sickening ride. Corners very well with little body roll despite huge weight, overall very reassuring and inspires confidence.

Acres of cabin room for driver and passengers. Seats are superb, but rear headrests obstruct vision, I chose to remove central headrest immediately! This car can be tricky to judge distance when reversing so I will fit reverse sensors at some point. Also I found it difficult to see the front of the bonnet unless seat height (electrically adjustable) was near its maximum (I am 6ft 2"). However there was still ample room above my head to the roof.

Adjustable steering wheel height is nice and sometimes necessary not to obstruct instrument panel. Steering wheel also leather covered which adds a nice touch! Good layout of steering controls including audio, variable speed control for intermittent wipers.

My model has dark interior, black and dark grey seats and carpets. It does sometimes feel a little gloomy especially without a sunroof, but headlining is cream and brightens things up. Doesn't show the dirt which is good, but can show up a lot of fluff and hairs.

For me the external colour makes or breaks the looks of the omega, mine is metallic black with standard vauxhall alloys and looks fantastic.. as long as you don't mind washing and waxing it on a regular basis! You also need to be quite tall to clean the bonnet as its rather huge!

Huge windscreen gives excellent visibilty, has integral sun strip at top (green) and reflects a considerable amount of heat. Dash top is quite expansive though.

Standard vauxhall sound system on this model is very good. I replaced the CAR400 radio cassette with a VDO CD/radio which still maintains the dashboard external display and steering wheel audio controls. The GLS has 8 speakers, all door mounted with separate tweeters. Parcel shelf rear speakers though would help to fill out the sound and I am considering adding some soon. Steering wheel audio controls are great! Radio can also be switched on and off independant of ignition, but has clever logic to turn it off and on when you stop the engine and then allows you to turn it back on with keys removed (turns off after an hour).

Central locking by remote has good range and features the excellent vauxhall deadlock system. Windows can also be raised (electric ones of course!) from the remote fob.

Boot space is very generous, spare wheel houses to left side and compartments for first aid box and warning triangle/jack. Lights and bulb changing easily accessible, saloon also features lights on boot lid and rear window high level brake light (LED). Rear seat (central) folding possible to extend length of storage area, also a cigar lighter/accessory socket for rear passengers a nice touch.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2002

28th Jul 2002, 12:19

Update to my review on the 28th July 2002...

Now travelled for about 800 miles and still totally impressed by this car. During the recent very hot weather (28 deg C and higher outside) I have used the air con almost continuously. I would point out that it is important to make use of the recirculation most of the time if you like the cabin very cool, otherwise the air con will attempt to cool the hot air outside with less effect. I leave the recirc on for about 10 minutes and then either off for a few minutes or slightly open a window to feed in some fresh air. Works much better and can get very cool inside!

Changed the radio/tape recently to vauxhall's recommended new VDO CD441XED (remote display). Although a great machine, it doesn't support the trafficmaster (which the dealer didn't realise at the time!) so they will kindly replace it with a CDR500 for no extra cost.

Had all the wheels balanced as I felt a very slight vibration at 80mph through the steering and seat. Now absolutely rock solid! Also changed front pads at the same time as they were severely warn.

Average fuel consumption seems to be around 400 miles on 60 litres, which I estimate to be ~ 32 mpg. Not bad at all for mostly urban driving and a bit of motorway, and considering its automatic and I regularly use the air con.