I have owned the car (omega 2.2 dti cd on an 03 )since it was 9months old and it has been no trouble in nearly 4 years .I am pleased with the over all package and would have another one tommorow as i get good m.p.g (42to 53),i would have not got these figures if a mate had not updated the mapping on the black box x3 .It improved it no end and takes some catching when warmed up ,so if yours hasnt been updated go to an independant dealer with the right softwear you will not be disapointed with the results.Apart from the lack of a Haynes manual for further info on the engine it has now done 78000 mls on two sets of rubber , i cannot grumble .Remember its no merc or b.m.w but hey overall service it at ten thou instead of twenty thou it will look after you.
This is my second Omega, my first was 2.0 cd on a N reg, great for 2 1/2 years then MOT time....£400...so i scraped it. The one i have now is a new shape V reg 99 2.5 cd v6, VERY happy with it, had a good look round before i bought this with 43000 miles, put LPG on it last year (£1450 all in) and its payed for its self, runs great...only one downside to switching..it makes you tight fisted, when you run out of gas and have to run on petrol..LOL wish they still made them....looking for a new car this March 08, may get another if i find 'the' right one, or Volvo S80 d5 TIP, change the pollen filter if very dirty...it makes the front screen mist up, and if the floor is wet on the pass side after heavy rain, then look under the bonnet pass side, under the plastic grill near the wiper there is a drain hole to the left of the pollen filter, this may be blocked, enjoy...Dave
Where do I start? Firstly I am an idiot! I've owned 3 of these. Two 2.5 v6 & my present 2.2CDi. Each one was a disaster which I convinced myself was probably just a one off bad car, but I ended up spending THOUSANDS OF POUNDS in repairs & spares. OK, here we go, FOR: Big car, good boot, pleasing design, powerful air con, THAT'S IT! - AGAINST: Early Omega, horrible road noise & bumping from terrible shock absorbers,( especially under braking ) improved on mk2. Electrical problems. Engine erupting in thick smoke ( a number of times ) due to oil leaking from cam cover gaskets, common problem v6, (sometimes, repair had to be repaired). Water leaks, common & almost constant, hard to find & expensive. Front tyre wear, diabolical & expensive. Cabin rattles from poor fitting interior. Exterior trim, cheap looking & badly fixed. Gearbox electrical problems from 8 MONTHS of car going into emergency mode, Vauxhall garage couldn't find problem & kept replacing wrong parts, £ thousands. Broken spring, even after light use. Faulty vacuum servo, squeaked every time I braked, had to be replaced, very expensive. TERRIBLE bottom seals on doors, allows dirt to get into hard to clean places. My experiences with these cars has made me vow NEVER to buy another Vauxhall, A NIGHTMARE!
I bought a 1996 'N'-registered Omega Elite with 35,000 miles in April 2006.
It has had the cam belts changed and I have also had to replace the oil gaskets on the cylinder heads. I have done 15,000 miles in 11 months.
This car was cheap to buy and has a lovely feel to both the interior and handling. I have spent absolutely nothing on it. There were a couple of niggles - the driver's side heated seat broke one cold, foggy winters night and the climate control LCD is dodgy - one of them has just lit up for the first time since I had the car!
This car is a fantastic buy - I recommend a low mileage example if you can find one. There are quite a few about, as the Omega Elite crossed the executive class and the private sector.
Handling-wise, it would be nice if there was slightly less roll. The auto gearbox response sometimes feels sluggish if I'm in a rush, but then I look at the speedo and realise just how wrong I am!
The auto 'box can report a fault if you are accelerating in sport mode and switch out it of while still accelerating. Simply switch off and on again and the fault will magically disappear.
The on-board computer takes the worry out of running such a big motor with checks every time you start up. It's even a little OTT at times, warning you of low washer fluid when half full, and the same with the oil.
Fuel economy can vary. On a run I can get either 27-29mpg or 34-35mpg (no lie). Around town you will get 13.4-17mpg.
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owned for 3 years Pro engine, performance, size, looks Cons Service cost (BMW in general), folding rear seats is an option - annoying, no spare…
Even after 8 months I still look forward to driving this car. The handling is superb, the 8 speed gearbox a dream. There is a bit of lag when you…