The Omega is a bit of a poor man's BMW 5 series. It has virtually all the qualities you want from the BMW such as performance, road holding, comfort etc but not the expensive running costs.
I found the Omega to be reliable and even though it has a V6 engine and auto box, it's a reasonably economical car to run. On long runs the car would do 34 mpg as long as you didn't go daft and use all the performance from the V6.
While driving in a 40 mph speed limit my Omega was rear ended by a motorist travelling at 70/80 mph which sent my car spinning into crash barriers. It was a huge impact however I walked away unscathed much to the amazement of the emergency services. I can thank the Omega for keeping me safe and well.
This is a car I would highly recommend.
So, everyone who owns an Omega seems to think it is a good car but the image makes it an unmentionable subject at the golf club. Well I hate golf, and whilst I would never boast about owning an Omega I'm not really in to attracting car jackers.
My Omega is the perfect companion on the long miserable journeys I have to make. My girlfriend loves it because of the BIG comfy heated leather seats. Oh, and by the way, the 100,000 mile service cost me £70. Think of a Jaguar smashed together with Astra bits (instead of Mondeo) and you're on the right track.
So you'll understand why when a BMW drives past me I couldn't care for the the most expensive part of the car they own: THE BADGE
I was relatively aware of the massive depreciation which hits this car when I bought it new last year, although I am still surprised at how much I have lost in just 1 year of ownership.
But the heavy discount I was given by my local dealer (over 40%) makes its first-year loss about even with average depreciators.
I have admired its ride quality ever since I took it out for the first time. It corners well and soaks up all but the worst of our beloved pot holes. The steering gives plenty of feedback although there does seem to be a dead point which I have never dared to push past.
My driving is an equal mix of country lanes, dual carriageway and town and so the fuel consumption of 27mpg is proof that this is what the combined cycle is. Not great but its pulling a lot of metal with an auto 'box.
I am impressed with this car, apart from that one thing which blights it, and is the root cause of the depreciation - image. I just can't live with it. When enthusiasts ask me what I drive, I am keen to quickly move the conversation to my wife's Mini Cooper.
You may think I am shallow, and I probably agree, and that's why I am heading off to the BMW garage to attempt to regain my shattered image by buying an oh so image conscious 1-series in the not too distant future.
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