14 February 2016
I still keep an Omega which I purchased 2nd hand through UK "Network Q" dealer scheme. At about half the list price when new. (However surely these machines were heavily discounted and nobody paid within 15% of list price). It was then about 18 months old, and now as a V Reg must be more than 15. I wondered if it was initially registered through "Motability" perhaps having a hoist to get a buggy in the boot as there were some drill holes in the loading bay. However when it went for first tyre replacements I took a frantic call from the fitter saying he couldn't get the old ones off without a struggle then he found there were brass curved inserts on all rims. We think this was some kind of protection to enable the car to be controlled after a blow out. Anyway they were removed. Another source suggested it was a government ministerial car but I find that hard to believe as the government would surely keep their autos more than 18 months. No mechanical problems, except the usual maintenance, eg new exhausts, brakes. The air con also needs re gassing. A door strap has gone causing it to have a loud creak every time, that will soon get fixed. There has been a bit of superficial rust at the top of the door panels. Other than that the only gripe I have is that the steering alignment seems difficult to get right. Within a few miles of an adjustment the steering wheel is never straight! It is a well built motor, I still think in 2016 it looks modern, and really I don't think the latest motors of the same grade have many newer features. It is great for lugging big loads, and with the seats folded I have slept comfortably in the back. Fuel consumption is high but acceptable on a long run when 30 to 35 mpg are achievable. There's still life in the old car, it drives like a flying sofa, and I prefer it over our other car for long rides.
Submitted: 2016-02-13 | ID: 127532
I absolutely adore driving this car. The Elite would have been nce, but this one was on offer at the time. Even so,it has all the luxuries for me. i t does'nt have 'sun roof or aiconditioning', it sunroof AND air conditioning. It does'nt have 'tape or cd, it has 'tape AND cd, etc. etc. My only criticism is the redesigned front, (this is the face lift model). The old front was far more pleasing to the eye, (I don't like the big sticky out bumper).It all gives it the look of the Astra B, which I don't like at all. Still, I can't see the front when I'm driving it!
Submitted: 2014-04-19 | ID: 94427
The 2.6 v6 I own has taught me what being in love with a car really means. I have had the car since 2010, it is white in colour and looks stunning. It has given me some problems here and there, but I can not bring myself to sell it. Wherever I go my Omega turns more heads than most BMW’s and Mercs. (maybe because it is a very rare car in Namibia). Parts can be expensive when things go wrong, but eBay has been helpful. An Omega fan for life. 184085 km on the clock this is an excellent car if well taken care of.
Submitted: 2013-09-18 | ID: 49684
The car is powerful. I imported it last week from Japan and it only has 50k km on the clock if you can believe it? It is like a battle tank and very safe. I like the interior design and exterior. It is special.
Submitted: 2013-01-12 | ID: 49682
This was the second Omega I owned and it was a joy to drive. Despite being an older version of the MV6 I owned before, it was just as good. The interior felt a little dated, but everything worked and nearly everything was electric! It put newer cars to shame. The engine was fabulous and despite not being the most potent by todays standards; (it was used in the Carlton) it was more than enough to despatch the wannabe boy racers. Never had a moments trouble with it and it was rarely cold; it was used everyday. I could not have asked for a better car. It looked great with the Irmscher kit, it went like hell and never caused me a headache. I loved the heavy body and the rear wheel steering as it made you appriciate the joy of driving a powerful car such as this. Such a shame I had to sell it due to my other half not liking big cars. They really do not make them like this anymore. Pity.
Submitted: 2012-01-04 | ID: 49683
What a car, and after owning the 3.2 Mv6 before this. All I can say is if you want pure luxury, this is the one with extra possible including sat nav.
Submitted: 2011-03-25 | ID: 49681
Well folks my 2.5TD Estate has done 140,000 miles and is 17 years old. Never broken down once but of course it has been maintained through the years. So it has had a set of new wishbones and new front discs, 2 windscreens and new rear shocks and shock absorbers but that doesn’t add up to a great deal in 17 years now does it? It will easily exceed the speed limit in the UK and will turn over 100 miles/hour on the Autobahn even today. And generally on a long trip I get 37 to 38 miles to the gallon. It is a terrific car and my only beef with it is the build quality of the interior is not as good as the rest of the car and it does feather the front tyres no matter how many times I get the tracking sorted. However, I love my car and I have driven a lot of newer inferior ones. Great shame they don’t still make it. Great Engine.<br /><br />
Responses to this review
I have had Omegas for many years. Regarding front tyres; check front suspenion ball joints, carry out a yearly diagonal wheel change incuding spare. Then it is abvisable to diagnostic wheel alightment - James Scott from Northamptonshire
Submitted: 2011-01-08 | ID: 49679
Great sound, love the hidey hole.
Submitted: 2010-02-22 | ID: 49678
The Omega is a great car to drive, very comfortable if you are on a long journey, front chairs go up or down. Very spacious legroom in the back and a big boot. The Heater heats up in seconds and gets very hot quickly.
Submitted: 2010-02-09 | ID: 49677
This is also my second Omega, the first got wrote off in December 2007 - she was a 2.6mv6 gold and in a1 condition. I bought my present car in February 2008. It has a full irmscher body kit, twin pipes, 18ins irmscher wheels, and the best of all is a duel fuel job. I’m paying 40.9 per litre. When i saw it I’d already made my mind up to buy it. Both cars have been totally reliable. I just love the shape, the room, the price; it handles well and of course has all the toys. I will be keeping her for as long as I can because it just does so many things so well. Variant: cd. Year Of Make: This vehicle was bought.
Submitted: 2009-07-22 | ID: 49690
This is the best car in the world. It is shame that they are no longer for sale new.
Submitted: 2009-07-20 | ID: 49688
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As a Carlton and Omega owner of many years this, the last of the line, was one of the best. It’s 2.6 V6 is punchy, lifting up its skirts and flying when the tacho hits 4000rpm. Beautiful motorway cruiser with cruise control as standard. The spec list leaves most 2009 cars in the cold. Heated front and rear seats, auto wipe, reversing sensors. Xenon lights, Sunshine roof and his ’n’ hers climate control. The back is so spacious that with the rear seats folded down I can fit a full size door in the boot and shut the lid! Most reliable - never broken down. Had one oil gasket changed on the front crankshaft and one broken coil spring at the rear - but I never noticed until the MOT! If you control your right foot it will easily return 30+mpg. Beautiful BOSE sound system with multi CD player. All electric leather front seats with autodim rear view mirror. The list goes on and on. The car is smooth ride makes my son in law’s new BMW 5 series feel wholly crude. The Omega is fitted with an excellent auto gear box - sport and snow mode too if you need it. Rear wheel drive and very good turning circle. It came with Pirelli P6 tres that tramlined badly, now has Mitchelin’s on its 7 spoke alloy wheels and they are much more supple and don’t tramline. Even has a proper spare wheel. For those snobs who believe they value German engineering and buy a Mercedes etc for that reason, well this is all German too, in fact a lot more German than those Mercedes that are built in America, or the Audi’s built in Hungary! I will miss it when it goes.
Submitted: 2009-07-16 | ID: 49687
This is our 2nd Omega, its a facelift 2.6 MV6 auto. These cars are totally under-rated in my opinion. Neither of our Omegas have ever let us down in 3 years of ownership. The 2.6 MV6 is great fun to make progress in, it loves motorways and twisty B roads alike. Very well specced, inc cruise control, traction control, climate control, electric everything etc etc etc........ Perfomance is brilliant, especially when the multi-ram intake system comes in at 3500 rpm........Left many a hot hatch behind....... Looks lovely too in light green metallic and a joy to own. My car is 8 yrs old now but still looks modern and smart on its standard 17" alloys. Take proper care of it with regular services and genuine parts and an Omega will last years and years and years, V6 is bulletproof.......... Overall.........Highly recommended.
Submitted: 2009-07-08 | ID: 49689
Similar problems to Patrick Mitchell - CD radio failure, drivers door lock-multiple failures, front brakes overhauled, left cylinder head oil leak, self-levelling rear suspension shot. Despite all of that, it has only broken down once in 7 years, due to a fan belt idler gear failure. I bought it to travel regularly between Lincolnshire and Berlin. Its ability to sit on cruise control at 110 mph on the autobahn makes the journey bearable, if not fun. It still raises a grin when I floor the throttle at 125 mph, and it changes down a gear, and it will show its rump to many a BMW. This is the best car I’ve ever had, and I’ll keep it until it dies but, due to the fuel consumption, I have to run a second, economical car, which is also a Vauxhall.
Submitted: 2009-05-12 | ID: 49691
Fantastic load lugger, and very practical and comfortable. Particularly good motorway cruiser, which is essentially what I needed. Fuel economy is appalling (realistic 70MPH motorway driving delivers around 23MPG, dropping to 18/19MPG on urban drives). Lots of bells and whistles on this model but during the 4 years I’ve owned it I have lost count of the number of niggles and faults, which have been surprisingly expensive to fix for a Vauxhall: - Cambelt sensors changed - Front door locks broke and replaced twice (could not unlock car with key, brute force, or anything, had to climb in from the back!) - Vauxhall dealer told me they have redesigned the solenoids and locks three times and still can’t fix this known fault! - Alternator @ £230 for a re-conditioned unit! - Shreds front tyres so got through plenty of those - Stereo developed several intermittent faults including jamming CDs inside it - Auto box kept sticking in 4th gear. Vauxhall said need new ECU but WD40 on the ECU connector sorted it - Front brake wear sensors shredded 3 times (and Vauxhall dealers don’t have a clue which ones to give you as replacements, I had to take several versions each time and bring back the ones I didn’t use) - Two lots of front disks, 1 lot of rear - Front suspension/steering nearly collapsed at 6 years old - Front subframe mounts rusted through to the point that the car almost became permanently un-MOT-able .. and the list goes on! Great, large, comfortable car when it works, expensive when it goes wrong, which is frequently. Unfortunately that will be the last Vauxhall I will own!
Responses to this review
You say that the car shreds front tyres? How can you do that in a rear wheel drive car? Do you mean that the car wears out front tyres because of incorrect tracking? - Colin Fairhurst from Conwy
Submitted: 2009-03-16 | ID: 49685
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