I bought my Omega in 1999 with 60,000 miles on the clock. The automatic V6 has now clocked up 107,000 miles and the car runs and feels as good as new. The V6 engine is the strongest part of the Omega package and I find it very difficult to fault. Granted, I have spent a fair bit maintaining it, including new HT leads, cam cover gaskets & DIS module. Some parts are expensive but you don't buy a V6 unless your prepared to fork out for it when things go wrong. The car itself drives beautifuly, it rides and handles with aplomb (and thats with 107k on the clock!) After all my praise however the autobox died a few days ago, but as it has never had an oil change and regularly gets hammered by my enthusiastic driving style I can hardly blame it. £1500 for a repair is more than I can stomach so I am spending half of that converting the car to manual. The car is comfortable, very spacious and is loaded with many toys. I have no problem with build quality and if bought second hand then the car is an absolute bargain, a fact recognised by many motoring magazines (a batch of 'used Omega bargain' articles appeared recently). In my search for the current Omega I took various others for a test drive was less than impressed with one of the 2.0 manual GLS models which was far worse to drive than my 140k miles 1992 Carlton! So there may well be many poor examples out there. To be fair to those who criticise the car, I would not pay £25,000 for a new top spec V6, my money would then be spent on Audi/BMW/Mercedes, however, as a used buy, fantastic! The V6 and TD engines fitted to CDX/MV6 or Elite models will impress most.
I've had a P-reg 2.5V6 CDX Omega for nearly three years and by now I would normally be looking around for a replacement car. However, this car is so good and enjoyable to drive that I'll keep it for at least another year provided that it behaves itself. Faults have been few and far between and have been fixed by the Vauxhall West End quickly. They will either collect and return the car or provide a courtesy vehicle. Acceleration is excellent, the auto-box never misses a beat or finds itself in the wrong gear. Brakes are a bit soft but given a good push will stop the car in plenty of time. Petrol consumption around town is poor due the large engine and the fact that the air conditioning compressor is running all the time as part of the climate control system. The only criticisms are that the ride is somewhat soft at slow speed, the quality of the finish is average and the headlights don't illuminate the road effectively. It also seems to eat tyres. The new shape is a lot more bland and less interesting that the original both inside and out. Second hand values now offer exceptional value for money.