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Vauxhall Omega GLS 2.2i 16v 4-door Saloon

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      03.05.2002 23:35
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      I have an Omega 2.2 GLS (2001 X Reg.) and think it is an excellent car. A recent jaunt to France showed me the extent of this cars ability. I was surprised at how 'fresh' I felt after the drive... I have just sold a Silver Shadow II, and the Omega was even more comfortable over the miles... Quality is vastly improved over the series 1, pre-facelift model, especially the feel, look, and quality of the plastics used in the interior. The surfaces now have a tactile 'soft feel' as well as looking a whole lot better (although not quite up to the BMW 5 series standards). I opted for a light beige interior, rather than the rather sombre dark grey, which gives the interior an even greater feeling of space, although this colour is prone to marks. I had the interior protected (carpets and seats), to ensure spillage's do not soak into the seats, and dirt can be wiped straight off. This treatment also included all the surfaces of the interior, and should safeguard cracking and discolouring of the plastics. This cost about £200, but was well worth it, as it included sealing of the paint work against the elements also. The driver environment is clearly and logically laid out, with all controls within easy reach, and nice clear black and white dials. The 'info centre' gives date, time, outside temperature and includes a trip computer and/or Sat Nav on higher spec models. All Omegas from the 1999 facelift have a radio/single shot CD player as standard, which actually produces decent quality sounds. The new 'clever climate control' works well but may prove not be so clever after all, as my car spent two weeks recently at a local dealer, while they attempted to trace a fault.... Handling is very good for a large vehicle with excellent body control, except when 'pushed' through corners. But to drive the car like a sports car is missing the point totally. This is a very room
      y, well built executive express, that can haul 5 adults and luggage in comfort over great distances. Safety kit is also generous with driver, passenger and side airbags as standard, ABS with emergency assist, front seats designed to prevent whiplash, seatbelt pre-tensioners and the normal items such as side impact protection beams. This gives the cars equipped with side air bags a four star rating from Encap. (the AA site is a very good source of information re this) The Power steering is like most systems of today, giving you a decent amount of feel and I personally think much better than some systems available today from the likes of Jaguar and Ford. The ride can be on the 'firm' side at times, although never harsh, and I think the suspension set up gives a very satisfactory compromise between city and motorway cruising, where this car is in its element. Performance is a relative term, and I think the 2.2 gives a reasonable amount or urge for its size and capacity. It also gives a decent compromise between power and economy, giving a top speed of around 128 MPH in auto form. It still returns an average of over 30 MPG The Holden Commodore from Australia is basically this car with a Buick V6 or Corvette 5.7 V8, so as I say 'performance is relative'. It would be nice to have the power, but in the UK you pay at the pump, and with your insurance premiums. This car is best sampled as a used buy (if you are paying yourself) due to lethal depreciation, and Network Q dealers source 'nearly new examples' at almost half their list price. The Vauxhall Dealer Network (in my experience) leaves something to be desired, but the Network Q 1 year warranty and roadside assistance is worth having. Because my car was only just 1 year old, and had remained inside the Vauxhall Network, it still had 2 years of it's factory warranty also. Take it from me, this was not the 'used car of
      the year' in two leading publications for nothing.

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