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The Omega Man Review, Gm (Cadillac Catera) Opel Vauxhall.

Reviewing: Vauxhall (Gm) Omega 2.5 Td Cdx Saloon  |  Rating:
Glen Smith By Glen Smith on
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The Vauxhall Omega, is or I should sat was, available as a saloon, or an estate, and, is powered by the BMW Turbocharged Diesel engine, which is a 2.5 litre straight six. The engine was used by Vauxhall as a stop gap, because theirs was not ready in time. The decision was a good one for anyone buying the car, because you get a quality BMW engine that is tried and tested, this was actually better than the Vauxhall unt that replaced it.

These were available with a manual or an automatic gearbox, which was fitted with a sport button, this holds the car in lower gears for longer, giving that much more revolutions, but not as much torque, so possibly not that effective on the Diesel. The weighs in at almost 1.7 Tonnes, so even with this 2.5 litre lump, the power to weight ratio is not particularly good.

Having a heavy car with a decent engine, coupled to an auto box, makes for a brilliant tow car, and the torque is fantastic, torque is what pulls the car up hills, not power, so this car just keeps climbing no mater what it's carrying or pulling.

These cars were built in the Opel factory in Russelsheim in Germany. Opel has a very good name in quality control and build quality. In the US the car is called the Cadillac Catera.

Economy is good for a vehicle of this weight. I can get just over fifty on a run, although in stop start town driving this drops to as little as 25!

For carrying capacity, the boot is brilliant, the rear seat is split, and folds down, so you can load long items. The car has a Ski hatch for well, Skis, and Fishing rods etc.. The front passenger seat backrest also drops down too, this makes it even more practical, this could take a Grandfather clock no problem.

Roadholding is good, comfort is lovely, and for a Diesel, the car is quiet and vibration free.

OK now for the factory fitted equipment, or "Toys":-

Electric operated mirrors, also heated & colour coded.

Radio, Cassette player (Yes some of us still have them) plus CD player with 4 disc autochanger. This radio has RDS and eight speakers.

Tinted windows, all electric of course..

Climate control, and a sunroof.

Remote boot release.

Heated reclining & height adjustable front seats.

HID Headlights, automatically adjustable.

Adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls.

Adjustable seat belt height.

Alloy wheels.

Speed sensitive power steering.

Colour coded side strips and bumpers.

Remote keyfob so you can lock and unlock the car, or open the boot from as far as twenty feet away!

There is plenty of spec to these cars, check it out, and compare with your own car, considering these were designed in the late eighties, they are pretty much up to date. My car is ten years old now, and it looks like it could go on for another ten!

I have had three of these, so can thoroughly recommend them.