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The Omega is one of the landmarks in Opel’s inventory. It has been in production for 17 successful years, yielding two generations of iconic German saloons/estate vehicles. The very next year after the launch of manufacture, the model has managed to take European Car of the Year (1987) award. Although its production was ceased in 2003, the car is still popular in multiple markets. Let’s have a look at Opel Omega review.
Opel Omega 1st-Gen Overview
It was in 1986 that the first Omega A rolled off the production line. The vehicle was available in saloon and estate body versions. Besides, the model was marketed worldwide under rebadged variants: Cadillac Catera (North America), Chevrolet Omega (South America), Vauxhall Omega (the UK), Holden Commodore (Australia), and Chevrolet Lumina (the Middle East).
The first Omegas were a replacement for the Rekord. They boasted the availability of an onboard computer, ABS, LCD fascia, a self-diagnose system, electronic engine management. The cars featured a rear-wheel drive mated with a 4-speed automatic/5-speed manual transmission. The lineup of engines included 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder units of 1.8-/2.0-/2.4-/2.6-/3.0-liter capacity (petrol); a triple of diesels was offered too.
The 1st-gen Omegas were introduced in four trims levels: base LS, GL, GLS & CD. Moreover, the manufacturer added Diamond package in 1988 as well as a limited edition Omega 3000 sports car. The Diamond trim comprised alloy wheels, tinted windows, leather trim accents, stereo system, painted grille & door mirrors.
The Omega 3000 was shipped with a 3.0-liter engine, rated at 177 hp, a lower suspension, a limited slip differential, a rear spoiler, and sport-style trimming. The daredevil could accelerate from 0 to 1000 km/h for 8.8 seconds. In 1989 Opel upgraded the powertrain to a 204-powerful 24-valve engine that allowed the vehicle to accelerate for 7.6 seconds.
Opel Omega 2nd-Gen Highlights
In 1994 Opel launched Omega of the second generation – the Omega B1. It has been in production until 1999. The model featured a coupe-like exterior and some advanced interior improvements. In 1999 the manufacturer launched the Omega B2 as the facelift version of the B1. The key novelty was the implementation of electronic stability control (ESC); the other changes included the update of taillights, grille, external mirrors, bumpers, wheels as well as of internal central console, controls and air conditioning system.
The lineup of engines, listed under Opel Omega review, was replenished by a 2.2-liter 16-valve unit, a 3.2-liter V6, and a 2.6-liter V6. Furthermore, in 2001 Open introduced a brand-new 2.5-liter TDI diesel engine from BMW.
It is fair to say that pre-used Opel Omega is better equipped than many up-to-date vehicles. It totally corresponds to the renowned German quality label. According to thousands of pleased owners, the vehicle’s strong points are: a spacious cabin, ride smoothness, a large trunk, rich equipment, availability of spare parts. On the other side, the model consumes much fuel, low clearance index, and has some electronics issues.
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