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Omega General Help / Re: Which sensor is this then?
« on: 22 July 2007, 20:51:28 »
Toe in or Toe out - it is wheel alignment.  Search for wheels in motion and you will find a good place to get it sorted!

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Omega General Help / Re: Which sensor is this then?
« on: 22 July 2007, 09:26:28 »
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 so I am not sure what could be causing the sound

Small stone wedged between the caliper & disc?


Very likely I would say - I had exactly this on an Astra that I owned once.

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Omega General Help / Re: Code 89, and now 135
« on: 17 July 2007, 10:28:51 »
Sorry to hear this mate - have you not though about doing what Marks DTM says?  He is usually if not always right in what he says..

Just a thought.

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Omega General Help / Re: Code 89, and now 135
« on: 15 July 2007, 23:31:35 »
Sounds like a plan.  I would be interested to hear how you get on with removing the sensors from their respective downpipes.  Remember that the are very Fragile when removing them.

Two other thoughts - are you sure that the wiring from the sensor to the loom is not suspect?  Check to see that there are no cuts in the wires, the wire is not rubbing on the chassis / engine etc.  Sometimes the sensors can appear to have failed as there is no earth.  You may be lucky and find that if you loosen the sensor, clean up the threads removing any corrosion that you may find, and refitting it, the earth will be restored and the sensor works again.  Worth a go and won't cost you anything.

Hope this helps.

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Omega General Help / Re: Code 89, and now 135
« on: 15 July 2007, 23:07:00 »
No offense meant or intended, but I have always read and been told that it is not worth using anything but OEM (genuine parts) for Lambda sensors.

I know of a colleague at work who runs a Corsa.  Her sensor was replaced and she was pleased to have got in done cheaply due to a non OEM unit being fitted. The car was back in the workshop two months later as the new sensor had failed.  She insisted on a genuine item being fitted on my advice.  That was six months ago now.

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Omega General Help / Re: Which Omega to go for .......
« on: 05 July 2007, 16:11:04 »
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My 3.2 MV6 auto manages about 26-27 MPG overall but not a great deal of that is real town driving. Mostly "A" roads with a little urban driving either end. Normally fairly sedate driving with the odd blast  [smiley=evil.gif] It certainly does get through a bit in real city driving but I don't do enough of that to really have a feel for it. Short trips seem to put a fair dent in the consumption as well.

On a motorway run, it'll do low 30's if you're not caning it. Have seen 35MPG average on a trip round the M25 where most of the driving was around 60 due to weight of traffic.

Handling is nice on the MV6. It can be chucked around impressively for a car of its' size. Certainly a bit crisper than an Elite I test drove but I'm only drawing a comparison to one other car so that may not be too representative. You do feel a few bumps through the suspension but it's still a comfortable ride compared to most cars at that level of handling IMHO.

I find performance is great. 0-60 in about 8 on paper for the 3.2 but it has power throughout the rev range meaning you don't have to give it any grief to drive quite briskly. Overtaking is a total breeze. In general a very comfortable and fun car to drive.

Overall cost of ownership depends how much maintenance you can do yourself. To be honest, with the help of the information on this site, and if you're willing to have a go, that will probably be most of it. Cam belt and tensioners need replacement every 40,000 miles / 4 years so that is a significant cost if you're getting a garage to do it, but help is always at hand here and it'll cost around 100 odd quid a time for the parts only. Ignore the 20,000 mile service interval and change the oil much more regularly. 3000-5000 miles is our recommendation but this is a 20 minute job once you're used to it. See the technical info. section for more details of servicing recommendations. It's worth changing the coolant reasonably regularly too, to avoid a couple of issues that can be caused by a weak antifreeze mix. On the whole, you'll see most of the regular problems with an Omega cropping up here but most are not expensive to fix and, provided the cam belt situation is kept on top of, there aren't often major problems.

A 3.2 will probably have other expenses over and above the 2.6. Tyres may be a little more expensive, for example. I find good quality tyres from the big names are about 100 quid a corner or thereabouts (235/45/17).

The only thing I didn't have on the MV6 spec. that I particularly wanted was cruise control and fortunately adding that was only a matter of changing the indicator stalk for one with the requisite extra buttons and getting the feature enabled using a Tech2. I find it's easy to let your speed wander (usually upwards ::) ) and cruise control helps keep that in check on motorway runs.

Sorry for the load of waffle but having been in your situation about 6 months ago most if this is fresh in my mind. I haven't once looked back, by the way :)

Kevin

Excellent advice there and I agree with it.

Just to put my view forward, I have a 1998 2.5 CDX and love the smoothness of the engine.  Power is also very good I find.  Now that I have changed the exhaust and the crank sensor, my economy has improved to around 22 - 25 around town and low 30s on a run.  The one thing I would advise is decide on the spec that you want and then go for this.  I say this as, although I have the CDX with Leather and Electric Pack (which makes it a virtual Elite), I now find myself wanting the Elite.  In fact I am actively looking for a late(ish) Elite oil cooler project.

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Omega General Help / Re: Sensor-question?
« on: 13 July 2007, 09:33:56 »
Here is the link that will take you to the FAQ board.  There are several excellent threads about the sensors by MarksDTM.  These will tell you all you need to know. :)

http://www.omegaowners.com/forum/YaBB.pl?board=faq

This link will take you to the front page.  There may be other threads on pages 2 and 3.

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Omega General Help / Re: Comsumption!
« on: 11 July 2007, 20:23:40 »
Yep, I second that.  Will be difficult if not impossible to remove as the wiring from the sensor goes round the back of the engine.  I would also expect that if the sensor on the car is original it will probably be duff anyway.

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Omega General Help / Re:  idler arm removel
« on: 12 July 2007, 15:53:19 »
You could always use an electrical freezer spray instead of butane gas.  For safety and health reasons if nothing else!

Here is a link:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Search.aspx?criteria=freezer%20spray&source=15&SD=Y

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Omega General Help / Re: Steering Box Price Sooo Funny
« on: 11 July 2007, 11:23:47 »
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they are a little expensive

Understatement of the year there I think!

I thought that the variable effort (or speed sensitive) steering was fitted to all V6 models and the 2.5TD models.

Sorry to hear of your woes with the steering by the way.

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Omega General Help / Re: AirCon, question/s
« on: 11 July 2007, 20:27:26 »
If it were me, I would also have the receiver / dryer replaced although I understand what the aircon guy is saying about the system not being down for long.

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Omega General Help / Re: cam sensor
« on: 06 July 2007, 16:41:45 »
less prone to failure (hopefully!)

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Omega General Help / Re: cam sensor
« on: 06 July 2007, 15:35:46 »
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Cam sensor failure only happens on the 4 pots.....yet to see one on the V6 (although I have seen some heavy handed people damage them!)

There is a modified sensor for the Simtec systems now.................

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery
« on: 06 July 2007, 15:24:54 »
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Don't know about that - my project involved abusing it from a charging/discharging (the real motive was because I was into radio controlled car racing at time, and we charged from 12v batteries. But I got a good mark for the project)

Sounds fun! My project was investigating how transistors performed at elevated temperatures. Elevated in this case meant burying them in sand in an old baked bean tin and training all the bunson burners in the lab at it  ;)

A mate of mine did penetration of air pistol pellets into plasticine, although that got knocked on the head early after a clueless supply teacher picked up the loaded air pistol and inadvertently took a pot shot at the class!

Happy days! I bet schools are a bit dumbed down these days...

Kevin

Yep, schools certainly are dumbed down owing to the fear of an accident and being sued.  I think that the science section of the curriculum needs sorting.  For example, the method described above would not even be considered these days which I think is a very great pity.

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Omega General Help / Re: Battery
« on: 06 July 2007, 15:21:19 »
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No, cannot top up seal for life batteries.

 ;)

Done this in the past, lever off lid, top up, get another year or so!
Any risk it letting you down? Been there, learned my lesson (and for those who know me, thats why there is always a set of jumpleads in boot)

Agreed.  At the first sign of a battery failing, I change it without delay.  I find the Vaux GO range to be reasonably priced even without a TC.

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