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Hi there, it's my first post on here and I've not even been lurking for a while. Only found out about this forum last week....

So I bought a 1995 Omega 2.0 16v CD Estate on ebay last week, unseen and untested for £300 :lmao:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4616112421

I haven't picked it up yet, will go there tomorrow....Part of this was really an experiment or me:

1. Have faith in people and the feedback system on ebay - they seemed genuine, so was the description genuine....
2. How 'cheap' can I go with motoring.....

I tend to have this habbit of going from new to an old toy and to new again.....After a new Nissan Patrol I went for a 16 year old BMW 750iL for £1000, the car was very good, besides the normal servicing and hole in the radiator nothing needed doing, but the fuel bill was nearly £160 a week, so I got a personal lease on a new VW Golf IV GT TDI 2.0 @ £199/month which made it actually cheaper than the old BMW...

So here is my latest experiment....Could I drive this car for a year and would it be 'cheap'.....

The jury's out until at least tomorrow, but as a precaution I have taken out unlimited breakdown cover earlier this week (to avoid the 48hour waiting period)....

I'm hoping that the rough idle and stalling is the usual idle valve cleaning job and that they've the described the car properly....But I'm not chickening out and have a feeling that I'll become the parts departments best friend/pension plan....

As I live next to Whipsnade, there is at least a breakers around the corner :lmao:

Roll-on tomorrow.....
 

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Welcome :)

This forum is full of knowledgable, friendly people, who are more than willing to give advice, and sometimes even physical help, though we don't seem to have too many Dunstable/Luton members here, but at least 1 in Aylesbury and a few in north London.
 

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welcome

does sound genuines, bit i couldnt see the mileage listed, any ideas

llots of the issues are bearable or superficial so im sure you can have it sorted
 

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DejongJ Welcome to VxON:Cool2:

Hope they have receipts to prove the Cambelt and Tensioners were done, have to admit I was looking at the same motor for a little while.

Markiec the mileage is in one of the questions its on 143K not bad for the year.
 

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If you do need to do do cambelt/tensioners, also budget on replacing water pump, as this is driven by cambelt on your engine, and its not unheard of for them to seize.
 

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Thanks for the advice and the welcome!

Yes, the mileage is 143K...They've owned it since 2001...I'm not bothered about the 'little' niggles and inconveniences...Heck it's just me to drive in it, so for now I don't care about the rear door and window and not matching door handle :)

I'm indeed going to ask or some proof on the timing belt and water pump as well...If not than I'll just do it out of precaution (pending the state of the rest....) I'm also planning to double check the state of the normal service items etc...And probably just give it all a nice pampering so I know where I am starting from....

Just got to resist my wife's suggestion to give it a good clean and wax to make it representable again...Unless she's offering!

BTW Does the description of the rough idle and stalling sound like a common cleanup job to you guys?

Also and now you may think I am truly crazy...I'm looking to do about 500-700 miles per week in it.....That's why I had to resit the force of the V6, I've been there before with my 7-series and thought second hand you've got to go top of the range...So bring on the V12...But on my kind of mileage it was a bit much....So I had to stay sensible and go for the small 2L...

I'm surprised to hear there aren't many luton/dunstable people around....You know with Vauxhall used to be here etc....Maybe they know something we don't :)
 

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The icv (Idle control valve) is common prob on 2.0l lumps, give it a clean and see if that cures the rough idling.

I was driving through Luton yesterday, and although every other car is a Vauxhall, not many Omegas.
 

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DejongJ Welcome to VxON:Cool2:



Markiec the mileage is in one of the questions its on 143K not bad for the year.

heres the problem with me looking whilst i am getting read for work - i miss things! thanks nixoro

this isnt bad at all - reckon could be a bargain!!
 

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What stopped you from going for it?
I was going to go after it for my folks but unfortunately for my folks the funds weren't there at the time.

Whipsnade thats near where vauxhallspares.co.uk is located bit of a bonus they have a lot of stuff you possibly know them.

Still looks like you may have yourself a bargain hope its all good for you.
 

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Whipsnade thats near where vauxhallspares.co.uk is located bit of a bonus they have a lot of stuff you possibly know them.
Indeed! I didn't know they were there...I'm up on Chilterns, so it is literally a glide down from me....I guess I'll be making some new friends :lmao:

They send me the V5 and MOT this morning, I just got the tax...So let's hope I can get home...My wife will be following me in her car.....

I'm glad to hear there was a fund problem :shame: I used an e-bay sniper service to avoid getting in a bidding war, it did go right up to my max bar 55p....Anything more than £300 for something unseen is a bit too much of a gamble to take.....As whilst cheap for a car, it's still a lot of money.....
 
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THere is a thread on cleaning the ICV and associated plumbing on here - makes a world of difference
 
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Glove box handle is about £5 and takes about an hour to swap over

Air con regas well worth it
 

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Cheers....I've printed off and studied the various ICV threads here and elsewhere....And think I'll do the firetrap mod at the same time as well....

Thanks or the glove box handle tip...

Aircon was a must...Especially for my other half...The moment I looked at another car without aircon I heard this voice saying "you might as well have kept my old escort if you can do without aircon"...Gosh after all those years she still doesn't realise that I just never would like to be seen in an Escort :)....

Getting the engine and running gear in tip top shape is my first priority...Then I'll do the cosmetics....Luckily Aircon isn't a necessity yet.....

Should I consider those DIY sets at Halfords, or just go to a specialist?
 

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Right the verdict was....Plain stupid! :down:

The car was totally not as advertised, it was a non-runner when I arrived....

It was more dirty than I imagined and I imagined it to be bad...Looked like it was stored at a farm as a chicken house....But hey with some elbow grease that could be sorted...

The rust was unbelievable, not just the two doors as advertised but just everywhere....

Finally got the engine going due to flat battery...Took 15 minutes of my Murano @ 2500 revs....So about 100 gallons of fuel :lmao: And boy did this thing smoke....Check the oil and there was more mayonaise than you get on your chips in holland....

And bingo, the board computer did its diagnosis and the coolant low error came up.....Nice brown coolant by the way....

I can't believe I didn't walk away yet, but no I took it for a spin and was so scared....The front shocks were totally gone...And the vibrations front the front left wheel was enormous at only 10 miles per hour and increasing with speed.....

Haven't got my money back yet....But I'm more a court type person instead of flexing my muscles...Especially as my wife and 3 year old daughter were with me....

So that's the end of the experiment....Even with 195 positive feedback, people are still liars and deny any knowledge of those extra faults..... :cry:

Ah well plenty more cars around, the problem for me is that I now have to get a refund in tax, undo the insurance, make my lease car the primary car again...And have two weeks to find another car....:eh
 
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Sorry to hear it didn't work out for you. :(

I am always suspicious of ebayers selling stuff after a long period of inactivity. Blatant misrepresentation means you should get your money back....eventually.

I am sure you will find a good one soon enough. :)

If you want cheap, consider a Carlton or Senator, both very very good motors.
 
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