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The ford ka is a great first time car I bought one to start driving again after a year without driving to gain my confidence back. Having said that don't be put off by its size as it may be small but looks can be deceiving! it's very quick and 'nippy' probably because it weighs hardly anything. Another great thing is how small it is which makes parking it very very easy which was a great advantage for me especially living in a big city where spaces are few and far between. The petrol usage is not the best available but it's not the worst either. There is however a common fault with Ka's which I recently incurred with mine which is the spark plugs and leads often burn out leading to a jolting movement when you give it too much gas so beware! In my model which is an 04 plate it is only really a 4 seater as there's no seatbelt for the middle seat which is a disadvantage, another down side to the Ka I have found is that I trusts really easily particularly around the petrol tank flap which is very unsightly. I think a benefit of the ka is that they are quite cheap to repair in terms of the cost of the parts I have found compared to other cars. It is quite a comfortable to be in the front and the back even though I wouldn't say it's built for comfort and I can happily do a 3 hour journey without any complaints. However, there is the issue of older models have a cassette player instead of a CD player and the FM radio being difficult to use but radios can be replaced and the boot space is quite limited but that's what you get with a small hatchback car. Overall as a little car to get from A to B I think this car is brilliant and is does the job it's not the most luxurious but it's pretty practical.
The Ford Ka is fun to drive with a good level of reliability. It doesn't have the chic feel of other competitors, such as the Fiat 500. The car has virtually zero spec and is quite poorly equipped. That being said, the car is sturdy and does what it says on the tin. Perfect for inner city driving, returning a good overall MPG. The car itself is surprisingly spacious inside, given it is one of the smallest cars on the market - and Ford deserve a well done for managing to cram all the interior in, and still leaving some room. The car has begun to look a bit dated, as there are many modern equivalents available now.
Overall, the Ford Ka is good for you if:
- You have small, inner city commutes
- You are a first time driver (excellent first car)
- You don't have to transport a lot of people
- And you want good reliable car with cheap running costs
Both I and my little brother learned to drive in my Mum's second hand Ford Ka and she's survived both of us; I who tried my best to mangle the clutch and my brother who almost broke the brakes. I don't know how old she was when she was bought, but we've had her for about 10 years. It's a fantastic little thing with a low centre of gravity so you can throw it into corners and it will actually go around them unlike my '97 Ford Fiesta. It's very easy to drive, the clutch is very soft, the gears go in easily and the brakes are very quick to respond making it perfect for a first car, it's also cheap to buy, fairly cheap to insure and quite economical on the fuel front. I don't know about other ones, but my Mum's came with ABS which I had to use on a couple of occasions and stopped me crashing into a multitude of very hard objects.
However, despite being a very nice little car, she does have her faults. First and foremost, the rust hole in the passenger side that you can now see daylight through and the hole in the exhaust. The electric windows don't work either but at least it has back windows that open. Having said that, you can get a Ka for about £500 now, ours is valued at £300 so it's a good little first car if you don't mind that something will probably break.
My biggest praise for the Ford Ka is that I can actually reach to drive them; I'm 4'10" and have problems with the smallest of cars, but this one, no bother at all.
I had a 2001 1.3 Ford Ka, bought it after my little 96 Clio gave up in 2011 - may he rest in peace. Have to say the ford Ka was nice to drive, had power steering and everything.. Woo. Was smooth and at times I'd look down and realise i was doing 80mph oops, was defo I nice drive. However when it came to MOT. My car had the rust.. I was advised that ford kas are prone to this.. It's in their genes.. After getting iggy welded up, she had holes underneath the driver side, she was grand,, except for the gradual rust again around the petrol cap. I've since sold iggy to webuyanycar.com who gave me a good price... So if your thinking of buying a ford Ka I'd say do it for a cheap little run around.. And if u have a silver 2001 1.3 with a rust problem.. That's my iggy!
I love my Ford KA although I know practically nothing about cars.
A car that is in a low tax group, has really affordable replacement parts, so can be put through an MOT without fear of crippling repair costs, efficient with petrol. A small tank that gets a good number of miles out of it. Economically a superb car, brilliant as a first car or for those on a low budget. KA's look pretty cute too, a snazzy bubbly car that I feel safe in. Mine has been in a few little prangs here and there and is surprisingly resilient and repairs have always been affordable. KA's are superb little cars, great for a little run-around and surprisingly adapt to travel long distances. KA's are really simple too, easy to check gas and water, and even easy to change brake lights or rear lights when they blow, so really suitable for those who know nothing about the maintenance of a car.
KA's are small cars, more than one adult passenger is cramped while boot space is minimal, so not convenient if expecting to car share a lot or have a family, and not ideal if you travel with much luggage or make a big shopping trip. Linked to its small size and limited boot space the glove box is absolutely tiny so only the doors provide a very limited space to keep CD's.
Overall a wonderful small economically car.
I had a Ford Ka as my first car when I turned 17. I loved it! It was a 52 plate which when I bought it was only 8 years old and it cost me £850. If you buy these cars privately and not from a dealer you can get a really good price on them
Being my first car the insurance cost me £1500 which I thought was quite expensive but after the first year this halved. The insurance group on this car is reasonable and if you've been driving for many years you can get a really good price along with your NCB.
As my car was quite old I did have problems with it. My clutch went straight away and after time things started to go wrong. This does not mean all KA's will go wrong, mine was just not looked after by its previous owner. My mum has the same car as me but hers was an 05 plate. She didn't have any problems with her KA and it passed every M.O.T unlike mine. Even though it did go wrong every now and then it was cheap to repair. I had to get new tyres put on and the cost me £35 per tyre. This is a lot cheaper than some cars cost over £50 per tyre. One thing I do recommend if your heater breaks in your car get it fixed immediately!! I left mine for 2 years broken and it set alight which is why I don't have that car anymore. The AA man told me this is very uncommon so don't let that put you off buying one.
One thing that's no so cheap on this car is the tax. Per year this would cost £135. I found this quite pricey seeing as the new KA's tax is only £30 per year.
The car itself is very basic. Mine came with a radio built in but did not have a CD player. I had to buy one and fit it in myself which I found quite easy. It does not have electric windows or central locking but what do you expect with a car so cheap. I now have the new KA and I found the locks and petrol cap on my old one much easier to use. I would happily go back to my 52 plate KA than my new shape 09 plate as my new car has least features than my old.
Around town this is a great little runner. Mine was a 1.3L and it was great for commuting me to work and back. It was even a good little car for motorways but I would not suggest this car if your doing long journeys every day. Unfortunately during the winter months when we have snow this is not the best car. Being such a light car it's not safe for snow and I would advice you not to go out in it.
Overall I think this is an amazing car for when you first pass your test. I also thing it's good for people who drive round towns more than motorways. I loved my KA and would have it back again if I could.
The Ford KA. My first car and second. Today I'm going to review my second, the shape that is available currently from the dealers and the one I owned up until recently for around 3 years. As I was getting a new car, I bought their Zetec model which at the time was the model with the most features on. The list price of the car was close to £11000 which now looking back, I think was ridiculous for what is essentially a basic, small car (the salesman will probably knock some off by haggling). Now, there is also a higher spec Titanium model available and some limited edition grand prix versions. The more basic models are the Studio and Edge - they come with fewer features but have a lower price tag.
It is available in an array of solid and metallic colours including red, purple, blue, grey, silver and white. When I bought mine, the dealer told me that the KA has a chassis based on the Fiat 500 and ford have then added their own body kit to it. At the time they were hard to purchase and I had to visit several ford garages in order to get one as they were out of stock everywhere (not something I'd come across before!) but now they are more readily available both new and second hand.
The KA I owned came with all the standard features that the basic KA offers, which I might add isn't a lot - antilock brakes, immobiliser, driver and passenger airbags and power assisted steering being it's main features. The Studio model was the basic model at the time of my purchase and the things they made out to be features in the brochure were a little patronising in my view - one of the features listed was 'door mirrors, manually adjusted' (really, surely all cars have these?!). My 2009 zetec model had the following in addition to the more basic ones:
Colour coded features such as tailgate and door handles
Sporty clocks and trimming inside (in white)
Tinted back windows
Remote Central Locking
There are also things that didn't come with any model as standard, things that I would have to add for an extra price if I wanted them, some of them for around £400 a go! Bluetooth for example. There's an ipod docking connection in the centre console but this can't be used to make and receive calls via the stereo system, it just allowed me to listen to music from my phone through it - good idea but there wasn't anywhere to put my phone apart from the cup holder. In fact the cup holder is the only real place, apart from the glove box and side door compartments, that anything can be stored in.
Driving the Car
It is a great little car to drive, although my husband disagrees as it's far too small for his liking. I think the KA is still predominantly a girly car even with the updated design, to be honest he hated being seen in it. Comparing it to the older model, I don't think it handles the road half as well. This is definitely noticeable going around major corners in particular. My husband compared driving my second KA like driving a little van and I think by this he meant that you feel quite high up in the driving seat (and that's without messing with the height adjustment seat!), which was noticeable from the previous model where I felt very low down. The car is very nippy leaving the traffic lights, the 1.2 engine suits such a small car. It's predecessor had a 1.3 engine. Mine was a petrol tank 1.2, but it is also available as a 1.3 diesel.
I have no issue with the room at the front of the car, but I do with the back seat area. The reason I've now changed my car from the KA was because of having a baby. It was just in no way suitable for all the baby stuff I need to take out with me now, that's the main reason I traded it in. Plus, to get my baby's car seat into the back I had to turn it on it's side (the car only comes as a 3 door hatchback). This isn't something that's possible when she fell asleep in the seat. My options were either to wake her up to take her out to put the seat in the car or delay using the car until she'd woken up. I also bought one of the smallest travel systems for my daughter, yet it still was a struggle to get into the boot of the KA.
My KA was not without it's problems. The air-conditioning was horrendous, in fact it was almost laughable and got to the point where I just didn't use it because it had so little power. Whenever I complained to ford about this though, they said it was all due to it's small 1.2 engine. That makes me question as to why it is sold as a feature on this car - it obviously can't cope with it so why make it a feature? In winter I also had many issues and I tried to take advantage of the free 3 year warranty the car came with but got nowhere, It went to the garage three times and every time after looking they told me there was no problems with it (there clearly was). The car used to ice up on the odd occasion inside the front windscreen! One morning it was so bad I had to start scraping it inside. Not good for a car that was 2 years old at the time. Another thing was when it was steamed up inside on a cold day - it would take just under 3 miles of driving for it to have completely disappeared from the back windows. Not good.
I feel that Ford will need to up their game to keep the KA competing with other small city cars. There are so many car manufacturers making their own versions of a city car, often at a cheaper price. I don't see really what more you get for your money with the KA, particularly with the issues I experienced on my car. I've now got a fiesta, just because it's easier to put the pram in for my daughter. I'm not always going to automatically just going to buy fords though, I think they need to do a bit more to try to retain customers - next time I'll have no hesitation to look at all manufacturers before buying. I rate the KA 3 stars just because it's a good car for zipping about town in.
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I had a 1997 Ford Ka as my first ever car arond 3 years ago and it never failed me.
The stirring was very easy and powerful. Minimal effort was required considering it was an old car.
The brakes and accelerator worked perfectly and it was as though I was driving a modern car.
The only problems I encountered were hitting 4th gear, the car used to jolt slightly but that is quite common in the older Ford Kas I believe.
The 1997 model I had had a CD player and radio that worked to perfection. The dashboard was lower than I was used to in more modern cars which I found to be refreshing and less distracting for a nervous driver.
The fuel consumption was very low, I was travelling around 60miles a week and only topping up £10-20 a week.
The insurance was also considerably cheaper than any other 'old banger' I looked at buying.
Great first car, I would recommend this to anyone who has just passed their test.
If you are a nervous or brand new driver then this is the car for you! After a few bad accidents, it is easy to become a little nervous and start to question your abilities as a driver and if that is the case for you, then I could not recommend a Ford KA highly enough. Its easy to handle controls, effective steering and clunk-free gearbox make for a smooth and un-intimidating driving experience.
Both my mother and I, have relished our driving experience in this car. However, perhaps the real surprise is that my father and boyfriend have also requested to take this car out on multiple occasions. Its easy maneuverability and small size mean that this car can be parked in the smallest of spaces with ease. Its low fuel consumption also mean it is the perfect run around car for driving to work or around town.
Would I want to cover large distances in this car? No. Would I want to take this car abroad on long cross-country journeys? No, probably not. But has this car restored my driving confidence? Yes! And do I imagine that all members of my family, male and female alike, will continue to make daily use of this small and cost-effective vehicle? Yes, absolutely!
I had the two year itch, my Punto had done me proud but I was looking at the number plates and feeling deflated that my car was now 7 years old. It was 2008 and my Punto was a fantastic car, passed every mot and had only needed a new bulb but my 20 year old head wanted a newer car, it goves an impression of money (or so I thought).
I had my family on the hunt searching high and low through internet pages and news papers, I cannot count how many garages I trawled around but for my £2000 budget plus a car in part ex I could not find anything newer.
My dad told me about the KA he saw, how it was 2 and a half years old and in my budget. I shook my head, all I heard about these cars were that hairdressers drove them and they were dodgier than a tin of beans rattling their way down the road.
I gave her a chance and went down to the garage giving her a little test drive. She was pocket perfect handling a little heavy but had a shiny exterior and a cute little expression to match.
I must say that this car is reliable, through rain, snow and deep freezes the engine still starts first time like a dream and now little 'willow' is 7 years old.
Engine 1295cc with a 60 bhp and a maximum speed of 96mph.
The car is able to fit in four average sized adults and still drive very well. The alternator had needed to be changed twice but apart from that the car is great value for money. The boot is small but it is suitable for a trip to the supermarket for a couple or small family.
The doors remind me of aeroplane wings opening very wide allowing for the most awkward of car exiters to get out with style.
The bumpers on my model are a plastic grey which yes may be ugly to some but to me they are great as any tiny knocks or scratches do not show up!
The lights create the lady bug image and look sleek fitting into the body shape. The only issue is that when the bulbs need changing you end up with bruised hands as the spaces are very tiny; unless you take the whole unit out.
The seats are firm but do not move up or do anything other than back, forward and tilt. The leg space is a little small but for the size of the car this is to be expected and at 5'4" this is fine for me.
The dashboard is very curvy and contemporary with a little shelf just above the glove box. The shelf is ideal for your phones or anything which does not want to slip when driving, the glove box is decietfully spacious and can hold at least 6 CDs plus cleaning cloths.
The heating system is fantastic in the winter but in the summer there becomes a problem as the system does not shut off and causes you to boil unless the windows are open.
The original stereo was a tape player and as I do not have any tapes I put in my own CD player and fascia which can be picked up cheaply on Ebay. The wiring was easy enough to do as I am a complete amateur. The speakers are quite poor and sound a little tinny so I bought some extra which were fitted into the boot and the sound quality is increased no end.
It is hard to get used to the lack of rev counter or engine temperature gauge but at the turn of a key the engine strokes up well and runs quickly no matter what the weather. The power is very good especially for overtaking. The power steering is heavier than some models but in the ice and standing water the car does feel safer.
The car is often known as a go kart and handles corners brilliantly and smoothly. The economy is great with a petrol consumption of around 50 mpg. Overall in the past 5 years the car has only had two alternator changes and the obvious tyre replacements. The brakes are easy to change yourself as well as the bulbs and windscreen wipers. The only major negative is the body work and how easily it can rust but after being driven into it has held up well, actually better than our second car.
A highly recommended relaible car costing £3350 5 years ago.
I had a 1.3 ka before upgrading to the 1.6 StreetKA, i can honestly say i miss my old one! It was my first car and loved it. YEs they are pretty basic, mine was a 2000 model and didnt have air con, electric windows or central locking.. didnt even have a cd player. But they are so easy to drive, surpisingly quite spacious and cute to look at! However.. mine had one problem after the other and the engines are quite loud. Eevery common KA fault you can think of went wrong with mine, i am quite fortunate though to know a decent mechanic who looks after me. Main problem with KAs is rust, mine had a few patches that were irrepairable and just kept touching them up. In the end i cut my losses a week before the MOt was due and opted for the faster sportier looking KA. The 1.3 KA is really good on petrol, i was getting around 45mpg in short town journeys. Parts are also cheap, and insurance was only £40 a month with only 2 years no claims. Really good for a first car, recommend :)
When my Focus packed in, I was forced into a small garage with my tail in between my legs asking for a cheap car on finance. I've had my little KA a year now, and I've not looked back. My KA is reliable, cheap to run and and not too expensive on repairs. I have a very very standard 54 plate 1.3 KA. I have to start by saying that this car is most definitely, in my opinion, a girls car. Maybe my opinion is swung by seeing my 6ft odd manly boyfriend driving it (hilarious). It was difficult getting used to just how basic this car was at first, no air con, no electric windows, no height adjusted seats and my main gripe- no more sitting inside my car on icy mornings waiting for my luxury heated windscreen to melt away the ice, nope, I now have to actually do it myself. When I first bought this car I felt it should have stone wheels and no engine- I was wrong. You need to bare in mind that the model I own is as basic as you can get without biking, and not all KA's will fit my boring cars review!! Don't get me wrong, I love my car, it's just sailed through its MOT after a year in my care (shock), but its not exactly the Lamborghini I imagined rolling upto work in! The car is simple (I think I've got my point across, one more time-basic!) but absolutely perfect for my needs, it gets me from A to B and that in itself is easily better than previous cars I have owned. It's not exactly speedy, but it can be nippy (downhill) when an overtake is needed. The main gripe about my car cosmetically is that I have the plastic bumpers, and not colour coded ones. But apparently the plastic ones are about £15 to replace if needed, so cheap! Unfortunately it hasn't worked on the self-clean option yet, so not perfect. I had heard all sorts of horror stories about KA's leaking, letting rain in, self combusting outside peoples houses with no one around but i thankfully haven't had any of these problems, the only problem i can think of is me being overly cautious about the car not having a passenger airbag, But in all seriousness, I love my car, it doesn't cost the earth to run, it's reliable, it would make a great first car for anyone and all in all I have had no major problems so far.
i had to put up with a new ford ka when me focus went in for a service.The car was small and cramp,it had no power to the engine even though it is advertised as a small nippy city car.Every time i went over 50mph i was getting a warning light and buzzer going off saying i was speeding???zero leg room in the rear seats even for two small children,zero headroom for anyone over 6 footI will never drive one of these ka's again if i can help it
Before I passed my driving test four years ago, I was determined to buy myself a little Ka. I wanted metallic blue with matching bumpers thank you very much, and was hardly concerned about the car itself other than that it was a pretty colour and looked like a little bubble.
It was my Dad who demanded that I buy a car with fairly low mileage (for its age), air conditioning, and full service history. Looking back, I'm glad I listened to him. My Ka has not only looked pretty, but been reliable, comfortable, and a very easy drive for a first car.
Being a W reg, my car is nothing like a new car. There are barely any fancy gadgets - electric windows and air con are about as good as it gets, but what else could you expect from a cheaper, older car? It doesn't go very quickly (probably a good idea for a new driver), but it does drive well and is very reliable. I've broken down a couple of times and my MOT fails pretty much every year, but again this comes with older cars of this calibre. One of the best things about my Ka is how it copes with long journeys. I drove up and down the motorway most weekends to get to and from University - that's over two hours each way - and my car never once failed me. In fact, although she isn't the quickest car on the road, I felt very safe in my Ka.
One common problem with Ka's of this age is that they do rust, and end up needing welding at almost every MOT, which isn't the cheapest bill at the end of the day! Mine has also developed a series of rattles: one when I drive around right hand corners - this one is quite scary and very loud; and another that is pretty much constant. I have taken it to various garages, had my rear axle bushes replaced (twice - got ripped off once) and the rattle continues. But since no mechanic seems to be too worried, I carry on as usual!
Petrol consumption is not bad, and in this economic climate I am glad I do not have a larger tank to fill with the price of petrol what it is! I could go from Derby to London and back without using a full tank. The brakes on these cars are also not the strongest - which teaches you to brake very early.
Having said all of this I stand by my Ka as a brilliant first car; easy to drive, small and compact, and surprisingly spacious inside!
I found this product to be extreemly unadiquate:. the engine blew up . the wheels fell off. the suspention collapsed when i drove over my son . and finally i found a mexican in my glove compartment !!!!!