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Ford Ka: A bubble of Love (the slighty rusty, rattling type of love).
Ford Ka in general
Member Name: caroline1191
Ford Ka in general
Advantages: Small, easy to drive, petrol consumption good!
Disadvantages: rattly, rusty, not great brakes!
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!
Summary: A lovely first car!