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Ford Ka in general
Member Name: Rich_G
Ford Ka in general
Date: 15/04/03, updated on 26/10/04 (21914 review reads)
Disadvantages: Not as cheap as expected, Build quality, Ford dealers
I bought the car, from new, four years ago from my local Ford dealer. It was the first brand new car I had owned, so obviously was very excited... however, like many a blockbuster at the cinema, the car turned out to be very disappointing...
::: The car :::
Equipment - A Ka 2 comes with electric windows, central locking (though no deadlocks) power steering, immobiliser and a cassette/radio with detachable number pad (only two door mounted speakers though)
Interior - It is quite comfortable really, with plenty of leg and head room. The seat coverings are hard wearing and most things are in reach of the driver. Styling is 'unique' with a curved metallic finished dashboard, which has round air vents protruding out at various points.
An analogue clock (which is devil to change come autumn) sits centrally on the dash. Bizarrely there is a vanity mirror, but this is only on the driver's side - some 'friends' have stated this is because it is a 'girls car'. The glove box is pretty poor, with it being literally a box - a hole with a lid that lifts off completely, a bit like a sewing box! The other internal storage space comes in the form of a covered cubby hole in one side for the rear passengers, space in the door wells and several different cup holders.
A few features are missing like re-circulation on the venting system for when you are stuck in queues of traffic; and a temperature gauge for the engine would also be a useful addition.
There is little room in the back, and the boot is disappointing (mainly because of the shape), but that's common with a lot of small cars.
Reversing is sometimes a
pain as the view out is limited. You also have to allow for the rear bumpers that stick out somewhat on either side.
Engine - With the car having a 1.3i engine you would think that, with the size of the car, it should really move. This isn't the case unfortunately, with the 60bhp (though now slightly increased) being quite breathless when driving out of town. It is also very vocal when travelling along motorways. I guess you can't expect too much from an engine that's derived from the one that was in the old Ford Anglia!
::: Problems :::
The problems I have had with the vehicle have been quite varied really. From new the main problems included the windscreen which was full of bubbles, poor paintwork, problems with the heating system and defective steering.
Most of these problems were sorted out by the dealer - however, it did take quite a few weeks without any car (no courtesy car provided) to get them sorted out. Unfortunately, a lot of the problems came back a year or so later after the warranty had expired.
The car has also proven to be expensive on suspension parts with the front bushes needing replacing after three years (15000 miles!).
The other disappointment came when the exhaust gave up - quite a common thing, but it is at that point you find out the original exhaust comes as one complete unit, and you have to replace it all when just the back box blows through... I hope the new cars don't still arrive like that.
The rear wash wipe also only works when it feels like it, as does the boot release button - they must be on the same circuit.
Ford Kas suffer a lot from rust. I thought this wouldn?t be the case with the amount of plastic around the wheels and body. However, there is a known fault along the sill of the doors that seems to rust on most of them.
Other general faults include an erratic fuel gauge that goes up and down at will as you travel along, and
many Ford Kas suffer from leaky seals around the doors
and windscreen. There is also a known problem with spark plugs getting stuck and needing drilling out, if they are not replaced correctly.
::: The Dealership :::
Now this was really one of the worst aspects of owning the car. I've owned a variety of cars over the years and have come in contact with a wide variety of different dealers.
I guess the main thing that sticks out looking back is just the general poor customer service. This ranged from being totally ignored whilst waiting in reception, to not being kept informed why your brand new car is still being repaired a week after you took it in; to just being plain rude!
This was also the case on the times I had to take the car in for servicing and parts... trying to keep a full Ford service history is a frustrating and expensive thing to do around this area.
::: Conclusion :::
It could have been that I was just unlucky enough to buy a 'Friday afternoon' car, and that indeed all the great things I read about this car could be true. However, the number of faults present with the vehicle, coupled with the poor local dealership mean that I can't see how owning one of these cars could be an enjoyable experience.
Buying this car new was meant to be my solution to high motoring costs in the past... but turned out to be the most expensive vehicle I have ever owned.
This was the first 'blue oval' car I have ever owned, and will definitely be the last!