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Upgraded to an 05 luxury edition car from a KA 1.3. This car is gorgeous to look at, sporty but girly. Lovely to drive and gets a lot of positive attention. However, after have the car for an hour i noticed a heater fault, a common problem apparently and they fixed it there and then. Main problem is fuel consumption, 15mpg is all im getting for a short 5 mile journey to work and back. Also have the alarm problem that many other people have experienced. If youre thinking of getting one of these cars make sure you go to a trusted dealership and get a warranty for any little things that may go wrong. Not yet had the roof down due to the great british weather! But cant wait for a bit of sun to really show the car off :) i love the heated seats and heated wing mirrors, not had any problems with a leaky roof and the car is surprisingly warm in winter.
As a young, image conscious female of 24 it wasn't out of the ordinary for me to be obsessed with getting my hands on a convertible. I had after all been driving for 6 years and felt it was my right to have a car that not only drove great, but that I looked great driving ;-). After months of research on autrader and such like I had my heart set on a Ford Streetka. Living on the Isle of Wight, it isn't the easiest to go and view cars and then risk not liking them/the car not being as expected. Luckily for me, in October 2009 my local Ford dealership put up for sale a 2004 Streetka Winter Edition. Silver, hard top, soft top,heated leather interior, heated front and rear screens, fog lights, air con, 6 cd changer. She was a beauty, and had been previously owned by one elderly lady who had only racked up a mere 15k on the clock in 5 years. After my test drive of only 5 mins, I purchased my dream. I remember driving back to work at lunch time having picked 'her' up and feeling so special. I had my streetka for 2 years and never tired of her looks or her handling. The hardtop needs two people to remove and put back on again, but I would take it off in April and have the soft top on til around October before returning to the hard top again. The soft was simple to put down and I love how it tucks away, just like the Audi TT (not so much like the MGTF or Beetle, whose soft tops are left out and folded on the back whilst driving). Never had a problem with any aspect of the car, drive, elctronics etc.
The only two negative I had with my Streetka were that:
1. The interior is that same as the standard ka, and I feel as a convertible more effort should have been made to make the inside look and feel a little more luxurious.
2.The fuel consumption, as mentioned by previous reviewers, isn't great. I was filling up around every 8-10 days and I only used to car to drive to and from work 5 days a week (15 mins each way).
Unfortunately, through no fault of mine or my beloved streetka, some c**** near Gatwick decided to ram me on the junction roundabout crashing me into the steel barrier, the car is now a write off. However, the police were amazed at how well the car handle the impact. The whole passenger side was wedged uder the barrier and crushed, yet myself and partner were able to walk away unhurt and the car from the inside is undamage.
I am now on the look out for another one as she was a truly enjoyable little convertible. May she rest in peace.
"What, a bloke reviewing a StreetKa" I hear you say? Actually I believe you, as I was taking this from the dealers I could hear myself saying "What, a bloke driving a StreetKa?" Fortunately I was looking a nice wee number for my partner, and this late 05 model was reasonably priced at £4250. (Oct 2010)
Having her test drive it would have been no good, she could have told me it looked nice, had no roof and was silver, and therefore had to have it. I on the other hand bagged a weekends test drive to see what the real story was.
Inside it's not unlike the new Fiesta's, that being quite stylish, and outside too it does appear to be a head-turner, although it is possible people are more curious than impressed. Driving it is nothing special to be honest, again, similar to all the small Fords, hardly inspiring, but not horrendous either. I was however a little alarmed at the fuel consumption. Checking online it is listed at 37mpg, but my rough estimate came up with less than 30, which is low for a small 1.6 like this.
I also don't feel the safest in the driver's seat of the StreetKa, there seems very little to stop me getting pretty well crushed in the event of an accident.
Although cheap, and cheap to insure, I think I am going to have to come up with a few extra quid and get a convertible with a pit more presence, and with that I hopefully get a better drive, genuine style and reasonable miles per gallon.
I drove 2 Ka's before upgrading to the streetka. The Streetka was amazing, very smooth, throaty, fast off the blocks and you can definitely feel the difference in the 1.6 engine. It was leather interior with all the mod cons - air con, heated seats, electric windows, heated windscreen, alarm, alloys, cd player. the car did drink petrol like it was going out of fashion though, i used to fill up once a fortnight in the ka, and doing the same journeys in the streetka i was filling up twice or three times a fortnight. The roof was a bit tricky to take down at first, and scratches on the boot were quite visible from the struggle. I got a bit sensible after a while and traded for a fiesta but still love the Streetka - its fast, sporty, looks great, feels great, is comfortable, luxurious, easy to drive. It does feel low to the ground so you feel every lump and bump but its a great drive - a friend described it as the tardis - so much room inside but doesnt look it!
This was the first car i ever bought - i loved it - i have the luxuary winter edition, with white leather and a hard roof - this car looks fantastic, very girly and a real headturner. loved this car when i saw it in the showroom and was instantly sold. I still love this car, it is fast, performs well and looks brilliant, however after owning it for a few years there are some problems. Fuel consumption is very poor - f you drive a lot this is not the car for you. The tyres are also low to the ground and the alloys are poor qualty, which leads to air seepng out of them and you have to constantly check your tyre pressure this is very annoying! You also need to watch as you go over speed bumps hit bumps in the road etc as ths can cause more air to seep out and you end up wth flat tyres hmmmmmm
Apart from that this car runs well and does exactly what it should. Drivng in the summer wth the roof down is fantastic, and i will miss this car when i trade it in