Product Type: Ford cars
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Good cheap reliable convertible and reasonably priced!
Ford Street Ka
Member Name: WeesyKels
Ford Street Ka
Advantages: Affordable, fun.
Disadvantages: High fuel consumption.
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.
Summary: Go for a winter edition as the hard top for cold months is a must!!