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FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008
278 owner reviews for FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008
Great run around
FORD KA 1.3i 3dr (Review date: 10th July '14)
The ka is a good car for first time drivers or who need a cheap run about, and thats what we got. Brought our KA for under Â£1,000 in 2009 and has lasted since. But since then, quite a few problems has cropped up. A common fault is the right hand side rear cluster going and the indicator acts as the brake light. However, this costs under Â£10 to fix. Other than that, no problems. Practicality is reasonable. 2 children at the back with lots of shopping at the back and an 2 adults at the front with shopping too. No hesitation to recommend this car to anyone.
False economy sadly
FORD KA 1.3i  3dr (Review date: 8th July '14)
Although cheap to run in terms of insurance and not bad fuel wise, it is however very poorly built and sadly in this case you do get what you pay for. I have had the car a few years and over these years have probably spent twice what i paid for it, every few months something 'minor' will go wrong / need replaced etc etc and a lot of these are repeat parts, it just seems the car is cheaply made and so you will be constantly taking in the garage for lot of minor repairs. It is a shame as i do actually love the car itself, cant fault size for my needs (although boot is not a boot unless you fold down rear seats) but from a financial perspective it costs more run that it is worth and for that reason i will never touch another one for the rest of my driving career.
Leather on a tin can
FORD KA 1.3i Sublime 3dr (Review date: 31st May '14)
I bought this for my wife to learn to drive and it served the purpose for a while until the headlight bulb went. To replace the bulb you have to jack it up and take the wheel off. In the process the spring snapped for no reason too. The battery warning light also came on, online search suggests it can be the alternator or wiring corroded. A month later it failed the MOT.
Mind you this was well looked after with very little rust, only a year earlier passed the MOT with no advisory and had been serviced annually at Ford but guess what the left headlamp wouldn't adjust and had to be replaced whole, rear bushes needed replacing, brakes were badly corroded and oil leaks etc in the end I sold it to a dealer for peanuts.
1.3L Collection - A fantastic first car
FORD KA 1.3i 2 3dr (Review date: 18th April '14)
Bought this as my first car back last year and its been a superb little car, it may not have the looks but it'll get you to where you need to go without too much noise!.
When I bought mine, it had 64,000 miles on the clock and a clean service history which was fantastic for its age, the clock is about to reach the 69,500 mark and all I've had replaced is the Alternator.
One thing I will mention is the rust, these cars are famed for it and mine is no exception, rust has started forming around the fuel cap and under the passenger door.
The suspension has also started creaking on the front left end of mine which I suspect could be the suspension needing a cheap replacement and I'll need to replace the back brakes soon too.
The only other complaint I have is the practicality, its simply too small to do anything other than a tiny, tiny shopping trip. I took mine on a 80 ish mile drive to Camber Sands a few weeks ago and whilst it performed very very well, the boot could only fit one small suitcase, everything else had to go on the rear seat.
Afford-ability wise, 40 pounds will fill up the tank for 3 weeks if used for running around town, will last longer on longer distances and repairs are dirt cheap. Insurance is low too which is great news for new drivers.
Would highly recommend. I'll be sad to see mine go but unfortunately due to moving houses and my job, I need something a bit bigger and with more doors.
Mrs A Mccarthy
FORD KA 1.3i Black 3dr (Review date: 9th April '14)
This vehile was sold to me in good faith from Mr Boddy of Bowbridge Motors Newark =The car is making a racket and is not driveable to various problems =Despite trying to exchange the vehicle or get my money back - Mr Boddy has not contacted me
On telephoning trading standers they stat this vehicle was sold to me in violation of the sell of goods act
FORD KA 1.6i Sportka SE 3dr (Review date: 29th March '14)
Love driving this little KA
FORD KA 1.3i Collection  3dr (Review date: 7th December '13)
Reliable, fast and nippy, easy to park and economical
FORD KA 1.3i Design 3dr (Review date: 25th July '13)
I have owned four Ford Ka and have found them to be very reliable. This car is a limited edition and has many extras including blue leather steering wheel and gear stick, electric windows, central locking and radio/CD player. It is very easy to park in the smallest of places and very good for town or motorway driving. The running costs are low and is in one of the lowest insurance brackets. It is an enjoyable drive and can easily take two passengers in the back. The rear seats are split and will fold down to accommodate any large loads. Visibility is good all round, which makes it easy to drive and I have just bought a brand new Ka titanium and would not drive any other car.
Great in some areas, abysmal in others
FORD KA 1.3i Collection 3dr (Review date: 17th July '13)
While I'm sure this is a great little car for some, in all honesty, I've had no end of problems with mine.
Corrosion (rust) being the main one! This car is so prone to rust it seems to practically attract it like a magnet. To be honest I've been told by most people I know in the auto trade that these cars are virtual rust buckets.
No denying, it's a great little drive, you can squeeze in and out of pretty much anywhere, parking is a breeze and while small, you'd be amazed what you can get in it, although I must say in some circumstances the car was very wobbly, if you take a corner at anything but a crawl the car feels like it's about to roll over so road handling isn't the best.
That aside, I've spent hundreds (into the thousands by now) in upkeep, one thing after another seems to fail on it. The day to day running costs are cheap which is a big plus, especially for us newer drivers but factoring in what you end up spending fixing the numerous problems it's not so cheap.
I've enjoyed my Ka but in all honesty after the amount of money I've thrown at it, I'd be VERY wary of investing in another one.