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FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008
280 owner reviews for FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008
Ford KA the car for all
FORD KA 1.3i 3dr (Review date: 21st October '14)
Ford Ka is an absolute dream of a car to drive. It is highly reliable and ive still not come across any faults yet (nearly 100,000 Miles) the ford KA suits my daily requirements very well, I am able to get to and from work with no problems and also drop my children to school. I would highly recommend this car for anyone who is after a first time car which is a cheap runner and excellent for insurance.
A modern classic but no MPG hero
FORD KA 1.6i Sportka SE 3dr (Review date: 9th October '14)
I bought this car new in 2007 having been impressed with the handling and simplicity of of the 1.3 base model.
Although heavier, and with larger wheels and low profile tyres, I found that the 1.6SE also handled nicely. It also had a punchier engine, albeit one which sounds gruff under acceleration.
On the down side the fuel economy is considerable worse than the 1.3 which itself is nothing to write home about.
I found the styling pleasing, the body shape, metalic blue paint, alloys, fog lights, leather seats and aluminium gear knob etc. Also useful is the quick clear front screen de-mister.
The car was very reliable and had a solid feel about it, although steering and gear change could have been more refined.
Not much room in the back or in the boot, so practicality is limited. However, as a second hand purchase, you will do get a fair bit for your money, no hot hatch, but then cheaper than a hot hatch to insure. Overall an enjoyable little car to own and drive.
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)