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FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008

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FORD KA Hatchback 1996‑2008

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harpersaurus

1.3L Collection - A fantastic first car

FORD KA 1.3i 2 3dr (Review date: 18th April '14)

4.3

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.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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susantuckshop12

Mrs A Mccarthy

FORD KA 1.3i Black 3dr (Review date: 9th April '14)

1

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

Practicality

1 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

1 / 5

How it drives

1 / 5
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k9dpr

sporty

FORD KA 1.6i Sportka SE 3dr (Review date: 4th April '14)

4

Great little car that is fun to drive the only problem that lets it down is the Ka rust spots. Lively engine and corners like it on rails. Turning circle is pants.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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lyndam

Ka zooooom

FORD KA 1.6i Sportka SE 3dr (Review date: 29th March '14)

3.5

This is a great wee reliable car. Ideal for first car. Easy to handle easy to drive. Comfortable leather seats. Only had 2 owners. Full service history. This car can pick up speed quickly and handles very well on motorways.

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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st.eve

Love driving this little KA

FORD KA 1.3i Collection [70] 3dr (Review date: 7th December '13)

4.3

This KA is my wifes car so I do not get to drive it very often but when I do it always makes me smile it drives great a bit of road noise not the best build qaulity and it looked great till an uninsured driver battered the side of it but its an ideal second car.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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derlyn

Reliable, fast and nippy, easy to park and economical

FORD KA 1.3i Design 3dr (Review date: 25th July '13)

4.5

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.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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basura_boy

Great in some areas, abysmal in others

FORD KA 1.3i Collection 3dr (Review date: 17th July '13)

2.8

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.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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stepsideways

Perfect run around and commuting

FORD KA 1.3i Collection 3dr (Review date: 21st November '12)

4.8

So sad to sell my KA, don't let the funny egg shape look of the KA put you off, everyone I know who's driven a KA has loved it, it's such a nice little car to drive, perfect to park, boots big enough for the family shop,doesn't feel cramped inside.

It's been very reliable, never had to spend any money on it really, quite economical too.

The only thing could complain about is compared to the hydraulic brakes on my X-Trail the brakes don't feel very strong, but you get used to it and brake accordingly.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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leanne12345

perfect little car ideal for 1st time drivers

FORD KA 1.3i [70] 3dr (Review date: 22nd October '12)

5

low to run low insurance cheap tax, for a little car its quite large inside as ive put the seat down and got loads in the back, the hatch back boot give an ideal boot size suitable for shopping, pushchairs ect. Ive had this car with my partner and my 2 children and there was ample enough space i would rate this car 5/5****

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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katieh

Be careful with KA's

FORD KA 1.3i 3dr (Review date: 13th June '12)

2.5

I had my KA as my first car and I loved it, however lots of things went wrong with it. I had a 1999 V reg and it was incredibly outdated. No code coloured bumpers, independent locking, radio/cassette player and no air con. It is definitely small and nippy and for a 1.3 it had a lot of oomph when driving alone. However little things started to go wrong, it started with the occasional bulb and fuse. Then the spark plugs went and I ended up stopping because it refused to move without jerking me ridiculously! I would say there are good KA's and bad KA's, watch out for rusty sills - definitely get it checked before buying. I ended up selling mine as it ended up costing me over £450 to repair after it failed its MOT on brake pads and sills, shoes and the rusty sill etc. It did around 280 miles to a tank and the 3 door can be annoying for passengers but there is plenty of room in the back (maybe not for a tall person!) however when you have a full car it is very sluggish and you find yourself urging it to go faster. There are plenty around so be sure to invest in one with colour coded bumpers and a cd player if you want a better look, just make sure you do your research first!

Practicality

3 / 5

Reliability

2 / 5

Running cost

2 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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