Ford Ka Review from Italy

1999 Ford Ka 1.3 e.i.

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.3 e.i. Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance30000 kilometres
Previous carFiat Punto


A small and cheap fun car


Nothing except usual wear.

General Comments:

I bought this car before my last year of University.

I bought it in Italy a week before leaving. The dealer was excellent by giving me the car in 4 days.

I must admit that I was about to buy it on the Internet. All I had seen before buying it was the 3D inside view on the web site. I liked it straight away.

The first thing I did with the car was to travel for 1600 kilometers (1000 miles) from Bergamo, Italy to London, UK.

All the trip was made at a speed between 80 and 100 kmh (50-60 mph).

So the engine has received the best of treatments during the first miles. Now it performs better than expected. It handles brilliantly and really is fun to drive in town.

I have done another trip back to Italy so far, and it has performed even better. Now is time for another trip back to the UK. I am sure it will be a nice experience.

Only let down is that since the shape of the headlights is so weird, I cannot redirect them to point left. So when soon I will need to have an MOT done I will need to go for a day trip to France and have it done by a French dealer. Oh well, more booze in the fridge I guess! :-)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002

Average review marks: 9.2 / 10, based on 1 review