1998 Ford Ka 3 from UK and Ireland
Amazing handling, but very unreliable
I have a Ka3 which is OK, but it's the most unreliable car I've owned. OK it's only been niggly bits, but it's every niggly bit you can get on a car.
It drives very well. Mine is 1998, has done 94,000 miles and is still going. I guess just needed to do:
Fan switch - heater didn't get hot.
Had to fix - front wishbones and struts. Done them myself, easy job to do, and the water pump. While I was down there, all the gaskets including the sump, which is a nightmare to do with the air con.
Door handle and lock broke.
Rattle from back still there. Looked everywhere, can't find the source.
Dash light is broken. Put some stick on neon lights on from Halfords; seems to be doing the job. Looks better than Fiesta green.
I guess the door hard and top is coming off. Rust on both doors and the fuel cap; have sorted that out, though still looks rubbish.
Aircon needs regassing, but I guess it's 10 years old now.
Tracking needs doing all the time.
It's jerking every now and then.
It's a very slow car; needs 75bhp at least.
If you don't wanna go anywhere, do yourself a favour and buy a 106; a lot better for the money and a lot more reliable; just watch for the ECU after 120k.
Best car I've ever driven, I just wish it didn't break down all the time.
It would have been a great car, though it needs adjustable steering.
Can't see what speed I'm doing; too high for it.
It holds the road like glue, and has very good handling, but if you don't know how to fix your cars, don't get this one, the garage bill will add up to a fortune.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 17th November, 2008