1999 Ford Ka Collection 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Simple, reliable and loveable
Exhaust needed replacing about every year.
Two suspension springs broke and needed replacing.
Rust around sills and petrol filler area.
Air intake control temperamental.
Front suspension arms needed replacing at 55k.
Wiper blades needed replacing about every 5 months.
Apart from some general wear and tear, and an annoying tendency to rust, this was actually a reliable little car.
Being from the first generation of the KA, it had a simple, well established (old!) Ford engine which was noisy and tappy, but never let me down.
Performance was rubbish, in terms of acceleration at least, but this is after all a city car and for city driving was unbeatable.
Unfortunately I needed a car to cross the Pennines regularly, and it wasn't really fit for purpose. Still, a cheap and simple car that was reliable and fun to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd September, 2009