2001 Ford Ka Reviews

2001 Ford Ka Basic model 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance61000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Brilliant!

Faults:

No problems.

General Comments:

This car has been amazing. I drive every day. Lots of city and motorway driving. I have to state that this car has NEVER let me down. It starts first time and always has.

OK, it is basic and cheap plastic, and the engine is from the Ark, but I have never had such a brilliant, fun to drive, brilliant steering motor. I'll miss it when it finally conks out on me.

I have not had it serviced for 5 years, and it still keeps rolling on.

I think the suspension bushes are on the way out on offside front, but apart from that, 11/10 all the way!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2013

2001 Ford Ka Collection 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles

Faults:

Snapped a spark plug off due to the way they sit in the engine. The tops corrode and become stuck. When you try and remove them, you risk snapping them like I did.

General Comments:

Great little car.

Feels almost brand new, even though it is 9 years old.

Easy to drive, handles like a go-kart, but rides like a bigger car.

Small cars can feel like shopping trolleys, but the Ka drives like bigger Fords do.

Engine is smooth and nippy.

Controls are easy to find and use while driving.

I wish I'd avoided all of the other cars I've owned, and got a Ka from the beginning.

It's easy to drive, park, gets good MPG, has a high spec, still looks modern, and is cheap to run and cheap to buy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2010

2001 Ford Ka Collection 1.3i from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.3i Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired49000 miles
Most recent distance50000 miles

Summary:

A good car

Faults:

Indicator connection.

General Comments:

I love my Ford KA. I recently passed my driving test and can honestly say that my KA is so easy to drive.

The car is stereotyped to be a girly car, but after seeing mine, many of my male friends have decided to purchase a Ka.

They are very easy to repair, service, insure and tax. It is a very good first car.

The interior of a Ka is very comfortable. I am quite a petite person, therefore when I drive I have my chair quite far forward; this creates more leg room in the back.

There are many KAs that show corrosion, this may be because the owners simply don't take care of them. I was advised by my dealer to maintain and look after my car so it doesn't depreciate too much in value. I wash my Ka every week and put a good coat of wax on it to protect it corroding.

My indicator connection as become loose, resulting in the reliability of my front right indicator to decrease. This is a common fault and takes minutes to repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2009

2001 Ford Ka 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.3 Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.6 / 10
Distance when acquired16500 miles
Most recent distance24500 miles

Summary:

OK for a first car

Faults:

Suspension bushes needed replacing as this failed the MOT, which cost around £200 to replace last year.

Apart from obvious problems such as rusting and sometimes strange noises being heard in the cabin, which is only a rarity, not too many problems.

However, I now have a new problem which seems to be getting worse, the car is 2001 and has covered a mere 24,500, but it's hard to start sometimes, and is becoming increasingly more common. It's especially after it's been driven and is warm/hot, but still does it when it is cold. When you turn the ignition it turns over for a good 3 seconds and then starts reluctantly, which is most annoying and embarrassing. Any suggestions anyone, there seems to be a lack of information on the Internet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 28th February, 2009

2001 Ford Ka 1.3 Endura-E from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.3 Endura-E Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance48000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Cheap and very cheerful

Faults:

Exhaust sealing ring - led to poor performance and fuel economy due to a mis-informed ECU. This was fixed at 46000 miles - believe the trouble had first started around 42000 but I assumed I was being frustrated by the cars low power.

Seats have started to wear (the fabric has a couple of snags).

The drivers side headlight was letting in water and filling with water. A replacement was £65 from Ford. A full repair including fitting by Ford is £130.

General Comments:

The car is based on the Puma chassis and shows. However, the large profile 13" wheels my car comes with lets the handling down - they start to lose grip although it is easily controllable. This has improved now I use Pirelli based Ceat tyres (£40 each inc. fitting).

The driving position has limited adjustment (I am 6 foot 5, but it is better than my old car).

This car is ridiculously cheap to insure. It is Group 2, which means anyone of any age can afford to insure it. If you can't, don't drive.

One problem with the car is safe overtaking - there are no blind spots apart from the A-pillars (the corners of the windscreen) but the car does not have sufficient power to overtake safely in most scenarios. Just don't expect it to be like a twin cam engine like I did... I got a nasty surprise! This car is more meant for cruising in 5th gear. I do an 80 mile round trip to University 5 days a week and achieve 50mpg in mixed conditions. Yes, that figure is correct. In town, this drops to roughly 40mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2007

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 21 reviews