2002 Ford Ka 1 1.3 petrol from UK and Ireland
All that glitters soon becomes ferrous oxide
Rust, steering column groans on full lock, rust round the fuel filler, driver's seat collapsed - did I mention it RUSTS!!??
Bought as second car on stories of legendary handling - probably has that, but it's hard to exploit it when the steering column sounds like it's collapsing. The dealers want ALL the money for spares, and make it known you have the budget buy from the range, and to be honest that modern (when conceived) shape deserved better than a 1950's pushrod engine from the Anglia, albeit with some tweaks.
But the biggest issue, and the thing that is most unforgivable for a car from the new millennium, is that the thing rusts - they all do!! Sills, round the fuel filler, anywhere!!
It's criminal that Italian cars carry the stigma of being rotters long after Italian makers had sorted the problem (Lancia's woes meant they had to), whereas Ford "they have cheap parts" - good job you need a fair few of them - made some right rot boxes for a long time after - the last Escorts, Orions, Mk2 Fiestas and some early Mk3s are bad, but I cannot believe that they got away with the KA and its rust issues.
The sad fact is that they were praised at launch, and when people go back to look for an early "pure" KA to see what the fuss was all about, there will be none. They occupy that throw away end of the market, and by the time that is realised, it will be too late. For me that is the overriding memory and Achilles heel of the Ford KA.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th September, 2014