2002 Ford Ka 1.3 from UK and Ireland
Any 'cheap-materials' concerns blown away by handling and economy - brilliant little tool
The only thing that needed attention was the power steering rack, it needed replacing. I discovered I needed a new one when it was leaking fluid onto the exhaust below - things got a little tense for a while there! This was at 15,000 miles and was thankfully covered by the manufacturer's warranty. In the car's defence, I really did hammer it that year with very little regard to it's longevity.
Looked great (and still does after what must be ten years after production started?).
Really simple technology so very little to go wrong.
1.3 engine in mine was really quick (helped in part I guess by the fairly sparse design of the Ka - lightweight). That engine was well tested in earlier fiestas I understand, and it shows as I never had a problem with it.
As with most Fords everything felt pretty cheap, even the paintwork which scratched really easily and was difficult to match when touching up using the touch-up kit Ford sell you. By 24,000mls the cabin had 'loosened' and would crash/rattle a bit over the bumps. but like I said I really drove it hard and the roads it was used on are by no means the norm in terms of a smooth drive (very, very rough) so in that respect I guess that little car stood up to the pounding really well.
Noise insulation wasn't that good at higher speeds, and on a longer journey (1 hr+) wasn't that comfortable (cheap seats).
Lots about so when I came to sell it I really had to drop the price, making depreciation over the 20months I owned it around £2500.
Fuel consumption was great - 50mpg approx. Insurance was nothing.
Handling and responsiveness were enough to make you smile if you worked it a bit.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st April, 2006