2003 Ford Ka Luxury 1.3i from UK and Ireland
Very smart, very cute, almost as good as a proper old Mini
I had an accident in the car just a week after buying it. That part was my fault, but the four-month saga of trying to get it repaired properly was a joke.
However, having finally got Ford Insure to take the car to a Ford dealership body shop, the flawed paint finish has been restored to its former glory and almost all the correct parts are now fitted.
Fuel consumption is appalling. I had expected things to improve marginally from a basic 8v Fiat engine that needed beating within an inch of its life to haul you up to the national speed limit.
I'm traveling no faster and in a much more relaxed style, but the fuel consumption is evil. On my I'm doing around £15-£20 per day where the Fiat used to be about £10-12. Still a darn site cheaper than the train though.
The quality of the car is exceptional, it handles better than a Ford Puma and looks a million dollars with the body-colored bumpers and Luxury model alloys.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th December, 2003
I disagree with comment made about fuel consumption. I get between 250 and 275 miles out my full tank and that's around town. It loves the motorway. I am very pleased with my KA. I am just about to purchase a body kit for it including side skirts and rear and front valance. I already have a spoiler on it and I it will look well cool!
I live in Australia and purchased a 2001 Ford KA basic model three months ago locally. The model was current in Australia from 1999 to 2002, a relatively short run. I've yet to see another on the road since purchase. I'm fairly pleased with the vehicle since there are only 45000 kms on the clock.
My only conundrum at the moment is how to remove the tailgate wiper blade from the vehicle so I can replace it. Haynes manual says to use fingers only and pull. But all to no avail after WD40 and finger use.