2004 Ford Ka Collection 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Fun motoring on a budget

Faults:

I've owned two Ford KA's. The previous one needed its front suspension bushes in the lower arms fitted after 3 years. These were fitted under warranty. There was a slight paint defect on the bonnet, a small bubble in the lacquer as it was a metallic. Ford fixed this under warranty, and resprayed the bonnet under warranty.

Other problems were caused by other drivers; one rear ended it, and it needed some panel work repaired, covered by the other driver's insurance.

The latest KA is just as great. I purchased it for £4,500 from a Ford dealership, my local gate's a short walk away. The car only had 2,000 miles and was as new.

Since then I've just recently replaced the front bushes with POWERFLEX poly bushes, but nothing much else to report. The car has been driven around the continent, and on winding roads around Ireland, and it's been an absolute joy to own.

Has character, unlike most modern cars.

General Comments:

Great value.

Cheap to run.

Fun with nimble handling.

Lots of character.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2010

2004 Ford Ka Collection 1.3 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

It's amazing! When this one dies I am buying another!

Faults:

Spark plug went in first week.

Alternator needed replacing after 23000 miles - I ignored the warning light on the dash!

General Comments:

Fantastic!

Cheap!

Nippy!!

This car loves corners!!!

Shockingly loud speakers as standard.

This list could go on and on and on!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th September, 2008

2004 Ford Ka Sport 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Perfect!

Faults:

Nothing at all! :)

General Comments:

Before I got this car, I was a bit worried due to some of the reviews I'd read! But I have to admit, I absolutely LOVE my Sportka!!

Mine's the SE version, so it has leather seats which are soo comfy! Inside I don't know how people get off saying it's small and the dash is tacky?! It's not AT all! The dash is like any other. I really like it! OK, it's probably not as good if you previously owned a Ferrari, but let's be honest, how many people who owned a Ferrari would then buy a Ka?!

Anyway, the seats are lush, and the cabin is plenty big, so that's 10/10 from me!

It handles lovely too! Nice steering; not too heavy, but not too light!

Outside is really nice too! The sport body kit gives it a sporty look, but still keeping it girly!

The engine!!! I read soooo many reviews saying the petrol consumption is really high, and you get low miles out of a full tank. Well that's a load of crap too! I've done almost 200 miles and still got a quarter of a tank left! That's just as good as my 1.25 Freestyle Fiesta, so I can't complain really! And the 1.6 engine is fast enough for me! In my Fiesta 5th gear just chugged along, but in the Ka it carries on going, pretty powerful!

Overall, I absolutely LOVE my Sportka!

It's a fantastic girly car with that extra sporty edge!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2008

7th Feb 2008, 10:38

You said it - girlie car! If you have driven ANYTHING before the Ka, you will find it cramped (ever had more than one person in it?), small and tacky!

22nd Apr 2010, 17:09

This car gets good reviews on Fifth Gear and Top Gear. Nice looking car. I'm thinking of getting one. There is only 1 major thing stopping me; I'm a man LOL.

2004 Ford Ka Sport SE 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Very nippy, looks great and drives brilliantly

General Comments:

As I only bought this car yesterday I can't really comment on the reliability or running costs and that sort of thing, but having wanted one of these for about 2 years my expectations were high and it's definitely living up to them!

The whole interior is a massive improvement on the standard T reg Ka I've had previously. In the short time I've had it I've noticed it can really move when it gets going. On the motorway it can keep up with traffic with no problems. My boyfriend, who is used to driving more powerful cars, agrees that the Sport Ka is a much nicer drive than the 2004 Fiesta I sold to buy it.

If you're a fan of the original Ka then I would definitely recommend the Sport version!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2007