30th Mar 2005, 15:03
I have a similar problem with my brakes. I have had them checked twice. The advice the first time was to pump them when I want to stop. My car had 5000 miles on the clock and I was the first driver to own it. The second time I was told that the back brakes did not work, but were now fixed. The problem is still there even though I am assured there is not a problem. My mother in law has the same make car, has driven mine and has also complained (to me) that theres definitely a problem with them.
I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but driving on the motorway in reasonable conditions, I have been dragged by small winds whilst going at the speed limit or slower (weather permitting), this suggests that whilst the car is very nippy, maybe the weight does not support it in some conditions.
I am sure it's a lovely car if you don't have the brake problem. I would also be interested to know if anyone else has had the same problems with motorway driving as me (hope not:)
8th Jan 2006, 01:06
Come on... NEW CLUTCH 15000... someone rides the clutch simple... mine has 62000 miles from new and the same clutch... Got a hole in the carpet where my foot rests, but not a new clutch. Everyone driving you car does not care and it's a small cheap car.. what do you expect.. I have never seen a KA driven as a taxi so why should it be considered a worthy company car?..You don't go diving to 100 meters with a dress watch and would expect damaged when you do.. Likewise abuse of a small car that was not designed for that use will result the same way.
15th Jan 2006, 18:52
Just because they are not used for taxis is not an excuse for poor and unpredictable build quality and reliability. There is an alarmingly high number of poor reviews here from KA owners. Lets hope the second generation is much better.
17th Feb 2006, 05:30
What a relief to find that I am not the only person in the world that thinks the KA is a cheap tacky little blighter. Repair wise we haven't had any trouble with ours, but it is going for it's first MOT soon, so we shall see what shows up then. I have noticed that it gets dragged in breezy conditions, probably because it's lightweight and flimsy.
I have often felt that I am driving something very like a Space Hopper in a wind tunnel. Driving over any little bump or dip in the road is quite hairy too. To me the KA body is too lightweight for the engine, which is quite nippy. I feel very insecure, unsafe and jittery in the KA, so I drive it as little as possible. £5500 down the pan as far as I am concerned. Usually I get sentimentally attached to my cars, but I will put the flags out when this one goes.
4th Apr 2006, 14:34
No offence, but if you want the quality of a rolls royce then your gonna have to get your wallet out!
It is a cheap, low build quality, run of the mill car. but at 5 grand are you expecting more?
My mother has a brand new one, and it drives just as nice if not better than my MG-ZR which cost 3 grand more. it can take you 300 miles down the country just like a ferrari can, but a lot cheaper. not my taste, but at 5k I think it does a good job.
5th Jul 2006, 05:42
I have a 2003 reg Ka (base model).
My Ka has been fine, but I took it in for a complimentary health check not so long ago, and guy who looked at it commented on the brakes. You have to push pedal quite a bit before anything happens, I hadn't noticed this as I was used to driving my car, but having test driven a new Peugeot 206 (which is due for delivery in a couple of weeks), I noticed how far the brake pedal goes down..
Only other problems I have had were that when it was icy in winter, I thought I had cleared windscreen enough, however when I turned the wipers, on the fuse blew and it had to be replaced. Credit to Ford - they replaced the fuse without charging labour.
Another problem I had was my fault, as it is a 3 door car, the doors are huge and easily catch in the wind. My passenger door blew back about a month after I got the car, although it went back to the Ford dealer 2 times, the door still doesn't sit right...
I would have happily stuck with Fords, however was enticed by the look of the 206 - lots of extras and a CD player as standard (I did manage to pick up a genuine Ford Ka cd player on ebay for around £120).
I'll be more careful with my new Peugeot!
29th Mar 2007, 09:11
I am the proud owner of Ford Ka in Malaysia, the sad thing is that there are only 3 to 5 units avaiable here, so you can just imagine how was the trouble if I were to get the replacement parts. Anyway this is fun driving car, don't you think?
15th Dec 2009, 11:29
My girlfriend has a 2000/2001 Ka Collection, which is nothing but trouble. When she brakes it locks when she is on the motorway. Wind can take her across 2 lanes, and try setting off in the wet; will it go? Will it hell.
I'm a mechanic, and have driven it myself, and it just isn't safe for her. The brakes and running gear are from a Fiesta, which is a much heavier and bigger car, so it's too good for the Ka, which makes it unsafe. She is looking at getting a Punto Sporting, which are a much better car and a lot safer. Seriously would not recommend a Ka,
22nd Dec 2009, 05:09
I own an 04 Ford Ka Style with just under 40000 on the clock. And I loved it, that was until things started to go wrong within a month of having it. Now I know people who have Ka's and have had no problems, my fiancé has had his years and not had any major problems. It's a T reg, and it's previous owner had a few new clutches because he was a terrible driver and used to ride the clutch, but since them, nothing, it's punchy and a great reliable car. So why on earth is an 04 less reliable than a T plate!
I has had a new head gasket, radiator and thermostat, some common chav threw a brick through my back window, which is not the car's fault, but rather annoying, and now, to top it off my clutch has decided to go, and I don't even ride the clutch! Well I have been told it's the clutch as the rattle is horrendous, and it has been a nightmare to get into gear. It has been nothing but trouble, and all these things have gone within the space of 3 months.
I'm so annoyed. I only had a Ka because for the reliability factor... I might as well had the old Mini Cooper I originally wanted. :( I'm gutted and can't afford to fix it. Sods law eh?