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Re: Early Ford KA

As already posted rot kills these cars .Seen bad corrosion on late 07/08 cars too.
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Re: Early Ford KA

Thanks Guy's for your comments above, which have now been passed on.

Just to add, since last night I've found out the KA was collaboratively designed by Ford & bl00dy FIAT, which I'm sure will sound like much more of the same to her.
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Re: Early Ford KA

I can give you a few 'low-downs' on the Ka.

On the plus side, they handle very well, with a bit of lift-off oversteer available, and they are fairly comfortable over a longer journey. No cambelts to worry about, either.

There are a couple of versions;

The early (pre 2003 Endura-E 59bhp pushrod engined model)
The later (2003-MY onwards Duratec 68bhp engine).

The lower-powered engine, although economical is a bit of a slug, holding 70mph is a mission.They are also known for the spark plugs overheating and sticking in the bores (head removal job). TPS fault causes the revs to hang-up and water ingress can cause the central locking and electric windows to fail.

The later model doesn't have these issues.

Common faults to both though, is rust - floorpan, rear hatch (around the wiper), filler cap area all rot from the inside out. Exterior door handles can snap their linkage - both mine did.

Also, due to the lack of side protection, they dent easily.

Something I didn't like on mine was the lack of an engine temp gauge - had a thermostat fault on mine which could've taken the engine out.

The rear is VERY cramped, and only has 2 seats, boot is tiny.

Overall, it was a good car when new, but I think it has aged pretty badly - the tin-worm weakness would rule it out for me (mine was starting to have issues after 3.5 years - here's to one more than 3 times that age would be like.

How about a Yaris/Jazz/Sirion/YRV - these seem pretty unburstable?




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Re: Early Ford KA

The problem with the small cars of that type ( Micra / Clio / Fiesta / Ka / Corsa / Yaris ) is that they are highly sought after for the new driver due to the low (ish) insurance costs , this inflates their price or at least keeps it stable unless it is a complete dog.

You would not believe some of the cars we looked at for our daughter

If insurance wasn't too much of an issue I would be looking at the next size up car, Astra / Focus / Punto , Megane as they seem to be a better buy for the money.

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Re: Early Ford KA

Tell her to avoid early Micras unless she likes welding.
Front crossmembers rot for fun.
Floor pans and sills bad too.

Avoid Clio's like a double dose of the plague.

Had a look round a 1998ish VW Polo a couple of weeks back..
Just over 100K miles and a pretty basic model.

Apart from the usual tyres, wipers, brake pads and other minor stuff, it seems in good condition for a car that age.
Couldn't spot any rot underneath at all.
Upper body looks good on the paint with no signs of body work done.
All suspension, rubber boots, joints ect seem fine and don't look to have been changed recently.

Could have been well looked after I suppose, but compared to a Micra, Clio, Punto, Corsa of same age, it's a minter.

Sounds just like a Golf when you shut the doors too.

Maybe one to look at.

If 1,000 is all she's got to her name, tell her that any car in that price range can easily drain a few hundred quid more even if it came with 12 months MOT.
A clutch, a few borderline tyres, new brakes and OMG that cheap car ain't cheap any more, especially if she has to pay for repairs.
Tis a minefield out there.

Try and find an ex granny car. They generally turn out a decent buy.
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