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I puchased my Ford KA2 three years ago, soon after i passed my driving test. I had set my heart on a KA, i had read numerous reviews in motoring magazines and watched fixated every time one came on the t.v. I had £5000 burning a hole in my back pocket, so on a bright May morning i set out car hunting. However i didn't have to travel far as there is a Ford dealer in my town so this was my first port of call. As i pulled onto the forecourt my eye was immediately drawn to the little copper KA that sat in the corner. I didn't realise at first that this KA was in fact a KA2, as there was no number two badge on the back end. It wasn't until the salesman opened the car up that i discovered the extras. This KA had metallic copper paint, central locking, air bag, stereo, electric windows, mirror on drivers side sun screen!, easy to read dials, illuminous clock, heated rear window, cup holders, split rear seats, group 2 insurance, and it only costs me about £25 to fill it up with petrol.
CENTRAL LOCKING Very usefull, you only have to unlock one door and the other one opens with it. The key has a chip on it that your KA recognises, if another key is used then your immobaliser kicks in, thus not allowing your car to start. You do still have to unlock your boot with the key separately from the doors.
AIR BAG The KA2 only has one air bag on the drivers side. Ford might like to think about the passenger as well, although they do have a cute little glove box in front of them!
STEREO Nice stereo on which you can pre-programme your favourite radio shows. Only cassette player but you can get an upgrade to a c.d player. The stereo has lovely chrome styling that wraps around the cockpit.
ELECTRIC WINDOWS The KA2 has electric windows in the front. The driver can operate both his and passenger sides whereas the passenger can only operate his side. The back windows are small lift up vent windows that can be a little tricky for children to open.
MIRROR Most cars have their mirror on the passenger side sun screen, not the KA, it's on the driver's side, thus exaggerating the theory that this is a woman's car!
EASY TO READ DIALS The KA has a range of warning lights on the dash board. An ABS light that comes on when there is a problem with the anti-lock braking system, Indicator flashing light that tells you that your indicators are in operation, Oil pressure warning light for when you need to top up, Air bag control light which illuminates after 5 seconds to confirm the air bag is in operation, Temperature warning light that flashes if the car is overheating, Ignition warning light that warns you of a problem with your battery, and a brake system warning light that goes out when the hand brake is released and also warns you when your brake fluid level is low. There is also a large white speedometer with trip meter beneath, and the fuel gauge.
ILLUMINOUS CLOCK A neat little white dialled clock which illuminates green in the dark. It has a small button that you press to adjust the time.
HEATED REAR WINDOW AND BLOWER A button on the dash to melt away the blues of a frosty winter morning. There is also a good hot and cold air blower with easy to understand controls and really nice vents which are ball shape, these swivell up and down and sideways.
CUPHOLDERS The cupholders are positioned in the doorbins and also in the middle of the back seats.
SPLIT REAR SEATS The rear seats fold (50/50), they are folded down by depressing the release lever forwards. Theses are particulary useful if you have alot of luggage to travel with, although i find i can get about 5 good sized bags of shopping in the boot. The parcel shelf in the boot can also be removed to enable easier access.
GROUP 2 INSURANCE This is a huge bonus as there are not too many cars on the road that can brag that. This means that the KA is an ideal car for the younger driver as well as being perfect as a second family car.
CHEAP TO RUN The KA can hold upto 40 litres of petrol which will give you approximately 54 mpg. The total running costs are low as insurance is cheap, you pay the lower rate of car tax because the KA only has a 1.3 engine, and parts are cheap as there are plenty of Ford garages around.
OTHER EXTRAS The KA has other features including a headlamp levelling switch to adjust your lights according to how heavy a load you are carrying, a fresh air filter to ensure the air that enters the car is free from particles such as pollen and road dust, a fuel filler lock cap which will only unlock with the ignition key, immobiliser which is activated after 5 seconds, catalytic converter to reduce air pollution, fuel injection shut off switch which is activated in the event of an accident to cut off the fuel supply. As well as all this the KA has bright yellow identification caps on all components that need our care and attention underneath the bonnet.
OVERALL COMMENTS I bought the copper KA2 that i saw on the forecourt that day and it was the best buy i have ever made. The KA gives you a good ride, it handles the road well as the design of it is quite squat giving it a good sense of sturdiness. There is obviously more legroom in the front than in the back, although i have had a 6'1 friend in the back without any complaints. I would say that the KA2 is probably a better second hand buy than a KA1 because you get all the extras for not very much more money, it will also hold its value better. The downside of the KA is that it is small, although having compared it to a Mini recently , it has more boot space and because it has a domed roof you get a sense of it being more roomy. The other disappointment is that i understand the bubble has burst for Fords love affair with the KA, apparently they have designed a new baby that looks just like a fiesta but smaller. How disappointing.
What I wouldn't give to have £5000 burning a hole in my back pocket...lol. xx
Nar 14.09.2005 22:38
One of the things I noticed about a colleague's Ka at the school (try getting 4 school teachers into this car!) was that in the rear, you feel very hemmed in. I thought this was due to the acres of carpet everywhere but its actually the dommed section which can be quite claustrophobic. I take it Ford doesnt fit their excellent heated front windscreen as an option or has that changed now? A very good review that serves good purpose here. I lke the Ka but I like the new Toyota Aygo better!
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