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I'm not happy with the problems section. Ford Ka is not particularly unreliable (more reliable than most small cars in fact) yet this section makes it seem so. I would prefer this to be removed or severely cut down. Kelestar 19:55, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
the KA has the lowest rate of warranty in all the Ford range and beats the pants of all similar competion in regards to things gone wrong.
I was tripping out when reading about the origin or possible origin or origins of the word "Ka" and name for this awesome car. I wrote somewhere that it is the first word or syllable that children or babies learn to utter, they say, "ka, ka, ka, ka, ka, ka...", that basically means this car is a very good baby and that when babies grow up to get their first driver's license, Be ready to drive a Ka or a Truck. This car is like a Mack Truck and will never let anybody down.
In terms of bodywork, engine and suspension, there are several noted defects which have been fixed from earlier models. The Ka may have the lowest warranty rate, but outside of this period, they are known for problems with the suspension subframe bushes, and heavy rusting on the sills and up the wheel arches (even when they are treated with undersealant).
I own such a car, and whilst I'm quite happy to sing it's praises, I agree with the problems section as an accurate reflection of the issues with my car, and other people I know who own one would agree with it as well. Other websites I have seen point to a similar list of issues. Maybe any problems section should include more references to back it up? Philmconway (talk) 07:50, 1 September 2009 (UTC)
The StreetKa is often dubbed as "the poor man's Audi TT" given its close resemblance to the Audi.
Not sure how much this makes sense, since the TT came out after the Ka... -- stewacide (added 28 April 2004)
The StreetKa appeared in 2003, some while after the TT so the comment is valid. --DavidChief 18:40, 24 April 2006 (UTC)
- Additionally, Ford made no secret of the fact that the Ka and StreetKa are designed for and marketed at women... thus surely it would be "the poor woman's Audi TT"? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 09:39, 3 April 2008 (UTC)
This user just changed the entire article. Doesn't look like a copyvio, but this text should be integrated, not overwritten!
Here it is: The Ford Ka was launched in the autumn of 1996 and based around the running gear of the larger Fiesta, alongside which it was built at Valencia in Spain. It was available with one engine, a 1.3 petrol which was also used in the Fiesta and Escort, and which had been in use for some 20 years before.
With its quirky styling inside and out, the Ka was marketed a distinctive alternative to the Fiat Cinquecento, Seat Arosa and Renault Twingo. Its elderly engine was a bit short on performance and refinement, but the Fiesta-sourced chassis gave excellent ride and handling.
The base Ka was available with power steering as an option (now standard), a driver's airbag (option now std), central locking and a sunroof. Better equipped variants could be had with antilock brakes, electric windows, air-conditioning and a CD player.
Early in 2002 Ford introduced the StreetKa, a two-seater open top sports car based on the Ka hatchback but using a more powerful 1.6 Zetec 16-valve engine. It was seen by Ford as a cheap and stylish alternative to an MGF or Mazda MX-5. The StreetKa's impressive engine also found its way into the SportKa hatchback.
The Ford Ka is now eight years old and Ford recently released photographs of a proposed replacement, but it is still one of the best budget cars on sale in Europe.
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Ka"
It would be good if someone could write more and maybe add a picture for the sportka its not got much info at the moment.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sfoskett (talk • contribs) 17:15, 18 September 2004
I removed some links, mainly because they offer little supplemental information and some seem to be just fancruft or message board type sites. --Tim 16:28, 19 May 2006 (UTC)
i just wondered what engine sizes the street ka comes in as you havent clearly discolsed this information can you get the car in 1.4 or does it start at a 1.6 thanksx
- In the UK, at least, they are/were only available with 1.6 engines. The article says Both of these came with a new 1.6 L 8-valve Duratec engine producing 95 hp, which implies that they are/were only available as a 1.6. To be honest, it would be better to check on the Ford website for information like that. Bob 20:48, 2 June 2006 (UTC)
I think that a critisisms section should be added, all the people I know who own Ford Ka's have had terrible problems with the bodywork (they rust very badly, and the metal is of inferior quality) the interior (The internal fixtures are dire, the cup holders are made out of carpet! the seats are badly made out of cheap, uncomfy material and the vehical does not have enough interior space to be used as a car!(In theory you CAN get 4 people and their luggage in a Ka, though I reckon that it would be cramped and highly dangerous!)) and the overall quality of construction-GeorgeFormby1—Preceding unsigned comment added by GeorgeFormby1 (talk • contribs)
Picture of the front of the car
22.214.171.124 08:55, 27 July 2007 (UTC) Don't you think perhaps someone should add a picture showing the car's front? After all, I think it looks...distinctive enough to warrant one here. 126.96.36.199 08:55, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
Ford Ka in Australia
The Ford Ka replaced the Festiva in Australia before itself being replaced by the Ford Fietsa due to poor sales and poor reception from reviewers and customers, yet there is nothing in this article about its time on the Australian market. My knowledge of the Ka and its sales is minor so could someone with more knowledge update. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 14:13, 18 January 2008 (UTC)
Second generation (not 2009-)
TYCHY, Poland, September 25, 2008 – The first volume production example of the new Ford Ka rolled off the production line at a special ceremony today in Tychy, Poland, 12 years after the original Ka was launched to great acclaim.
Polish Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak was guest of honour at the ceremony.
With sales due to begin across Europe from early next year, the new Ka will be fully revealed to the public at the Paris Motor Show next week.
With the introduction of the new Ka, Ford of Europe will have changed its entire car range in record time. In 2008 alone, the company has brought more than 20 new and improved models to market.
- This page tells all - prices start at UK£7945 and go to £9495. Good luck with the project. --TimTay (talk) 12:34, 3 March 2009 (UTC)
Ever seen the commercial where it pops its hood open to kill the bird about to land on it or the one where it closes it's sunroof, decapitating a cat? 184.108.40.206 (talk) 23:02, 28 October 2009 (UTC) User:Daniel Christensen not signed it; yup I'm at FLCC.
- Skip to 4:30.
Mk1 Ka based on Mk4 Fiesta?
Surely it's actually based on the Mk3 Fiesta underneath, because it's similar in size and the whole reason the Ka came out was because the Mk4 Fiesta was bigger than the Mk3 Fiesta so Ford needed to make a "gap filler" car (like the VW Lupo/Fox/up! and UK right-hand drive Renault Twingo, for example). --220.127.116.11 (talk) 21:42, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
Does anyone know where it got its name from? I think people would want to know.
- It was first used for the 1994 concept version, it's really just a play on "car". The only source I've found is: First, the Ka - and even Ford's choice of name sounds capricious. "We could have called it the Bno, or something, but Ka was the name which came up at concept stage and it stuck - a small name for our smallest car," said Ford UK chairman (ref: Motor industry management: journal of the Institute of the Motor, Institute of the Motor Industry - 1996 p.35). Bob talk 00:31, 29 November 2012 (UTC)
One possible origin of the name is (K)ick (A)ss - particularly the badge, which looks like the K is kicking the A in the posterior region. This would also fit with the jaunty and irreverent marketing mentioned in the controversy section. In the motor trade in Southern England the car name is pronounced separate letters K - A which reinforces my belief that this is the origin - may be worth researching. Apologies if this is not appropriate for the talk page, as it is basically unsubstantiated rumour. If not appropriate please delete as you feel fit. David18.104.22.168 (talk) 22:23, 26 July 2015 (UTC)
I have two requests. One, please add citations to is section. Two, can you please rewrite the section from a neutral standpoint? It does appear to be a negative-sounding statement, and Wikipedia is not a Soapbox. Please leave a message on my talk page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 00:40, 23 August 2013 (UTC)