Ford-Ka_2Carrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at the BMW 1 Series and turn our attention to the Ford Ka. Now in its second generation, this car remains a firm favourite with those wanting an entry-level car to run around in a town or city, or as a first vehicle.

In this issue we are focusing on the first generation Ka which entered the market back in 1996 as a budget city car. A testament to its success is its longevity, with huge numbers sold for over a decade until it was replaced in 2009 with an updated model.

The baby Ford was an instant hit. Basic and equipped with very few features or luxuries, it was ideal for students and those looking to keep their costs down as it was cheap to own and run.

Despite the focus on economy, the Ka was still a fun car to drive and with good handling characteristics.

The Ford was launched with one powerplant a 1.3-litre petrol engine producing between 59 and 69bhp. Those lucky enough to buy either the SportKa or StreetKa were later treated to a 1.6-litre engine producing 93bhp.  Although the Ford has a small variety of engine options and has been made on a budget, it has provided technicians with a few electrical challenges.

Remember, too, that the information here is extracted from generous submissions from the market.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Peugeot 107, Citroën C1 and Toyota Aygo, so if you have expertise and insight to share, we would love to hear from you. To get your advice included contact or

Click below to see technical contributions on the Ford Ka from:

Autoelectro – explains about issues with the alternator and battery on the Ford Ka

Cambiare – covers a number of issues with the Ford

CES – covers a number of issues with the Ka

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Corteco – looks at the suspension system on the Ka

Fahren – comments on a whole host of VOSA issues with the Ford Ka

FAI Automotive – discuss the issues with the steering and suspension on the Ford Ka

First Line – comments on suspension and clutch issues

Forté – on why engine flushes can prove vital on a Ford Ka

Meyle – common issues on the Ford Ka solved

MOOG – talks about the importance of replacing parts on a wishbone sub-frame

RMI – outlines a menagerie of Ka problems

Suplex – explains the suspension variations on the Ka, StreetKa and SportKa

TecRMI – give us an insight into a few technical problems with the Ka

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