Ford Ka (2008 – 2016) At A Glance
As you may well have read or seen elsewhere, I have a FIAT 500. And I'm not going to pretend the new Ford Ka has nothing in common with it.
It's basically the same car, or Ka, however you spell it.
The market quite likes it, but is not prepared to pay as much for a Ka as for a FIAT 500.
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If my MoT fails and I want to scrap it, can I drive it back from the test centre without undertaking the repairs?
"I have an ageing Ford KA, which iI'm confident will fail its MoT test this summer. Having spent hundreds of pounds in previous years on MoT repairs, should it fail again this year I am inclined to scrap it. I can find no mention of this on various websites as an option following an MoT failure. If I choose to take this action, can I drive the car home and onto a breakers yard? If not, how do I proceed?"
I think you will be forced to spend some money on the car to assess its condition. Obviously, if the faults are classed as Dangerous, the car will fail the MoT and be deemed illegal to use on the public road until they are fixed. I would recommend speaking to your local garage about your options before the MoT - they may be willing to scrap the car for you in a worst case scenario.
I want to replace my aging Ford Ka with something reliable, but a bit more robust - what do you suggest?
"I'm looking to change my car in 6-12 months time. I drive a Ford Ka, which I have had since new and it will be six years old this year. I currently drive along a lot of A and B rural roads, so I'm looking for something a bit more robust. However, I'm not sure whether to go down the SUV road or upgrade to a slightly bigger car. Whatever I get will need to be economical and reliable as a priority. Also, I don't have a family to drive around so I'm wondering whether I actually need a very large family car for one person. I would love to have a convertible or something sporty but not sure that's the most practical option. I've got absolutely no idea what to even look at."
How about a Ford Fiesta? It's bigger than your Ka, so will feel more robust, while also being reliable and cheap to run. It's also fun to drive and you could opt for the rugged Active model if you want something a little more SUV-like. Also, consider small crossover SUVs like the new Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008 and Volkswagen T-Cross. These have higher seating positions - which might be good for the kind of driving you do - without being significantly bigger or more expensive to run than a hatchback. As a left-field choice, if you don't need much in the way of practicality, take a look at a Mazda MX-5. They're reliable and cheap to run, while also being sporty and fun to drive.
My car has terrible internal condensation on every window - what's the cause?
"My daughter has a five-year-old Ford Ka. It’s left outside and whenever she (or I) go in it, the internal condensation on every window is terrible. In the summer it’s wet and in the winter, it freezes. I’d like to stop it and happy to buy anything that helps."
The usual reason for internal condensation is damp inside the car, and the usual reason for that is blocked bulkhead vent well drains leaving rainwater nowhere to drain except via the cabin pollen filter into the car. You need to clear the drains either side of the bulkhead vent well and replace the pollen filter which will be sodden wet.
How do I find my radio code?
"I'm looking for the radio code for my daughter's Ford KA. The serial number is V026774. The radio went off after her boyfriend put a new battery in."
If it starts with a V then this online unlocking service charges 99p with 100 per cent positive feedback: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Instant-Ford-V-Radio-Code-Instantly-Retrieved-From-The-Serial-Number-V/172569894310?hash=item282df79da6:g:CO0AAOSwOyJX5TU-
You may want to use something like a 9V memory saver next time (it plugs into the cigarette lighter). Or, if you have a booster pack, you could also use that. Then you won't lose the code when you remove the battery.
Answered by Georgia Petrie