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 Post subject: Sportka 1.6 SE
PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:38 pm 
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Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire
Drives: Millennium Puma
Vehicle: Ford Sporka 1.6 SE

Length of ownership: In Family: 3 years - owned 8 months in total myself

Brought on 12,600 miles - now on 29,000

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Performance: 94Bhp, 0-60 9.4-9.7 secs book (will be tested @ ford fair ;) ) max speed 108mph book i've had 120mph on speedo :lol:

1.6 Engine is punchy - pulls well and sounds brilliant with airbox modifications ;) only gripe is that it's not the best on fuel and short 5th gear is annoying on long journeys but the gearbox is brilliant to use

Handling is immense. grips brilliantly, no roll, so direct in steering and is a wheel in each corner pretty much. loves lift off oversteer. Evo rate it as very good in handling stakes and i would agree. Would give my old fiesta st a run for its money and people i'm sure can vouch for handling

Comfort: Seats are comfy if lacking a little support - car is well equipped - As mine is an SE it has:

Tinted rear windows, blue/black leather, AC, Electric Windows, Pop Out Rear windows, Heated Electric Mirrors, Heated front and Rear Screens, Front + Rear fogs, CD Player, Aux Input, 12v power input

Road noise is quite bad on the ka - will try and add sound deadening at a later date!

Driving position is very good i have no complaints!

Sound System is good but only 2 speakers....

Reliability & Running Costs: Never broken down, no garage bills, parts are cheap, maintenance is normal - services do wonders - tax isn't cheapest as emissions aren't great - not the worst on fuel but not the best by any shot - but it's not expensive to run!

Ford rust is an issue though :(

Safety & Security: Think it has 3 stars but it is a ka at the end of the day - wouldn't want to crash!

Standard ford immoboliser :)

Good Points:

* Brilliant Handling
* Punchy Engine
* Amazing gearbox
* Well Specced Car
* Easy to drive fast
* Upsets bigger cars easily ;)

Bad Points:

* Only a 4 seater
* Boot isn't massive
* Short 5th gear is a pain on long journey's
* Road noise is an issue if it bothers you
* Ford RUST

Summary

Brilliant little car - niggles aside - rust, short gearing, road noise - it handles brilliantly, goes well for what it is - there is tuning scope if you visit SWR website for 125bhp ;) - gearbox is brilliant and as people would agree imo it will out handle quite a few cars :)

I'd say it is an underated car due to the "girl's car" stigma by people who know nothing about cars.....

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