Jump to content

2006 Ford StreetKa Winter Edition - Road Test Report


Peter C
 Share

Recommended Posts

5 minutes ago, Peter C said:

I totally forgot to say, I viewed the red MGF that I got all excited about this morning. The car was lovely but I didn’t fit behind the wheel. There’s a lot more room in my little Ford!

I thought the mgf was the one but I still think you've made a great purchase. 

I dealt with these a lot when I had my own business and they're awesome fun, the 1.6 does go really well too be fair but from memory was a tad thirsty. 

Those bigger wheels make it handle even better. 

Certainly don't remember them rusting any worse than a normal ka, in fact they always looked a lot tidier as they weren't actually that cheap new. 

I have tons of ka bits I was really thinking of throwing away in truth but sadly not much sport specific stuff, may have a stereo front for it if it's a standard Ford one I'd be happy to post to you for free? The only other thing I think I have is a set of clocks for one with the rev counter etc, again happy to post it to you, can't remember the mileage but it was low, 44k or the like. 

The headlights are the same as a normal ka but the bumper makes them look a bit more swish. 

I've got a few sets of those but in truth nothing in decent condition so I won't suggest sending those. 

The duratec is often mistaken as the same engine but actually its an ohc motor but still chain driven, VERY tough. The only issue I ever heard about one was the thermostat failing causing overheating as no temp gauge but I'll be honest I replaced it on one I had as a serviceable item and it caused more grief than if I'd left it alone. 

I/we as a family must have covered over 100k in a Ka which although sounds tortuous, was actually great fun and in truth I never had one major issue with one of them, however 2 did fall to the dreaded rust.

The others just got either sold on as cheap shitters or broken up into parts to use for newer ones to sell on.

Such a shame  ford didn't realise how long the mechanics would last and therefore spend a bit more time on the rustproofing as they're genuinely one of my favourite small cars ever. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The work you put into finding these little hidden gems is excellent.

You've bought top quality again as usual.

I really like the front end, really quite aggressive and rally looking. 

As for being girly, nothing beats having to ride to work on an old woman's bike for 15 months as you save for a house deposit like I did. Then I bought an Agila, thankfully things then improved. 😁

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thing is, when I was younger I thought the most girly cars ever were an audi tt convertible or a mx5 of any description yet now i find the tt strangely alluring.

Still don't get the whole mx5 thing but that's maybe because I haven't driven one. 

I'm sad to say I like the idea of an elan lookalike mk1  mx5 and put a touch more power under the bonnet. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

19 minutes ago, vaughant said:

Thing is, when I was younger I thought the most girly cars ever were an audi tt convertible or a mx5 of any description yet now i find the tt strangely alluring.

Still don't get the whole mx5 thing but that's maybe because I haven't driven one. 

I'm sad to say I like the idea of an elan lookalike mk1  mx5 and put a touch more power under the bonnet. 

I used to think the r170 slk and w210 e class were the most terrible Mercedes ever made. 20 years later I had both.

Seriously try an mx-5 and you will "get it" straight away, or a facelifted mr2 roadster mk3 is even better.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

24 minutes ago, vaughant said:

I thought the mgf was the one but I still think you've made a great purchase. 

I dealt with these a lot when I had my own business and they're awesome fun, the 1.6 does go really well too be fair but from memory was a tad thirsty. 

Those bigger wheels make it handle even better. 

Certainly don't remember them rusting any worse than a normal ka, in fact they always looked a lot tidier as they weren't actually that cheap new. 

I have tons of ka bits I was really thinking of throwing away in truth but sadly not much sport specific stuff, may have a stereo front for it if it's a standard Ford one I'd be happy to post to you for free? The only other thing I think I have is a set of clocks for one with the rev counter etc, again happy to post it to you, can't remember the mileage but it was low, 44k or the like. 

The headlights are the same as a normal ka but the bumper makes them look a bit more swish. 

I've got a few sets of those but in truth nothing in decent condition so I won't suggest sending those. 

The duratec is often mistaken as the same engine but actually its an ohc motor but still chain driven, VERY tough. The only issue I ever heard about one was the thermostat failing causing overheating as no temp gauge but I'll be honest I replaced it on one I had as a serviceable item and it caused more grief than if I'd left it alone. 

I/we as a family must have covered over 100k in a Ka which although sounds tortuous, was actually great fun and in truth I never had one major issue with one of them, however 2 did fall to the dreaded rust.

The others just got either sold on as cheap shitters or broken up into parts to use for newer ones to sell on.

Such a shame  ford didn't realise how long the mechanics would last and therefore spend a bit more time on the rustproofing as they're genuinely one of my favourite small cars ever. 

I concur! 

Kind of you to offer the parts, I’ll let you know what I need. At the moment I would love to source the radio panel. I’ve got this unit:

CD7CF0FA-FA52-4E18-A3E2-5E5E6B20936C.thumb.jpeg.7a60049305a0fa264303f6dd7184e9c5.jpeg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Is it a folding hardtop or a rigid removable one? I was expecting a folding softtop when you said the rear window was zip-out.

Nice buy though, I think they got the proportions right on these, they're miles better looking than a Mini Coupe IMHO

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, Stanky said:

Is it a folding hardtop or a rigid removable one? I was expecting a folding softtop when you said the rear window was zip-out.

Nice buy though, I think they got the proportions right on these, they're miles better looking than a Mini Coupe IMHO

Removable hardtop (very quick to unlock and easy for two people to lift off + comes with storage bag) and under the rear scuttle there’s a folding soft top. All quite clever and looks great with the roof down as the soft top is hidden beneath the scuttle, unlike an MGF, Bini, new Beetle… all of which display their folded tops.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just now, Peter C said:

Removable hardtop (very quick to unlock and easy for two people to lift off + comes with storage bag) and under the rear scuttle there’s a folding soft top. All quite clever and looks great with the roof down as the soft top is hidden beneath the scuttle, unlike an MGF, Bini, new Beetle… all of which display their folded tops.

Ah, makes sense - and avoids the 'silver cross pram' look as well. Nice

Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 minutes ago, Stanky said:

I guess the soft top must be opened/closed manually? There can't be enough room for electronic gubbinz in there too? 

There’s a button on the side of the b-post, which operates the electric release for the scuttle panel, which needs to be lifted by hand, then the soft top can be lifted up, also by hand. It’s all very simple and there is very little to go wrong - win!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Well bought! Same engine, gearbox and suspension as the SportKa iirc. I had one of those and it felt really rapid through the gears. Rough engine let it down a touch but that gearbox is the best I've ever had - even better than the two Pumas I've owned.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

image.jpeg.55236930c9974ae7568564dba80d1ccf.jpegMechanic Charlene approves. 😍👍

 

Good choice in a cool colour. 

I was tempted years ago when a mate used to help out at a bombsite car lot, they had a street Ka that they said I could have for £1700 back when all the others were £3 - £4k. 

Sadly that one looked terrible. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Peter C changed the title to 2006 Ford StreetKa Winter Edition - Road Test Report

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...