Used Ford Streetka
The Ford Streetka was first released in the UK in 2003 and is widely regarded as one of the best convertible super minis you can buy. Second hand Ford Streetka cars for sale are fairly hard to come by even though they sold well when they were available, between 2003 and 2007. When they do come to market they tend to be of a reasonably low mileage and in general, well looked after.
Ford used their existing 95bhp 1.6 litre Duratec engine in the Streetka and this version of this iconic little car improved even further on the chassis stability and excellent handling of the original.
In winter 2003, the limited edition Ford Streetka Winter Edition was added to the range and came with a detachable hard top as well as the usual cloth top.
Bang for your buck
The basic used Ford Streetka came with a whole host of great features such as anti-lock brakes, remote central locking, a cloth roof, a height adjustable driver's seat, 16-inch alloy wheels, twin air bags, an alarm, front fog lamps, power heated door mirrors, electric windows and CD based stereo.
The Luxury model came with all of these plus leather trim, height adjustment for the passenger seats, heated seats, a heated windscreen and air conditioning. There were also the options of metallic paint, climate pack (air con and the heated screen) and a CD autochanger.
The interior is fairly standard for Ford but with the addition of some nice metallic detailing and a cool looking metallic gear knob. There's not much room, in the Ford Streetka cabin or the rear but then you wouldn't really expect there to be. The total stowage capacity is just 188 litres and is made up a small space below the roof mechanism, about the size of a golf bag and a lockable box in the cabin, between the front seats. The roof is a manually folding soft top which can be stowed in about 30 seconds.
What you'll pay
Approved used Ford Streetka cars for sale have held their value well over the years so you shouldn't expect to find too many bargains. A 2003 used Streetka of fairly low mileage will start at around £6300 for the standard and at about £6700 for the Luxury. Both models are in insurance group 7.
What to check
There are no known recurring faults with second hand Ford Streetkas, their engine and gear box were both tried and tested at the time and have held up well over the years. You should check for cosmetic damage, especially the headlamps as they are very expensive to replace. The Streetka is unlikely to have been used to ferry the kids around so the interiors tend to be in very good nick. Make sure you check the soft top for any rips or discolouration. Streetkas can be hard on the front tyres so check them for wear and tear and make sure that the tyres are wearing evenly. The seat runners are known to develop a rattle but this is easily fixed.
In the main, replacement parts for used Ford Streetka for sale are reasonably priced and readily available, using, as they do, the vast majority of parts from the standard Ka. The aforementioned headlamps are around £95 as is a full exhaust. A clutch assembly should only set you back £75, front brake pads are £45, a catalyst around £200 and an alternator costs around £115.
How it drives
The Ford Streetka is an even better drive than the standard Ka, its track is wider at both the front and rear and the suspension has been stiffened giving the Streetka a much more solid base. The steering has also been adjusted for a more sporty feel and it only requires 2.6 turns of the wheel to get from lock to lock.
The 95bhp engine will get you to 60 mph in 12 seconds, not the most impressive statistic in the world, but Streetkas are engineered to generate low end torque and boast a sporty exhaust note. Fuel consumption is not bad at all at 36 miles per gallon and CO2 emissions are a fairly hefty 189g/km.
What the used Ford Streetka really has in its favour is that it is fun, both to look at and to drive.