(Original post by 331sam331)
I think the problem is that because you are on the sales and 'figures' side of the business, you will be interpreting wrongly what is being classed as unreliable.
As JC has stated, for a car to be unreliable, it needs to be at the point where it's not starting in the morning or you are constantly on the side of the road in a cloud of smoke and late for work again.
Reliability indexes and figures, especially on websites with user generated reviews, are not a great indicator of reliability. Most common folk would put down something like a worn bush needing to be replaced, or a shock absorber/coil spring failing as a reliability issue. Yes, if that happening straight out of the factory after a few hundred miles, then it's a manufacturing problem, and reliability would come into it. But most people misconstrued the common wear and tear problems that every car has, as being a reliability issue.
I really don't want to get too involved in this little 'discussion' you guys are having, but I can say from working part time in a pretty busy garage for over 4 years (again, I can't prove that, so you will have to take my word for it), that ford KA's are the least of our problems.
As you would expect, we mostly deal with broken French junk like Renault, Citroen and Fiat. With the odd rover 25 headgasket thrown in for good measure (I swear I could do a head gasked on a Rover K series engine with my eyes shut now)
As for reliable older cars, you can't go to wrong with the Vauxhall/Honda/Ford. I myself am planning on getting a little 1.5td Corsa for a run around car. Cheap tax, can run on 80p per liter biodiesel
, bullet proof engine and cheap, readily available parts
Only downside is they are ugly as hell (IMO).
I would go for seomthing like that over the KA.
I also hate how flimsy feeling the KA's are. I mean they a pretty easy to drive, do OK on fuel and are light weight/small. But I hate how every time you get in it, or lean on it, it feels like it's going to break. So, to conclude, mechanically they are pretty sound, aesthetically I wouldn't go near one with a barge pole!!