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Old March 9th   #1
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Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid breaks down

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We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.

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We encountered other problems with a Karma press car that visited the track for a few hours, and we have heard of problems at press events. In addition, we see that some owners are experiencing a variety of issues, as evidenced by forums such as FiskerBuzz.com.

When we get the car back, we’ll film a First Drive video with our more traditional initial impressions. But so far, Fisker ownership is proving to be a bumpy ride.
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This is to be expected............this is totally new technology. It's like when a new cell phone comes out, it's going to have issues.

I like technology but I'm a second generation kinda guy, I want something that's proven it will work. I expect to continue to see issues with these cars as well as Tesla.
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The owner has some firsthand experience on this car and it's quirks. I can't wait to find time to sit down with him and do a full review on the car.
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I have to hand it to Fisker for Pioneering a new car market. This is something that is going to set the way for the future when fossil fuel supply's shrink and market demand will shift to other alternatives like Fisker is trying to provide. Like EvilZ stated new technology is going to have its quirks. I just hope that good ole gasoline is still around while im still around I dont think I could ever switch to an electric or green car.
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Consumer Reports is learning all sorts of things about the Fisker Karma now that it has purchased one for testing, only to have it die with less than 200 miles on the odometer. After 48 hours in the dealer's repair shop – under warranty – the car is back in the CR fleet and is starting to get put through its paces.

With that public breakdown making waves, CR discovered that lots of Karma owners have been reporting their own issues with their new and expensive plug-in hybrids. Things like needing a new differential after less than 1,000 miles, a car shutting itself off at 35 mph and lots of trouble with the shifter. Most of these reports were put up by owners on FiskerBuzz. Of course, before CR got its Karma, the company issued two recalls, one for a software glitch and another for battery issues.

So, with all the problems, how does CR like the Karma on the track? The design is "simply stunning," it says, but the range-extending gasoline engine is loud when the 22-kWh battery is depleted. And the Fisker's SUV-like 5,395-pound weight doesn't help with handling. On the inside, CR says the touchscreen is also less than ideal, with a grayscale look and plenty of menu flipping that "makes MyFord Touch look like a brilliant design." Ouch.

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Just this weekend, for example, the speedometer and energy meter display disappeared when driving, on top of having several other rogue warning indicators appear last week. It is expected we'll be revisiting the dealership soon. We've had cars in the past that have been troublesome, but never anything like this.
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I dont think I could ever switch to an electric or green car.
what about hydrogen?
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There's a lot that goes into manufacturing a car that's a completely new design using technology that's never been in a production environment. What's even harder is doing that and forming the company at the same time. These are the growing pains. But I think the end result is worth it. I need to find enough time to get with the owner of the signature edition and Century so I can put one through my own tests.
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