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Consumer Reports: $100K Hybrid Undriveable

From Consumer Reports:

Bad Karma: Our Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid breaks down

March 8, 2012

Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken.

We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault.

Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual to interpret the warning. At that point, the transmission went into Neutral and wouldn’t engage any gear through its electronic shifter except Park and Neutral.

We let the car sit for about an hour and restarted it. We could now engage Drive and the same error message disappeared. After moving it only a few feet the error message reappeared and when we tried to engage Reverse the transmission went straight to Park and again no motion gear could be engaged. After calling the dealer, which is about 100 miles away, they promptly sent a flatbed tow truck to haul away the disabled Fisker.

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

Lest we forget, as we noted back on February 6, 2012, Fisker is currently laying off its workers despite having received a half-billion-dollar loan from Obama’s Department Of Energy.

However, the DOE’s $529 million dollar loan was contingent on Fisker meeting development and sales milestones for the Karma, which the company has missed. Fortunately, the DOE now says it is going to modify the loan so those failures can be ignored and Fisker can continue to receive taxpayer funding.

After all, who doesn’t want an undependable $100,000 electric car? It should be the ultimate status symbol — for people who don’t have to go anywhere.

And speaking of Consumer Reports, their April, 2011 review of the Chevy Volt basically pronounced it to be a bad value for the money, even though it is relatively inexpensive ($40,000) by comparison to the ($100,000) Fisker Karma.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 9th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Consumer Reports: $100K Hybrid Undriveable”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Those Fisker layoffs are what drove down unemployment.

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