Fisker: Dog bites Karma

posted at 4:50 pm on March 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

The last time we checked in on our friends at Fisker, the news was less than sunny. The rising star in green technology, after receiving significant taxpayer funding, was laying off workers. And the vehicles they were going to build were being manufactured in Finland instead of providing jobs here in the United States. But on the bright side of things, at least they’re producing cars, right? (Assuming you can afford more than $100,000 for their flagship model, the Karma.)

You bet they are! In fact, they’re rolling off the lines now, and Consumer Reports picked one up off the showroom floor to put it through their usual battery of tests. Let’s see how that went, shall we? Before continuing reading this article, please take a moment to watch their very brief video report first. We pride ourselves on snark here at Hot Air, but this guy actually puts me to shame.

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.

The story only gets worse from there. After shutting it off and letting it sit for a bit, they were able to restart it and engage the transmission in Drive. (Why does this suddenly sound suspiciously like my Windows operating system?) Sadly, that “fix” only lasted long enough for the car to make it “a few feet” before it took itself out of gear again, thereafter refusing to move. The dealership sent over a flatbed truck and returned it to its original home.

Your taxpayer dollars at work. But as Consumer Reports noted, you must admit… that’s one fine looking vehicle. If you just leave it sitting in the driveway, I bet your neighbors will be totally impressed.


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What does $107,850 buy nowadays?

A free ride on a tow truck if you have AAA.

BobMbx on March 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

You get what you deserve when you name an auto “Karma.”

Nemesis of Jihad on March 9, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Wait! This story is actually fantastic news!

Just imagine the fuel economy this car gets. It’s going to go over 100 miles and not use a drop of fuel.

That means…..unlimited fuel mileage!

BobMbx on March 9, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The Grifter.

forest on March 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

But but but… It’s for the children… Wouldn’t you gladly drive your nation into bankruptcy for the Children…. If not you must be evil raaaaacist tea-bagging right wingers…

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 4:58 PM

If Green energy is the wave of the future- Why can’t they build an sturdy, affordable vehicle?

I mean forty grand for a volt, and over a hundred grand for this car. Who the heck in this economy has that to spend?

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

$100,000 cars that don’t work.
$50 light bulbs that no one wants or will buy.
Solyndra
etc.
etc.
etc.

The list just grows day by day. Whoever wins the Republican nomination need only repeat this list and amounts of tax dollars wasted on a daily basis and election will be a lock.

LCT688 on March 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The story only gets worse from there. After shutting it off and letting it sit for a bit, they were able to restart it and engage the transmission in Drive. (Why does this suddenly sound suspiciously like my Windows operating system?) Sadly, that “fix” only lasted long enough for the car to make it “a few feet” before it took itself out of gear again, thereafter refusing to move. The dealership sent over a flatbed truck and returned it to its original home.

The Fisker Karma = The Blue Screen of Death

Bitter Clinger on March 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

“That’s one fine looking car on that flatbed.”
…the PERFECT image of the failure of lunatic-left eco-nut socialist extremism.

TeaPartyNation on March 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Over $539.25 per mile. Way to go.

rbj on March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Sign me up for government retraining to be a Fisker mechanic.

tomg51 on March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Could have been worse, it could have caught fire and burned up.

slickwillie2001 on March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

If I had a 100 grand to drop on a car, I’d be looking at a Lambroghini.

Bitter Clinger on March 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Have they tried Ctrl – Alt – Del?

AndrewsDad on March 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I mean forty grand for a volt, and over a hundred grand for this car. Who the heck in this economy has that to spend?

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 4:59 PM

The same people who drop $35,000 for a single dinner with the Campaigner-in-Chief.

Otherwise know as “none of us”.

gravityman on March 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I mean forty grand for a volt, and over a hundred grand for this car. Who the heck in this economy has that to spend?

Silly! This isn’t a car for the plebes, in fact, no car is for the plebes anymore. Take the bus like all good proles, and eat your Soylent Red and Yellow.

MunDane68 on March 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Your tax dollars at “work”. Can we Finnish with this car?

I seem to have a better gearshift on my Schwinn, and I get better gas mileage.

Good News: The Chevy Volt outpaces its competition!

Steve Z on March 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Is getting Fisker’d the new Fluke’d???

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Karma is an adult female puppy
;-)

burrata on March 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

And now, its a Trailer Queen!

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Could have been worse, it could have caught fire and burned up.

slickwillie2001 on March 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

The day is young, just give it some time :)

NapaConservative on March 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

And it gets a 10K tax credit too!

kringeesmom on March 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

All show, no go.

I’m glad we’re investing in it…/

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

their usual battery of tests.

Should now be their usual tests of batteries.

Marcola on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Is getting Fisker’d the new Fluke’d???

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:04 PM

SWalker:That sounds awfully Scrotched to me!(sarc)

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I really do have to know… What kind of idiot spends $100k on a personal automobile? Really. Is there nothing better in life to spend money on than the extra $50k you would for just about any other new car, that will work perfectly fine, for just about any task you would ask of it?

JohnGalt23 on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Can it tow a Volt?

KOOLAID2 on March 9, 2012 at 5:07 PM

All show, no go.

I’m glad we’re investing in it…/

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Obama has personally endorsed two automobiles, one breaks down and won’t go anywhere, the others bursts into flames at inconvenient moments. I guess that actually makes getting Fluke’d by the Fisker a improvement.

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Your taxpayer dollars at work. But as Consumer Reports noted, you must admit… that’s one fine looking vehicle. If you just leave it sitting in the driveway, I bet your neighbors will be totally impressed.

Frankly, I don’t think it looks all that hot.

Color me Unimpressed.

Bitter Clinger on March 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Zero emissions!

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Quote from the 20-year-old hoodie-wearing tow truck driver: “I don’t need no steenkin’ college degree! I’m gonna make BANK on these Fisker tows!”

Marcola on March 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Frankly, I don’t think it looks all that hot.

Color me Unimpressed.

Bitter Clinger on March 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

LOL- If I saw a man driving that vehicle; I would think “weanie liberal trying to compensate for something.” :)

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

The Grifter.

forest on March 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Hmmm….Yes….The Fisker Grifter. Sort of rolls off the tongue.

Lily on March 9, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Sadly, that “fix” only lasted long enough for the car to make it “a few feet” before it took itself out of gear again, thereafter refusing to move.

That’s the way the gubmint fixes the engine-on-fire problem.

PattyJ on March 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The brakes are so good, it stops on a taxpayer’s dime.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM

They named it Karma because the name Cleveland Steamer was already taken.

Cicero43 on March 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Just announced: The DOJ is looking into Consumer Reports testing procedures.

redshirt on March 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The Road We’ve Traveled, brought to you by Karma.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

LOL- If I saw a man driving that vehicle; I would think “weanie liberal trying to compensate for something.” :)

melle1228 on March 9, 2012 at 5:11 PM

LOL. Weanie liberals should just stick to Smart cars and Toyota Priuses.

Bitter Clinger on March 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

My 2005 Chevy Tahoe is approaching 175,000 miles and has never failed to start. I expect to put on another 40,000 before getting something new. A gas guzzling full size pick up truck.

Charlemagne on March 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Maybe,when all the bugs get worked out,houses will have mini-reactors to charge up those electric cars!(sarc)

Obama budget request calls for major investments in nuclear energy
*******************************************************************

Obama also laid out plans to conduct research on “mini-nukes”. His budget sets aside $853 million for nuclear energy research. A White House fact sheet on the proposal says the research will focus in part on “mini-nukes,” known as small modular reactors.
(More….)

http://paenergyalliance.com/obama-budget-request-calls-for-major-investments-in-nuclear-energy

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

al gore.

rob verdi on March 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Meh….they just need to let Stevie Nicks put a small block 350 in it.

Limerick on March 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

JohnGalt23 on March 9, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Because one can – although I wouldn’t touch crap like that if it was given to me!

OldEnglish on March 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

The electric car trifecta: the Volt catches on fire, the Tesla turns into a brick when the battery runs down and the Karma just won’t go.

JimK on March 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Was there a 7-11 anywhere nearby the Consumer Reports parking lot? I mean, if we’re gonna have a car in the ditch, a guy gotsta has his Slurpee….

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing

Sue Bill Gates

:O

burrata on March 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM

The electric car trifecta: the Volt catches on fire, the Tesla turns into a brick when the battery runs down and the Karma just won’t go.

JimK on March 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Meanwhile in other breaking news, you’re still a evil raaaaacist tea-bagging right winger if you don’t support Obama and his “Green Energy Scam Program”

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

O/T!

@IDFSpokesperson tweeted:
*************************

So far 30 rockets fired from #Gaza in last 24 hours alone #israelunderfireStory

Submitted 25 mins ago from twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson
http://www.breakingnews.com/
============================

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Meh….they just need to let Stevie Nicks put a small block 350 in it.

Limerick on March 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

awwww, dude! what a great juxtaposition! Supercharge that b!tch, tub it out, put some monster slicks on it, pull up next to a trio of bricked out Volts, Karmas, and whatever elses and then drop the hammer!

THAT’s a car commercial!

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Hugh Hewitt had Congressman John Campbell on his show earlier this month. The congressman had purchased the new Karma, and he and Hugh were drooling over it. All the while I’m thinking about the $529 million loan that Fisker took from the government – and was really disappointed that Hugh mentioned it only in passing.

The more consumer friendly, more affordable version is supposed to be built here in the States – it’ll be interesting to see if they can manage to price these puppies for less than the Volt. No, actually, it’ll be interesting to see how many more taxpayer dollars they can take with them, before they go belly-up.

This from Fox News:
Fisker has received $193 million of the $529 million DOE loan, mostly for work on the Karma, which sells for about $100,000. The introduction of the Karma was delayed because of regulatory issues and battery pack problems that prompted a voluntary safety recall by Fisker.

The Energy Department made loan availability for the Nina project contingent on Fisker meeting development and sales milestones for the Karma, which the company missed. Fisker is now negotiating with the DOE to modify the loan agreement so funds for that project can be released.

Hill60 on March 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

O/T!

@IDFSpokesperson tweeted:
*************************

So far 30 rockets fired from #Gaza in last 24 hours alone #israelunderfireStory

Submitted 25 mins ago from twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson
http://www.breakingnews.com/
============================

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM

That is the smell of Iranian fear that Israel is about to launch an attack on their Nuclear facilities, otherwise know as… A distraction…

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

(Why does this suddenly sound suspiciously like my Windows operating system?)

Get the iPad AP. You know you want it and you can’t take your money with you.

kim roy on March 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

(Why does this suddenly sound suspiciously like my Windows operating system?)

Get the iPad AP. You know you want it and you can’t take your money with you.

kim roy on March 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Oooops. Sorry. This was written by Jazz Shaw. I was confused by the “pride in snark” comment and no one snarks like AP.

Still, buy the iPad AP.

kim roy on March 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Meh….they just need to let Stevie Nicks put a small block 350 in it.

Limerick on March 9, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Limerick:Veddy nice,a 572 Rat would be nice too!
=================================================

1970 chevelle with 572
**********************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge6YvRdnJ0I

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“I could’ve had a V8!” Great slogan I saw for this fiasco on a different blog. This car is all show and no go just like The Won.

Conservalicious on March 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Get the iPad AP. You know you want it and you can’t take your money with you.

kim roy on March 9, 2012 at 5:28 PM

ROTFLMAO… You know that was sarcasm, right? AP wouldn’t know how to boot up a computer running Windows, he’s a pure Apple fanboy through and through all the way to his proudly beating Beta Male heart.

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Windows operating systems are not that bad. Come on. It just needs more RAM every release.

antisocial on March 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

The Fister…

… bend over and just try to relax.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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That is the smell of Iranian fear that Israel is about to launch an attack on their Nuclear facilities, otherwise know as… A distraction…

SWalker on March 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

SWalker:Could be,sounds like the heating up of the M.E. TinderBox!

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Hell, even the econoboxes of yesteryear can be made into useful vehicles of transportation. Behold, the Chevy Chevette!!

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The Fister…

… bend over and just try to relax.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

this won’t hurt me a bit.

/kevin jennings.

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The Fister…

… bend over and just try to relax.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Lol,the new improved,Fister SS,
as in Super/Suck!(sarc):)

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Wow, that’s almost like… Karma…

Midas on March 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Hell, even the econoboxes of yesteryear can be made into useful vehicles of transportation. Behold, the Chevy Chevette!!

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

ted c:Excellent,boy that was shoe-horned in!:)

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Winning The Future! WTF!

JeremiahJohnson on March 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Lol,the new improved,Fister SS,
as in Super/Suck!(sarc):)

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Ha!! or

Super Stalled
Something Slipped

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

The Fister…

… bend over and just try to relax.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

The Fister,
made specially for Barnee Frank

burrata on March 9, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Your taxpayer dollars at work. But as Consumer Reports noted, you must admit… that’s one fine looking vehicle. If you just leave it sitting in the driveway, I bet your neighbors will be totally impressed.

could be worse.

sesquipedalian on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Snickers ought to do a commercial featuring the Fisker. Homeboy tries to start it up and it goes through its “Bing” and onstar gives you the ….”not going anywhere for a while?” and the glovebox automatically drops out a Snickers bar. Heh

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

At least it broke down before it had a chance to catch fire.

forest on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Just like the Obama economy. Now where did I put my slurpee.

tommer74 on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Excellent,boy that was shoe-horned in!:)

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 5:38 PM

that’s what Barney Frank said…. :P

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:42 PM

At least it broke down before it had a chance to catch fire.

forest on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

maybe this one has a penchant for premature ejaculation of the airbag when you make a right turn into your driveway and it ends up breaking your neck. If it does, then that’s a feature, not a bug….
/DOT

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Silly! This isn’t a car for the plebes, in fact, no car is for the plebes anymore. Take the bus like all good proles, and eat your Soylent Red and Yellow.

MunDane68 on March 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Must not forget the Turd Burgers!

PrettyD_Vicious on March 9, 2012 at 5:44 PM

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Nice. With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Breakdown” playing on the radio.

I’m not afraid of you running away
Honey, I get the feeling you won’t

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Just like the Obama economy. Now where did I put my slurpee.

tommer74 on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

there are 400 homeless and unemployed folks waiting in line to hold it for you for a quarter….

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Karma? So Edsel II was taken?

BHO Jonestown on March 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Nice. With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers “Breakdown” playing on the radio.

I’m not afraid of you running away
Honey, I get the feeling you won’t

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

heh! if we see that one on TV, we need to sue for the royalties (and maybe a few thousand boxes of rubbers just in case we plan on going to law school).

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Doesn’t the Chevy Volt cost us $219,000 per person?

portlandon on March 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Maybe this is the “Georgetown Law Special”

all it does is park and it has a flip down rear seat.

:P

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Doesn’t the Chevy Volt cost us $219,000 per person?

portlandon on March 9, 2012 at 5:47 PM

is that the out-the-door price or is burn therapy included in that?

just askin….

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Snickers ought to do a commercial featuring the Fisker. Homeboy tries to start it up and it goes through its “Bing” and onstar gives you the ….”not going anywhere for a while?” and the glovebox automatically drops out a Snickers bar. Heh

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Good one.

PrettyD_Vicious on March 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

this is all part of the government’s weight loss program. Think of all the calories that you’ll burn pushin’ this lil gem around town…..

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Lifetime garageside assistance.

Christien on March 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I wonder if they checked the air in the tires? I hears that cars work like 3000% more efficiently n’ stuff if they’s gots about 60 er…75 psi of air in them tires.

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

You don’t get the point! No one wants this car as an actual means of transportation. The reason you buy a car like this is to impress others with how environmentally conscious you are. The logical move for Fisker’s engineers then is to go for broke on the car’s looks and not worry so much about little concerns about being able to put it in drive.

PerceptorII on March 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

to quote Shania Twain:

“That don’t impress me much”

kirkill on March 9, 2012 at 5:58 PM

oh yeah, and in most locales, the electric portion of these cars actually runs on COAL.

kirkill on March 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM

This’ll look great up on blocks in a lot of Democrats front yards…..

ted c on March 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM

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.

Maniacs. What do you EXPECT to happen when you do that to a golf cart?

logis on March 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

If you just leave it sitting in the driveway, I bet your neighbors will be totally impressed.

Much lower insurance premiums, too.

disa on March 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

YOU PEOPLE ARE WRONG! If you can get the car into neutral, and you go downhill, you can get over 1,000 miles per gallon! Well worth the cost.

eagleriverboy on March 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

When it runs on you and your friends pushing the car, it is really great on gas and electricity.

galtani on March 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

They named it Karma because the name Cleveland Steamer was already taken.

Cicero43 on March 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

HA! Like the song says, “Instant Karma’s gonna get you…”

ghostwalker1 on March 9, 2012 at 6:19 PM

After reading through the reviews, I see that the main thing they liked about this car was that people stopped them on the street and asked them about it. Big deal. I get that all the time with my Scion XB and it only cost me $10,000. And it gets 32 MPG. I realize that is only half what the Karma gets, OTOH, you can buy a lot of gas for $90,000 and I can actually leave my driveway any old time I want plus come back unassisted. Annnnd since tow trucks are not known for their great Save the Planet mileage we would, if we were being fair, have to count that against the Karma’s Actual Mileage.

Lily on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Looks like somebody is craving for more media coverage.

I guess the pseudo-lawsuit against Herman Cain didn’t pan out. Either that or Allred found a bigger slut to defend and dropped her previous clinet.

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Sorry, wrong thread.

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM

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