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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Karma baby, K A R M A !

GarandFan on March 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM

The new Fisker Karma: $108,000.

Naming your new green hero dud of a car the ‘Karma’: priceless.

Cloture on March 9, 2012 at 6:45 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

I think that whenever I see anyone driving a $80,000+ car that does the same thing as a Honda Civic….stop, go, and turn.

Spliff Menendez on March 9, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’m in awe of this car.

OkieDoc on March 9, 2012 at 7:02 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.
Lily on March 9, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I remember a few years ago the latest “electric wonder vehicle” came out. (I don’t even remember the name now, which tells you something about how successful it was.)

Anyway, they had a commercial where some preppy twit drove it through a gas station. And all the apish redneck attendents gathered around scratching their heads like monkey’s going: “Go-ollee. Where’n the heck is the gol-danged gas cap on thisee here thingamajig.” Whereupon, the superior eco-conscious preppy drove away, giggling hysterically.

At first I thought it was a stupid commercial. Then I realized the advertising agency was just doing the best they could. They were targeting the car’s ONLY potential market.

logis on March 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

They were targeting the car’s ONLY potential market.

logis on March 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM

And they have the nerve to call US the rubes.

Lily on March 9, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Karmageddon.

backwoods conservative on March 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Instant Karma’s going to get you baby!

Sing along!!!

And we aaaaaallll……shinnnneeeeee…….oonnnnnn!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=480USnvgT98&feature=player_embedded#!

itsspideyman on March 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Does it come with a paid subscription to AAA? In other news, we now own part of Peugeot Auto.

Kissmygrits on March 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Apparently, this isn’t the only brand new Fisker Karma to have stranded its driver. One of the readers at Cars In Depth sent me photos he took of another Karma at the side of the road in San Diego with the hood up and the driver looking concerned, on the phone. The car had dealer plates so I called the dealer, who claimed that the driver was just showing the car to a friend. The eyewitness says that’s BS, that the driver looked like rich guy with a disabled car in a bad neighborhood.

Story and pics here.

rokemronnie on March 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Well, at least a Fiskar doesn’t brick like a Tesla.

unclesmrgol on March 9, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Does it come with a paid subscription to AAA? In other news, we now own part of Peugeot Auto.

Kissmygrits on March 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Yeah, great. Ownership of a French car company. I’m sure the employees care very deeply such that the quality of their work is impeccable.

AZfederalist on March 9, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Let’s see, $107K, Lets assume you are an eco-conscious liberal knucklehead (but I repeat myself), you could buy a high end car that get’s decent gas mileage such as a Lexus IS for $35K, leaving you $72K for $4 per gallon gasoline. Let’s say that Obama is wildly successful in meeting his goal of destroying our economy and manages to get gasoline to $6 per gallon. That $72K will buy you 12,000 gallons of gas. The Lexus IS gets 26 miles to the gallon, highway. So 12,000 gallons will get you 352,000 miles of driving before you even touch the purchase price differential.

Yeah, that’s a great economical trade there.

AZfederalist on March 9, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Nokia’s shift from making rubber boots to cell phones was a much better bet than fisker’s switch from making scissors to automobiles. The Finns are very talented, but alas this car is filled with the Finnish saying “Koete parjata” try to cope.

Windsweeping on March 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Nokia’s shift from making rubber boots to cell phones was a much better bet than Fisker’s switch from making scissors to automobiles. The Finns are very talented, but alas this car is filled with the Finnish saying “Koete parjata” try to cope.

Windsweeping on March 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Nah, I much prefer to say the Fiskar Karma se on paska

CatchAll on March 9, 2012 at 10:32 PM

The car went about 10 feet so how many miles to the gallon is that?

DWoDiego on March 9, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Looks kinda like an Aston Martin DB9. Shame to waste those good looks on a lame car. It’s like the Kirsten Powers of the automotive world.

pugwriter on March 9, 2012 at 10:55 PM

I have said repeatedly on Gizmag Electric cars are over priced under performing pieces of junk. This just proves it.

Slowburn on March 10, 2012 at 5:33 AM

Their dogma ran over their Karma.

dentalque on March 10, 2012 at 7:13 AM

Fisker… sleeps with the fishes.

joe btfsplk on March 10, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Congressman John Campbell, conservative Republican from Orange County, bought one of these and talked it up on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. I’ll be interested to hear his reaction to this story. Maybe it just has a bad circuit board.

flataffect on March 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

For those who have a $108,000 new car budget how many really care how much gas their car uses? I mean, is that the number one concern when shppping for a car that cost 6 digits? This car company was probably very surprised that someone acutally bought one when Consumer Reports purchased it. These things were made for the showroom not the road.

Dollayo on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I would remind, with bemused smug smile upon my face, that Fiskar was the primaried and outta there REPUBLICAN, the fine, fine Mike Castle, special project that would bring Delaware many jobs, prosperity and wealth.

A reminder to those who mocked Christine O’Donnell, who knocked Castle outta there.

Just so we know the greatness and foresight of Castle, the REPUBLICAN…did I mention?

patfish on March 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

I guess you can only use these electric cars once a year…on “Take Your Car To Work Day“!!!

landlines on March 11, 2012 at 1:06 AM

Karma Police -)

Nathan_OH on March 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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