Send a $107,000 Fisker Karma to the dealer – after an incredibly public breakdown – and get a new battery pack in return. That's the lesson that Consumer Reports learned over the weekend and the repaired vehicle is now "operating fine at our test track" after 48 hours offline.

All that CR is saying about the problem is that the Fisker dealer said that a "fault was found in the battery and inverter cable. Both were replaced as a unit." Also, while lots of dealers wash your car after you take it in for servicing, CR's dealer also charged the brand-new pack. How kind. With everything back on track – for now – CR will get to what it intended to do days ago: put the Karma through its paces.

CR's Karma is not the only one with issues. All Karmas were affected by two recalls (due to a software glitch and then battery issues) and, as we discovered last week, owners are posting about their own problems over on FiskerBuzz.


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      scooter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, someone had to be the first to buy a Duryea Motor Wagon, or an Olds Curved Dash. Without the early adopters progress would be slow to nonexistent.
      Randy
      • 3 Years Ago
      For all those folks that say "You get what you pay for" I chuckle because this is a 100K plus car!
      grandpa
      • 3 Years Ago
      all things considered, this is part of the risk when you are on the bleeding edge of technology.
        montoym
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grandpa
        If they were then you might be right. But they aren't.
      Josh
      • 3 Years Ago
      ELECTRIC VEHICLES AREN'T SAFE! *(Except for Fisker's cuz I poured a lot of my capital gains there)
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Josh
        Jokes are funny when people understand them. I'd ask for an explanation but then it just makes your situation of publicly bombing on a joke even worse so I'll just leave you alone. ;)
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like they've met the Consumer Reports threshold for best buy,......give them the award CR........what's that you say CR, you have to make sure they will accelerate out of control........OOOOOOK
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        I suspect that this is sarcastic comment directed at a certain Japanese brand. Maybe the ONLY ONE that has been before a congressional hearing to address hiding defects. I guess Consumer Reports was on vacation when that happened or gets ... generous contributions from said manufacturer!
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jim
          They may try to kill you, but at least they will be around trying to kill you for years. Wait...
      kikassboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      i actually saw one being towed (and not on a flatbed) in anaheim. crazy how many problems there are...
        Letstakeawalk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kikassboy
        Per the Fisker Karma Owner manual, the car should *only* be transported by means of flatbed truck or trailer. Towing the Karma with wheels on the ground can cause serious damage to the vehicle's electrical components.
          Jim
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          You are correct. I guess that was the point. "I actually saw" but didn't take a picture...sure!
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kikassboy
        Really! Do you have pictures?
        hp
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kikassboy
        Maybe they were charging it lol
      Smooth Motor
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what the actual cost of the parts in question? 30k? 40k? You don't want one of these past warranty!
        Jim
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Smooth Motor
        Sorry to be a bit rude, but what is the replacement cost for the motor in any high performance sports car with an 8 or 12 cylinder internal combustion engine. It is not something we consider when owning an ICE car, nor should it be a concern for a PHEV with a claimed 10/100,000 life for the battery.
          montoym
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Jim
          But, to be fair, the Prius battery is about 1.5kWhr while the Karma's battery is 22kWhr. That's a battery pack that's 14.67 times larger than the Prius's pack. Batteries packs to increase in price as the pack gets larger and it's a fairly linear relationship as well. So, a $3,000 1.5kWhr pack could easily become a $44k pack just by virtue of being much larger. Not to mention that the Prius uses a NiMH battery while the Karma uses a Li-Ion battery pack. That said, I do agree that by the time the battery's warranty has run out, the price will be far cheaper and it will still probably be about as likely to need replacement at that time as having to replace an engine in an ICE vehicle with the same mileage. In other words, not very likely.
      Sirmium
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now you see how hard is it to make a good, reliable car. It's something that gets perfected over the years and not everyone can wake up from their dreams and decide to make a car one day.
      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      As said cutting/leading edge technology + a company who has never made cars before = crap shoot. It is just a $100K+ crap shoot.
      Thinker1
      • 3 Years Ago
      We loan them money and they build the car overseas? What? Whose defending this decision? Oh yea the White House. I think Obama could go insane and order the bombing of London and the left would still defend him.
      Lost Planet
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if Henrik Fisker is ready to fail?
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      How much is it for the battery?
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