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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.

Then there's this:

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.

You can see what CR wrote about the car here and check out their new video review after the jump.



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      zackwatt
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what happens when a company launches a product prematurely to avoid loan deadlines...
      johnb
      • 2 Years Ago
      5,395lbs? If you were buying this heap by the lb. it might actually be a good deal.
        Codeman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Seriously, this car is ultra-bloated.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @johnb
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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think Fisker would have been smart to partner with GM and either buy, or license the Volt's powertrain (the ICE engine is from GM already). Fisker is a brand new company entering the cutting edge of automotive tech so for there to be "issues" is not surprising at all - I am not sure why Ferrari and Lambo get a "pass" when their cars burst into flames on a surprisingly regular basis, and those are both established car companies that have been around for decades. The fact that Fisker has shipped out ANY cars at all, is amazing to me. How many other brand new exotic car companies show off some silly rendering, and sites like AB eat it up and proclaim that its going to be the fastest/bestest next supercar when it ships in ~5 years? ...And then we never hear from that company again. If Fisker is able to survive for a few most years and actually is able to release another generation of vehicles, I think (hope) that it should be dramatically superior in terms of its engineering because of the rapid advancement in EV power and batteries. For a 1st effort, I still have to applaud their effort (even if it might be flawed right now), and when it all comes down to it... ... JUST LOOK AT IT. Its gorgeous!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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        Typesbad
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        this just seems to serve as a reminder of just how complex cars are these days. And how difficult it is for a start up in the business to actually put out a product with all the "T"s crossed and "I"s dotted; now matter how great their design or engineering innovation. There is a reason the big companies employ as many people in development as they do. So while I root for every start up that gives it a try, I don't really back it up that support by jumping in to purchase their initial products. 'Course when it comes to Fisker, that wasn't really a "fiskle" possibility anyway. I hope they can somehow weather this storm but I wouldn't bet money on it at this point.
      Hossi Blumengaarten
      • 2 Years Ago
      the car looks amazing, it is just very sad that they need to refine A LOT OF THINGS
      threefortyduster
      • 2 Years Ago
      And it weighs 350 lbs more than my Ram. Overall though, at least they're doing something different and as a small company. If they are given the time and expertise, they may be able to make a decent car out of it and truly do something different. Of course, being a small company getting lots of bad press, they may run out of money before they ever get a chance.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Weighs almost as much as 2012 LandCruiser.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      We, I think this is the best looking brick I've seen in a long time.
      handwritinglol
      • 2 Years Ago
      i'm going to buy one and swap in an LS1 # problem solving
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad beginning to a promising car.
      Thipps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad someone finally stepped up and said something about the Panel gaps. cuz they are HUGE!!!!
      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is just embarrassing.
      nsxrules
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like this thing is as much of a turd as the Volt.
        stumpy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        say what you want about the technology, but the volt is one of the best vehicles GM is producing at the moment. almost everyone who drives one will tell you the same thing. it's a solid car.
        Spitifre
        • 2 Years Ago
        @nsxrules
        Worse...
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