- I agree with the previous 2 posters that the car has quirks. I'll highlight a few minor ones that have been passed down from original owners to second owners:
1) You should not plug in the car to start charging it until the software has shutdown (which is about 2 minutes after you turn off the car).
2) You should not open the doors or trunk while it's charging or plugged into a charger as this "awakens" the car
3) When the car is in Hill mode, the front sensors don't work
4) When the car is "asleep", the light in the trunk won't illuminate. If the car is "awake", the light in the trunk works fine.
5) The bluetooth is great for streaming music from your phone. However for phone calls, the person calling you hears a strong echo. Some have found that certain phones don't have this issue.
6) If you leave the A/C turned on when you shut off the car, the engine fan may run while you charge the car.
This is an amazing car. The styling and looks are second to none, and you can literally drive a year with almost no gas usage. I purchased my Karma secondhand just over a year ago. Since that time, I've put 4500 miles on it as a "night and weekends" backup to my Volt which is my daily driver. In that time with the Karma, I have used about 30 gallons for 750 miles via 2 one-way trips from Orange County to Phoenix. The remaining 3750 miles were all electric, except for about 5 gallons of gas.
Despite all of those examples above, I still wholeheartedly
recommend the Karma. Just be sure to take your time and have someone qualified mechanically to repair Fiskers involved to assess the car (in person, or remote via @FiskerPhilly
and his traveling Fisker laptop). It may be worth flying someone in to look at the car as you could uncover a hidden issue that could cost thousands after you buy it. If you find a sound Karma, you can't beat the amount of car you're getting for $50K-$65K. Even getting one that knowlingly needs some repairs can still be a great buy at $45K-$50K depending on what is wrong with the car.
Good luck and definitely leverage the forum threads. There is a TON of useful information here, you just need to poke around and find it to learn from a lot of practical experiences.