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Old 02-02-2019, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I dont hear much talk about how the Karma handles at Highway, interstate speeds like 80 mph. Does this tax the powertrain or is it just very smooth. I live in Florida so not many hills. Getting ready to buy a low mileage one and just looking for input. Mainly Driveability not Reliability.

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Karma handles wonderfully at 70 to 80 mph. Very smooth. I never have had any problems at those speeds. Be careful when buying a low milage car. Some of the major issues may not shown yet. The big issues are: Traction motors spin, RDM pinion nut comes loose. If you buy a car with low miles and soft splines, make sure you set aside money for 2 new motors and a new RDM. Also, makes sure the HV batter is healthy.
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better on the highway than anywhere else.
this is not a nimble or agile car, and at 5300 pounds, its no lightweight either, so twists and turns are not its best situation.
in town, its ok, but it does not handle potholes well - luckily for you florida has far better roads than houston.
the highway allows the car to get into a groove and things work pretty well.
if you want to go closer to 100 you really have to kick it, but 80-90 mph it works well.

this is basically the fastest looking slow car you can get
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I have found the Karma handles well on highways (multi-lane interstates). It handles as well (IMHO) as well as most medium sedans. I enjoy driving on the highway in the Karma, and find it relative comfortable and relaxing. To put in context -- I have drive 500 and more miles, with small breaks along the way many times over the last 7 years.

I would suggest however, that you change to the Yokohama Super Spec tires and not drive on the OEM installed Goodyear Super Tires that came on 2012 Karma. The YOKO's handle much better in most weather, albeit a little more noise on concrete roads.
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I would suggest however, that you change to the Yokohama Super Spec tires and not drive on the OEM installed Goodyear Super Tires that came on 2012 Karma. The YOKO's handle much better in most weather, albeit a little more noise on concrete roads.
I second this suggestion. After 2 sets of Goodyear tires, I switched to Yokos and realized I should have done that after the first set wore out. The Yokos are much better.
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I second this suggestion. After 2 sets of Goodyear tires, I switched to Yokos and realized I should have done that after the first set wore out. The Yokos are much better.
are they the same size as the goodyears?
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are they the same size as the goodyears?
Yes, they come in same sizes. That's why they are so perfect. Plus, I really like the thread pattern on them much better than the Goodyears.
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The Yoko's also wear more evenly than the Good Year Tires. The Good Years tend to wear from the outside significantly in a few thousand miles. I have had the Yoko's for more than 15K miles and they wear evenly and still have significant tread remaining. This is great for 22", low profile tires. I don't drive agessively, and expect the Yoko's to last 20K miles.
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Could you be more please be more specific on the exact name/spec of the Yokahama tire. I am on my last threads of my 2nd set of GoodYear's after only 15 K miles.


I don't find on their site the mentioned "Super Spec' tire choice. No problem with the size, just the model. Thanks
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https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires...RoChsAQAvD_BwE


they are available at various suppliers and in sized for the Fisker Karma
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