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Old 10-09-2019, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am currently looking for a beach car to run around in one or two weekends a month. So mostly the car will be sitting in the garage on charge.
Question for current owners is should I buy or should I run? I love the car, what a beauty. I’ve done a lot of reading and am a bit technical.
However there’s no “real” service company where I reside so .....I am seeking feedback. The car I’m looking at has zero recalls due, no warning lights on and has 535 software upgrade. Any thoughts... buy or run??
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Ultimately it's up to you - any car you look at should be inspected carefully (check out the purchase checklist) but you should be aware that driving a Karma less often (or even one with low mileage) is no guarantee of problem-free ownership. Karma's are temperamental in my opinion, and will punish you for being left un-driven.

Personally, I would feel uncomfortable having no help within a four hour driving radius - putting your car on a transporter to get any work done would probably be over the top (unless you have deep pockets ).

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Ultimately it's up to you - any car you look at should be inspected carefully (check out the purchase checklist) but you should be aware that driving a Karma less often (or even one with low mileage) is no guarantee of problem-free ownership. Karma's are temperamental in my opinion, and will punish you for being left un-driven.

Personally, I would feel uncomfortable having no help within a four hour driving radius - putting your car on a transporter to get any work done would probably be over the top (unless you have deep pockets ).

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I drive mine once a week or sometimes every two weeks. In the Winter I keep the car in storage on a trickle charger and plugged in with gas -- but I try to put in some seafoam to help stabilize the fuel. I take it to Fiskerphilly every one or two years. I have TOM installed and 5.20. I have the usual lost settings (seats etc) and have had to reset twice since march 2012 -- During the crisis years, Fiskerphilly did all the RDM work, and other recall items, the cars have managed to stay pretty stable (like most cars - knock on wood).

This last trip to Joe (where he changes the oil and does his multi point diagnostics) on the way home to Virginia, the TOM ER mode did not work as expected - i promptly called Joe and his indicated probably needs to cycled a few times - so I'm confident it's nothing.

Currently I have not been driving it for a bit (traveling), but as stated by Simon, the cars are somewhat fragile and that forces owners to be extra careful - before you BUY, IMO , realize this is more art then car, so make sure your more of a art collector then race car drive and make sure you have the means , otherwise you'll wish you never bought it. ;-)
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Thanks for your post to my question. Certainly appreciate your time. I am defiantly not buying the 5300 lb car for speed. I love the looks and design put into the Karma. Not so on the engineering side but if I can get it to “phillyfisker”what’s his typical backlog? And is there a contact # as I’m new to the Karma world and contacts. However I’ve certainly heard of him “a lot”. Thanks
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Sorry, I guess it’s “Fiskerphilly”. I’m learning
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Buy Buy Buy!!! It is truly the best car ever constructed!!! I just love mine!!! You will too!!
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Tough call. Karmas don’t really like sitting around. If you are going to drive it at least once every couple of weeks, you should be OK, but otherwise, I would look at something less complicated and temperamental.
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