My 6.15 Experience
Well I got 6.15 installed yesterday. The dealer came and picked up my car today. Here's the story:
I drove home from the dealership yesterday after receiving 6.15 with no issues, and no idiot lights. I had been staring at the MIL forever (pretty much every day since I owned the car) and it was finally off. Very exciting! I didn't realize 6.15 erases all of your radio presets and command center settings, so it took me a few minutes to get that all set up again, name my fob, turn off the second time zone, etc. But all worked flawlessly. Parade mode light settings really seem to do something now too. BTW, 6.15 does not reset your trip computers, so my march toward MPG per 1000 miles continues unabated.
Interesting side note: The dealer told me that the reason the MIL was on was due to a diagnostic code that indicated the charger had a problem communicating with the car. It's the error that happens if the car wakes up (for example if a door is opened) while the car is charging. The dealer said that they installed 6.15 successfully, but that they talked to Fisker HQ and found out that there's a patch they can install that will eliminate the problem for good. As I understood it, it was separate and in addition to 6.15 and that it modifies or removes the software code that triggers that kind of fault. I don't have any specifics yet (what MIL code I had, or what this 'patch' is called, or any other details) and it's possible I simply misunderstood, but there may be
a solution to the car-awakened-during-charging issue. Has anyone heard anything about this?
Back to the story: I drove the car once or twice since 6.15 without issues, including today to meet a friend for lunch. After lunch when I got in the car and started up I got a “PRND Fault” error display along with a chime and a big orange triangle when entering ACC mode. It did not go away when I went into Ready mode. I tried letting the car go to sleep and do a soft reset to see if that fixed the problem but I got the same message on restart. I experimented and found that the car would go into gear, so I backed out of my parking space, put it in Drive, drove 20 feet and parked in another space without incident. Although the PRND fault was displayed there was no issue selecting gear, and none of the horrible noises you hear if the parking pawl doesn’t retract. In my new parking space I let the car go to sleep and soft reset twice more without results, then I manually reset the PRND Fault (Ready mode, then hold D, N, R and P successively for 3 seconds each, then soft reset). The PRND went away and I was able to drive home but the MIL was on and has remained on since. I’ve driven the car approximately 25 miles today since then in sport and stealth with various starts and stops and the MIL is persistent.
This may or may not be related, but since the PRND Fault I’ve also noticed the following:
• All of my AM/FM and Sirius presets are missing. After installing 6.15 I reprogrammed all of them. Since 6.15 allegedly addressed the missing pre-set problem I was happy to do so. It seems to have not worked in my case (which makes me wonder if some parts of 6.15 didn’t take for me). Interestingly, if I manually tune a station on Sirius by entering a station number, the station plays and the preset button that was previously assigned to that channel is highlighted, even though the button text says "Preview". The preset does not tune to that channel if you press the button however without being reprogrammed. It seems to know what button used to be assigned to that station. There’s a lot of weirdness in the CIU when it comes to station presets.
I called the dealer and explained that I was less than pleased with my 6.15 experience. I was especially frustrated because I know from this forum that some other folks have had post-6.15 issues and I would have hoped that they would know what to look for. It seems that the level of information sharing among dealers is less than the level here. Mine was the first 6.15 car they had with issues (there's now a second). The dealership came and got my car and the regional Fisker rep is going to look at it tomorrow. I'll keep you posted!
I didn't mean to write a novel, but I feel better now