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After 3 years and 11 months since placing the order, I finally picked up #660 today!
Beautiful, gorgeous, sexy, etc...and I couldn't be happier. Finished with the complete clear bra package (ended up doing the entire front end) around 3pm and began the 2 1/2 drive up the mountain. The dealer (Rickenbaugh Cadillac/Volvo/Fisker) was professional, polite, and thorough, and took pictures, but sadly, no ticker-tape parade. A few notes from the first evening:
1) No noise issues at all. Much quieter than the August test drive.
2) Bluetooth phone (HTC droid) hooked up in seconds. A few phone calls received were perfect, while a few others sounded horrible, while a few others would connect, but no sound could be heard by either party.
3) Stereo coming on after ending a phone call was loud enough to shake the windows. That needs to be fixed soon.
4) Cold air pouring out of vents with the heater set to 80. That ain't right.
5) People pointing at us at every stop light and while driving down the highway. That IS right.
6) Coming down from the Eisenhower Tunnel into Silverthorne (about 10 miles) I gained 7 miles of battery time using Hill 2. That was really cool.
7) Ran into a completely unexpected snowstorm outside of Silverthorne. As long as you don't have to turn or go up or down any slopes, the car worked perfectly, otherwise it wasn't so great. Did my first fishtale going about 20, and scared the you-know-what outta me. It might be heavy, but it ain't sticky, and sure as hell is not meant for snowy roads in the mountains. I suppose that's why I bought a pickup.
8) Made it home, but stopped at a local watering hole to show it off for a few friends who had been waiting patiently. Got out, locked it for the first time, and went inside. Within a few minutes I had about a dozen people walking outside to take a look, and of course they all wanted to hear the "Tron" sound. So there I stood, FOB in hand, and realized I had no idea how to unlock the damn thing. I pushed, held, pushed twice, held again, and only succeeded in setting off the alarm, which raised my stature in the crowd about as high as the front bumper. Eventually I used the physical key on the passenger side and was able to shut it off, but at least everyone had a good laugh.
9) Pulled in the garage, pulled out the charging cord, plugged it into the wall, waited about 20 seconds and then plugged it in. Heard a thump, and then...nothing. I think it's charging, but I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning.
10) I'm going to bed now, with my owners manual, and hopefully can figure out how to unlock the car without using the alarm first.

All in all though, damn it's nice, and was the most fun driving I've had since turning 16...
http://flic.kr/p/bvh832
 

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Congrats! Welcome to the family! Post some pics!
 

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Richard: I am to pick my Laugna up in Denver when it gets made(last production date given is April). I will then drive it to Snowmass. While when mine arrives, snow should not be an issue. But... plan to buy snow tires for winter. Did you have the winter tires set(about $6000 extra) on when you fishtailed? I HAD heard the winter set worked well on snow.
 

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Ebarneyr - No, I stuck with the stock tires. I will rarely attempt to drive the Karma in snowy weather, so didn't see any real reason to bother. It fishtailed really easy, but luckily I was going slow and the traction control kicked on and straightened me out quickly.

I plan on spending most of the day today sitting in the garage, manual in one hand, beer in the other, attempting to decipher all of the settings in the Command Center.

Oh, and I did figure out how to unlock to the doors (middle button on FOB). Yes, I'm a doofus, but a Karma-owning doofus, and I couldn't be happier...
 

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Richard, I am so happy for you. Great story about your trip home. Enjoy your car.
 

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ebarneyr said:
Richard: I am to pick my Laugna up in Denver when it gets made(last production date given is April). I will then drive it to Snowmass. While when mine arrives, snow should not be an issue. But... plan to buy snow tires for winter. Did you have the winter tires set(about $6000 extra) on when you fishtailed? I HAD heard the winter set worked well on snow.
Yes, production should start in April = car arrives in June (at least I hope it's before July ... of course with my birthday in July it could be a sort of birthday present, but I'd rather not wait :D).

I plan on getting the snow wheels-and-tires towards the end of the year, as the cold weather arrives.
 

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Richard Carnes said:
After 3 years and 11 months since placing the order, I finally picked up #660 today!
Beautiful, gorgeous, sexy, etc...and I couldn't be happier. Finished with the complete clear bra package (ended up doing the entire front end) around 3pm and began the 2 1/2 drive up the mountain. The dealer (Rickenbaugh Cadillac/Volvo/Fisker) was professional, polite, and thorough, and took pictures, but sadly, no ticker-tape parade. A few notes from the first evening:
1) No noise issues at all. Much quieter than the August test drive.
2) Bluetooth phone (HTC droid) hooked up in seconds. A few phone calls received were perfect, while a few others sounded horrible, while a few others would connect, but no sound could be heard by either party.
3) Stereo coming on after ending a phone call was loud enough to shake the windows. That needs to be fixed soon.
4) Cold air pouring out of vents with the heater set to 80. That ain't right.
5) People pointing at us at every stop light and while driving down the highway. That IS right.
6) Coming down from the Eisenhower Tunnel into Silverthorne (about 10 miles) I gained 7 miles of battery time using Hill 2. That was really cool.
7) Ran into a completely unexpected snowstorm outside of Silverthorne. As long as you don't have to turn or go up or down any slopes, the car worked perfectly, otherwise it wasn't so great. Did my first fishtale going about 20, and scared the you-know-what outta me. It might be heavy, but it ain't sticky, and sure as hell is not meant for snowy roads in the mountains. I suppose that's why I bought a pickup.
8) Made it home, but stopped at a local watering hole to show it off for a few friends who had been waiting patiently. Got out, locked it for the first time, and went inside. Within a few minutes I had about a dozen people walking outside to take a look, and of course they all wanted to hear the "Tron" sound. So there I stood, FOB in hand, and realized I had no idea how to unlock the damn thing. I pushed, held, pushed twice, held again, and only succeeded in setting off the alarm, which raised my stature in the crowd about as high as the front bumper. Eventually I used the physical key on the passenger side and was able to shut it off, but at least everyone had a good laugh.
9) Pulled in the garage, pulled out the charging cord, plugged it into the wall, waited about 20 seconds and then plugged it in. Heard a thump, and then...nothing. I think it's charging, but I guess I'll find out tomorrow morning.
10) I'm going to bed now, with my owners manual, and hopefully can figure out how to unlock the car without using the alarm first.

All in all though, damn it's nice, and was the most fun driving I've had since turning 16...
http://flic.kr/p/bvh832
I have not heard anything about a optional clear bra????? Please explain!
 

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A clear bra is a plastic film that is shaped and affixed to the car. It is pretty hard to see, except up close where you can see the seams from some angles, and protects from stone chips, small scratches and other nasties that will affect the paint. For my Karma it cost ~$1800 to do the front and the flares in front of the rear wheels.
 

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siliconkiwi said:
A clear bra is a plastic film that is shaped and affixed to the car. It is pretty hard to see, except up close where you can see the seams from some angles, and protects from stone chips, small scratches and other nasties that will affect the paint. For my Karma it cost ~$1800 to do the front and the flares in front of the rear wheels.
It's also worth noting that this is not something from Fisker, it's an aftermarket protection thing you buy elsewhere.
 

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siliconkiwi said:
A clear bra is a plastic film that is shaped and affixed to the car. It is pretty hard to see, except up close where you can see the seams from some angles, and protects from stone chips, small scratches and other nasties that will affect the paint. For my Karma it cost ~$1800 to do the front and the flares in front of the rear wheels.
It's also worth noting that this is not something from Fisker, it's an aftermarket protection thing you buy elsewhere.
Any brand name or web site I can go to?
 

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Any brand name or web site I can go to?
I've never bought one before. There are probably different plastic-film brands / makers. At least as important, though, is the skill of whoever applies it (kind of like window tinting).
 

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For me it was dealer supplied (I don't know the name of the company that actually does the work), but they've done all our other cars for years. It was about $1500 to do the front end, 30" up the hood, the fender flares, mirrors and door edges. Worth every penny, especially if you live anywhere that a highway department dumps tons of crap on the road during the winter...
 

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Richard

Was in Denver for work today and popped into the Fisker dealership there - saw your car 'MTNDANE' in the service bay! Looked like it was in need of a wash! Are you just getting 6.15 installed?

Also got to check out the other 6 or so Karma's at the dealer (3 silver, a deep ocean, a white and black). In fact, as I was leaving, I saw a Deep Ocean being delivered off of a truck.

Off to Fisker San Diego to pickup my car today!
 

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Yep, I wasn't in any rush to have 6.15, so waited until a trip out of town to have it done. Then I decided to have the "clear bra" extended around the sides and especially in front of the rear wheels. Already have some paint damage there. Glad you got to see her, cuz' I miss her terribly. I'm driving an old pickup, and I can feel the road laughing at me as I bounce around turns and spew out ICE emissions as I slog my way around the valley.
Can't wait to get her back...
 
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