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Today was the day. We drove up to Fisker Marin and the car was ready for delivery. The last communication I had with the dealer was that they were plugging it to charge overnight. When I got there in the morning, I was told that the 220V charging was not working (as reported by others with 6.13) and that the technician was re-flashing the car with 6.13. While we worked through the paperwork, the technician finished up the car and parked it up front. The dealer (Ramin Naimi) was incredibly patient and helpful and sat in the car with me and ran through all the menus on the command center and then sat in the car while we went around the block. Everything was ******-dory and we shook hands and I jumped in the driver's seat and headed off.

The drama started as I got on the highway and tried to accelerate beyond 60MPH with the car in Sport mode. The check engine light came on as I tried to accelerate and the engine became very unresponsive. So I pulled into the next exit and into a parking lot and turned off the car to allow it to reset. I waited a couple of minutes, and tried to start the car again and it simply refused to start, flashing the message "No Energy" and just refusing to start up. I tried switching into Sport Mode and Back to no avail. So I turned the car off and called Mr. Naimi who said "I will be there in just a minute" . So I turned on the Hazard warning lights and stood outside to wait.

It was pretty surreal when a guy came up and started talking to me about the car and said that he was looking to get one, etc. and I showed him around the car, let him sit in it, never telling him that I am actually broken down. So we chatted for a while and then he went off and Mr. Naimi showed up with a brand new Jag XFR which he said he was going to let me have if he needed to keep the car. So we did the hard reset thing and when the car came back to life, it started right up and appeared to be working normally. Mr. Naimi suggested that I follow him back to the dealership all on surface streets to see how the car drives. It worked flawlessly and I actually had a fun drive around the Marin back roads, dodging a lot of cyclists. As we got close to the dealership we pulled over to see how the Karma was doing. So I turned the car off. We waited for a minute or two, and I turned on again and Sport mode was working fine and there was no check engine light.

So I decided to take the car and head home. Sport mode worked perfectly and there were no hiccups. The power was fine, I had no problem passing other cars on the freeway and had to keep an eye on my speed.

When I stopped to pay the toll on the Golden Gate bridge, the toll taker asked about the car and we had a leisurely two or three minute conversation about the car as traffic was building up behind me in the toll lane. I have never seen any toll taker show the slightest interest in anything, other than the approach of the end of their shift, so this was a very Fisker moment.

Anyway, the car drove home perfectly, the Bluetooth music and phone connection worked fine and the engine ran smoothly all the way. When I got home, I plugged the car into my Blink Level II charger, and to my surprise, the car started charging up. So whatever the problem was with charging and the check engine light and the diminished power, the hard reset appears to have solved it for now.

We are going out to dinner tonight and I am hoping to have the car charged up sufficiently to use the Stealth mode for the ride to see if it is, in fact, charging.

Will post photos tomorrow since I did not get a chance to get good pictures before we start losing the light.

All I can say is, so far, so awesome. Let's see how the car does in the days and weeks to come.

-- Fab.
 

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Fab, congrats! Let us know when you have a minute to do a full assessment of all the known issues... Welcome to the family!
 

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Getting into automotive heaven doesn't come easy, we've all experienced that over the last 3-4 years. And it will take a bit longer still. We will all keep on experiencing some of these (software) related issues over the next couple of months. But they should get less and less with new software updates and in the end be all ironed out!

Good luck with your car Fab, in black it has such an enormous presence.
 

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Hi. I, too, picked up my car yesterday. I've had trouble with the engine as well. One question on your experience: when you say the 'check engine light came on,' was it flashing or solid? My check engine light has been on (solid, not flashing) since I picked the car up at the dealership...they said that was a result of the software issue. When it flashes, however, the engine ceases to kick in at all (even in Sports mode). Thanks!
 

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Hi. I, too, picked up my car yesterday. I've had trouble with the engine as well. One question on your experience: when you say the 'check engine light came on,' was it flashing or solid? My check engine light has been on (solid, not flashing) since I picked the car up at the dealership...they said that was a result of the software issue. When it flashes, however, the engine ceases to kick in at all (even in Sports mode). Thanks!
406, I just saw your post in the Introductions forum. You'll want to know your firmware version -- 6.12 is having issues with false check engine and tire pressure indicators. 6.13 is available and seems to have fixed most of those issues for folks. 6.13.5 is also imminent and addresses some more issues. I haven't committed everything to memory because I have no car yet and thus no firmware to worry about. ;-)

Oh, you lucky few...

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Congrats Fab! Yours is only the second black one I've seen so far on this forum. Of course, I haven't actually "seen" it yet, but you've promised to post pics, so as has been proven over these last almost 4 years, we're patient. My black Karma (#660) is supposed to be ready for pickup any day now, weather permitting. Can't wait!
 

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Congrats Fab! Yours is only the second black one I've seen so far on this forum. Of course, I haven't actually "seen" it yet, but you've promised to post pics, so as has been proven over these last almost 4 years, we're patient. My black Karma (#660) is supposed to be ready for pickup any day now, weather permitting. Can't wait!
Good things come to those who wait. Check out my long and multi-pictured post on the Fisker Karma and Sunset Forum.

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Congrats Fab! - you're in the city?
Siliconkiwi: I live in the City and work in Palo Alto and I am actually enjoying the commute these days. I assume you are from NZ and work in Silicon Valley, or is the the other way around?

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Hi Fab, yes, from NZ and I live in Redwood City. Seems like we have enough Bay Area owners to start up a Fisker Bay Area Owners club...?
 

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Hi Fab, yes, from NZ and I live in Redwood City. Seems like we have enough Bay Area owners to start up a Fisker Bay Area Owners club...?
Efforts can be coordinated through our Northern California area forum:

http://fiskerbuzz.com/forums/Forum-Northern-California
 

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Back to the Dealer for Upgrade and Repairs



This morning, as the rain started to fall on a sad scene, my Karma was on the back of a truck heading back to Fisker Marin for software updates and other misc. repairs. The car had been running fine most of the time, but the dealer wanted to have it for a couple of days to check out the various issues that we have been discussing here and to fix some cosmetic alignment issues with the bonnet and the boot. While it is there, they will also apply the Clearbra to the bumper and bottom third of the bonnet.

I will be leaving town tomorrow for a couple of trips that will keep me out of town until Saturday, so I am hoping the car will be refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for me by Sunday.

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You paying for the Clearbra or is Fisker corp, or the dealer picking up the tab?
I am paying for it. The dealer said he would pay for the floor mats but I am on my own with everything else.

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I took my Karma on a 400 mile trip this weekend including driving through some woods (near Mendocino) - I'm glad I got the clear bra, the Karma had a LOT of crud on the front and in front of the rear wheels (the flares), where my clear bra was applied
 

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I took my Karma on a 400 mile trip this weekend including driving through some woods (near Mendocino) - I'm glad I got the clear bra, the Karma had a LOT of crud on the front and in front of the rear wheels (the flares), where my clear bra was applied
I drive on 101 every day from SF to work and there is always crud on the road that chips the paint and cracks the windshield. I figured the Clear Bra and windshield insurance were definitely worth the money.

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I finally had the opportunity to actually see (and touch!) my car in Denver yesterday (damn, it's gorgeous). It's been there for a few weeks, but I wanted to wait for updates and final touches. Fab, they're doing a 5 zone package of bra-type material for $595 (hood, fenders, headlamps, door edges, under the door handles, and the mirrors) but chose not to do the bumpers. The dealer and the company they contract with both suggested leaving the bumper as is because it's plastic. I'm trusting their judgement at this point in time. Did your guy say anything like that?
 

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Fabulist said:
siliconkiwi said:
I took my Karma on a 400 mile trip this weekend including driving through some woods (near Mendocino) - I'm glad I got the clear bra, the Karma had a LOT of crud on the front and in front of the rear wheels (the flares), where my clear bra was applied
I drive on 101 every day from SF to work and there is always crud on the road that chips the paint and cracks the windshield. I figured the Clear Bra and windshield insurance were definitely worth the money.

-- Fab.
Wil the clearbra change the sheen/look of the DiamondDust paints? My biggest fear is that you'll be able to see where the Clearbra ends and the rest of the car begins, making the car less attractive!

Also, am still on the fence about whether or not to get tint on my Karma.
 
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