New, excited Karma owner from NJ. A few early problems & a lot of early searches on this forum, but I'm already smitten!
I had the car for about a week before the first major issue. As background: two known warning signs when I got it: 1) the MIL clicked on in the first few days. I know that some of the initial sensitivities were fairly tight & so a lot of dealerships had recommended simply "ignoring" this problem. I hadn't noticed any issues in the vehicle history report that would have alerted me to any potential problems & quite frankly I had already fallen in love with the car at that point! 2) the display layer of the TPI wasn't working. I could manipulate the command center by touch (clicking the lower left hand corner & then activating the voice controls etc), but obviously I couldn't operate any of the "fine tuning" controls at all. I knew this was something I would have to fix.
After about a week, the first major problem occurred. When I turned the car on, the HV SOC indicator dipped below 15% but then the ICE didn't kick in, despite the fact I had a half tank of gas. I switched the car a few times back and forth between stealth and sport, but no luck. Accelerator lost power and the car shut down. The HV indicator gradually fell lower & lower until the dreaded battery icons popped up & I got the attached error message on my dashboard.
I was in CT, about 100 miles away from home at the time and it was very late, so I found a place to spend the night & immediately started scouring this forum. I'll admit, every imaginable question has been asked that can be & I'm just amazed at how helpful everybody is. No matter how annoyed I might have been at the issue I had then, it made me incredibly optimistic to see how many other very happy (and helpful) Fisker owners there are out there. Very cool stuff to see.
The next morning, I got a flatbed to take me to the nearest charging station because I thought maybe I could recharge the battery & that would at least buy me enough time to get home. Obviously that was a little naive in hindsight. I suspected at this point (from reading the posts here) that I had a bad module in the HV battery. The fact that my display screen wasn't working on my command center wasn't helping matters at all.
I tried charging the car but even after a couple hours it didn't appear as though it was having any effect. At that point, I managed to get in touch with one of the top members of this forum who walked me through a hard reboot on the phone. It didn't have any effect, but (again) the fact that there were other Fisker owners out there who were helpful enough to take time out of their Saturdays to walk complete strangers through a technical process on the car was just a huge eye-opener. No matter how frustrated & tired I was, this was clearly a pretty special club!
I tried the hard reboot once more, however, and this time it worked! The ICE started up, power restored, HV battery began recharging. Success. Or so I thought.
At this point, I knew that I needed to get to a place that would be able to take a look at the problems, or at least run a laptop diagnostic on the car. That was Philly. I'm in NJ but it's not a crazy distance. I thought if I got home, I might be able to arrange then to get down to PA. I drove about halfway home and noticed my fuel gauges were starting to get a little low. I didn't want to leave anything to chance despite the fact I was in a hurry by that point to get home (I'd been on the road by this point for about 24 hours), so I stopped to fill up.
After filling up, I noticed that even after switching to sport, the gas engine wasn't kicking in. I knew I had the same problem again on my hands. I pulled off the highway, found a cul de sac with enough room for a flatbed (if I needed one) and parked the car.
I attempted the hard reboot a couple more times, but to no avail. The car wasn't having any of it (see attached, #badkarma
). After about 4 hours of trying different things & waiting, a new flatbed arrived and picked me up. I knew that the battery module probably was the issue, which wasn't something I could really do anything about. At that point, the only option seemed to be crossing my fingers & sending the car down to Philadelphia - which brings me to today.
Without question, this is the most comfortable and (at the same time) most exciting car I've ever ridden in. There is no question that I immediately fell in love with it & my fiancee has already named it. I guess we're a little crazy that way. I'm willing to put in whatever time, effort & resources are necessary in order to make it run - but that's what having a car obsession is all about
. As a postscript, a huge thank you to everyone on this forum for the posts, questions & answers. Really helped me a lot in time of crisis & particular shout out to Harleyguy who spent time on a Saturday talking through a reboot with a total stranger & FiskerPhilly who was quick to answer texts & help in any way for a fellow northeast Fisker owner.
Glad to be a new member of this forum & excited to be a new owner!