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Bevis here from Canada. I am newbie to this site and this is my first post. I found this site on google search because I was searching for the Fisker cars, today's I am interested in those cars and wanna get some basic knowledge about them. I hope I am on right platform and I will find enough knowledge on this site. Thanks
 

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You'll find a lot of info here - several others came onto the site when they were thinking about buying, and they are now owners. Look for those threads! You'll find out that most of us LOVE our cars, though we've experienced the expected quirks and growing pains of a brand new car from a brand new company. It is an exclusive club, you'll get a lot of attention when you drive your Fisker.
 

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Welcome Canadian neighbor!

I'm not aware of anyone actually doing this, but Fisker offers 21" winter tires and wheels with deeper treads that also have the ability to accommodate cables. The manual has a procedure for cleaning road salt from the undercarriage after a trip.

Stock are 22" summer tires for improved dry road handling.
 

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I took delivery in Oct. 2012 on my Karma WITH the optional 21 inch wheels and snow tires, as I was at our condo in CO which is at 8500 ft. Elevation. The Denver dealer still has my 22 inch wheels with summer tires in storage for me. The winter tires work great! Not just the tread ...but the rubber compound works at the lower winter temps where the summer tires do not. I would recommend them to you!


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I forgot to mention I have now over 5000 miles on the winter tires and the wear has been minimum.


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Good to know. Fisker says don't expert long wear on the summer tires.
 

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I live in Philadelphia and got the winter tire package as well, since the Fisker is a daily driver for me. These days, to drive in snow you should either be in a quattro or have snows. So far they have done quite well in the limited snow we have had, and my dealer is storing my summer wheels for me, and will swap them out at no charge.
 

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Favorite snow picture...

Not "exactly" my favorite snow shot, but a snow shot nonetheless. She's been at the dealer ever since the first week of January. Everything's fixed (a whopping $13K), but she's waiting for the latest and greatest software update, and besides, we still have another month or two of snow, so I'm in no hurry...
 

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Not "exactly" my favorite snow shot, but a snow shot nonetheless. She's been at the dealer ever since the first week of January. Everything's fixed (a whopping $13K), but she's waiting for the latest and greatest software update, and besides, we still have another month or two of snow, so I'm in no hurry...
This picture makes me cringe every time I see it. I'm glad to hear you'll be back on the road again soon.

For the record, can you tell us how the $13K broke down? I don't have any idea what component parts cost and this would be a datapoint. Share whatever you think is appropriate, but some of my questions would be: Did you have to replace a wheel? a tire? Plastic bodywork? Aluminum? Also, was the damage all cosmetic or were there mechanical or structural issue? Did you have to repaint?

Thanks!

Brent

BTW, since there was talk on this thread about winter v. summer tires it's probably important to point out that Richard's car is wearing the summer rubber on the OEM 22" wheels, not the winter set.
 

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About $6,300 for parts and the remaining $7k for labor. Biggest parts: Front bumper cover - $1,616...Front absorber - $2,000...Main radiator - $850...Inter Cooler - $500, everything else was basically small stuff under $100 each. While the labor might seem excessive, it included body, paint and mechanical work along with over $700 for towing (I live up in the Vail area, about two hours away). The meticulous work to make sure they "got" everything is appreciated and worth every penny, and this is the first one they had done such extensive repairs on so far.
No tire or wheel replaced, but yeah, there were mechanical and structural issues up front, not just cosmetic.
For the record (again), I had not driven her since the snow started, and picked a warm and sunny day to take her down to an empty garage we have at another house just a few miles away. Except for my own **** street, the roads were dry. Lesson learned, dammit...
 

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Yikes! Now I'm sorry I asked for a snow shot.

Okay, we don't own a vehicle that doubles as a snowmobile, a dune buggy, an airplane or a watercraft. But it does everything else it was designed to do - and then some.

Please no more crash photos - Fisker hasn't even done the NTSB tests yet.
 

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Please no more crash photos - Fisker hasn't even done the NTSB tests yet.
Fisker has conducted crash testing on the Karma. Take a look at this video around the 8:15 mark, for example:
(This video is worth watching in its entirety, but it's not just about crash testing.)

To be fair, the NHTSA and IIHS choose which cars to test and when, this isn't up to Fisker.

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Not "exactly" my favorite snow shot, but a snow shot nonetheless. She's been at the dealer ever since the first week of January. Everything's fixed (a whopping $13K), but she's waiting for the latest and greatest software update, and besides, we still have another month or two of snow, so I'm in no hurry...
Richard, what exactly do you know about the Update? Any dates?


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