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First post. looking to buy a Fisker.

It is a signature series with less than 9K miles? Should I be concerned that its an early VIN car? It was serviced at the dealer last year. 510 update was done last year.
 

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I like that it has some miles on at as hopefully all the bugs are worked out of it already.

You can look at the warranty history here with this Fisker link - just paste in your VIN#

https://techinfo.fiskerautomotive.com/fisker/RECALLSTATUS.aspx

The bosses FiskerPhilly And Harleyguy can tell you more - I just see that it has not had the latest software update.

Trust whatever Adam and Joe say.
Thanks for the link DHH. Im located in MI too.
 

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First post. looking to buy a Fisker.

It is a signature series with less than 9K miles? Should I be concerned that its an early VIN car? It was serviced at the dealer last year. 510 update was done last year.
Search in the form there is lot of info
But the major issues with this car are RDM ,motors soft splines and batteries modules,coupler.
Rdm/ 2 motors parts / labor cost up to 10 k
Batteries each modules 5k ,,coupler 3k..
95 is very Early vin so high chances rdm will fail ( if not updated by fisker ) , from forum members experience RDM see it Failed @5k 10k 20k 25k ,I saw it vin 16xx and low vin,,
 

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Search in the form there is lot of info
But the major issues with this car are RDM ,motors soft splines and batteries modules,coupler.
Rdm/ 2 motors parts / labor cost up to 10 k
Batteries each modules 5k ,,coupler 3k..
95 is very Early vin so high chances rdm will fail ( if not updated by fisker ) , from forum members experience RDM see it Failed @5k 10k 20k 25k ,I saw it vin 16xx and low vin,,
@smggsm - the numbers you throw out above definitely seem to be worse case. Do you know of many cars that have needed $18K in repairs and have needed new RDM, 2 new TMs, new battery modules and a coupler? I agree it certainly could happen with a car, but I wouldn't tell every perspective owner $18K will be needed on the car eventually. I am all for being realistic with prospective owners, but it seems like this will scare people off unnecessarily.

P.S. On the soft splines, @KARMANEWS told our owners group that the primary issue causing soft splines to fail is the pressure that the 5300 lbs of the car puts on the splines when the car is put in park and the parking brake pawl is not engaged. So to help slow down the failure rate, an upcoming software upgrade will automatically engage the parking brake to minimize the stress on the splines. If I mis-stated this, @KARMANEWS can correct me.
 

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P.S. On the soft splines, @KARMANEWS told our owners group that the primary issue causing soft splines to fail is the pressure that the 5300 lbs of the car puts on the splines when the car is put in park and the parking brake pawl is not engaged. So to help slow down the failure rate, an upcoming software upgrade will automatically engage the parking brake to minimize the stress on the splines. If I mis-stated this, @KARMANEWS can correct me.

@WATTGAS, the current software, 510, already automatically engages the Parking Pawl when the car is put in "P". The new feature in 520 is that the Pawl will also be engaged if the car is put in "N" and then shut off:

- The new software will automatically engage the park pawl (the pin in the rear drive motor that locks the gears) even when the vehicle is shut down from a Neutral position.
The discussion about the backlash issue that you mentioned was around applying the Parking Brake. Currently, when you put the car in "P" and the Pawl is engaged, the car can still move a few inches until is is stopped by the Pawl. That's the lurch, followed by the loud THUNK you hear when you park the car on a steep slope. By applying the Parking Brake after engaging "P" and before taking your foot off the brake pedal, you prevent the lurch-THUNK that puts a lot of stress on the splines and the RDM.
@KARMANEWS recommends engaging the Parking Brake each time you park to prevent the stress on the splines caused by the car's weight rolling forward or backward after engaging "P".

I hope this clarifies things a bit.
 

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@smggsm - the numbers you throw out above definitely seem to be worse case. Do you know of many cars that have needed $18K in repairs and have needed new RDM, 2 new TMs, new battery modules and a coupler? I agree it certainly could happen with a car, but I wouldn't tell every perspective owner $18K will be needed on the car eventually. I am all for being realistic with prospective owners, but it seems like this will scare people off unnecessaril
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WATTGAS I agree :), rarely happen all the above but possible .. from personal experience 2 cars both rdm failed I was lucky original owner claimant fisker csp covered big chunk but each bill over 8k .. both cars has the updated splines new differential one still with weak module:mad:

@P.S. On the soft splines, @KARMANEWS told our owners group that the primary issue causing soft splines to fail is the pressure that the 5300 lbs of the car puts on the splines when the car is put in park and the parking brake pawl is not engaged. So to help slow down the failure rate, an upcoming software upgrade will automatically engage the parking brake to minimize the stress on the splines. If I mis-stated this, @KARMANEWS can correct me.
98% of the cars shipped with soft defective splines this hardware issue not fixable by software update
 
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