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Did a look over again, and there was a rough spot in the chrome of the driver's door just below the window just aft of the mirror. A worn pot on the leather where the seltbelt may have been rubbing and a few deep scraps on the plastic of the footboard of the driver's side at its aft most side. Not posting photos because it really isn't worth showing, unless they are requested. Other than that, it had 20 miles battery range when I drove away. I tried using the voice nav and it asked for a city first, not realizing it was set to the state of Georgia, no wonder I could not get it to find what I was looking for.

For reporting sake it has 6.13 and the grounding strap installed.

Almost out the door.


Better pic of the "Signature" of the Signature Edition


Higher resolution photo of the finish.


Didn't play with much else but the radio until I got home. Arrived at the garage with 1 mile battery range, driving 15 miles according to the nav all in Stealth. Once I got in the garage, I realized the climate control was on and set for 68 with outside air temp of 65 and fan set on 1, plus I drove with the front windows partially down and played with Hill Mode 1 and 2, so I imagine the climate control affected batt range a bit, fan supposedly uses a bit of juice.

At Home, finally



At home playing with it, the first thing I did was pair by phone. Important to follow the Owner's manual explicitly as the icons and steps are not intuitive to a Bluetooth novice. Downloaded the address book to the car and called my Dad. Tried using the voice commands, got it to the address book, but could not figure out how to voice dial a name. If you are manually scrolling, and have lots of names it could take a while, until I figured out that press and hold the arrow and in a second it will start scrolling by letter, with a big letter of the alphabet where the names usually are. Release and it is back to names. I got fed up and decided to play some Bluetooth music, fired up my phone's music player and nothing from the phone or the car, but the time of the song was counting, so I touched the volume control on the steering wheel and bam back to the previous volume setting I had with music from my phone. I tried giving my Dad a call again and the call went thru and it paused my phone's music app.

My dad asked if I had it plugged in and I said not yet, lemme give it a try, so while in ACC mode, talking to him, I plugged my Fisker 220V cord into the car and bam, it beeped a few times, a fan or two came on, it started charging, and Dad was still on the line. Didn't drop the call or nothing.

I was getting hungry but I had one last thing I wanted to get down, Homelink for the garage door opener. I have a rolling code door, so after reading the instructions in the Owner's Manual first, I tried and failed to program it. Problem is I read but failed to understand the instructions. For rolling codes you MUST do the first step for normal programming, then proceed with the steps for rolling codes. The manual has one slight flaw with this that may have partly been the reason for my inital failure. It states that when pairing the clicker remote with the Homelink button that the indicator with blink slowly at first and then become rapid. Actually, (at least in my case) it does not blink for like the first 20-30 seconds, then starts with the slow blink for about 5 seconds, then fast blinking. I released after the fast blinking, then pressed the learn button on the garage door drive unit (Chamberlain) then proceeded with the press, hold, and release three times procedure. The door opened on the second press, hold, and release.

I actually went to the system screen and saw that I had 17% on the battery with the 1 mile range still on it. I shut off the car and walked into the house to get dinner. No issues that I know of.

Oops, few alibis. Obviously, I backed up into the garage. Camera worked fine as soon as R was pressed. Camera resolution and brightness control are not very refined. I have a co-worker that has one of those tricked out Ford trucks with a backup camera and it has a red/yellow/green lines on it like this photo:


Anything falling within those lines will hit the car. That would be very helpful. Not that I am a bad driver, just a paranoid one.

Alibi two, I played with the folding mirrors and they worked fine. I did not set them to auto fold though.

Minor alibis, the electric side mirror adjuster worked fine as did the window controls, and all the exterior door handles/buttons. Interior driver's door release works fine. All the left side steering wheel controls work, did not try the cruise buttons. The seat adjustment buttons work fine as does the steering column controls. I did not try the automatic settings and driver ease of entry movement of the seat and steering column. The volume of the nav lady and stereo are nicely matched and I did get her to say to observe the speed limit when I accidently was going 75 in a 60 because the ride was so smooth. I did not take the time to turn her off, which I shall do in the future. The autodimming mirror worked after I turned it on. I noticed the clock on the driver's dash where I guess the digital speedometer readout is for Sport Mode, never having gone into Sport yet. The plugged in light on the dash functions properly, as stated elsewhere in the forum.

Interesting note. The glovebox will only open in an active mode ACC, STEALTH, or SPORT. Simply opening the door, which causes a wakeup of the car, is not enough. So, I guess we could say there are five modes to this car, discounting the Hill modes as actual modes as they are really only a braking mode, not a powered mode, per se, ASLEEP, AWAKE, ACC, STEALTH, SPORT. I think the distiction of these two pre-ACC modes in discussing issues/problems will greatly help troubleshoot issues with the car.

Well I think I have babbled on long enough and can't think of any other alibis. I hope this is enlightening to all. Question, I have a dedicated circuit for the EVSE but not a meter on it. Anyone know where I could pick up a cheap induction driven meter that I could clip around the 220V cord running to the device in my attic to get a reading on my electricity usage? Thanks a million if you know of one.
 

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Very exciting - Congrats!
 

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Found what I am looking for, I believe, in regards to a clip on monitor for my AC usage for the Karma. Its wireless, so the clip-on can go in the attic and the display unit in the garage next to the charger itself. Pretty neat. Gonna give it a day or two before I order to see if someone has a better/cheaper idea. Let you all know how it turns out.

http://www.powermeterstore.com/p8527/efergy_elite.php

Found it cheaper at Sears

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM2820899802P?ci_sku=SPM2820899802&ci_src=14110944&i_cntr=1327549884712&sid=IDx20070921x00003a#desc

Buying thru them instead of Smarthome.com directly so that any issues with it, I can use Sears return policy not Smarthome.com who is only rated a B with the BBB and not accredited.
 

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Kab- congrats! Welcome to the family!

When you get a minute, can you post some daytime/outdoor shots of the problem areas (trunk, rear bumper, hood) so we can all compare. More data points, the better!
 

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Great report and beautiful car. I guess the ultimatum worked. Hope you enjoy it.

-- Fab.

P.S. The Blink charger has a utility grade meter built into the unit. You can even plug in your rates and keep track of the cost of electricity you are using to charge the car.
 

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Perfect, welcome to the Karma-family. Enjoy!

Just curious: does a Blackhawk also have little bugs here and there, or are those machines always working perfectly? Or is that only happening after 25 hours of maintenance per hour flown?
 

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I am so happy for you. You deserve smooth sailing. You've been patient.
 

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SoCal, I will post the pics.

Dutch, the glass cockpit upgrade H-60M Blackhawk is having many of the same growing pains to include not having a screen that comes up to tell you immediately what software version you are running. It is funny how similar the issues are between the Karma and the Blackhawk. Some of the common statements around either are, "Wow, it does that when you do that?" or "It doesn't do that when you do this?" Of course, both situations are improving rapidly. A prime example of something you would have thought would have been fixed before they released the M Model Blackhawk...it has LED position lights, instead of incandescent bulbs, and they do not dim for whatever reason. They have known this was an issue since they did the swap, but nobody has fixed it.

Michael, I have had no glitches so far. Knock on wood, which I can do in the car. lol.
 
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