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D'oh! Consumer Reports' Fisker Karma Breaks Down before Break In

Mar 9 2012, 12:58pm CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

D'oh! Consumer Reports' Fisker Karma Breaks Down before Break In
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Expensive POC or random incident?

The car reviewers over at Consumer Reports aren't happy campers. This publication is a bit different from some others out there in that they purchase many of the cars they test and review rather than relying on the automakers to provide loaner cars. Consumer Reports says that it buys as many as 80 new automobiles each year.

Among the new vehicles that the company purchased recently was the fancy Fisker Karma EV at a price of a cool $107,850. At that price, it has to be one the most expensive vehicles in the Consumer Reports fleet. It's also reportedly the only vehicle in recent memory that was unable to be checked in before it broke down with a catastrophic failure. The car had only 200 miles on the odometer and it sounds like 100 of those miles were from the dealership to the test center.

Consumer Reports says that driver was performing the check in procedure by calibrating the speedometer while driving at a steady 65 mph on a test track. The car is said to have issued a warning tone followed by a warning message on the dash and then shut down completely. After sitting for an hour the car still wouldn't go into any forward or backward gear and it would not run. The dealership where Consumer Reports purchased the car sent out a flatbed to collect the six-figure vehicle for repair. This isn't the first time a Karma has had issues either according to Consumer Reports. The publication says that it knows of consumer vehicles with issues and knows of vehicles that have had issues during press events.

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