Consumer Reports Tests Fisker Karma; Car Breaks Down

The Fisker Karma is an over $100,000 “green” car that Al Gore, Leo DiCaprio and Colin Powell love to which the Obama Energy Department gave a $529 million loan only to have the company move their operation overseas and lay off US workers. I know… it all sounds too good to be true. But wait, it gets better.

The car more than makes up for all that downside in performance. Or maybe not.

From Consumer Reports:

Our Fisker Karma cost us $107,850. It is super sleek, high-tech—and now it’s broken.

We have owned our car for just a few days; it has less than 200 miles on its odometer. While doing speedometer calibration runs on our test track (a procedure we do for every test car before putting it in service by driving the car at a constant 65 mph between two measured points), the dashboard flashed a message and sounded a “bing“ showing a major fault. Our technician got the car off the track and put it into Park to go through the owner’s manual to interpret the warning. At that point, the transmission went into Neutral and wouldn’t engage any gear through its electronic shifter except Park and Neutral.

We let the car sit for about an hour and restarted it. We could now engage Drive and the same error message disappeared. After moving it only a few feet the error message reappeared and when we tried to engage Reverse the transmission went straight to Park and again no motion gear could be engaged. After calling the dealer, which is about 100 miles away, they promptly sent a flatbed tow truck to haul away the disabled Fisker.

We buy about 80 cars a year and this is the first time in memory that we have had a car that is undriveable before it has finished our check-in process.

The government’s reaction will be “clearly we didn’t throw enough taxpayer money at the project.”

Well done, Gorebots. These fools would be hilarious if they weren’t dragging down the US economy with them.