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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:03 PM

Consumer Reports mentions that the test version of their new vehicle broke down with just 200 miles on the odometer.

The publisher notes that a "press car" previously provided to them also broke down. Under CR's protocols, they buy vehicles just like other buyers, not the specially vetted models provided to the press or car magazines. This vehicle appears to be one that they purchased.

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.



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