HAH!

I am SHOCKED to learn that another green tech investment of the Obamanauts turns out to be yellow and a lemon:

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.

Maybe this is all part of Obama’s new job plan, centered around the industry of recovering these and other $100K lemons and recycling them, and what will finally save the economy and the planet! This stuff can’t be made up. Too funny.

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  1. Section8

    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.

    Sounds like it’s running Windows.

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  2. Miguelito

    Sounds like it’s running Windows.

    I’m flashing back to the Airbus that crashed because the software wouldn’t allow them to pull up during the flyby of the airshow (or whatever it was). Programmers often make bad assumptions. I say this as an admin who has written a LOT of production scripts/code and have made plenty of doozies in my career.

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