Fisker Karma off to rocky start

March 12, 2012 12:00 AM

The Fisker Karma may be the electric supercar of choice for celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher and Justin Bieber, but it didn't go over quite so well with Consumer Reports.

The respected website obtained a Karma for reviewing, but the car didn't even make it to the full review. During the site's "check-in process," a series of warm-up tests for each vehicle, the vehicle broke down.

One of the car's warning lights came on and when the driver pulled over, the vehicle would no longer shift into drive, only park and neutral. The Fisker dealership had to send out a tow truck to take the car back.

"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 website wrote. "When we get the car back, we'll film a First Drive video with our more traditional initial impressions. But so far, Fisker ownership is proving to be a bumpy ride."

Consumer Reports also pointed out that other owners have reported early problems, along with issues with the car at press events.

While drivers may not be able to control their vehicle's reliability, they can avoid car repairs by investing in auto maintenance.

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