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Will you complete your Fisker Ocean purchase without first seeing it in person? (Experience Centre )

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Well,

Let's take a formal poll of the Oceanforum members.
It is a very interesting question?

Personally, I love everything about the Fisker Ocean....
I would also place my order sight unseen...
However, I want to see the Ocean in the flesh....
before pulling the trigger!
 
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As per @Fiskerati suggestion, let's take our own survey
Oceanforums has 189 members (March 10, 2022)

I cast the first vote!
 

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How should I vote if I already saw it in person at the L.A. Auto Show last year?
 

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My heart says "maybe, perhaps..." But then I remember that I'm 6ft5in, and I absolutely should sit in a car before buying it. This will be the biggest challenge for me I think. If I can't get to see it, then it's just researching it compared to other vehicles in terms of leg room and head room. Im sure it will be fine but there are some outliers when you are tall. Weird things happen to sight lines and knee room against the console.
 

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I remember that I'm 6ft5in, and I absolutely should sit in a car before buying it.
Let's hope the Fisker Ocean will have automatic seat adjusters!
 

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Haha those are nice but not necessary. I just want to make sure there is head room. It looks ok in the YouTube reviews from Spain, but I know the seat didn't have power to move so potentially it goes lower.
 

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Well,

Let's take a formal poll of the Oceanforum members.
It is a very interesting question?

Personally, I love everything about the Fisker Ocean....
I would also place my order sight unseen...
However, I want to see the Ocean in the flesh....
before pulling the trigger!
I prefer to see the car before placing my order.
 

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My heart says "maybe, perhaps..." But then I remember that I'm 6ft5in, and I absolutely should sit in a car before buying it. This will be the biggest challenge for me I think. If I can't get to see it, then it's just researching it compared to other vehicles in terms of leg room and head room. Im sure it will be fine but there are some outliers when you are tall. Weird things happen to sight lines and knee room against the console.
@Bernie, I'm 6'41/2" so I know your concern. I bought my Chevy Volt sight unseen in 2016. Main reason is I had such great insight from the Volt forum. So I will be relying on our forum here for this and many other questions once some members get their hands on an Ocean. Since I'm buried in the middle of Canada (Winnipeg) far from major urban centers, I'm unlikely to see the Ocean before purchasing. I'm so grateful that we have this forum to share our knowledge, experience, and questions.
 

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So I just went through a similar process with the new EV6. The first edition launch event happened in June of last year. At that moment the first 1500 who reserved a FE EV6 site unseen would get unique add-on's like a special colored interior (in my case dark green vegan leather) and other things. Upon arrival of the car you were given 10 days after seeing it and test driving it to decide if you wanted to keep it or not. If you decided to walk away then KIA would refund your reservation amount. I haven't seen all of the particulars around this with the Ocean. But it would make sense to have a provision similar to this with so few experience centers around the world available by the time we get the call in the fall about deciding on our reservations.
 

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I will try to get to one of the Experience Centers before purchase. Will probably depends when the one in Miami opens. But if not possible, that does not mean I will not do my research. I trust this group and other you tube reviewers enough to purchase site unseen.
 

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My heart says "maybe, perhaps..." But then I remember that I'm 6ft5in, and I absolutely should sit in a car before buying it. This will be the biggest challenge for me I think. If I can't get to see it, then it's just researching it compared to other vehicles in terms of leg room and head room. Im sure it will be fine but there are some outliers when you are tall. Weird things happen to sight lines and knee room against the console.
This 100%^^. I am 6ft 3in and a bit heavier than I need to be. In anything less than a full size van/truck I absolutely must sit in it and practice getting in and out of. Its amazing to me how vehicles of the same size can feel so different..making some absolutely intolerable to me. I usually go to both the DC auto show and the New York auto show and sit in quite a bit of vehicles.

For example-- the CRV and Escape are just fine for me, a little tight but OK and tolerable. The Rav4 is absolutely a no-go. I cannot get comfortable and have to dip my head to get in and out of the front door..not good. On the Hyundai side..I was just fine with the Tucson. In face, the Tucson felt best to me among the compact suvs. The Santa Fe(a presumably larger vehicle) felt weird, tight and was a no-go.

As an aside about 6 months ago I was all about a Mach E. On paper it looks great..price, range, specs,--I'm also a Ford guy so I prefer Fords. then I sat in one. Awful. Cramped, no room, could not get comfortable in the front seat despite considerable effort. Car sits lower than I'd like(struggled to get in/out) yet I can't get the seat low enough for headroom I need. It was a bust. I shudder to think if I had ordered one without sitting in it.

I would absolutely have to sit in a Fisker.
 

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Hopefully Fisker has an opportunity to have the car for a short time with a full refund option.

I will also trust the forum too. It's so invaluable to get the information that everyone can provide. And YouTube is an unreal resource too.

The only strange situation I personally found was with a Mazda CX-9. I was excited to see the new one at the auto show in like 2016. I sat in the front seat.... And it was impossible to get into a position in which the console didn't jab the side of my leg. I remember one YouTuber (Jakob, Straight Pipes) echoed the exact same thing, so I felt vindicated.
 

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With this business model of having an extremely small number of experience centers, there’s no way they wouldn’t let you return/reject it on delivery if you didn’t like it. My reservation is around the 20,000 mark so there will be plenty of time for reviews in the automotive press and this forum to get multiple opinions on the car before I would get one. If I like what I read, I would go ahead and order the car and if I don’t love it after a test drive, give it back. Of course, I hope that it’s a great vehicle overall!
 

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Did you get to sit in it?
I did not, however, at 5'9", fitting in cars has not really been an issue for me. The only two cars I have ever had an issue fitting is the Lotus Exige and Alfa 4C (but that has more to do with too many years of playing lacrosse making my contortionism skills really lacking to get in and out).
 

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One huge problem, WHERE are the "Centers"? I am up in "East Lost, Maine" and my nearest fancy arse Center will be in Boston, or Hartford, CN, where all the money is. It is a debate wether I would drive the HOURS to a Center to view one, sit in it and the like. I have mobility issues, so it would take a flock of research to be certain IF I could use the PEAR, [thats my Reservation EV}. My Hyundai IONIQ BEV, is 'just barely OK" for me, I got it for its efficiency . I could have made a better choice. The Fisker Brand is being sold as if it were in the same league as a Bentley.
 

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One huge problem, WHERE are the "Centers"? I am up in "East Lost, Maine" and my nearest fancy arse Center will be in Boston, or Hartford, CN, where all the money is. It is a debate wether I would drive the HOURS to a Center to view one, sit in it and the like. I have mobility issues, so it would take a flock of research to be certain IF I could use the PEAR, [thats my Reservation EV}. My Hyundai IONIQ BEV, is 'just barely OK" for me, I got it for its efficiency . I could have made a better choice. The Fisker Brand is being sold as if it were in the same league as a Bentley.
It's extremely expensive to roll out show rooms and service centers on a national basis. Tesla has taken over ten years to get to 200 locations. I think we will have to be patient.
 

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It's extremely expensive to roll out show rooms and service centers on a national basis. Tesla has taken over ten years to get to 200 locations. I think we will have to be patient.
Patient is Ok, I guess, but in 10 years the State will have stolen my driver license due to my age! And how expensive is it to rent 'x'amount of floor space in a strip mall?
 

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I would certainly prefer to be able to sit in one before delivery but its not a deal breaker for me
I would hope they would have a window to be able to return the car , no questions asked, like most cars do.
 

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Well,

Let's take a formal poll of the Oceanforum members.
It is a very interesting question?

Personally, I love everything about the Fisker Ocean....
I would also place my order sight unseen...
However, I want to see the Ocean in the flesh....
before pulling the trigger!
As much as I love the car, I am more of a visual and tactile person. Plus I don’t know if there will be any major changes to the actual production vehicle that could make me go elsewhere.
 
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