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    As the NRMA is a large organization with influential powers with its Open Road magazine and Used Car inspections etc, I'm just wondering if their comments are "politically" biased??

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    I was told by a few mechanics that as NRMA used car inspectors works kind of on a territory basis, and many have under-the-table deals with car yards, thus making the report highly questionable?

    Also it seems that NRMA has a problem with Jeep/Chrysler?? When the Voyager came out it was selling really well, I personally think it's a good MPV, but NRMA gave it a bad score and critics for it's COTY award, and this year it's not even on the list of contenders?

    Similarly they include the BMW 7-series ($170,000+) in the list but not the MB S-class? They say that they may exclude cars more then 3-times the value of $53,000, are they being selective?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rc968
    As the NRMA is a large organization with influential powers with its Open Road magazine and Used Car inspections etc, I'm just wondering if their comments are "politically" biased??

    I was told by a few mechanics that as NRMA used car inspectors works kind of on a territory basis, and many have under-the-table deals with car yards, thus making the report highly questionable?

    Also it seems that NRMA has a problem with Jeep/Chrysler?? When the Voyager came out it was selling really well, I personally think it's a good MPV, but NRMA gave it a bad score and critics for it's COTY award, and this year it's not even on the list of contenders?

    Similarly they include the BMW 7-series ($170,000+) in the list but not the MB S-class? They say that they may exclude cars more then 3-times the value of $53,000, are they being selective?
    I am sure some of their comments are politically motivated. They should stay out of the media, sprouting mostly stupid ideas that are against the views of the average motorist. The NRMA should concentrate on what we pay our membership for, road side assistance primarily. For instance last week they were in the news suggesting that P plate drivers be banned from driving at night. This makes a lot of sence (not) The NRMA thinks it must be better for a unexperienced driver to start to learn to drive at night after they get their full licence and can do 100km/hr, instead of when they are on a restricted licence. The NRMA are not my favorite organisation at the moment. After being a member for nearly 10 years and using road side assistance maybe 3 times. I broke down on Friday in the middle of now where. I broke an injector line on the 505 GTD. I flagged down a driver (no mobile service) and gave him my details, member no etc and asked him to let them know of the problem and that I wanted a tilt tray to get the car to the nearest town. The fellow just happened to live up the road and promptly rang them and returned to let me know that they would be on there way. A service man and van arrived some period later to my annoyance. I told him I had requested a tow and he replyed we cannot send a tow out untill we have a look at the problem. After seeing the broken line he jumped in the van and said he would send the truck out straight away. I was on the side of the road waiting for 4 hours because they didn't do what I had asked. They had waisted my time and theirs because of procedure. I can understand that some people ask for a tow when they may not need it, but charge them for it. I shouldn't be penalised for other peoples stupidity or ignorance. The NRMA has gone downhill, now that they answer to shareholders instead of paying members. Just my 2 bobs worth.
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    These days, NRMA/RACV/etc. seem to be more a mouthpiece for the auto insurance industry, than a motorist collective.
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    Originally posted by rek
    These days, NRMA/RACV/etc. seem to be more a mouthpiece for the auto insurance industry, than a motorist collective.
    They've seemed that way to me for over thirty years!

    Always pushed the 'speed kills' and 'book them all' barrow, favoured point systems, paid lip service to advanced driving course benefits.

    You know, in 1936 the RACQ actually conducted sprints, hillclimbs and trials in Qld? Not to mention the infamous Woody Point High Speed Reliability Trial...

    ...where one intersection was entered twice a lap... and from opposite directions!

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