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View Poll Results: What would you say local auto reviewers generally are?

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  • biased

    6 26.09%
  • unbiased

    2 8.70%
  • afraid to rock the boat

    15 65.22%
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    #1
    What do you think? Are they biased (as in bought by the auto manufacturers to support specific marques), unbiased (as in capable of telling it like it is) or neither (as in not boat-rockers and will not say anything bad about any marque in fear of advertiser reprisal). Or could there be an "other" let us know.

    It may seem like a sweeping statement but it is more the norm rather than the exception we are looking at here. What do you think? it could be validating...or even eye-opening
    Last edited by midinite; November 21st, 2006 at 12:48 PM. Reason: adjustment of typos

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    put it this way, if an automotive "jounalist" publishes a not-so-good review (but truthful) review about a car, he would find it hard to get items for future articles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghosthunter View Post
    put it this way, if an automotive "jounalist" publishes a not-so-good review (but truthful) review about a car, he would find it hard to get items for future articles.
    interesting. guess they have more "difficult" jobs than food critics or movie critics...wonder if the public gets the full picture then? would it be safe to assume it is similar in more developed countries?

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    Dito sa Tsikot unbiased naman ang reviews ng mga road warriors dito. The reviews are usually stickied on top of the forums.

    But most so-called 'automotive journalists' are really crappy. Magaling lang kumopya sa brochure. Just read all the recent Avanza articles. Iisa ang layout. Pati yung mga quotes pareho. Halatang galing sa presskit.

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    I agree with GH and Doc on this. When it comes to automotive reviews, I trust Niky and Carlo on this. Or para masaya, sama na lang ako sa kanila during test drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midinite View Post
    interesting. guess they have more "difficult" jobs than food critics or movie critics...wonder if the public gets the full picture then?
    The public normally doesn't get the full picture until they have bought the car and stuck with it, especially if its a lemon of a car.

    would it be safe to assume it is similar in more developed countries?
    A bit but to a much lesser degree since in other countries, there are simply more car brands & models to choose from. This creates more competition from the car makers to get their cars noticed so they will try to put their best foot forward so the magazines will choose their car to be included in the next issue.

    Compare the number of car makers & the number of car models in North America to what we have here. Kinda boring, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by russpogi View Post
    I agree with GH and Doc on this. When it comes to automotive reviews, I trust Niky and Carlo on this. Or para masaya, sama na lang ako sa kanila during test drives.
    One of the better ways to know about a car you are potentially buying is to do a test drive. Some car makers have a test drive weekend and others will actually have a test unit you can drive (road test) from their showrooms.

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    unfortunately pundits in the car industry claim that local consumers are generally nahihiya to test drive since they think they are obligated to buy if they do...it is more a mindset. that is why they rely on the word of others...now if what is generally being conveyed here is true...would the auto "journalist" be doing the consumer a disservice given the "power" they have...wouldnt it be better if they just say...read the brochure...plus if allegations are true arent they just wasting newspaper/magazine space and paper?

    maybe they should put - "these are lifted from/ based on the press release from (insert car brand here)"

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    hahahahaha isang tumataginting na "afraid to rock the boat".

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    unfortunately, bluntness and hard facts are incongruent with most auto reviews on tv and print.

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