I’m trying to figure out which car magazine subscription I should gift to my significant other, whose birthday is next month. He likes to read occasional car mags if he’s waiting at the library or in the mechanic’s waiting room, but I haven’t noticed a particular preference…and while I love The Atlantic, I’m not a big subscriber-to-things, and not at all knowledgeable about different car magazines.
If it helps, he’s late 20’s, and just had to say good-bye to his 2003 Dodge Stratus R/T (manual, low profile tires, tint, etc – and a blown head gasket, dead catalytic converter, oil leaks & burning, etc) and hello to my former car, a 1994 940 Volvo wagon that we refer to as a “crotchety old man.” While the wagon waits for a carrier bearing to become available (and allow my s.o. to drive over 40 mph again), he’s been slathering on the Bondo for the back passenger-side quarter panel crumple (put there by a previous owner, not me) and is planning on repainting.
He seems attached to the Volvo – his first car was a similar model – and excited about the body work and getting him up and running. On the other hand, obviously his previous car was a lot more sporty, and he also enjoys looking at pictures of beautiful, non-crotchety cars. He’s expressed interest in the BMW M3 (out of range), Mazdas (better), and he also loved his old car.
What does that sound like to you? Car and Driver? Motor Trend? Some other magazine I obviously haven’t heard of because I can only actually name the two that show up in new car commercials?
If anyone subscribes to any particular mags, and can tell me some general focus differences between them, and/or suggest which one he might like, that would be much appreciated. : )