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Community Level 3crispybits

crispybits

Vorsprung Durch Top Gear (as they say)

AdvantagesExcellent features, A-Z index of manufacturers/make+model, excellent regular columnists

Disadvantagesletters page; occasionally the photographers focus more on their models than the cars

"... Then last year I discovered TOP GEAR MAGAZINE and I haven't looked back. It really is a fantastic magazine, offering some of the same; yet so much more than the eponymous programme and wrapped in a package that wouldn't make your gran blush! TOP GEAR MAGAZINE is all about cars, cars, cars! Hurrah! STUNNING CARS: The magazine's first section is METAL - consistently the best chapter of the magazine - this has all of the month's previews and prototypes ..." Read review
06.06.2006

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Community Level 3cokane

cokane

They Haven't Quite Found Top Gear Again...

AdvantagesClarkson returned

DisadvantagesNot Enough from the main men, Clarkson, May and Hammond

"I hadn't bought Top Gear for a few years but I remembered it as by far the best and most interesting Car magazine out there. Where other magazines read like a massive indiscriminate advertisement for whatever car they were reviewing and are often bogged down in listing all the facts on the car or displaying a journalists knowledge of "Torque", Top Gear was always more readable and you always got some real opinions on the cars and it was always done ..." Read review
01.11.2005

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Community Level 2Big-Al

Big-Al

Not what it was

AdvantagesPlenty of information

DisadvantagesNot as good as it was

"...so why do I read Top Gear? Well, it seems to me to give a good compromise between something like Car, which is a bit middle aged, and Max Power, which is aimed at spotty youths with nothing better to do with their money than paint their Nova bright green. They have factual articles about new cars, but they aren't afraid to poke fun at silly cars, and occasionally themselves. The magazine is in a bit of a decline now, with no Quentin Willson, and ..." Read review
01.09.2000

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Community Level 2jonwebb5

jonwebb5

Top Gear Magazine - Better Than The Shows?

AdvantagesInformative magazine focused on the cars, just as much fun as the TV shows

DisadvantagesCan be a little technical at times

"The Top Gear TV programme has begin to achieve nationwide recognition in it's last few series, and with good reason; you'll struggle to find anything more entertaining on the box. However, with this popularity has come a burden of sorts - the new audience. Previously it was the reserve of automotive buffs, but now, people from all walks of life, whatever their opinion on cars, are tuning in, because it is such good entertainment. In short, while the ..." Read review
28.01.2009

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Community Level 2WrexhamAFC

WrexhamAFC

Pretty much a copy of Car Magazine

AdvantagesOccasional good features

DisadvantagesTacky, quality of photos + storys

"I remember when this first came out - and i read one, and thought it was exactly the same as car magazine: The review section - with it's ratings , and then most of all , the columnists - with a little picture of what ever they're talking about - just like in Car Magazine. Top G. Magazine does get you more magazine for your money , than Car. But the quality of photography or reviewers in not as good. The good bit about the magazine is that ..." Read review
22.07.2000

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Community Level 1AmzSingh

AmzSingh

TOP GEAR MAGAZINE

AdvantagesReviews, Humour, Information, News, Unusualness

DisadvantagesNone

"...If your a fan of Top Gear the TV programme then without doubt you will love this. The magazine contains various different articles from James May, Richard Hammond, Jason (fifth gear) along with a whole array of others. The Clarkson column, two pages long, is always funny and a good read. Then theres the cars, there's information about concepts, new exclusives, and reviews about supercars aswell as the normal. A great addition is to all the articles ..." Read review
08.01.2008

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Community Level 2ray.southern

ray.southern

Top of the mags

AdvantagesGreat read

Disadvantagesloads of adverts

"I first started reading top gear mag last year, when i had watched the series on T.V. I like cars and i like to find out about the new models that are coming out. When i first started to read the magazine, the first thing that i noticed was all of the adverts for the cars, (i know its a car mag, but the number of adverts is maddness.) This hasn't put me off reading it, because i find it enjoyable to read, and very informative. Basically what they ..." Read review
12.05.2004

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Community Level 2Mayoisms

Mayoisms

More of excessive.

AdvantagesClarkson

DisadvantagesAds, ads, ads and more ads. And Skoda.

"The problem with Top Gear - and it is just that, the single problem - is that no one cares about the latest Skoda Fabia. Or the Superb. Or the Supreme, Sublime, Fantastic or whatever other wacky names those Czechs will think up next. For a magazine dominated by Jeremy Clarkson - lover of the extravagant, the expensive and the put-down - Top Gear spends too much time reviewing cars that Top Gear readers don't buy. People who want to by 1.8D Passats ..." Read review
17.08.2004

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Community Level 2Flipper01

Flipper01

The Daddy of car mags

AdvantagesWitty, Well-written, Informative and Interesting

DisadvantagesToo many adverts; only comes once a month

"Top Gear... This is THE car mag to read if you are serious about cars in any format; buying a car, renting a car, selling a car, or even just coz you drive a car. The whole magazine is broken up into perfect little bite-sized articles, allowing you to either read the whole thing cover to cover (which I ahve done on many occasions), or to digest little bits at a time over the entire month. The articles are always accompanied by great photos, and ..." Read review
17.08.2003

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Community Level 1omar360

omar360

Top Gear magazine - worth the money

AdvantagesLight-hearted but gets the point across

DisadvantagesNot enough focus on second-hand cars

"I've recently suscribed to the Top Gear Magazine after about a year with What Car Magazine. I'm really enjoying this magazine because it just doesn't focus on cars but on lifestyle products - games, sat-nav systems and even clothes. The what car mag was good for people interested purely in data, this magazine is more humerous and lightheated but i feel that it still gets its point across. My only whine about this magazine is that it tends to ..." Read review
30.01.2006

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Community Level 1StephenM8

StephenM8

Not quite Top Mag

AdvantagesClarkson

DisadvantagesNothing else nearly as noteworthy

"I read just a few of these magazines and I'm afraid I'm not that big a fan. As a comparison, I think Car is much better in terms of the articles it offers, it seems to have morenews of interest to me and less wasting of paper on daft events that I didn't want to watch on TopGear, the program, never mind sit down and read! Thankfully it still has Jeremy Clarkson as one of the columnists. While he may not be enough to make the magazine worth buying ..." Read review
09.10.2000

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Community Level 1ali6666

ali6666

fantastic

Advantageseverything

Disadvantagesbit pricy

"i think top gear magazine is an extremly good magazine, i think it is fantastic value for money and it is a pleasure to read. I think jeremy clarkson is an incredable man, he is wise, very clever, and can tell you everything about any car you would could imagine. i like the fact that the range of cars in each issue differs ,i find it well written, well designed, funny and they offer you all the information possible.the contents is always original ..." Read review
14.06.2007

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Community Level 1Jimbo999

Jimbo999

Top Gear is Clarkson

AdvantagesJeremy Clarkson - The best car journalist ever!

DisadvantagesRubbish cover quality - see below

"Firstly, the front cover - It is always an A3 fold over and it leaves a gap at the side of the mag. It doesn't seem much but when you leave the mag on the side it can crumple the front pages and make the mag taty. Now, to the magazine. This is a great magazine which is all cars and no humour apart from the great Clarkson column. I know that many people hate Clarkson, but read his column. It is probable the funniest thing ever. You can read ..." Read review
07.06.2005

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Community Level 1thegamesur...

thegamesurfer

Top Gear Magazine

AdvantagesEverything especially first drives!

DisadvantagesNone Really

"The magazine is very high quality with the photography and content what I would classify as outstanding! The first secton is about the new cars or news that has had information being recieved for the future. Regular sections include `This month in Motor World` which has a 20 space grid which has the highs and lows of the month from winning at Le Mans to A77 Specs Cameras. Next Section is Faces, where Jeremy Clarkson, James May and more have their ..." Read review
24.09.2005

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Community Level 1haynrich

haynrich

The best mag to get if you want a new car...

Advantageseasy to understand

Disadvantagesnone

"This is a great magazine to help me choose my next car, being a girl and all it is in basic easy terms... the pictures are fantastic and do not look like they have been changed to make the cars look better. the write up for each car is very easy to understand so i know at a glance if the car i am looking at is safe? easy to handle, user friendly and fuel consumption. i do not understand and the figures that are mentioned but the other points mentioned ..." Read review
03.06.2007

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