New E34 owner - should I get the "bentley manual"?

09-16-2008, 05:28 AM
I have never worked on cars nor am I very mechanically inclined. Will the Bentley manual help me with some basic things? Also, is there any hope for me to learn? Could a novice fix a window regulator? cheers.

09-16-2008, 06:45 AM
Yes you should get the manual. Fixing a window regulator is a pain in the @$$. The manual would be helpful. There are electronic coppies of the manual out on the wep in PDF format. Search through these psts (under Bently Manual) and you will find links to them.

09-16-2008, 09:11 AM
If you can use a wrench, and you have an E34, you MUST own that manual. It will pay for itself the first time you break something because you took it apart wrong.

09-16-2008, 01:48 PM
I'm assuming taking on an oil change would be a good first step. I haven't done one in many years. Any recommended tools or sets to have as I head down this road??

09-16-2008, 01:56 PM
Not really. Changing the oil on a E34 is about as easy as it gets......

BTW.....what model do you have????

09-16-2008, 05:48 PM
I have a 1995 525i, manual transmission.

attack eagle
09-16-2008, 07:38 PM
get a cheap $4 oil pan (they are shorter)

a 13mm end wrench or socket for the oil canister bolt

and I forget if it is a 17mm or 19mm socket + extension for the oil drain.

takes about the same amount of time to drain as it does to change the filter and seals.

15 minute job, don't even need ramps or to get under the car.

09-17-2008, 05:07 AM

09-20-2008, 12:51 PM
Pop told me knowledge is power and he was right. Bentley is worth the price of admission anyday. I'd opt for the paper version, since you can thumb thru it while you're outside under the hood. Not in favor of the .pdf versions, but my first real car was a '59 Edsel (wanted something no one else had). Besides, you can sell the Bentley when you "move on up"...if you ever do.

attack eagle
09-20-2008, 01:51 PM
I like the pdf because i can just print out a copy of the pages I need, and then I don;t have to care if they get greasy :)