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CodyItaliano
01-25-2011, 04:23 PM
i've been told in the past that Bentley repair manuals are the best you can get, asside from a genuine shop manual.

i looked and found one for my E38 for about $140. they are fairly highly detailed. they go into more areas than something like a Chilton manual. i looked and they actually have transmission and air conditioning info, that cant be said about too may other manuals.

i plan on buying a Bentley manual for my car soon. there are certain things that can make working on it that much easier. i like that the Bentley manual has a section on how to change the trans fluid properly. seems nobody has been able to tell me how or can't go into detail about it. one of the things i'd be interested in doing.

bmwjen
01-25-2011, 09:35 PM
Yep, definitely do yourself a favor and buy that manual.

Sent from my M860 using Bimmer App

tim330i
01-26-2011, 07:27 AM
I highly recommend the Bentley Manual as well. Is a great resource, I'll use the manual in conjunction with a DIY from the board for many of my projects.

Amazon has it for $90.97 - http://www.amazon.com/BMW-E38-Service-Manual-740il/dp/0837616182/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1296055574&sr=8-1

Tim

Polarlys
01-26-2011, 01:09 PM
Some years ago I purcased factory manuals from Mercedes-Benz for a couple of cars I had. Very comprehensive and complete manuals. They put out one manual ( sometimes multivolume) for the various engines the made and another ( also multi-volume if needed) for the body type. Usually there was another just to cover the transmissions. They weren't cheap but very good manuals. They went to CD format awhile ago and you can no longer get them in print.

Does BMW offer any factory manuals for their linup ????

Roger in NJ

Andrew*Debbie
01-27-2011, 01:13 AM
Does BMW offer any factory manuals for their linup ????

Roger in NJ

Yes.

For many older BMWs you can get factory repair manuals on CD.
http://www.bmwclassic.com/2/PDF/Nachfertigungsliste%20August%202009_englisch.pdf

Manuals are at the bottom of the PDF. Take the part number to any BMW dealer parts counter.



Manuals are also available for newer BMWs but only by on-line subscription. E34 and newer are on line. Z1, E30 and earlier are on CD.

http://www.bmwtechinfo.com

Your computer must be running InternetExplorer on Windows. Offering is geared to independent BMW shop, not home DIY. There is a 24 hour rate that isn't too bad. Get a 24 hour subscription and screen capture everything for your car. For most home mechanics, the Bentley manual is better.


Last time I looked they also sold the computer interface and the software for it. Again not cheap but there are some things you can't do without it.

Polarlys
01-27-2011, 05:05 PM
Thank you A&D for the response. My car is still under warranty but if I keep it after it runs out I guess I'll go Bently all the way. Have you looked to see if there are any aftermarket CD sources out there that have a reliable product ???? I've never tried them but I don't see any problem so long as you can print out the pages you are looking at for working refrences. :thumbup:

CodyItaliano
01-27-2011, 10:28 PM
i'll probably order it online, didnt even think of amazon.com though. i wouldnt mind having a repair manual on disk, but i still would like to have something to flip through with pages. plus the asthetics of a book type manual are just better to me.

i wonder if they have a manual from amazon for the Kindle. that would be pretty neat.

well i looked, they dont. oh well.

Andrew*Debbie
01-28-2011, 02:00 AM
Polarlys -- Don't bother with the discs sold on eBay.


I'm a fan of the Kindle. The device is well executed and the eInk display is amazing. I read a book every few days on my 3G. I've got a magazine subscription too. Last night I decided I wanted to read Let the Right One In (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0038QN29Y). 20 seconds later I had the book in my hands.


A Bentley manual wouldn't work well on Kindle. The display is too small.


A Kindle DX would be better. A Bentley manual formatted specifically for the DX might be quite good. Except for large diagrams.

But the DX is $379. I wouldn't want to risk my 3G, let alone a pricey DX under the hood of a car.





http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=264210&stc=1&d=1296208218

Polarlys
01-28-2011, 10:12 AM
Thanks A&D. I guess when the time comes I'll "GO BENTLY". Most users here seem to like them. I have used many aftermarked auto service resources over the years but have not had the pleasure of seeing a Bently manual but I gather that they are a solid refrence. So when I'm out of warranty and still have it that's the way I'll go.

Thanks for the info. :thumbup:

Jaap
02-07-2011, 02:15 PM
There's also BMW TIS Online (http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/) - which is free.

Karl516
08-25-2011, 02:00 AM
i've been told in the past that Bentley repair manuals are the best you can get, asside from a genuine shop manual.

i looked and found one for my E38 for about $140. they are fairly highly detailed. they go into more areas than something like a Chilton manual. i looked and they actually have transmission and air conditioning info, that cant be said about too may other manuals.

i plan on buying a Bentley manual for my car soon. there are certain things that can make working on it that much easier. i like that the Bentley manual has a section on how to change the trans fluid properly. seems nobody has been able to tell me how or can't go into detail about it. one of the things i'd be interested in doing.
Yes the Bentley is the only way to go if you actually have to trouble shoot any systems. Love mine. Definetly worth it. If you haven't bought it yet check out this site.

http://jon.bimmerfest.com/bulletins/e30_manual.pdf

Karl516
08-25-2011, 02:01 AM
Yes the Bentley is the only way to go if you actually have to trouble shoot any systems. Love mine. Definetly worth it. If you haven't bought it yet check out this site.

http://jon.bimmerfest.com/bulletins/e30_manual.pdf
Saw it for around 40$

Karl516
08-25-2011, 02:02 AM
i've been told in the past that Bentley repair manuals are the best you can get, asside from a genuine shop manual.

i looked and found one for my E38 for about $140. they are fairly highly detailed. they go into more areas than something like a Chilton manual. i looked and they actually have transmission and air conditioning info, that cant be said about too may other manuals.

i plan on buying a Bentley manual for my car soon. there are certain things that can make working on it that much easier. i like that the Bentley manual has a section on how to change the trans fluid properly. seems nobody has been able to tell me how or can't go into detail about it. one of the things i'd be interested in doing.
Yes the Bentley is the only way to go if you actually have to trouble shoot any systems. Love mine. Definetly worth it. If you haven't bought it yet check out this site.

http://jon.bimmerfest.com/bulletins/e30_manual.pdf

Saw it for around 40$

Bumer
08-25-2011, 05:56 AM
There's also BMW TIS Online (http://tis.spaghetticoder.org/) - which is free.

Thank you for posting the link. Saved it in bookmarks.