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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:12 PM
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free on line PDF factory service manual E46

Anyone know where to get one?

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:57 PM
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It`s called a Bentley Manual....it`s about 3 inches thick, and found on eBay and elsewhere....no freebies....
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:14 PM
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It's not bad deal to just buy the book. You will save that money back when working with your car.

Even second hand will do as long as all pages are still with it.

There can be DIY advice about most things but book is still handy when you're in garage and your car is in pieces and you wonder what to do next.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:11 PM
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It`s called a Bentley Manual....it`s about 3 inches thick, and found on eBay and elsewhere....no freebies....
Wrong. I mean, it is called a Bentley manual, but you may be interested in this: http://www.bmwforums.info/3-series-g...ce-manual.html

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Old 01-16-2013, 09:18 PM
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did u try torrent ?
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:48 PM
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Wrong. I mean, it is called a Bentley manual, but you may be interested in this: http://www.bmwforums***91;/img] ******** ...ce-manual.html

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Linky no worky, Bucko....
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:05 PM
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Wrong. I mean, it is called a Bentley manual, but you may be interested in this: http://www.bmwforums***91;/img] ******** ...ce-manual.html

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Linky no worky, Bucko....
error says "LINK BLOCKED Report to Moderators"
Bob'O, ur efforts are needed
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:23 PM
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I bought this kind.



Was 5€ second hand, and surely worth it.
That bentley might be possibly even better though.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:37 PM
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Where to get the manuals is well known - but - each time they're published (the links), they disappear, so, I will only recommend that the OP do a search and they will find what they need, no doubt.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:51 AM
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Hrmm, the link worked from my phone but it looks like the admins here at work have the site blocked, too. Point is, I have the Bentley Manual in PDF form. It's ~32MB, so it uhh, exceeds the PDF size limits on here by a smidge. I'll work on finding a nice, easily accessible, place to post it up. In the meantime, if you need specific pages, I can probably chop them out and post them as the resulting file should be less than the 7MB PDF filesize limit.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:24 PM
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I assume you realize that the Bentley manual is copyrighted and copying it for the use of anyone but the purchaser is illegal. I suspect the site moderators do not want to get into legal rouble for promoting an illegal distribution of a document. That is most likely why the links are killed whenever posted.
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:27 PM
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I assume you realize that the Bentley manual is copyrighted and copying it for the use of anyone but the purchaser is illegal. I suspect the site moderators do not want to get into legal rouble for promoting an illegal distribution of a document. That is most likely why the links are killed whenever posted.
I understood that part very well.
If want to do such illegal actions of copying and sharing such material, then should do it on personal level, or not do.

Anyone tried this kind?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-REPAIR-S...313306&vxp=mtr

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:37 PM
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try here....
http://www.filecrop.com/BMW-E46-repair-manual.html
http://www.pdf-word.net/Automotive-G...ce-Manual.html
http://pdfngeseng.com/bmw-3-series-e...2005/8470.html
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:28 AM
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Out of that first link i did find e39 bentley and e46-service manual in russian + some others...
And yes, also e46 bentley.

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I've seen the oft passed around "ebahn" pdf version, and although its perfectly usable, it appears to have been an electronic printout direct to PDF and contains print headers which throws the pages off because it makes the pages longer than they originally are causing page-breaks across multiple pages. Irritating, but again, usable.

What I'm curious about is obtaining whatever source that a few members here that appear to be pages of actual BMW service instructions as those are the most comprehensive and detailed leave the Bentley manuals "wanting" at times. There is a "BMW AG - TIS" Copyright notice on the bottom of each page. I've attached a sample I used to assist me in replacing my ET.
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Bentley E46 manual
New guy nails it.

Welcome & congrats!

EDIT: update; new guy gets erased.

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Old 07-06-2013, 10:25 PM
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New guy nails it.

Welcome & congrats!

EDIT: update; new guy gets erased.
Lol, he was.

Honestly, to answer the op question, there is bmw TIS online. It's also semi legal I guess but the TIS websites exist for a few years usually before BMW AG politely ask them to shut down. I find TIS to be as useful as Bentley, may be even more so. Honestly I think that Bentley is overrated. It is a good general reference but nothing more than that. I was kind of disappointed in Bentley. Using online forums, Diys and TIS will give you much more than Bentley. That is if you have to choose. I personally use all the resources I can put my hands on.

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Agree that the Bentley is overrated. But I'm having trouble finding an active TIS website...
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But I'm having trouble finding an active TIS website...
None currently known by anyone posting on forums.

CD cheap on eBay
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I never knew these were available on eBay; in fact, after checking, there's one that claims to be able to run on Macs and Linux. Not sure if it runs in a virtual machine, but I wouldn't mind running this virtually or natively in a either Windows OS or Mac OS.

Thanks for pointing this out!
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I never knew these were available on eBay; in fact, after checking, there's one that claims to be able to run on Macs and Linux. Not sure if it runs in a virtual machine, but I wouldn't mind running this virtually or natively in a either Windows OS or Mac OS.

Thanks for pointing this out!
I'm mac, but I run this on my pc.
watch out for the version you get. make sure it's as late model as possible for e46.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:19 AM
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There is no mention of its current version; only that it covers BMWs from 1982 to 2007. Toll-free technical support is available. All for $15 or Make Offer.

Although I would prefer to have the latest version, I'm not sure something like this would be "upgradeable" as new updates are released by BMW. But I also don't think that there will be significant changes to repair procedures for my 13-year old 2003. There may be recalls that may not be covered (such as the recent passenger air bag recall), but I highly doubt I will ever need to muck about with components replaced through recall.

Besides, I only intend to keep my car for no longer than 2 or 3 more years while I finish college so having the Bentley and TIS instructions helps for most of my DIY repairs, of which the only outstanding on my To-Do list are: replace driver's side tie rod boot; replace/repair SBK positive battery cable; repair/replace driver's side belt tensioner circuit; repair/replace steering wheel airbag; and when I reach past 100k, water pump and pulley replacement. I may someday look at a ZHP E46, but more likely a E9x 330i/335i or E6x/F1x if I ever decide on another BMW.
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I assume you realize that the Bentley manual is copyrighted and copying it for the use of anyone but the purchaser is illegal. I suspect the site moderators do not want to get into legal rouble for promoting an illegal distribution of a document. That is most likely why the links are killed whenever posted.
Sorry to quote an old post.

Another way to look at this is that Bentley Publishers has spent a great amount of time, effort, and money to put together a fairly comprehensive repair manual. Will this book ever be a bestseller? That is highly unlikely, since only a miniscule percentage of our population has any interest in repairing BMW's.

Therefore, I am happy to spend about $90 for a Bentley manual. It is considered one of the best repair manuals on the market. I will get my money's worth if I perform just one repair during the lifetime of my BMW.

I am not a spokesman for Bentley, nor do I directly benefit from their success. But, if no one buys their books, they will not stay in business for long. It is something to consider next time any of us does a DIY on one of our respective BMW's.

OK, I am off my soap box now.

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Sorry to quote an old post.

OK, I am off my soap box now.
We all already know all this.
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Agree that the Bentley is overrated. But I'm having trouble finding an active TIS website...
There is a currently working TIS website and its very nice too. I use it every day.


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