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    Default best service manual

    I'm looking to purchase a E34 5 series and wanted to get a manual to see what type of routine maintenance is required. Any suggestions on which one is good? Bentley? Haynes?
    I noticed on ebay these guys selling CD's for about $20 that supposedly have the factory service manuals on CD. Anyone seen these?
    Thanks.
    gymkata

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    The factory blue books are mostly procedural. Handy to have, but as was once said to me, "more of a suggestion" on how to do things.

    Stick with the Bentley. Please buy the legitimate version -- it took Charlie a long time to write it.

    best, whit

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    this site and http://www.bmwe34.net/
    have every bit of info you need, other than a Bentley
    ^^ ><((({>

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    Buy a bentley. Whatever you do, dont buy the CD version. If you need an electronic version after you buy one i can help you out with that.
    Lowered with blue h&r(?) springs, Bilsteins, tint, 19# design 3 injectors, Dual Magnaflow
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    Default As the others have stated buy the bentley's the people that

    are selling them on ebay are not selling the factory service manual on cd, they are selling the tis which is not the same thing. I bought my factory service manual cd from bmw and i haven't seen anybody on ebay selling it yet. The tis does cover the newer cars with fairly good coverage but it doesn't cover the e34 much at all. So first buy a paper bentley's


    Quote Originally Posted by gymkata
    I'm looking to purchase a E34 5 series and wanted to get a manual to see what type of routine maintenance is required. Any suggestions on which one is good? Bentley? Haynes?
    I noticed on ebay these guys selling CD's for about $20 that supposedly have the factory service manuals on CD. Anyone seen these?
    Thanks.
    gymkata


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    I don't know where you are but be aware that the Bentley is based around the US cars. I'm a big fan of Haynes manuals.
    Cheers

    Wingman
    '89 525i/A Exec 193000kms
    '94 Subaru Liberty AWD Wagon
    Looking for Merc 300TE
    NSW, Australia

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    Sorry mate , I've got both Bentley and Haynes. The latter I'm afraid is only good for starting fires in winter!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymkata
    I'm looking to purchase a E34 5 series and wanted to get a manual to see what type of routine maintenance is required. Any suggestions on which one is good? Bentley? Haynes?
    I noticed on ebay these guys selling CD's for about $20 that supposedly have the factory service manuals on CD. Anyone seen these?
    Thanks.
    gymkata
    Not too long ago I purchased the BMW Service CDs from ebay. The CD's aren't nice to have if you need to find a part number but don't even think about using them for maintenance. The diagrams are simple and only point out part numbers.

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    i've thrown away more haynes books then most people own, i still keep a few on the rack over my toolbox in hopes the silverfish eat them instead of the half dozen bentley manuals, sorta like a anode on a boat motor

    Quote Originally Posted by mamilapon
    Sorry mate , I've got both Bentley and Haynes. The latter I'm afraid is only good for starting fires in winter!!
    all america wants is cold beer warm cat and a place to take a poop with a door on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamilapon
    Sorry mate , I've got both Bentley and Haynes. The latter I'm afraid is only good for starting fires in winter!!
    I second that !
    (even though I dont have a US spec car)
    '90 535iSE Auto (AE+EAT) 123k miles
    '86 F288 69k miles
    '06('89)- PGE 2.0DOHC Turbo
    '03 A160LE 19k miles
    1914 Stellite E2A (no odometer!)
    (+ others I daren't mention here)
    www.pyghtle.com

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