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While I understand that Bentley makes the best repair manual for our cars, I'm not keen on spending $60. I've used both Chilton's and Hayne's repair manuals in the past on other cars with no complaints...and they're $35-$40 cheaper than the Bentley.

Which should I get?

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While I understand that Bentley makes the best repair manual for our cars, I'm not keen on spending $60. I've used both Chilton's and Hayne's repair manuals in the past on other cars with no complaints...and they're $35-$40 cheaper than the Bentley.

Which should I get?
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Having had the chance to look at all of them, go with the Bentley, you will not regret the cash outlay. I tried using the Haynes to remove instrument cluster on my married daughters 325i and the instructions were not even close to what was needed.
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i have never used a bentley, but i hear nothing but good about it. I got the chilton, and it pisses me off cause most of it i could look at the car and figure out and when something really hard would come up it just says something like this can be very confusing you should have it looked at by a professinal. errr
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haynes...

all of u who said bently:

didnt he say he didnt want to buy a bently? i must be severely mistaken then
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ok, the difference between 60 bucks (bentley) and 35 bucks (haynes, chilton) is NOT BREAKING YOUR CAR.


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If you want to save the bucks on a cheap manual - get a Haynes, Chilton sucks in my experience (I've used Chiltons on several vehicles - motorcycles and cars and they're almost useless).

Mark my words though - you will buy the Bentley eventually if you keep your car for long. It's good to have a couple different sources to look at - believe it or not, the much respected Bentley can be a little unclear in parts. Also, bookmark this link to DIYs - http://www.geocities.com/e36rulz/DIY.html
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ok if u have a friend who has a similar car then split it with him and share if you dont have a friend make one :P

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OK then....I'll spend the extra bucks for the Bentley. Sounds like it's money well spent!

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You can get both for $64.62 from Amazon...Bentley and Haynes...good combo.

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Dude - if you really just want a general manual just get a Haynes - they're actually pretty good.
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