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    Default Looking for a good service manual

    I want to buy a good service manual for my new-to-me E46 330i grocery getter. I don't think I want a factory manual because of the expense and what I think is the assumption that it's written for a factory-trained technician.

    I have never actually bought a service manual, so I don't know which ones are best. Haynes? Chilton? I'd be looking for something that goes into some depth to explain how to do something.

    I don't want: "Remove fuel pump from tank."

    I want: "Remove back seat to access fuel pump. Use needle nose pliers to remove connector, then use T10 bit to remove retaining ring bolts. etc."

    Recommendations?

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    No one? Hayes, Haynes, Chilton, Clymer?

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    I've used ALLDATADIY.com at work and it's pretty good. It's an online subscription so it's not the best for a car you plan to own for a long time.
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    The Bentley E46 manual while far from perfect is very good. Also look for a set of TIS cds on eBay. Between the two they will cover most of the things you will run into.



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    I've used ALLDATADIY.com at work and it's pretty good. It's an online subscription so it's not the best for a car you plan to own for a long time.
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    Bentley manuals for BMWs are very good. I don't have one for my e46, but I'm comfortable enough looking at exploded assembly drawings, looking at DIYs online.
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