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cjbohn 01-27-2013 11:05 PM

Which Manual Should I get?
Hey Guys.
I just got my very first BMW and its a 2004 330XI.
I plan to be a do it yourself BMW owner for most repair jobs, can you recommend any repair manuals to me? I am a decent wrench turner, but so far have only worked on american made trucks, not german supercars :D.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!!


This one looks like it might be a good choice, but it also says z4 and Im worried it wont include anything about the AWD system.


this one also looks decent, but with this one my fear is that it doesnt teach you how to actually repair stuff, just how to diagnose so you can tell your mechanic whats wrong._a_

Kubica 01-28-2013 12:28 PM

Get the Bentley, not the Haynes. I have access to a Bentley but never use it. The xi specific info is rather incomplete or just wrong in a lot of places.

caleb6 01-28-2013 12:52 PM

I bought the Bentley for $89.99 on bavauto.com. Waste of money in my opinion. you can find what you need on the internet or this site really, no need for the book for XI specifically. It isn't helping me with my transfer case bushing replacement, it isn't helping me with some A/C hoses I need to replace. It didn't help me with my cooant system refresh. I didn't have it when I did my vanos seal refresh, and didn't need it, nor now having it looking at it would it have helped me do that job.

THe book is neat in that you can find little tidbits of info here and there, not worth the price IMHO.

dmax 01-28-2013 01:03 PM

Every page of my Bentley has grease on it...I'm often using it to give guys torque values for things...even though I don't believe in torque...that's just for girls.

But, that said, I have learned almost all I've needed from this place alone over the last few years...almost. The wiring diagrams in Bentley are helpful, and so are lots of the instructions for getting to things.

White_Knuckles 01-28-2013 08:55 PM

I use a combo of Bentley and TIS data. TIS is a "dealer" computer based reference listing procedures and how-to instructions including diagrams. The CD is available through several sources including Ebay. Beware of legal issues with free downloading. The Haynes are usually wrong about so many things when you need help. But for basic stuff they may work. I got my used Bentley for $25 shipped from a member here who sold his car. Well worth that price, the thing is like a phonebook in size. I've used it to look up plenty of stuff so yeah, I'd say it's worthy.

miweber929 01-28-2013 10:58 PM

Bentley, done deal.

CK325 01-29-2013 12:12 AM

must peeps around here use bentley.
I just follow whatever knowledge they may bestow upon me haha

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