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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 03-26-2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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So what's up with that Bentley manual anyway??

I came across a signature from a newer poster, NClee, who wrote: "it's not that you can't find it in the Bentley manual, it's probably not in there"

Man that hit home and cracked me up. I bought the B-Bible from another member for $25 so have no real room whining here but it's really not what I expected.

The thing is chubby, chuck full of stuff but after hearing such glorious testimonies, I find the sucker lacking. Example: I wanted to read more about the CCV function and service procedure. There is nothing even referencing it, nothing! This seems to prove true with other examples of what I consider needed service info. Yes, it's a worthy reference but I need a supplemental manual to fill in the gaps.

The best I've found to date is this Forum. Not exactly a manual but the collective mind melding from subject matter experts is amazing.
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Old 03-26-2013, 12:44 AM   #2
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yeah i think that thing is useless. i only use it to look up torque specs and for the wiring diagram.
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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I agree. I bought mine off a local forum member when I first started doing DIY's on the car. The information is hit or miss for me. I went to look at it for tips while replacing the front axle of my car. All it had was a half paragraph write up on how to do it, not impressed. I mostly use it for the cutaway diagrams and torque specs. The cutaway diagrams can all be found on realoem though. More or less it's more of a novelty item and good for torque specs
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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I've posted before that I didn't like the Bentley manual much either - really not a lot of help on the jobs that need done by the average DIY'er. A good reference for some things, but like you said, hit or miss most of the time.
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Old 03-28-2013, 07:16 PM   #5
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It does have a lot of good info, but definitely lacks, it is also categorized in a weird way.
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:26 AM   #6
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The Bentley for my 5 series was the definitive "go to" resource for repairs, with only occasional quirks or vagueness. So when I got the E46 Bently, which I paid $70 for (!), I was shocked at how unhelpful it was. Someone definitely phoned in the section on radiator removal. Oh, and the section on the transfer case--the book's diagram drove us to removing the bolts that hold the transfer case together instead of the ones that held it to the transmission. Very frustrating. I've fallen in to a predictable pattern now where I page through the Bentley, give up, find a DIY online, and then go back to the Bentley for torque specs at the end.

So, all that said, anyone want to by my Bentley Manual?

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