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Old 09-13-2015, 07:58 PM   #1
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Service Manual E46 M3?

This BMW TIS any good? Seems to cover so many other cars besides the M3 that I don't need.


I cant seem to find other paper book manuals...
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Old 09-13-2015, 08:47 PM   #2
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^that's technically an illegal piece of software, so posting the ebay link may not be the best thing.

Oh and why pay for something illegal if it can be had for free in the interwebs just as illegal

There is a bentley service manual (covering the e46 m3) and a haynes service manual (does not include m3 specifics like the engine...) in paper form if you prefer that. (the bentley is probably the best choice if you have the m3: http://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-3-Series...-/111768724165)

But the TIS manual is very good when you're used to working with it. Very easy to skip from job to job, good references etc.
It's the official bmw service manual (what the dealer used to use before they have the current systems). It's probably more complete (although I haven't compared the two). How the interface is programmed, it's easy to use. Even on a tablet (as it was originally a touch screen interface)

This is a version that runs under a virtualpc/vmware (very cumbersome and cpu/resource-intensive if you ask me)
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:47 PM   #3
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Much of that information is available on the internet. For example, realoem.com (and others) provide all the part numbers that ETK covers. The WDS wiring diagrams are available to view also (also contained in the Bentley manual). TIS assumes you know what you're doing mechanically, as it is geared to factory techs. If you want to DIY, I'd pop the bucks for the Bentley manual, which also covers the M3. It's not perfect, but, generally, does a decent job of step-by-step.
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