Hello! This is my first BMW, and my first post. I tried searching the
newsgroup for a previous answer, but couldn't find anything
definitive, so here goes...
I just bought a very used 1990 BMW 525i. There's a number of things on
it that need repair (engine components, plus some light collision
damage on the front hood/lights/bumper cover), and the Haynes manual
is a joke for anything nitty-gritty. Is the $75 Bentley manual the
"official" manual with the most detail, or should I be looking to the
dealership for something more official from BMW directly?
Good but remember these are for BMW technicians that have loads of $$$ spent on
their training. On the other hand if you are an "engineer" or have a brain that
can transfer skills from limited info then go ahead but the ETK parts list is
better to see how it comes apart or goes together but www.realoem.com is cheaper
for parts and the CDs are Ok for specs and general workshop stuff.
Sir Hugh of Bognor
The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
I have the same year and model.
The very first thing that I bought was the Bentley manual.
It is one of the better manuals that I have seen.
Well worth the expense, it will save you much aggravation.
BMW may or may not have the official manual available on CD right now.
I know many of the older cars do not have any manuals available, but
1990 may be recent enough to have a CD available. BMW no longer supplies
any paper manuals.
The official BMW manual is much better than the Bentley manual for
electrical system information. The Bentley manual seems better than the
official BMW manual for body work.
You can often find the official BMW manuals in their older paper format
on Ebay at surprisingly good prices. Note that there are two or three
different volumes for most cars: one for the electrical system, one for
the engine, and one for everything else. Ebay vendors almost always split
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
On Sep 25, 7:11 am, email@example.com (Scott Dorsey) wrote:
I would check the "official" BMW manuals thoroughly before buying. I
recall that either a CD or paper format manual was available that
contained info on the "E34." However, if you looked closely, 90% of
the info was about the E34 V8 engine. Thus, if you didn't have an E34
530i or 540i, which both had the V8 engines, the info was basically
I agree that the E34 Bentley Manual could have been better. I find the
E28 Bentley manual to be substantially superior. However, the E34 has
a wider range of bodies and engines than the E28 and I guess some
compromises had to occur.
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