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Old 07-06-2006, 08:47 PM   #1
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Which manual is better? Chilton or Haynes??? The Haynes manual is about $4 cheaper but I have used Chiltons in the past.
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Neither are very good, but do provide good info. You should look on ebay for actual Service manuals for your Bonnie.
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Haynes sucks. Chilton'* is great for 90% of the stuff you'll need it for. Clymer also sucks.
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Yeah, I was going to say neither also. Look for Helm Publications Factory Service Manuals online. Should be a two volume set.
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Between a Chilton and a Haynes you can get 98% of the work done. I like Chilton'* for their technical specifications. I like Haynes for their drawings.
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I use Chilton'* for well over half what I need a manual for. They are accurate and detailed. The FSM'* are great, but they're too in-depth for at least half the members here. You need a STRONG background in auto technology to really grasp them, and it'* 3x as difficult to find the information you need in them.

Of the 3 'aftermarket' manuals, Chilton'* is the leader hands down. Clymer and Haynes are distant finishers. Chilton'* can be had for unde 20 bucks. FSM'* are 100 new. Half that on eBay. Your choice. If you need to get STARTED, go with Chilton'*.
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Chilton'* is absolutely the way to go. Haynes manual suck bigtime, especially for the Bonneville.
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I picked up a chilton'* a few weeks ago (had to spend some money at the parts store to get all of a rebate), and having used the haynes for this car in the past, I definitely am a fan of the Chilton'*. Far more detailed, and provides model specific information where applicable. I remember looking at things in the Haynes, thinking - yeah, that would be great - if I had a 94!

Which is why I find it odd that Chilton'* is published by Haynes. Go figure.

Get the Chilton'*. It'* got a lot more detail in it, and doesn't have as much of:

Step 1: remove anything in the way
Step 2: remove component

as what you'll see in the Hayne'* manual.
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