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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-12-2003, 10:24 AM
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okay i did the customary thing of buying a repair manual for every vehicle i own or newly aquire. the model and car i just purchased the book for is a 90 caddie sedan deville. the only manuals the store had were "chiltons". this book is signifigantly bigger than the 2 "haynes" books i have for the s15 and the other half's cavalier. are the books about the same or is one more in depth? or is it dependant on the type and contents of a vehicle?

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I prefer Chiltons. Haynes now owns Chiltons, but for the older vehicles, I've found the Chiltons were better. The Chiltons I had for my 92 Blazer K1500 tended to have a lotta the little stuff the Haynes didn't, and on my 93 Geo Tracker, jeesh, the Haynes plain ol' SUCKED. Was horrible, over half the info in it was wrong because they never updated it from the Samurai. See if you can get a factory service manual off of Ebay. I got one for the Tracker for $20 delivered. Less than the Chiltons and the Haynes, and frankly, blew both out of the water.
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Chiltons have always seem more complete to me, not as user friendly but more technical
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<font color="blue"> AJM </font color> 's got the right idea ... ebay's a great source of Factory Manuals.

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factory manuals everytime, the publisher for most gm stuff anyway is HELMS, they cost about $150, but they have EVERYTHING in them, if i charged 25 cents everytime i loaned them out, they would all be paid off.
http://www.helminc.com/helm/homepage...=helms+manuals
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I like the chilton. I think they are more user friendly and when I had my own garage thats all I used and got very use to it. Since I bought the ZUK I have the haynes for it and dont like it as much but that all I could find so I am learning to adapt.

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Get both Haynes and Chilton's . Keep them in the truck in case you gotta crap on the trail , they make good toilet paper .
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I owned both Haynes and Chilton manuals as well as the factory manuals. I liked the Haynes far more than the Chilton for Toyota. I found it more complete and easier to locate sections.

I did think the Chilton manual was great for 70's and older trucks.
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Stup I'm suprised you can read [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
Chiltons or a Helms factory are great.
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I got a Haynes for my truck and covers pretty much everything I need. I bought mine at a used bookstore for a couple of bucks, thats a good place to check for manuals.
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