In the 50-year history of Haynes, the best-selling car manual of all time was for the Ford Cortina Mk IV. With the BMW 3-Series selling in such large numbers, maybe this latest manual will claim pole position. A staggering 167,300 examples of this BMW model have been sold in the UK, despite them being neither cheap to buy nor inexpensive to run - if you insist on main dealer servicing.
They are, however, reliable machines - coming first in the Fleet News 881,000 vehicle reliability survey in 2008. Despite most models having high specifications, many routine servicing jobs on the BMW 3-Series are within the capabilities of a competent DIY motorist and, under the bonnet, items requiring frequent attention are easily accessible. This means that running costs can be significantly reduced and it is often more convenient to, say, change brake pads at home on a Saturday morning than book the car into a garage.
This latest Haynes manual covers Saloon (E90) and Touring (E91) models with 4- and 6-cylinder engines (petrol 2-litre, 2.5-litre and 3-litre and diesel 2-litre and 3-litre). That is models designated 318i, 320i, 325i and 330i with petrol engines and 318d, 320d, 325d and 330d (diesel engines). It does not cover the facelifted versions introduced from September 2008.
As with all of the 150 million Haynes manuals sold worldwide in the last 50 years, it will help owners decide what work needs to be done and then choose whether to tackle it themselves or to use a garage - each task has a complexity rating. It also provides information on routine maintenance and servicing, and gives a logical course of action and diagnosis when random faults occur.
The BMW 3-Series Owners Workshop Manual has drawings and close-up photographs to show the location of various components. Tasks are described and photographed in a clear step-by-step sequence. There are sections on daily, weekly and routine maintenance, plus instructions for straightforward jobs such as wiper blade replacement. Also included is advice on preparing for the MOT test, fault-finding charts and useful guidance for driving economically.
For more ambitious home mechanics, major overhauls to the engine, suspension and brakes have full instructions, illustrations, and a rating for their complexity. Where special tools are called for, the BMW 3-Series Owners Workshop Manual explains their function and (if possible) how to make a cheaper alternative.
As with all Haynes Manuals, there are sections on:
- Maintenance - simple weekly checks to keep you on the road
- Servicing - complete, fully illustrated step-by-step guides
- Fault-finding - helping you to pinpoint specific problems easily
- Brakes - safety checks and repairs for the home mechanic
- Overhaul - everything from fitting a new oil seal to an engine rebuild
- Electrics - easy-to-read wiring diagrams
- Haynes Tips - valuable short cuts to make many tasks easier
- Fuel saving - expert advice on maximising mpg
- Difficulty ratings - every task is graded from 'beginner' to 'expert'
- Details of tools required
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