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I also have the Hayes manual.  The habit of buying more than one book on a subject originates to the times of my engineering studies.  Often, reading another man's words or version of  the problem makes the "coin to drop".  You are right the factory manual is more for mechanics.

I forgot to mention to Fritz that there are guys who have the CD of the BMW manuals and they are willing to send a copy for some compensation, I don't have any manual on CD.  

As a standard procedure of mine, when I buy a car, used usually, the first thing I do is to obtain a Hayes manual for it, and I do that with bikes too.  I have a shelf full of manuals even if I don't have those cars anymore. The latest car to my name is a '94 Nissan Axxess; no popular manuals available for it.  Apparently this model was made/sold in Canada only, was not worth to publish manuals for it.
Bob Silas 
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  The Hayes manual is superior to the shop manual,  I have the shop manual and it leaves more out than it addresses.  I think it assumes you have been to BMW repair class.   The manual is more technical than you will ever need. It also comes with a hard cover, for a lot less money. 

  > Fritz, 
  > You may be able to find a used BMW shop manual on e-bay. I bought it new > for my '94 RS, it's expensive. I also got the Clymer's (or Haynes?) > manual. My point in buying manuals is that: if I use them once or twice > successfully, they're already paid for. 
  > Bob Silas