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Factory Service Manual on CD
Posted 02 March 2005 - 10:56 AM
Posted 14 March 2005 - 08:05 PM
Posted 14 March 2005 - 09:49 PM
Posted 15 March 2005 - 09:57 AM
first, the data is usually pirated.
second, ask what you are getting.
I thought I would get factory manual, but I got mitchell software that is difficult to navigate and not as comprehensive as I thought. Still useful, though.
Posted 20 March 2005 - 04:59 PM
I don't know if the disc is pirated, and frankly don't care. It works.
friendly_jacek mentioned Mitchel software. I bought one of these CDs (from a different selller on eBay) for my Tacoma pickup and I agree, the Mitcehl CD is too cumbersome and not as useful as the one I bought for my Impreza from carmanualguy. If all you can find is Mitchel, it is better than nothing, but keep looking.
Posted 21 March 2005 - 05:38 PM
The CD had subdirectories for various components, but the pdf files themselves were given (not always) sequential numbering. Strangely, not one section had the "table of contents" page. (page 1) which makes me think the original page must have had copyright information on it.
The number of pages per pdf file varied, which in itself isn't so bad in itself. However, in many instances, there were overlapping pages So, if you printed out a section, filexxx01.pdf might have pages 2-6, filexxx02.pdf might have pages 5-12, file filexxx03.pdf might have pages 13-14, and file filexxx04.pdf might have pages 12-19. Therefore, if you printed all the pages of a section out....you'd be using a lot of pages to start the woodstove that night. If you printed up all the sections, you'd have enough paper to start your woodstove all winter long. And, if you were printing in "two sided" mode, you'd be going crazy.
I prefer to have the manual set online, and just print out pages as I need them. However, I wanted one file that held all pages for each section (missing of course the 'table of contents' page, grrrrr). I have an older "full" version of Adobe Acrobat at home, so I thought. 'hey, using a copy of the first page in a section, I can just pull each individual page into that file in sequential order and save the file."
Well, whomever built the manual set locked the pages, so that wasn't possible. However, I discovered that I was able to export each page to a postscript (.ps) file, then distill it back into a PDF. Then, starting with the first page (page 2, grrr), I brought in each page in sequence from other files, then saved the file under a new name. Although I ddn't take the time to generate and save any table of contents pages, I did add bookmarks to the files so that when I am online I can tell what is in the file.
So, I now have a manual set for my car....but to be truthful, it took quite a few hours to get it organized into a shape in which it is now.....would I buy it again? well...I'd really want to be sure it wasn't pirated. And...you really do get what you pay for....
Posted 17 April 2005 - 07:47 PM
I think I am going to go with Steve's suggestion.
Posted 18 April 2005 - 03:20 PM
has 72 hour all-you-can-download for $34.95. Something to consider, unless you don't have access to a quick internet connection.
I downloaded both the 92 SVX and 98 Forester manuals from that website. You have 72 hours to do it and it will take all 3 days to download everything in the manual. Because they only allow you to download 20 files per hour. But it is a great deal.
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