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Which Repair Manual?


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#1 Dante

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 03:28 PM

I was over on ebay and did a quick search for "Subaru" "GL" and "manual" and came up with a whole slough of results--Haynes, Chilton, etc.

Is there any consensus about which manual is best? They are pretty cheap, so I could probably buy more than one, but I would prefer not to do so if I can avoid it.

P.S. I have an '83 GL Wagon and I tried a search before posting this.

#2 VaporTrail

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 03:37 PM

this is my personal ranking...

1. FSM (factory service manual)
2. Bentley 78-84 Manual (FSM reworded for shadetree mechs essentially)
3. How to Keep You Subaru Alive
4. Haynes
5. Chiltons

I have rarely ever used a chiltons. I always consult all of them, because each is a bit different. I had a specific electrical issue, and I ended up finding exactly what I was looking for in the Bentley (and it wasn't in the FSM the same way!!!)

#3 Dante

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 03:40 PM

Originally posted by McBrat
this is my personal ranking...

1. FSM (factory service manual)
2. Bentley 78-84 Manual (FSM reworded for shadetree mechs essentially)
3. How to Keep You Subaru Alive
4. Haynes
5. Chiltons

I always consult all of them, because each is a bit different.



Makes sense--I'll probably start collecting in that order. FSM is a good place to start if I can find one. I've got Bentley for my VW and like it OK. I'll have something to look for next time I'm in a used bookstore...

#4 MilesFox

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 08:03 PM

i find the haynes book quite comprehensive. but its worded in funny british terms. but if you read the text you'll be alright!

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Posted 11 November 2003 - 08:52 PM

i would rate them exactly like mick did, and add clymer to the bottom of the list.

dante what fsm are you looking for? i might be able to help

#6 Dante

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 12:07 PM

Originally posted by the sucker king
dante what fsm are you looking for? i might be able to help



Whatever I need for an '83 GL 4WD wagon. I'd like something that covers the whole car for repair and service. Thanks :)

#7 torxxx

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 04:54 PM

Where can I find a Factory Service Manual for my 86 GL?

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 04:56 PM

Keep checking eBay.. they pop up there..

I got mine from another board member, you might try putting up a post in the marketplace to let everyone know your searching.

#9 Dante

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 05:08 PM

There's an '82 FSM on ebay now, but it's up over $30 with shipping now :(

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 05:17 PM

Thats not an unreasonable price . Factory service manuals are rarely cheap. Remember, you get what you pay for

#11 Dante

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 05:20 PM

What's reasonable? I don't want to overpay. Also, if I am going to spend $30 or $40, I'd rather hold out for an '83 manual--aren't there some minor differences year-to-year?

#12 calebz

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 05:35 PM

reasonable.. well.. they are $200+ new.. so its up to you.

I paid a total of $40 with shipping for mine, and I consider that a good deal

as far as year to year differences. there are more differences year to year in EA81 cars than in EA82 cars, and all I know about is EA82 cars, so I can't really answer your question very well

#13 Dante

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Posted 12 November 2003 - 05:52 PM

Thanks. I just missed the end of the auction for the '82 FSM. Now there's an '81 up there. I'll check the completed auctions for prices.




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