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#1 greenleg88

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 05:36 PM

how does anyone feel about the haynes repair manuals?
are they good? especially for the 97 legacy L ?

thanks

#2 screwbaru2

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:12 PM

I like them. I think they are a little more user friendly than most. I've used em since the 70's. They don't have everything but then their $20 25 not a couple of hundred like a factory manual. My .2

#3 EVOthis

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 06:36 PM

i think they are excellant.i have one for my 96 Legacy L..the first time i did my clutch i went entirely by the haynes repair manual and only ran across 1 minor glitch in the steps....

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 07:04 PM

Haynes manuals BLOW. (I would say dead bears, but the last one was moving)

You would do better looking out the nearest window, and *thinking* about your vacation, than looking in a Haynes manual for anything more complicated than checking the tires.

#5 OB99W

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:43 PM

i think they are excellant.[...]

Haynes manuals BLOW.[...]


In my opinion, Haynes manuals fall somewhere between the two extremes expressed above. :)

Common sense should always prevail -- if any procedure in a manual has you scratching your head, check it with another source, including here. We're not infallible (maybe I should speak only for myself :) ), but neither are those who write even the factory service manuals (there are errors, omissions, and unclear language in them as well).

#6 nipper

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Posted 10 July 2008 - 11:59 PM

They really arent bad, especially if you mechanically challanged.

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 12:30 AM

Haynes manuals BLOW. (I would say dead bears, but the last one was moving)

You would do better looking out the nearest window, and *thinking* about your vacation, than looking in a Haynes manual for anything more complicated than checking the tires.

So you don't like them?

#8 McDave

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 06:51 AM

As a "new" Subaru owner I found the one that came with the car very useful and surprisingly informative. As a career mechanic, I quickly outgrew the Haynes and hunted down the Factory Service Manuals. :)




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