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#1 FBN Firebird Nation

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Posted 18 August 2004 - 09:18 PM

I have both of these books. When I am asked which one I like better, I say both. Seriously, you will need both. They both could be a lot better, but they are better than nothing.

I felt that both left out a lot of preliminary steps on repairs, but the Chilton seemed to do this more often. The Haynes manuals index is worthless. For example I couldn't find throttle body in the Haynes manual index There were a lot more, but this is the one that sticks in my mind the most. In addition, they could have more photos! I find that sometimes I am trying to figure out what part they are talking about because they lack needed photos I know there must be better books for this generation firebird and camaro, but I haven't found it yet! I have done this many times using these books

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 12:10 AM

I bought a Haynes manual for my 3.4 to change the valve cover gaskets. It wasnt worth the money at least not for a v6. They try to cover too many engines in the same book. Since it covers from 93 to 00 they have to cover 4 differnt engines. The book was telling me to do things that were impossable because they were mostly covering the V8 which was never metioned as LT1 or LS1. I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 11:05 AM

I agree, these two manuals are almost useless.

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 11:07 AM

I have both of these books. When I am asked which one I like better, I say both. Seriously, you will need both. They both could be a lot better, but they are better than nothing.

I felt that both left out a lot of preliminary steps on repairs, but the Chilton seemed to do this more often. The Haynes manuals index is worthless. For example I couldn't find throttle body in the Haynes manual index  There were a lot more, but this is the one that sticks in my mind the most. In addition, they could have more photos! I find that sometimes I am trying to figure out what part they are talking about because they lack needed photos  I know there must be better books for this generation firebird and camaro, but I haven't found it yet! I have done this  many times using these books

I have both for every car I own..... :thumbup:

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Posted 23 August 2004 - 11:18 AM

Its good to have them both if you are going to get them.

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Posted 24 August 2004 - 02:31 PM

I'll admit I have both of them and use them a lot. I've got them for all of my vehicles except the explorer. As I said before, I dont do ANYTHING to that thing yet. Although...the warranty is up when I get home.....
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:17 PM

yeah i need a good one but one that mostly for the v6 maros and birds..that would be sweeeeet

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Posted 23 July 2005 - 08:52 PM

I have both of these books. When I am asked which one I like better, I say both. Seriously, you will need both. They both could be a lot better, but they are better than nothing.

I felt that both left out a lot of preliminary steps on repairs, but the Chilton seemed to do this more often. The Haynes manuals index is worthless. For example I couldn't find throttle body in the Haynes manual index  There were a lot more, but this is the one that sticks in my mind the most. In addition, they could have more photos! I find that sometimes I am trying to figure out what part they are talking about because they lack needed photos  I know there must be better books for this generation firebird and camaro, but I haven't found it yet! I have done this  many times using these books

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Posted 29 July 2005 - 05:16 PM

How much is the "Motor" book? Also, how much for the "AllData" one as well?

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Posted 11 October 2005 - 05:53 AM

yeah you definitely need the chilton + haynes to get anything done... the steps are so ambiguous. They tell you to remove things, but you dont know what it is you are removing.....

They are good for specs, and to get a general idea of things you have to do if you are researching a project, and thats about it.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 12:36 PM

Invest in a service manual. They are expensive , but worth it. the Alldata is awesome. I used that alot in school.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:02 PM

I have the complete manual on disk :thumbup: for 98 and up I believe...I haven't had a chance to use it yet.

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:04 PM

Where did you score that?

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Posted 30 March 2006 - 05:50 PM

Cant you buy a service manual directly from the manufacturer dealer?

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Posted 31 March 2006 - 05:49 AM

I'll try to look into getting copies, I bought mine from a member of our car club...

Let me look into the feasibility of having him make more.




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