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BMW 5 Series (E39) Service Manual: 1997-2002 (2 volume set) Paperback – November, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0837603179 ISBN-10: 083760317X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 2132 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Pub (November 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083760317X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837603179
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Since 1950, Bentley Publishers has helped professionals and do-it-yourself mechanics by publishing highly detailed automotive manuals and time-saving service guides. We started by reprinting and distributing hard-to-find British car manuals, such as Austin-Healey, MG, and Triumph. Today we offer a full line of technical automotive reference information for Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volkswagen and many other vehicles.

Everything that goes into a Bentley manual - from developing the outline, tearing down a car, authoring the repair information, taking our own photography, to meticulously disassembling the vehicle (and putting it back together again!) - is done by our team of Technical Editors right here in our Cambridge, Massachusetts office.

In authoring our manuals, our approach has been to go for the details, resulting in books that may look intimidating, but are easy to use. More detail and less "averaging of facts" leads to less guess work when you are working on a car.

Customer Reviews

Just like the Bentley car, the Bentley Service Manual is the best you can buy.
Edward Busch
If anything, it gives you all the torque specs for basically every bolt on the car, which is invaluable for a detailed home mechanic like myself.
Kale Bushmeyer
These manuals are great for the person who wants to know how to keep their Beemers going.
georgette heyer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Hodgepodgerama on September 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Look, let's face it. BMWs are getting increasingly complicated. If you really want to break down your engine completely, maybe you shouldn't be working with such an advanced piece of hardware. (The analogy is like a woodworking hobbyist attempting to build an office building.) So it makes sense that the manual doesn't cover the process of rebuilding an M62 engine to the Nth degree. I've had 9 BMWs and 9 Bentley manuals. My only replacement engine came from a crate. What this manual does cover is the practical aspects of maintianing and servicing your own car, including troubleshooting dozens of issues and maintaining many body, electrical, mechanical, engine and transmission parts and functions. For that purpose it is a great manual.

The second volume all about the electrical system and is almost entirely schematics. Every single wire in every year of every version of the E39 is identified. This may seem like overkill, but I can tell you when you are trying to isolate an electrical problem and need to trace one of the hundreds of wires in the harness it absolutely is not. It's a blessing.

Even if you don't work on your car, do you trust your BMW dealer or mechanic? I thought so. My local BMW dealer is full of "BMW recommends that you replace..."garbage. Buy this manual and you can be sure you'll keep him honest. The next time he makes a recommendation that doesn't seem right. Check it out in your book. Chances are the you'll recover more than the cost of the book in your first visit to your mechanic....if you ever go back.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Five 28 on May 12, 2007
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I bought this manual when I decided it was time to start doing my own maintenance on my 5 series. My brake wear indicator came on showing that I was in need of brake pads and rotors, so having this book was invaluable when the time came to do the job. I had done some checking on dealer prices and found that a brake job can run anywhere from $800 - $1200. With the help of this manual, I did it myself for the cost of the parts and a few hours of work. The manual is rather expensive, but I saved about four times as much just on the brake job. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to work on their own cars.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Redhat on June 12, 2004
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The books claim to address the M52 and M62 engines. Not a word about the subassemblies of either engine(the biggest part of an engine) The same information seems to be repeated in several places in the book. Gives the impression they are trying to make up volume. I believe the hype aboute the book is misleading since the publisher claims they strived for completeness. You cannot claim to cover an engine and then leave the largest part of it unattended. Price tag quite stiff with an ommision like that. E-mailed Bentley several times no response. In comparing this to the Bentley book on the E30 - It is a shame at the price.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 2001M54 on June 28, 2010
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I've been repairing, maintaining and modifying cars for over 30yrs and always had a shop manual for the particular car I was working on. The Bentley Manual is fine for most of its photos (however, some pics are not accurate) and the instruction is OK if the reader has experience working on cars. I was able to do more work on my car by just observing the placement of part or system and by referring to several BMW forums which, in my opinion, are far and above this simple manual. It can come in handy as a quick reference but does not serve as an end all shop manual.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 12, 2007
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Bentley manuals are the best, the level of detail and information is unmatched anywhere but for BMW's own workshop manual. These books arent small, roughly the size of two UK telephone directories and unfortunatly for me don't cover the 525TDS engine. That said there is enough information contained within to enable the DIY mechanic to tackle just about any job. The section containing error codes is useful if you have an error code reader and the index is clear and easily understood. Volume two of the two volume set contains information on air conditioning systems climate control electronics and a lot of wiring diagrams. Not bedtime reading but a definite asset if you like to know how things work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Demick on April 4, 2010
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It says 1997-2002 but if you have a 2003 E39 these service manuals have you covered. These manuals are relatively comprehensive; they don't have BMW part numbers - but [...] does, nor does it take you through rebuilding your manual transmission. But it will help you get the transmission out. There are lots of pictures, specifications, BMW special tools (lots of those) and more. If you think you are likely to do any kind of maintenance, change the clutch or just want to know more about what makes these cars special, you won't go wrong by buying this set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Hanley on April 3, 2007
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Bentley is the only game in town for BMW owners - there is no alternative. Nearest dealer is thirty miles away. You have to fix it yourself. It leaves a lot to be desired. It is a far cry from any GM Factory Service Manual in depth, and doesn't give the rationale for the design, or how the part functions. Too many photographs and not enough drawings. The drawings don't identify parts well-enough. There is too much white-space in the layout, making it cumbersome. It should be model specific for a particular power plant, and it should be put out with separate editions for each model year.
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