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BMW 3 Series (E46) Service Manual: 1999-2001 Paperback – April, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0837603209 ISBN-10: 083760320X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: BMW (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Publishers; 1st edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083760320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837603209
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,587,108 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

Very easy to understand and follow.
D. podgorski
He highly recommends it as a must have for any person interested in BMW cars and how to work on them.
Picture fan
The Bentley is the only service manual you will ever need for a bmw.
Murray Spokes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

95 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2002
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The manual looks good until you actually have a need for information. The electrical diagrams are crude, inaccurate, improperly drawn, and actually very limited with almost nothing about the engine or fuel system (what you need the data for most).
Have a question about the steering rack? Want to rebuild one yourself? Want to see a parts break-down before tearing into it?? Forget it, there is little mention of the rack other than telling you to buy a new one from a BMW dealer. How much fluid does the power steering pump hold? No data. Want to see a photo of under-carriage parts? Forget it. Want to know which wires run to the fuel pumps? Forget it. Ignition switch data? Ha! Want to trouble-shoot your ignition or fuel injection? Forget it. Anyone who has ever spent much time at all servicing their own vehicles already knows more than what this book contains.
Over and over the book purposefully avoids giving information, totally skipping the topic entirely by stating things like "...we recommend that this be done by an authorized BMW dealer...". It is personally insulting that the author deems everyone who buys the book is not competent enough to service one's own vehicle. A service manual should be just that, a service manual, one that supplies technical information. This book fails to live up to that need. I now recommend avoiding the Bentley book. A Chilton should suffice as well and cost half the price.
I am a 25 years+ experienced electronics technician whose specialty is trouble-shooting everything from basic house wiring to the most complex computerized security access systems. This morning I wasted almost 3 hours tracing down a bad fuel pump relay, but could have found the problem in less than 5 minutes if the manual had given correct information.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bob S on December 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are (or are considering becoming) a home mechanic whowants to work on your own car, this is the essential volume - farbetter than Chilton or Haynes because it's much more specialized. Ifyou'd rather pay a professional for a particular job (or foreverything needed on your car), this book will give you the knowledgeyou need to not get fleeced.
It's pretty good with the step-by-stepwalk throughs, though it depends a bit too much on cross-references toprocedures that are described elsewhere but seem to belong *here*,in-line with the rest of the work you're doing *today*.
One weaknessis lack of detail on changes through the model years. For example, itdescribes the power steering pump and coolant plumbing location on6-cyl cars from mid 88 on, but doesn't discuss the earlier locationthat permitted the PS pump drive pulley to saw through the lowerradiator hose...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2002
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This is a good book. Has good information on specifications, maintenance and mechanical work. However, the book has no information on working on the factory wiring for a a car stereo replacement process, which is probably a very popular thing to do on an older car. There was no wiring diagram or instructions on how to work it. It also had no information on pulling the on board computer.
Another area of disappointment was removing interior and exterior body pieces. Very minimal information.
Almost nothing specific to the convertible model 325ic.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By chorton@walshsolutions.com on August 30, 1999
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There are several things you just have to have in order to perform accurate diagnostic work and repairs on cars. This book is complete in its descriptions, photographs and procedures. Purchasing this manual has saved me hundreds of dollars in repair costs. The Bentley Publishing group has really done its homework on this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Schrullig on October 24, 2003
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This book does not contain proper electrical wiring schematics like other automotive repair manuals do. I have found more useful diagrams posted by kind people on the Web. This book is too pricey to have such a deficiency. Does have other useful information (which should go without saying) however, such as on the fuel delivery system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Mork on February 17, 2003
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For the most part this was a good manual for the 325i, but there was a shortcoming that I had due to it missing information on 325iX driveline components. I thought it would have covered this info as there are quite a few 325iX cars around and many of the owners do their own work. The rest of the book was complete and close to what is printed in factory manuals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Rivera on June 29, 2010
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I've a 325es (1986), it's been with me for the last 20 years. I do almost all the mechanic. I bought this book from Amazon, years ago, the book is great it explains you a lot of things and also gives you a lot of helpful tips, even if you've change a specific part before, and know how to do it, read that part on the book, you'll be amazed of all the tips that are there and you were missing (you could have save time).

There are a few things you must know about this book before you buy it.

1. You must have previous mechanic experience (I'll say more than average); not that you're a mechanical engineer, but you do need mechanical knowledge. If you're one of the people that don't even know how to change a tire or change the oil and filter or the spark plugs, then this book is not for you, save your money.
2. You need a good tool kit if you're going to do your own work, if you only have a monkey wrench, a hammer and a screw driver, forget about the book, save the money and buy a good tool kit (craftsman/snap-on).
3. You have to be patient and a good reader, otherwise, you'll not follow the instructions on the book, and again, you'll be wasting your money and probably end up making a mess of your car.

With all that said, this book is a must for every 3 series owner.

There are a few things that might have frustrated some of the other readers, and is the fact that since the book covers from 1984 - 1990, models from 318i to 325ic, sometimes it will show a picture of another model, but very similar to yours. That's understandable; otherwise they'll have to publish almost one book per car (model) per year.
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