IMHO, skip the Stu Ritter book, and buy the Haynes instead.
You are right that other manufacturers produce high quality shop manuals that everyone can understand. Audi, some BMWs, and every Japanese car encountered so far come to mind. Even my Jeep has a good legible FSM.
Pictures can say 1000 words.
Actually, in this spirit, I picked up a paper 124 parts manual. This has exploded diagrams of everything. It's basically a paper version of the microfiche. Very helpful to have a diagram to go with the CDs. Puts the pieces together, and allows you to more easily request the proper parts.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
Last edited by csnow; 04-14-2003 at 01:13 PM.