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Old 01-04-2011, 06:54 AM
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Totally agree!!! All my CD manuals, not limited to MB, have been printed to hard copy & bound. You get fed up with goo-ing up the key board with greasy fingers.
Had to put the key board in a plastic bag to keep it clean. I have had more mouses than Roys had mobile phones.

There was a secret insider tip regarding Haynes manuals in the days before CD's.

Without fail, every time you went to look at a used car to buy privately, you said "You know, I'd buy this but I need a shop manual for it, if you had the Haynes I'd buy it off you at new price."

If they had one, they would whip it out in 30 seconds flat.

You then thumbed through it and looked for pages with oily thumbprints, those were the jobs that had ACTUALLY been done to the car, as opposed to what the seller claimed had been done, and claimed what problems the car did / not have.

The number of times I did that, then found oily pages on say the camshaft, then inspected the car and found a problem that the seller had botched, hoping to shift the car on.

The flipside was I bought a lot of cars very cheap, with zero service history, but good home mechanics that had done every job well, again highlighted by oily pages in the manual.

The good ones always wrote handwritten notes on the appropriate page in the manual of what they had done.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:12 PM
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I have spent thousands with fastlane! I have no problem buying software. I personally use All Data at my shop but it does not go back to 1973. I did not realize that hosting a page of info someone paid for was "criminals hosting illegal software" but I guess MB thinks so. Thanks for the reply's! I will find the appropriate software.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:23 PM
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IMHO the value of a CD is precisely zero.

Now, give me a proper manual printed on decent paper that I can scribble notes in, read in the toilet, or prop on the air filter housing, and it is actually worth something.
Buy the CD, a printer and a stack of paper. Problem solved.

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The Haynes book for the W124 is actually quite good, and in my opinion vastly superior to the MB CD.
Haynes is made by hacks that take stuff apart and write what they see, the FSM was written by the people that made the car.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:26 PM
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Buy the CD, a printer and a stack of paper. Problem solved.


Haynes is made by hacks that take stuff apart and write what they see, the FSM was written by the people that made the car.

My goodness, it's good to see a stranger back again!
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:39 PM
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Buy the CD, a printer and a stack of paper. Problem solved.


Haynes is made by hacks that take stuff apart and write what they see, the FSM was written by the people that made the car.
Sounds like much of what is written on here Forced !

I am sure you will agree that Haynes manuals have their place.

Maybe you have a different use for it than our friend from the UK in the little room !!

You would agree Haynes has probably got more DIY guys out of trouble than into it?
Thanks for your vote of confidence in my method of hard copying a CD. I regularly print the required page or 2 & take them to the car. I guess the pages could end up any place when you are done with them.

Making notes on a hard copy is a good idea. A pdf editor program is a bit expensive.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:10 PM
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Sounds like much of what is written on here Forced !
Except the people here are good enough to share their experience for free.

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I am sure you will agree that Haynes manuals have their place.
Yes, but for $20 either way, I'd rather have something thats known correct. No need to get anything greasy, thats why gloves were invented.
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:10 PM
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Sounds like much of what is written on here Forced !

I am sure you will agree that Haynes manuals have their place.

Maybe you have a different use for it than our friend from the UK in the little room !!

You would agree Haynes has probably got more DIY guys out of trouble than into it?
Thanks for your vote of confidence in my method of hard copying a CD. I regularly print the required page or 2 & take them to the car. I guess the pages could end up any place when you are done with them.

Making notes on a hard copy is a good idea. A pdf editor program is a bit expensive.
There are several free ones now..

free pdf editor program
http://www.google.com/search?q=free+pdf+editor+program&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&rlz=
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Old 01-04-2011, 10:15 PM
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Just as an FYI the classic tech page is down at the moment and the number listed on the page is the standard MB customer 800 number.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:23 AM
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Forced where is this $20 CD manual? The classic page is down. The MercedesManuals.com site says $40 down from $54. I don't want to pay $40 if you know where to get it for $20.
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