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islandwesty
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 5:33 pm    Post subject: haynes or bently? Reply with quote

What's the consensus out there: Haynes or Bently manual for air-cooled Vanagon? I just picked up an '80 Westy for $500, needs major engine work, possibly a re-build. I have located '77 Porsche engine, and if the cost of rebuilding the existing engine approaches the cost of the Porsche, then... I am assuming the Bently would be better for someone considering a Porsche or Subaru swap, and the Haynes for maintaining status quo. Waddya think? Both?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haynes isnt even good for a drip pan absorbant! Too general and too little info. Bentley beats Haynes like Mike Tyson would do to Micheal Jackson! Wink (well, maybe I could have come up with a better.... Confused Wink Wink )
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the Haynes does have its place, though.

If you're not particularly mechanically inclined, the Haynes will walk you through some procedures rather than the Bentley which will just give you the "installation is reverse of removal" sorta stuff. Haynes is more for the do-it-yourselfer that is looking to save bucks; the Bentley is for the VW aficionado.

But for $10? Get a Haynes, too.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

get both Smile where one leaves u the other takes over Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 12:53 am    Post subject: both Reply with quote

I use both all the time.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2005 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haynes books aren't terrible, now the Chilton ones, those are the ones that are so general as to be usable only for emergency toilet paper. In any case, the Bentley is better. Of course, this is a Vanagon, and the Vanagon book is more vague than the earlier Bentley books, and pretty expensive unless you can find a cheap used like an earlier printing that only covers early 80's models. For engine work, the engine is nearly identical to the late 70's Buses, so that manual would be OK, but only for engine work - it won't cover anything else on the Vanagon, not even engine removal.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2005 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both.

Each manual has its place in your VW library, and suits a different purpose. Here are my expanded comments regarding the Bentley vs. Haynes:

http://www.vanthology.com/1Layout/Technical/Technical.html

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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2005 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the Bently.
They are kinda pricy though.
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