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no Bentley or Haynes manuals for the 996, huh?


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Hi. I know (and appreciate) there are a lot of good DIYs, etc. on this site, but is there no workshop or service manual i can buy?

Why would you want 3rd party abbreviated stuff when you can get the actual Porsche factory workshop manuals, or OBDII manuals plus Technical Service Bulletins and more. The Porsche factory workshop manuals are usually 10 to 15 times larger and extremely more comprehensive.

If you want the most complete service information on the 996 PM or email me.

I have attached a few pages. The workshop manual alone has about 4,000 more pages plus the wiring diagrams plus the .. well I am sure you get the idea.

996oilchange.pdf

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I picked up Porsche 996 - The Essential Companion, by Adrian Streather, from the Renntech.org store at Amazon:

http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?a...amp;code=amazon

It's not a workshop manual per se, like a Clymer or Haynes manual. But it has loads of useful information and DIY instructions for common projects. It's like the ultimate owner's manual with detailed diagnostic information, diagrams, pics and step-by-step procedures for basic maintenance and repair.

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Hi. I know (and appreciate) there are a lot of good DIYs, etc. on this site, but is there no workshop or service manual i can buy?

Why would you want 3rd party abbreviated stuff when you can get the actual Porsche factory workshop manuals, or OBDII manuals plus Technical Service Bulletins and more. The Porsche factory workshop manuals are usually 10 to 15 times larger and extremely more comprehensive.

If you want the most complete service information on the 996 PM or email me.

I have attached a few pages. The workshop manual alone has about 4,000 more pages plus the wiring diagrams plus the .. well I am sure you get the idea.

Do you have info on replacing front control arm and wishbone?
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Streather's book is good, although he has some opinions given as fact (about failure rates and design flaws) that I certainly don't agree with but it has a plethora of information on the 996. That being said it is not a workshop manual. If you are going to be doing work on one of these cars you really should invest in the Porsche shop manuals. They are sometimes challenging and a little obtuse, but are pretty essential for working on the cars. And the Porschelibrarian is a great source.

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A bit late to the party but figured I'd jump in and let you all know that the Bentley manual for the Porsche 996 is out now and available through the RennTech.org Amazon store: http://www.renntech.org/forums/spoffers/amazon/

If you have questions about what's in the book, let me know and I can try & answer them!

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I think it is a very good product for the price.

I bought the factory manuals (all 17 volumes in 3-ring binders) in 2000 for about $600. I then spend about $100/year each for the next 6 years to get updates. My factory manuals ended up costing $1200.

Porsche stopped printing them a few years ago and they were well over $1200 at that time.

For $138 (on Amazon) you get a hardbound large manual with photos that the factory manuals don't have - and from I can see so far 99% of the information that is in the factory manuals.

So I guess I would say it is a excellent value for the money.

I will try to take a few photos and post a review here in the next week or so.

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I received my manual the other day and I am very impressed with quality of the pictures. I looked at the what the manual had for replacing the water pump and it had good tips and clear explanations. I am pretty cheap but even I think it is worth the money.

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