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1. Sunday Money : Speed! Lust! Madness! Death! A Hot Lap Around America with Nascar
by Jeff MacGregor
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Asin: 0060094710
Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 171
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Author Jeff MacGregor was committed to understanding NASCAR, so instead of merely dropping in on a race or two, he traveled the nearly yearlong season in an RV with his wife, photographer Olya Evanitsky. The result is many books in one. It's a vivid history of the sport's roots, as it grows from a rowdy way for Florida good ol' boys to blow off steam to being a titan of American culture with a fan base of 75 million. It also covers a broad swath of personalities within NASCAR--from the widely loved and even more widely loathed driver Jeff Gordon to the iconic Richard Petty to Dale Earnhardt, whose mythic power grew exponentially after his death at Daytona (death is never far from anyone’s mind in NASCAR). Finally, Sunday Money is a memoir--MacGregor chronicles exactly what life is like when a married couple blows their savings on a massive RV and logs 48,000 miles within the blasting radius of race after race after race.

MacGregor is funny, and it's interesting to watch how a man skeptical of the sport's allure at the beginning of the adventure is sucked in as the story goes along. As a writer, he's in no hurry, knocking off several paragraphs in the interest of a single whimsical analogy if he sees fit. Much of the time the diversions hit the mark, (sometimes they don't) and it's nice to see an editor let a talented writer like MacGregor run loose. NASCAR loyalists may enjoy the behind-the-scenes scoop even if they don't necessarily need to be introduced to who the drivers are. But non-fans who have been wondering why racing has become so huge so fast, may understand a little better after reading Sunday Money. It's a huge book, a massive sprawling narrative, but for a sport that is active nearly every weekend of the year and is growing ever larger and more successful, the length seems perfect. --John Moe

Photos from the Sunday Money 2002 NASCAR Tour

NASCAR star Jeff Gordon autographs for fans

Tony Stewart wins the NASCAR Winston Cup

Fans pack the stands for the Pepsi 400

NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Ward Burton's car pits mid-race during the NAPA 500

Cars race around the track in Charlotte
Jeff MacGregor's Top Ten Tips for Your First NASCAR Race
    10. Day race? Bring ear plugs, hat, binoculars.

    9. Night race? Bring ear plugs, hat, beer goggles.

    8. At Daytona and Talladega, there’s no such thing as too much sunblock. SPF 45. Apply liberally. Repeat, as needed, until you slip from your seat like a watermelon seed.

    7. Yes, NASCAR is expanding everywhere and very fast, but effortful puns on the word Madagascar will only lead to embarrassment.

    6. Your copy of Sunday Money is an excellent conversation starter for making new friends at the track. Thanks to its quilted cover, it also doubles as a comfy seat-cushion and a stylish windshield sun-screen.

    5. Drivers cannot hear you yelling encouragement from the 58th row when they’re actually lapping the track. This will not stop the high school kid behind you from doing so.

    4. Like room service Eggs Benedict, the Jumbo Grilled Turkey Legs at any racetrack always sound far better than they are. Avoid them. Let them thrive in the happy hunger of your imagination, rather than deliver their sad reality to your somersaulting innards. Life bears enough disappointments.

    3. Women, despite the signs you’ll see in the third turn campground, there’s no such thing as a "Free Trackside Mammogram." Don’t let the Mardi Gras beads fool you; there are shockingly few accredited radiologists working the infield on race weekend.

    2. All-purpose, all-context catch phrase guaranteed to make a NASCAR newbie sound like an old hand? "Go, Junior!" Appropriate any time!

    1. If your tailgate margarita machine doesn’t make at least ten horsepower on the blender-drink dyno, don’t bother. Go big, baby, or don’t go.

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Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars Take a spin with Jeff and the Beep
It is hard to describe the pleasure reading this book causes.Part of it is the sheer audacity of abandoning your comfortable life in NYC to the strict confines of motorhome living.And then reading as Jeff and his wife try to understand what they have gotten themselves into.And yet through all the noise and the smoke, Jeff seems to have crystallized the NASCAR experience for the fan and non-fan alike.His descriptions leap off the page and require you to pay attention.A must read for any fan of great writing

5-0 out of 5 stars Wit and wisdom
I wouldn't consider myself a died-in-the-wool huge NASCAR fan, but this book was terrific.MacGregor's style is full of wit and yet he peels back much of the unknown about NASCAR and it's followers.He more than satisfies our curiosity and, as a result, leaves us not only smarter about NASCAR, but wiser about the kaleidoscope of our society.

3-0 out of 5 stars Mainly for NASCAR fans
I'll admit, I'm not a NASCAR fan.Nothing against it, I just don't follow the sport.

But, I saw author Jeff MacGregor interviewed by David Letterman about this book.It was honestly one of the funniest interviews Dave has ever done.MacGregor was hysterical, talking about the events in the book. So, I rushed out to buy it.I even bought it full price from a local book store rather than ordering it at a discount from Amazon.

The book follows MacGregor and his wife as they spend a year driving around to the various tracks in an RV.

While MacGregor is a great writer, extremely descriptive, lively writing, the focus got to be more about NASCAR and the races, rather than the world around NASCAR, the people that follow it, which is what I thought it was going to be mainly about.I mean, he spent ten pages talking about driving a racecar, going into complete description about the experience.For race fans, this will be a great read.For me, not so much.

If you are into NASCAR, this will be a 5 star book for you.You will LOVE it.But, as for myself, not being much into NASCAR, it wasn't for me.I would rather see a documentary on MacGregor's trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read It
Perhaps a little mad himself (he and his wife cash their savings in for a dee-lux motorhome), a better author I couldn't imagine for taking me on this raucous roll around the racetracks, and through the heart of America. SUNDAY MONEY is a sexy, witty, colorful portrait of the world that is NASCAR.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Sunday Money" is right on the money!
The roar of the engines.The roar of the crowds.You'll roar with laughter when you read Jeff MacGregor's "Sunday Money". This funny and informative book is a terrific read. You can almost taste the burning rubber and the BBQ as you race through this page turner. Mr. MacGregor and his photographer wife Olya, traveled around America for almost a year in a motorohome to create this book. The end result is a tale of the origins of NASCAR, and where the sport stands today. On any given Sunday you might find upwards of 400,000 screaming fans watching these daring young men take their lives in their hands. Six hundred horsepower cars, sometimes running three abreast at nearly two hundred miles an hour, inches away from each other. We've come a long way from the chariot races of Ben Hur. I don't think these drivers get the credit they deserve. What I liked most about this book is it gave me an insight not only into racing, but the culture that surrounds it. I wouldn't classify myself a racing fan by any means, but "Sunday Money" gave me a true appreciation of the sport, as it vividly brings to life the happenings on and off the track. Hot cars.Hot guys. Smoking hot girls! That's right. Babes aplenty. What more could you ask for? "Sunday Money" is right on the money! ... Read more


2. Learn in Your Car Spanish: The Complete Language Course : 3 Level Set (Learn in Your Car)
by Henry N. Raymond
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Asin: 1591252075
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Penton Overseas
Sales Rank: 936
Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars This Set is Work, but Worth It
If you are serious about learning Spanish, this will help you. However, it moves too fast to be your ONLY method of learning. You also need a beginning book or beginning class. This helps you listen for understanding and pronunciation. It starts with words and short phrases and moves quickly to longer sentences. Each lesson builds on the ones before, with concepts adding quickly. You hear it first in English, then there is a pause and you try to say it in Spanish. Then you hear it twice in Spanish, with a pause each time for you to attempt it. You learn much faster if you do try to pronounce it, as they recommend. Cut it off in heavy traffic, it requires concentration! I've been using it for a year, and have completed 2 of the 3 levels. My comprehension and pronunciation have improved tremendously as a result!

5-0 out of 5 stars For the language student, not the traveler
This series is formatted differently from other beginning language courses, such as those from Living Language and Berlitz. It's not a series of phrases designed for the traveler, but a more complete course for people who have aspirations of fluency. Hence, I'd recommend this course to anyone who was serious about learning the Spanish language, but not to the occasional traveler. Plan on spending several months going over the material.

The early part of the course involves a considerable amount of basic vocabulary. Sentences and phrases come later. Once they do, they build upon each other quickly, so you'll be glad you learned the vocabulary. The advantage of this approach is that when the sentences come, you have a better chance of understanding and remembering them. The downside is that you really have to force yourself thru the early part of the course without any sense that you're getting anywhere.

The material is perfectly suited to anyone with a long commute. What's needed is about 45 minutes per day of uninterrupted listening -- over and over and over and over. You don't even need to listen that hard. It's more like singing along with the radio. Just the constant repetition, with you repeating the words and phrases, is enough to implant the material in your brain. After a while, you'll know the language and not know how you know it.

One great advantage of the presentation over other similar courses is that there is a slight pause between the English speaker and the Spanish translation. This pause allows you to say the Spanish word or phrase before the Spanish speaker, if you know it. This seemingly insignificant detail is actually critical for learning. Other courses put the Spanish translation immediately after the English speaker, without a pause, and you never really build the kind of recall that you need. Another advantage of the course is that it presents both Spanish and Latin American versions of words and phrases, when there is a difference.

5-0 out of 5 stars The more you practice, the better it gets!
Your Spanish, that is!

I started learning Spanish about 8 1/2 weeks ago using another set of CDs and a book as well as this set, but I have gradually switched over to using this set of CDs alone and am currently working on the 8th of the 9 CDs.

This set works for me, because:

1) It is great for developing your accent. Constant repetition developes the right muscles in your mouth, tongue and lips for speaking Spanish. At first I really struggled with certain sounds, but by striving to mimic the speaker, I have really come a long way. Pronouncing words and phrases correctly and fluently is incredibly important if you want to speak decent Spanish, and this is one of the biggest strengths of this course. You start off just trying to get each word right, then getting whole phrases and sentences exactly as spoken, with all the accents in the right place, 'r's trilled, and vowels elided as required.

2) Constant repetition of the pattern sentences helps to reprogram your brain in Spanish without any real effort on your part. Sometimes I will drive for long distances repeating every phrase 3 times while my brain is elsewhere, but find that later in the day those same phrases are running through my brain and that I am wanting to speak to English speakers in Spanish, which shows that the program is definitely doing its job.

3) I find myself making up original Spanish sentences in my head, based on the pattern sentences.

All these changes have occurred in the last few weeks, without any effort on my part and without me devoting any special time to the projects, except time when driving, walking, or lying in bed with a Walkman type CD player. Now I am over the worst bumps in starting to learn Spanish. I know the 30 most common verbs, even if not fluent in all their tenses, I know the 20 or 30 most common prepositions, how to use reflexive verbs, the numbers, the days of the week, the months, the seasons of the year, the weather, lots of nouns and adjectives, the use of many idioms with the verb 'tenir', the mysteries of the verb 'haber' , several ways to say 'excuse me', and, most important of all, how to ask someone to speak more slowly, or "mas despacio", as we Hispanophones like to say.

The materials are extremely well organized, though you do not need to know this, and new concepts and vocabulary are introduced in a logical order a teaspoonful at a time, so that you never feel you are learning vocabulary or grammar, yet you are speaking Spanish, so you must be digesting something.

( I realised how well organized the materials were when I foolishly skipped Level 2 discs II and III to go to Level 3 disc I and found I was struggling with new material overload.)

I am not sure that there is any correct or incorrect way to use these discs, but my method is to play each disc 10-12 times, first just listening a few times and repeating in my head, but not aloud, then listening and repeating, and finally giving the translation in Spanish before hearing the Spanish version. When I am heartily sick of a disc, whether or not I know everything on it, I move on to the next disc. When I have completed all, I will go back, revise, and reinforce my knowledge of all the materials--at least that is the plan.

I really recommend this course. You have to put in the work of repeating phrases, but that is about it. After that you can just open your mouth and let the Spanish flow.

Obviously the course will not give you every word or phrase you need, but you can use an online translator to make up the sentences you really feel you want and you will have enough knowledge by now to know if the translation program has got it right, and to be able to edit any errors or misunderstandings.

*** Addendum 2/24/04

Soon after writing the above, after about 9 weeks with the CDs, I made my first trip to a Spanish speaking country with wonderful results. Mostly I avoided being around English speaking people and initially I was pretty tongue tied, but by the end of three days I was starting conversations with strangers, ordering meals without reference to the menu, and had learned almost enough Spanish to get a job as a soap opera writer in Spanish. By the time I left I did not want to stop speaking Spanish and in fact continued on the plane and in the airport in Miami. I was even thinking and dreaming in Spanish, for goodness sake.

Since my return I have had conversations with Spanish speaking people I have met, and it is amazing how friendly they become when you are trying to speak their language, however badly.

Don't get the impression that I am now miraculously fluent in Spanish. My Spanish is still pathetically bad, but I am still working with the CDs as I drive and improving all the time.

Maybe there are other better courses for learning Spanish, but all I can say is that this one has hit the spot for me.

1-0 out of 5 stars waaayyyy too much chit chatting......
This is very poorly put together. Much too much chit chatting (in English). No real lessons. Have to listen to too much chatter and the sound has very poor quality...like he was talking into a tape recorder.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Good
This is definitely not for beginners. It does not "teach" you any basics. I've listened to the first tape ~6 times and I've learned about 10 words. I would not recommend this to anyone. ... Read more


3. Under and Alone : The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most ViolentOutlaw Motorcycle Gang
by WILLIAM QUEEN
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4. French the Complete Language Course (Learn in Your Car)
by Henry N. Raymond
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5. Bmw 5-Series Service Manual: 525I, 530I, 535I, 540I, Including Touring : 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 (BMW)
by Not Applicable (Na )
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Asin: 0837603196
Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
Publisher: Robert Bentley Publishers
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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The BMW 5-Series (E34) Service Manual: 1989-1995 provides the highest level of clarity and completeness for all service and repair procedures. Enthusiasts, do-it-yourselfers, and professional technicians will appreciate the quality of photos and illustrations, theory of operation, and accurate step-by-step instructions. If you're looking for better understanding of your BMW, look no further than Bentley.

This book features:

-Engine and cylinder head service, repair and reconditioning, including

M50 and M60 timing chain setup and adjustment.

-Engine management information for specific BMW 5-Series driveability

problems, including reading Check Engine light fault codes.

-Transmission maintenance, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair,

including hydraulic clutch, gearshift linkage, and driveshaft.

-Body adjustments and repairs, including sedan sunroof removal and

adjustment.

-Heating and air conditioning repair, including A/C micro-filter and A/C

component replacement.

-Wiring schematics for all circuits, including power distribution,

grounds, and component locations.

-Comprehensive BMW factory tolerances, wear limits,

adjustments, and tightening torques that you've come to expect from

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5-0 out of 5 stars 524 TD BMW
I AM LOOKING FOR A SERVICE REPAIR BOOK ON A 524 TD BMW. IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTION WHERE I MAY FIND ONE. PLEASE LET ME KNOW.... THANK YOU.

4-0 out of 5 stars A word of caution about these reviews
Be wary of these reviews, as not all of them are about thisbook. Amazon have made a mistake and the reviews shown here have beencombined with the ones for the book 'BMW 5 Series: Service Manual,1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988: 528e, 533i, 535i, 535is'. In the review from Canada, dated Oct 27 1998, Amazon state that it is from the 'Paperback edition'. In fact the book on the 1982-1988 cars concerns the E28 model 5 Series whereas the book on the 1989-1995 cars is about the E34 model 5 Series. They are completely separate books, not just different editions of the same book. END tr[17~

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WILL SAVE YOU MAJOR BUCKS!!!!!
This book does not baby feed you BUT IF YOU USE IT AND FIX COMPONENTS IN YOUR CAR BY YOURSELF YOU WILL SAVE A BUNDLE!!
To make a long story short, I had 4 problems with my car, wouldn't start half the time, heater would only do maximum air push or nothing (no 1,2, or 3), back window got stuck half way, belt buckle cracked.
A supposed import specialist charged $68 just to tell me that the battery needs to be changed, and the heater's blower resistor had to be replaced. Oh and that it would cost $240 for the battery (part $100, labor $140!), resistor $370 (part $280, labor $90), belt $180 ($100 part, $80 labor).

Basically they were going to take me for a ride for a bill over $800!!! I finally set THAT IS IT! I stomached the $55 bill for a used copy of this book. AND after working on the car for a few hours a day for 3 days I REPAIRED EVERYTHING ALL BY MYSELF!

The parts purchased on my own (battery $105, resistor $22 from BMW itself (NOT $280 by a long shot!), and belt used for $60) came to only $180! I saved over $500 BUCKS in BS labor charges!!
This book paid for itself 10 fold within days of getting it! I better diagnosed my car with this book than that rip off import service station did with my $68!

The book does not really baby you, so you have to read it carefully and get a feel for your car yourself. But I tell you once you start fixing all these problems which are exaggerated by the standard con - mechanic for 1/4 the cost adn putting in the parts yourself, you can really get impowered.

I can tell you one thing I dont think I will ever use a mechanic again. Although I might call one after doing my next fix it job to see what a rip off they really are! HAHA

All I can say is get the book. If you want the repair done right you have to do it yourself. Ultimately it is cheaper, faster and easier. ( no BS waits for your car to come back, with a BS phone call stating the seriousness of the supposed malady! Your car still waiting in their shop with them hoping you can be suckered into fixing your car under their rip off conditions!)

I highly recommend the book. If you work through it and use it as you are fixing your car, you are definitely going to save big money!

The book is expensive BUT IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY TOO!

4-0 out of 5 stars 5 series manual for 7 series
i use the book for the e32 m60 built 1992 and find it the best book for the 7 series on the market.lots of hints even for the german owners, especially on the diagnostics, which is not available for the bmw s in germany.even dissmantling the m60 v8 which i never did before did not show any problems. a bit more on the electronocs in the car would be good, like the pdc system or the theft control and board computers

3-0 out of 5 stars E34 Service Manual
Pretty good with some repairs, but less than telling on others. Does not cover the M60 engine very well and it need more photos to accurately illustrate proceedures.

Erroneous info regarding the thermostat, gasket, and housing re-assembly.

No other manual is available so this is the best we have. ... Read more


6. Hell's Angels
by HUNTER S. THOMPSON
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-29)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Sales Rank: 5088
Average Customer Review: 3.72 out of 5 stars
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Gonzo journalist and literary roustabout Hunter S. Thompson flies with the angels--Hell's Angels, that is. He's lived with them, he knows them and their machines, he speaks their langauge,and he reports it back to the world with all the fearsome force of a souped-up cyclone burning rubber. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hog Wild
Roll up your sleeves boys and girls, if you read Hell's Angels the Doctor is going to inject you with a dosage of Outlaw Reality and Hog Rage as it were. The Hell's Angels are the last vestiges of the American Outlaw, 1%'s they're called, outside the outside, committed to a life of Freedom, punctuated by violence, booze, barbituates, indiscriminate sex and of course cruising the Amercian Wastelands on their Great Metallic Steeds, stripped down Harley Davidson's known affectionately as Hogs. Hunter S. is in his own right a one percenter. This book shows the Dr. of Gonzo's journalistic zeal, as he braves the world of the Angels, driving not a Hog as he should but a Dark Shadow. This is only too perfect as Hunter is the dark specter following the dastardly deeds of these bastard bikers. This book displays Hunter's ballsy journalism, as well as allowing him to focus on a central theme that would go on to pervade his other works: the outlaw and his importance to American society, a society that is dredged to the hilt with phonies, gutless wonders, souless greedmongers, hypocrites, cowards, politicians and other scum, capitalisitc, bureacratic, pig-like and otherwise. Hell's Angels is the journalistic calm that precedes the storm of hallucinagenic brilliance that was Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. So one way or the other let the Doctor of Gonzo vaccinate your mind from the mindless surge that makes up the money grubbing, TV watching majority of this Great Country of Ours. (...)

4-0 out of 5 stars The stroy behind the emergence of Raoul Duke
This book, which is a fine read, seems to not quite follow the trend of dialogue style of the more recent Thompson books. It is much more of a documentary then a commentary. Hunter blazes off in a convertible following the ruthless swine who were the California Hell's Angels. The book documents a year that took place in the mid-sixties. Hunter tries his hardest to paint the Angels as innocent of various charges such as murder, kidnapping, and rape; he admits of course that they were there, but things usually just got out of hand, naturally. He became close friiends with a few and truely felt that there was an appeal of belonging to the tight nit group, that had more order to it than it was actually given credit for. This was the first point in his life that Hunter habitually used hard drugs, and I have to say that, personally, I think this was the adnventure that twisted our beloved Dr. Gonzo. The adventure comes to a sudden end as Hunter gets stomped senseless by a couple of Angels he didn't know to well. The moral of the story? The edge is out there, and no one strives to discover it more than the Hell's Angels, except maybe Hunter S. Thompson.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Isn't Your Typical Thompson
Having read Hell's Angels, A Strange and Terrible saga at least eight times starting in 1968, I never cease to be amazed at the criticisms leveled against it in the ensuing years, the major one being that it's not a Fear and Loathing book. I'm pretty sure it was originally a (very) long article written for The Nation magazine. The Nation ain't Rolling Stone, kids. If you are coming to this book expecting Hunter's usual blend of fact, fiction, and hallucinations, you will be sorely disappointed. "Gonzo journalist" though he is, the operative part there was journalist. He had, after all, developed a rather strong food habit since birth, and had no desire to kick it. He explores the Angels' mystique by letting them provide the history, their then current attitudes, and their lives as outlaws outside the system. He then blends research and his observations gleaned from riding with them for the better part of a year into the mix, producing a riveting book.

Since the recent death of Marlon Brando, his movie The Wild One has gained a new audience; it is in fact based on an incident Hunter chronicles in this book, the Rape of Hollister. Oddly, nothing remotely similar to the movie happened there, and some other legendary "motorcycle riots" such as the one at Laconia, New Hampshire, weren't initially riots at all, and certainly didn't involve the Angels, though the media portrayed these events as the brink of Armageddon and gave middle America yet another "dangerous group running wild in their midst," something else to freak over in addition to Communists hiding under every rock.

The Angels became, over time, what people expected them to be. Hunter recognized this transformational quality in his own profession: if other reporters, from respected national magazines, could make up stories or at least embellish them enough to freak people out, he could do it better! What you will find in Hell's Angels is great reporting, an unflinching look at real wildness and personal risk, and the genesis of what would become Hunter's trademark style.

If for no other reason, fans of Tom Wolfe, Ken Kesey, or the "Beats" (including the real "Dean Moriarty" from On the Road, still alive at the time, still driving, and hanging out with the Pranksters) should read this book for the legendary Acid Test at Kesey's place at La Honda when Hunter and the Angels showed up (by invitation, as Kesey was burning to meet them). In a singularly rare occurrence, we find two journalists just before they became instant icons writing about the same private party, rather than, say an inauguration, or awards ceremony, or some other public spectacle; the "public" was definitely not invited to La Honda. Compare Hunter's account of that weekend with the one that appears in the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test; you might just be surprised by who is the more "legitimate" writer.

I obviously love this book and highly recommend it, but again, it isn't FEAR and LOATHING WITH THE HELL'S ANGELS; it's far too serious a situation for that, as you will discover upon reading it. (And if that idea somehow still escapes you, watch Gimme Shelter, the great Maysles brothers' documentary of the Stones free concert at Altamont; if THAT doesn't do it, go down to your local biker bar and kick over a few choppers; you'll deserve what you get.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Hunter S. Thompson is an a$$hole.
This guy is a self-inflating ballon. No one and nothing is as important in his eyes as he is. His opinion of himself and the world around him is all that really matters. His ability to cunningly insinuate himself into the minds of others dramatically increases the danger he poses. If you have the misfortune to be assigned one of his books in a college class, lament that no one has made "Cliff Notes."

5-0 out of 5 stars Hells Angels
I really should like Hunter Thompson more than I do, I mean he did ride a BSA and he is from my hometown of Louisville, Ky but to be honest he's always seemed kind of faggy to me with that gay filtered cigarette thing hanging from his mouth, plus there's that whole bizarre chapter he dedicated to finding a link between outlaw bikers and homosexuality. Hey what can I say, the guy sets my gaydar off. But I will give him credit, he did write a true classic in Hell's Angels. I've heard grumblings that he sacrificed reality for entertainment value by making some of the HA's into exagerated caricatures of themselves in this book, but whether thats true or not this is a great read. ... Read more


7. Chilton 2005 Labor Guide Manual : (1981-2005) (Chilton Labor Guide Manual)
by Chilton
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-29)
Publisher: Chilton
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With the Chilton® 2005 Labor Guide, professional technicians gain access to labor times for vehicle brands and models that conform to current Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association standards.Thousands of labor times for 1981 through 2005 domestic and imported vehicles reflect technicians? use of aftermarket tools and training.Updates based on technical hotline input, Original Equipment Manufacturer warranty times, and technical editor evaluation include more diagnostic labor times than ever before. Labor operations have been rewritten to conform to the most recent industry standards.Prior model coverage has been re-evaluated by experts to ensure accuracy. Chilton labor times are accepted by insurance and extended warranty companies. ... Read more


8. The Machine That Changed the World : The Story of Lean Production
by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, Daniel Roos
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Catlog: Book (1991-11)
Publisher: Perennial
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Based on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's five-million-dollar, five-year study on the future of the automobile, a groundbreaking analysis of the worldwide move from mass production to lean production.

Japanese companies are sweeping the world, and the Japanese auto industry soars above the competition. Drawing on their in-depth study of the practices of ninety auto assembly plants in seventeen countries and their interviews with individual employees, scholars, and union and government officials, the authors of this compelling study uncover the specific manufacturing techniques behind Japan's success and show how Western industry can implement these innovative methods. The Machine That Changed the World tells the fascinating story of "lean production," a manufacturing system that results in a better, more cost-efficient product, higher productivity, and greater customer loyalty. The hallmarks of lean production are teamwork, communication, and efficient use of resources. And the results are remarkable: cars with one-third the defects, built in half the factory space, using half the man-hours. The Machine That Changed the World explains in concrete terms what lean production is, how it really works, and--as it inevitably spreads beyond the auto industry--its significant global impact.

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4-0 out of 5 stars a Manufacturing Mustread
The Machine That Changed the World; The Story of Lean Production
A great book that although becoming a little outdated portrays the ongoing trends in the automobile production industry in three major cultural areas.
The three areas are;the Asian lean production (Toyota) v.s. the American system,(mass production) v.s. the European craftsman system. On a larger scale it will and is affecting manufacturing everywhere.
Henry Ford was the founder of the American mass production system, and Ford was very successful adopting it to the aircraft and steel industries. American companies adopted this system and it is one of the main reasons for American pre-eminence in many industries worldwide. Toyota has become the founder of the Lean system of manufacturing. Most of the
early adherents to this system were other large Japanese companies, and responsible for the Japanese manufacturing miracle since the 1960's, as it was adapted from automotive to all manner of industries.
The book is well written and interesting even though it is based on an MIT study of global trends in the auto industry. I would like to see an update to this book. The one anomaly I see is the German Automobile industry. If Japan and Korea have some of the most efficient auto manufacturing plants in the world and
North America is becoming more competitive, what is happening in Europe comes as no surprise. Many European automakers have yet to fully embrace American mass production techniques and are now faced with the greater efficiencies of Lean
production. The book does not explain in my mind the success of the German Auto industry. It seems to be the one exception to the rule.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent in-depth analysis of the automobile industry.
In "The Machine That Changed the World", Womack, along with several other individuals, give an analysis of the Automobile Industry within global boundaries. This book was the summarization of a five year, five million dollar study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Analysis was provided for both foreign and domestic automobile manufacturers with an eye toward the future. This book spoke "globally" far earlier than it was hip to speak in such terms, analyzing such foreign automotive powers such as Toyota, with their Toyota Production System, perhaps the greatest example of Lean Manufacturing in the world. For anyone who would like to learn anything about the automobile industry in general, or even further, would like to learn about successful business practices, I highly recommend this text.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't "Machine" - try "Lean" instead
If you are just starting out learning about Lean Manufacturing, and you only have time to read one book, "The Machine that Changed the World" is an historically important book but "Lean Thinking" is the one that actually gets you started toward implementation. It's one of those rare occasions where the sequel was better than the original.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lean should be a journey not a destination
This is the first book that I planned to read as a part of learning about lean, the other two books are "Lean thinking" and "Becoming Lean" , so far I could say that the "Machine that Changed the World" is a good benchmarking between craft, mass and lean producers. It mainly gives you an insight of the differences between lean and mass producers from the production, sales, marketing, customer relation and other dimensions. If you don't know about lean I really recommend you to start by reading his book because it will make you start to think in a lean way, if you know about lean and convinced about what it can do to you organization start with lean thinking and then go to "Becoming Lean".
This book is aimed at strategic level and as a key tool to convince old timers about the lean-mentality against the push-mentality.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introductory Book
I usually refer to this kind of books as "Open Minds", are written in a very simple way that may seem that the content is simple, BUT IS NOT. This book is in my opinion a must read for any Industrial Engineers, Managers, Supervisors. It can be used also for training and kaizen events.
Silly is that one that reads this book expecting that he will know everything about lean manufacturing, JIT, or modern IE.
In summary, this book is the entrance to a new world with a new way of thinking and doing thins and it is a necessary complement to any technical book. ... Read more


9. Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production
by Taiichi Ono, Taiichi Ohno
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Asin: 0915299143
Catlog: Book (1988-02-01)
Publisher: Productivity Press Inc
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The *real* General
After only reading a few pages of this book I could see that this Toyota has a lethal weapon in business that American companies seen not interested in using - or worse think that thay are using it just fine? Compare "TPS" with "My Years With General Motors" and imagaine who you would rather compete with? Demming said something like "export everything from America... except american management!" This book will show you why.
This book is not a "ISO" type blueprint in that it is a consise overview without much "filler" or stale requirements so don't worry if you donot get the big picture until you have read and maybe reread the book.
One note - I think that just maybe (if I can be so bold) that chapter 3 should be read first then the rest of the book. I also recomend other books (and web searches) on Kaizen by those who have done it for as long as Mr. Ohno.
I love this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure to high management
I really enjoyed reading Mr. Ohno's book. Even though it is a short book, it is full of ideas that can be applied to any production bussiness.
Even though that the system was created for a car production facility, the concept of "waste" is useful to any type of manufacturing. This idea, coupled with the concept of producing exactly what is sold ( or what the client requests )allows any company to became profitable in times when profit margins get narrower and narrower.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Essential Book on TPS
I am a former Toyota Engineer and recommend that anyone interested in learning about the Toyota Production System a.k.a. lean manufacturing this is the place to start. Mr. Ohno is the creator of TPS and he gives a very good overview of how the system works. The book is very easy to read and easy to understand. This book should be read by all upper management employees looking to create a lean environment in their plants. The book will give you a good foundation to start implementing the techniques. It is the best book to read considering it comes from the inventor himself. It is the best you are going to find shy of being actually trained within Toyota's walls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Difficult material covered simply
This is a short book and as such gets to the point. Explains difficult concepts in a simple way. This book explains how JIT, Kanban, Zero Defects came about. Also shows what is missing from American JIT and that is production leveling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of principles of Just In Time Mfg.
Mr. Ohno is the father of Toyota's just in time production system, also called lean manufacturing, though it is more than just that. The book gives an excellent primer on the basic principles of JIT, work-flow, leveling, waste minimization, etc. He also covers the history and application of these philosophies at Toyota. The book is a surprisingly good read, and Mr. Ohno's dynamic and engaging personality shows through. A must read for MBA students, persons in manufacturing or occupations where time is money. ... Read more


10. Automotive Technology, 4E
by Jack Erjavec
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-08)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
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The leading authority on service and repair procedures for contemporary automobiles remains the most technically comprehensive on the market!The fourth edition of Automotive Technology: A Systems Approach has been updated to reflect the most recent technological developments in the industry, featuring state-of-the-art coverage of hybrid vehicles, GPS systems, electronic ignition systems, DIS, fuel injection systems, and more.This enhanced presentation of the theory, diagnosis, and service of automobiles and light trucks takes into account all the latest trends, including variable valve timing, lift and variable compression ratios, fuels and alternative energy sources, as well as the latest engine designs and technologies.The essential must have information contained in this book will help readers understand and efficiently diagnose and service yesterdays, todays, and tomorrows automotive systems and vehicles. ... Read more


11. How Cars Work
by Tom Newton
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-11)
Publisher: Black Apple Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.53 out of 5 stars
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An Illustrated Guide to the 250 Most Important Car Parts and how they work. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Basic Understanding of Cars
This book contains very basic material on the operation of the car; it appears to be a decent read for teenagers looking to grasp the basic; but the more mature readers will find this very shallow. The text contains the fundaments of auto mechanics; it is split into seven chapters; and each chapter describes a major automotive system. It has a test section at the end of each chapter to gauge how much you have learned. This book does not cover details on 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines; how the engine starts spinning after turning the ignition etc.

I must admit that it was enertaining reading this books with all the descriptive pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Gift for the New Driver
If you or someone you know needs to learn the basics about cars, you need two books: How Cars Work and Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care. Both are great gifts for new drivers. I purchase How Cars Work and Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care for my nieces and nephews when they turn 16. Being an automobile technician, I think everyone that drives cars should know a little about them. How Cars Work does a great job using drawings to show car parts and what they do. Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care uses actual photos to show parts. Auto Upkeep also explains how to buy a car and choose automobile insurance. How Cars Work includes a worksheet for review at the end of each chapter, while Auto Upkeep: Basic Car Care has a CD with review activities and internet links.

5-0 out of 5 stars how cars work
I saw this book on my friends front room table and I was so impressed with the cover I had to open the book. Wow, what a book, I was overwhelmed by all the information pictures and words that I had heard but never understood. As I read through it, I knew I had to have it. I went out and bought three of them and gave one to my friends daughter who is 15 and eager to drive. I never had a book like this when I was growing -up and I think this is important info for anyone who doesn't know anything about cars. Terrific book! Buy it and you will see how helpful it could be for everyone in the family. Thanks for writing this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars This book is useless
I was planning to perform all the maintenance work on my 2 cars, an Audi S4 and a Honda CR-V. I have done oil changes and air filter changes in the past but I wanted to do more. I bought this book and the "Auto Repairs for Dummies" book in addition to the specific service manuals for the 2 cars. This book gives very very brief explanations with big text fonts and big pictures (not much meat) of how things work so don't hope to perform any actual work by following the book. If you just want to know how cars work and don't wish to perform any actual work then this book may be is for you. I highly recommend the dummy book and forget about this book if you do plan to perform work on your car. The dummy book has a lot more details and it actually shows you how to do the work. I often turned to the dummy book when the service manuals are not explaining things in detail.

5-0 out of 5 stars BEST CAR BASICS BOOK ON THE MARKET
I consider this book is a "must have" for anyone except perhaps auto technicians. I am a novice when it comes to car parts. I heard of or knew of (or I think I knew) terms like "Front Wheel Drive", "Rear Wheel Drive", and many other common car terms but I can't tell them when I check my car. But after only a few hours reading on this book, all these common car terms in my brain and their inner relateness begin to fall into their rightful places. THIS BOOK IS THAT GOOD.

What make this book stand out are :

1. The authur strived for clarity while not skimp on details either. The writing is in clear, concise, to the point fashion that leaves no ambiguity but contains enough details to out-content many 300+ page auto books (It must be a fashion these days. I found many such thick books wasted much of their contents on third-rate humors /jokes I found annoying while wasted rest of their contents on ambiguous, not to the point technical writing. To those authors, I will say : PLEASE, either be a stand up comedian or a technical writer, but not BOTH. If you do both, you will fail at both).

2. Detailed illustrations. Almost 50% of this book is devoted to detailed illustrations. Each page deals with a specific car part (be it crankshaft, fuel pump, timing chain, or else) - half of that page is technical writing, another half is detailed illustration. The illustration is not just for that specific part alone. It also illustrates other related parts in the same subsystem so you understand how the part works within the group that it belongs.

The book comes in 96 pages but in generous 8.5 inches x 11 inches size. That's how such detailed illustration is able to fit into half of page. Another thing I like is that the pages are made of high grade, pure-white (not tinted, or neutral colors) paper. Very few books these days are made from such good papers. ... Read more


12. Maximum Boost: Designing, Testing, and Installing Turbocharger Systems (Engineering and Performance)
by Corky Bell
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Asin: 0837601606
Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Sales Rank: 5441
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the principles of turbocharging
I read this book cover to cover, lent it to a friend, and am now again anxious to read it again. This book is excellent! If you know nothing about turbocharging... this book is for you. If you know a good deal about turbocharging... this book is for you. If you're a turbo-expert,... you'll still want this book. It presents the principles of turbocharging in a way that is understandable on a novice level, yet preserves the details of engineering at a technical level. If you plan to design your own turbocharging system, this book will guide you through various steps and considerations to end up with an efficient, well working design. Everything from intercooling to exhaust manifolds.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bell gives good information on all aspects of turbo systems.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a good understanding of turbo systems, perhaps it is even enough to build my own setup. Bell's book priases the performance of the Bell Aerodyne VATN turbocharger, as well it should - notice the name "Bell?" Even though this bias is there, the book does provide a thorough, easy to read manual for designing, installing and testing turbo systems. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to learn about turbochargers and their applications. Another good, perhaps more thorough but slightly dated book is "Turbochargers" by Hugh Mcinnes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book on turbocharging I have read.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in turbocharging, both factory turbo cars and aftermarket kits on non turbo cars. It covers pretty much every aspect of turbocharging from manifold design, to turbo selection to fueling. I feel having read this book has better equipped me to work with turbochargers.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book on turbos period!
I have this book as well as a few others on turbos and i would reccomend this over thenm anyday, it is very in depth and adresses all the issues in turbochargers. It is for the most part not boreing it is full of illustrations and pictures which adds up to one of the most thought out and relevant books ive ever read.

4-0 out of 5 stars great book
This book is very well written. It handles a lot of the basic turbo knowledge that most enthusiast's need to know. What was dissapointing was that there is no real turbo sizing theory, fan blade effientcy equations or a lot of detail in a few other areas. None the less, the book is only about turbo systems and is the easiest to read. This is a great book to read. You may also want to get "Turbochargers" from Hugh MacInnes, it's also a must have, but is out of date and is not very useful on the modern EFI machines. I do like "Force Induction" by A. Graham Bell. A book that is much more knowlegable on the subject of performance turbos. It's always a good idea to get opinions of other great writers. ... Read more


13. Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well
by David L. Hough
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Asin: 1889540536
Catlog: Book (2000-04)
Publisher: BowTie Press
Sales Rank: 3027
Average Customer Review: 4.72 out of 5 stars
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Riding a motorcycle can be a dangerous activity, but reading Proficient Motorcycling can significantly reduce those risks by teaching people how to ride safer and smarter. Whether they are beginning motorcycle riders or grizzled veterans of the road, readers of Proficient Motorcycling are guaranteed to find insights, training exercises, and riding tips not found in any other publication in the world. Proficient Motorcycling offers plain talk about surface hazards, weather problems, wild animals, carrying passengers, group rides, and traveling, among many other topics. Culled from the famous series of articles of the same name by legendary rider training guru David L. Hough, Proficient Motorcycling is an absolute must-read for anyone who rides a motorcycle. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It's a keeper..
As a born-again motorcyclist (22 years ago I gave up the saddle when my daughter was born, after 8 years of self-taught riding), I read everything I could find about riding technique, style, and strategy. Including the Dummy books, superbike/ego books, brandname books, and a host of others. I re-discovered some old friends from Road Rider magazine, which had morphed into the consumer-oriented Motorcycle Consumer News. There I also discovered David Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling" column, which immediately appealed to me on several levels: he's an unassuming writer with understated yet direct style; his topics were relevant to all skill levels; and, he discussed the minutiae of riding with clarity, consistency, and conciseness. Everything I'd been looking for to re-educate myself on the now unfamiliar world of motorcycling. When I learned this book--a compilation of years of articles and updates--was pending, I immediately pre-ordered it. Yes, this time around I've signed up for the MSF course--but this is the book I'll keep for reference and review.

If you are a born-again, or just starting out on a motorcycle, this book will go far toward putting everything into a natural perspective. For the cost of about four issues of Motorcycle Consumer News, I have decade's worth of words that help me intimately understand exactly what I'm doing on two wheels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very helpful for a newbie rider like me.
Until recently, I've never had the desire to ride a motorcycle, mainly because I was afraid of becoming an organ donor. However, that suddenly changed a couple of months back, probably due to turning 37 and sitting through a marathon viewing session of "American Chopper" episodes. So, I began to shop around for a bike that would fit me, and at the same time I tapped into all the informational sources I could find about motorcycling (friends, the Web, etc.). "Proficient Motorcycling" was one of the first books I read, and I bought it based on the good reviews I saw on Amazon.com.

It was my desire to arm myself with as much knowledge and hands-on riding skills as possible before swinging a leg over the motorcycle I finally settled upon (a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy). I signed up at a local Harley-Davidson dealer for a "Rider's Edge" class, and "Proficient Motorcycling" was an excellent supplement to the MSF course materials. Indeed, Mr. Hough recommends taking an MSF course, and frankly I can't imagine a novice trying to ride without formal instruction.

The techniques that Mr. Hough advocates in "Proficient Motorcycling" have made me a better AND safer rider. I feel more confident riding my new H-D, and therefore I'm able to enjoy my road-time that much more. I've already started reading the book's sequel "More Proficient Motorcycling: Mastering the Ride" to build upon what I've learned so far. If you want to be a good motorcyclist (and not a "donor-cyclist"), then by all means dive into "Proficient Motorcycling."

1-0 out of 5 stars Can't judge a book by its cover
Great glossy cover for a useless 60's-era manual. If aren't sure that rain jackets will keep you drier or that gravel may cause a wreck, then this is the book for you. Nothing about motorcycles, just the road conditions that one may encounter. Totally useless.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding wealth of motorcycling knowledge
Outstanding wealth of motorcycling knowledge. Teaches you way more than the MSF class (but not a substitute for it). Pretty easy read and entertaining too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mind over Machine
Before I bought this book I had completed an MSF motrocycling course but the paperwork required to get my license took nearly 3 months. I lacked someone to ride with and was concerned about going out on my own. The book was a gamble on a tool that might refresh what I had previously learned and help me ease out onto the road

The gamble paid off.

This book transfers a state of mind from the author to the reader. It forces you to take safety seriously and to focus on what you are doing when you are on a bike. Beyond the compelling (and sometime humorous) stories, the clearly described techniques for avoiding danger and the excellent graphics, this book teaches you how to think when riding a motorcycle.

The author creates scenarios you might encounter on the road and transports you to those places. He puts you on the bike, he explains what you should be paying attention too and what you should be preparing to do.

Its now been several months since I read the book and got back out on the road. I've put nearly 1000 miles on the bike and will commute to work in good weather. The lessons from the book resonate in my head every time I get on the bike. I have encountered many of the situations covered in the book (railroad tracks, deer, edge traps). Rather than being surprised, confused or panicked by these situations I knew what I was seeing, knew at least some of the options available to me and could plan and react in a cool and controlled fashion.

If your new to riding ( and probably if you ridden for years) this book is worth it. ... Read more


14. Mini Cooper Service Manual: 2002-2004: Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S
by Bentley Publishers
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Asin: 0837610680
Catlog: Book (2004-09)
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Sales Rank: 40643
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If you own one of these fabulous cars then you know how fun it is to drive. And, you probably know that your MINI is packed with some of BMW’s latest automotive technology. But if you want to maintain and repair your car yourself (or just want to understand what’s going on under the bonnet), you’ll be wanting the MINI Cooper, Cooper S 2002-2004 Service Manual by Bentley Publishers. This is the only comprehensive, single source of service information and specifications available for MINI models from 2002-2004. The aim throughout this manual has been simplicity, clarity and completeness, achieved through practical explanations, step-by-step procedures and accurate specifications. Whether you’re a professional technician or a do-it-yourself MINI owner, this manual will help you understand, care for and repair your car.

Bentley Publishers’ new MINI service and repair manual is based on factory information, but is heavily supplemented by hands-on experience and illustrations. The service manual editorial team has disassembled and photographed several MINI models for this project in the Bentley Service Information Research Center.

Models and engines covered:
Cooper-1.6 liter normally aspirated engine
Cooper S-1.6 liter supercharged intercooled engine
Transmissions covered:
Manual 6-speed Getrag transmission
Manual 5-speed transmission
Automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Features:
-Procedures for everything from basic oil change service to interpreting the malfunction indicator light (MIL). This manual tells you what to do and how and when to do it.
-Engine and cylinder head service, including camshaft timing chain setup and adjustment.
-Information for specific driveability problems, including explanation of the engine management system and OBD II diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs).
-Theory of operation and repair information for the EMS2000 engine management systems.
-Supercharger and intercooler information, including removal and replacement of components (Cooper S only).
-Drivetrain maintenance, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair of clutch, gearshift linkage and drive axles.
-Manual and automatic transmission removal, installation, seal replacement and external service.
-System description and repair information for Antilock Brakes (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).
-Heating and air conditioning repair (IHKS / IHKA), including component replacement.
-Body adjustments and repairs, including sunroof and tailgate.
-Wiring schematics and extensive electrical component section specifying relay, control module and ground locations with detailed illustrations and photos. ... Read more


15. Bmw 5 Series (E39): Service Manual : 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001,2002 525I, 528I, 530I, 540I Sedan, Sport Wagon (BMW 5 Series (E39))
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Asin: 083760317X
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Sales Rank: 62463
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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This Bentley Manual is the only comprehensive, single source of service information and specifications available specifically for BMW 5 Series from 1997 to 2002. The aim throughout this manual has been simplicity, clarity and completeness, with practical explanations, step-by-step procedures and accurate specifications. Whether you are a professional or a do-it-yourself BMW owner, this manual will help you understand, care for and repair your E39 5 Series. Though the do-it-yourself BMW owner will find this manual indispensable as a source of detailed maintenance and repair information, the BMW owner who has no intention of working on his or her car will find that reading and owning this manual will make it possible to discuss repairs more intelligently with a professional technician. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
The books claim to address the M52 and M62 engines. Not a word about the subassemblies of either engine(the biggest part of an engine) The same information seems to be repeated in several places in the book. Gives the impression they are trying to make up volume. I believe the hype aboute the book is misleading since the publisher claims they strived for completeness. You cannot claim to cover an engine and then leave the largest part of it unattended. Price tag quite stiff with an ommision like that. E-mailed Bentley several times no response. In comparing this to the Bentley book on the E30 - It is a shame at the price. ... Read more


16. From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank: The Complete Guide to Using Vegetable Oil as an Alternative Fuel
by Joshua Tickell, Kaia Roman, Kaia Tickell
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Asin: 0970722702
Catlog: Book (2000-12-01)
Publisher: Tickell Energy Consultants
Sales Rank: 14048
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank is the first and only book that details all aspects of running diesel engines on vegetable oil. Includes information on biodiesel, the diesel fuel substitute made from new or used vegetable as well as information on running any diesel engine on straight vegetable oil (SVO). This book is packed with history, information, instructions, photos, diagrams and resources. If you want to stop supporting Mid-East Petroleum oil, you must get this book. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and to the point
Excellent book for anyone interested in alternative energy and environmental issues. The authors make a brief but persuasive argument that biodiesel is simple, proven technology that could largely end US dependence on foreign oil and radically improve urban air quality.

The only thing I missed in the book is more detail about the environmental superiority of the diesel engine compared to spark-ignition gas engines. Contrary to conventional wisdom and the (admittedly well-meaning) beliefs of most environmentalists, diesels (even when run on fossil fuels) are in general less damaging to the environment than gas engines. When diesel engines are run on biodiesel there is no contest---emissions are radically improved and the fuel consumed actually contains more energy (from the Earth's standpoint) than was used to produce it---because it comes from plants, which absorb free energy from the sun.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's available!
Joshua Tickell's splendid book gives detailed information about actually making your own biodiesel fuel - and it works!
On the other hand, if you are thinking of buying a used diesel car and want to buy biodiesel fuel to run it, but don't feel you have the time or know-how to make it yourself over time - there are now a few places where you can actually buy it - one on Maui, and one in New England - western Massachusetts - and perhaps more. If you search the Web for biodiesel, you'll find it! Good luck - and tell them we sent you!

3-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not economically feasible for most people
If you want to do something like this for your own amusement, this is a good book. It explains the what, how, and why of making old burger grease into biodiesel fuel, and I suppose it would be a fun project for some people. I know of two people who have, with results just as described: yes, Virginia, it runs.

Is it cost-effective as a source of fuel? Probably no. If you figure only your own time on a per-gallon basis, it's probably cheaper to pull up to the truck stop-before you fabricate any equipment, set aside the real estate, buy the wood alcohol and lye and the needed safety equipment to safely handle the incredibly caustic sodium methoxide, and set about getting the local burger joints to give you their used grease-a bigger challenge than the author expplains in many areas!

My only other proviso is I wouldn't put the stuff in my only go-to-work vehicle. Until you have got the process down there's the danger of taking out expensive injection pumps and injectors with water, debris, and sodium methoxide. Biodiesel may also be incompatible with seals and bearings in some diesel systems, so I would buy a second hobby vehicle to tinker with, one that you are comfortable working on yourself. No diesel manufacturer will cover problems induced by homemade biofuel under warranty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about biodiesel and more
If you going to run biodiesel (or straight veggie oil) people are going to have lots of questions for you, because most people are still unaware of biodiesel and those that have heard of it may not know a lot. I always figure that to be ready to field questions on a complex subject such as biodiesel, you need to know the facts in quite a bit of detail so you can boil them down to simple responses without distorting the truth. This is the book that covers all these bases for anyone remotely interested in biodiesel: pros/cons, sustainability, pollution info, vehicle warranties, how biodiesel is made, veggie oil conversions, etc., it's all here. You must buy this book if you are even considering running biodiesel!

5-0 out of 5 stars A new Paradigm in Alternative Fuels
Tickell's groundbreaking work is filled with great information on the economics and potential of vegetable oil-based fuels, as well as detailed information on how to make biodiesel (suitable for any diesel engine), as well as how to modify a diesel car to run on free, recycled waste vegetable oil. I got a kit to do it myself, and drove my car from Colorado to Missouri and back, all for FREE on waste vegetable oil. It really works, folks. These simple ideas will change the petroleum economics that run our country and the world. Imagine, growing own own oil domestically. Bush family look out! ... Read more


17. BMW Z3: Service Manual : 1.9, 2.3, 2.5i, 2.8, 3.0i, 3.2, Z3 Roadster, Z3 Coupe, M Roadster, M Coupe 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
by Bentley Publishers
list price: $119.95
our price: $75.57
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Asin: 0837612500
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Sales Rank: 43451
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Bentley Publishers is proud to announce the publication of the BMW Z3 Roadster Service Manual: 1996-2002. This repair manual supersedes our 1996 through 1998 BMW Z3 repair manual with four more model years of coverage and repair information for the M Coupe and M Roadster. With extensive new information as well as revisions throughout, this book is the comprehensive source of service information and technical specifications available for the BMW Z3 Roadster and Coupe.

Features: • Procedures for everything from oil change service to interpreting the malfunction indicator light (MIL). This manual tells you what to do and how and when to do it. • Engine and cylinder head service, including valve clearance adjustment on the S54 engine. • Information for specific driveability problems, including explanation of engine management systems and BMW OBD II diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). • Theory of operation and repair information for Bosch DME M5.2, Siemens DME MS 41.1, MS 42.1, MS 43.0, and MS S54 engine management, DISA (dual resonance intake system), resonance/turbulence intake manifold and single and double VANOS (Variable Camshaft Timing). • Transmission maintenance, troubleshooting, adjustment and repair, including hydraulic clutch, gearshift linkage, and driveshaft • Heating and air conditioning repair, including A/C component replacement. • Body adjustments and repairs, including convertible top replacement and adjustment. • Wiring schematics and extensive electrical component section specifying power distribution, grounds, and component locations with detailed illustrations and photos. • Comprehensive BMW factory tolerances, wear limits and tightening torques that you have come to expect from Bentley manuals.

Models, engines, and engine management systems covered Z3 4-cylinder • M44 engine with Bosch DME M5.2 Z3 6-cylinder • M52 engine with Siemens DME MS 41.1 • M52 TU engine with Siemens DME MS 42.1 • M54 engine with Siemens DME MS 43.0 • S52 engine with Siemens DME MS 41.1 • S54 engine with Siemens DME MS S54 Transmissions covered (remove, install, external service) Manual • Getrag S5D 250 G • ZF S5D 310 Z Automatic • A4S 270 R • A5S 360 R • A5S 390 R ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not good enough
Hard to find the parts because it has lots of drawings, not pictures.Not for the beginner.It doesn't explain in detail.It always says to bring the car to service center, instead of showing you how to do it yourself.

3-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive but. . .
This manual covers everything and gives excellent attention to routine service.Unlike some manuals, it is focussed on the BMW 3 series and gives very little 'general' advice.It also gives useful tips about obtaining speciality tools.The general explanations at the front of the manual are indispensible. On the down side, the drawings and photographs leave something to be desired.There are too few of them and they are quite confusing.There are no comprehensive pictures pointing out the key features and the text does not fill in the gaps. Compared directly with Haynes, this manual covers far more, has better electrical schematics and the entire book is devoted to one car.On the other hand, the explanations are not as clear and the diagrams and photographs are terrible. Overall, it is good value and coupled with a more basic and more graphic manual it is very helpful.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty comprehensive, but missing some details...
This big, expansive book just about covers everything for an E36 BMW this side of a factory service manual... However, there are some details that are missing (or that I can't find): like adjusting the throttle/accelerator linkage, and replacing the trim at the base of the windshield/engine compartment... Also, like the other service manuals, the indices aren't very detailed... I have the Chilton's and Haynes service manuals as well, but the Bentley's is definitely the best... But I would recommend owning all three service manuals to compare procedures (a "second opinion") and just in case a procedure is not covered by one of the other manuals...

3-0 out of 5 stars Yes, an E36 manual. Yes, it could be better.
I've been using Bentley Manuals to fix my cars for over 20 years. I couldn't wait until this BMW E36 Bentley book finally arrived. Well, it's a big thick book with lots of pictures, but it falls short of other effortsfrom Bentley. Before criticizing the publisher, BMW has made serviceinformation more difficult to obtain in recent years and this may explainthe lack of depth in some areas. For whatever reason, I found lots oftopics where the information is just plain non-existant. There are,however, good points about this maunual. For example, the routine servicerequired for BMW's INSPECTION 1 & 2 maintenance is well described,clear, and straightforward. This information alone justifies owning thisbook. Also, as with other Bentley books, the wiring diagrams are excellentand (as far as I can tell) accurate. But, where is the information aboutelectronic engine diagnostics? How does the ventilaltion system work?Where's the engine rebuild information? How about the fuel system?

Afterowning the wonderful Bentley Manuals for mid 80's VW's and Audi's, this E36book just doesn't contain the same depth of information. Many times I foundlocal Audi dealer mechanics using the Audi Bentley manual in their shop. Idoubt if you'll ever see this book used at a BMW dealer. For the E36enthusiast, there is only one choice; you have to buy this book as there isno other that compares. But as a comparison to other works from Bentley,this one just doesn't live up to the standards set from other works.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for the price, but not the best
While this manual has definite value to a 3 series owner, there are some drawbacks.

The schematics are good overall, but it did not cover later model cellular phone factory installed pre-wiring, for example.Also, thetechnique for removing the center console is vague (the Haynes book isbetter in this regard).I also noticed a photo of the dashboard was noteven from a 3 series??

However, the book contains a lot of goodinformation, which is not available elsewhere.

I recommend, it, but don'texpect a factory shop manual. ... Read more


18. Shift : Inside Nissan's Historic Revival
by CARLOS GHOSN
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Asin: 0385512902
Catlog: Book (2004-12-28)
Publisher: Currency
Sales Rank: 10141
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Nissan's turnaround is very compelling story; this book isnt
Carlos Ghosn is the pragmatic global citizen who rose through the ranks at Michelin and Renault before taking on the enormous challenge of turning around Nissan Motors. The performance he engineered with his teams has been extraordinary, and is certainly a story worth telling. Unfortunately, this book doesn't do the job. Instead, read "Turnaround : How Carlos Ghosn Rescued Nissan" by David Magee.

I purchased "Shift" because it was billed as having "insight into the Japanese way of doing business." Unfortunately, it fell short of that, and most anything else.This slim (200p.) whisp of work reads like a magazine article whipped up after one or two interviews; not the product of the person who catalyzed the turnaround.

Pros: Ghosn starts the book by introducing us to his beginnings, his family, and business experiences. His global worldview and background certainly served him well when he moved to Japan to take on this enormous challenge. His Lebanese, Brazilian, French, Brazilian, American, and French experiences certainly set him up to assimilate/communicate well in Japan.

Cons: Where's the beef?The book includes no relating about what it took to make things happen, how he communicated and transformed the culture of this moribund giant.

Overall, reads more like a mag article by a third party than a business memoir.

3-0 out of 5 stars This book is not about Nissan's new products.
This is more of a story of how a guy from Lebanon, raised in Brazil and educated in France became a CEO.I was expecting more about how Nissan came up with the fantastic designs for the G35, the new Z and other cars.Ghosn does mention that he pulled the design team out from the control of the engineers, but that's it.

This is a must read for folks thinking of running a multinational company.

4-0 out of 5 stars Rags to riches
A must read for all CEOs.As the world gets smaller and smaller through globalization, internet and superfast communications, every manufacturer from your local shop to General Motors needs to serve the 6 billion customers.Carlos Ghosn did it with passion, integrity and style.The fact that he can change the mindset of the Japanese management is truly remarkable.He is a hero in Nissan, Japan and a true role model for all CEOs. The book will be better if he can include more about the future US expansion plan. Rick Wagoner, watch out, he is after your job!

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19. Ford Ranger, Explorer, and Mountainer, 1991-99 (Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manual)
by Chilton
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Asin: 0801991315
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 56836
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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The Total Car Care series continues to lead all other do-it-yourself automotive repair manuals. This series offers do-it-yourselfers of all levels TOTAL maintenance, service and repair information in an easy-to-use format. Each manual covers all makes format. Each manual covers all makes and models, unless otherwise indicated.:Based on actual teardowns:Simple step-by-step procedures for engine overhaul, chassis electrical drive train, suspension, steering and more:Trouble codes:Electronic engine controls ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely HORRIBLE manual
******One-star is NOT LOW ENOUGH*******

Received book as Christmas gift couple years ago. I have a 1998 Explorer, and I continue to be frustrated by this sorry excuse for a manual.....erroneous info, and complete lack of depth. As I found out late last night, something as simple as documenting a fuse-box is complete garbage.

I've also owned Haynes manuals, and seem to have had better luck with them.

I can't imagine anyone who would be pleased with this manual, unless you require instructions on how to top up the wiper fluid.

2-0 out of 5 stars 1991-99 Ford Explorer Repair Manual
In section 6 the information for the windshield wiper motor is not applicable to my 1996 explorer. Also, there is no information about how to remove / replace the windshield washer spray nozzles. Or how to remove the cowling along the base of the windshield.

1-0 out of 5 stars Chilton's has lost touch with reality.
I purchased this book for needed factual, accurate information of which I got neither. I wanted to replace the lower ball joints on my '99 Ranger, so I bought this book. Take note: on page 8-4 it states specifically that the 1998-99 Ranger does NOT have coil springs. This of course is hogwash as my '99 most definitely has coil springs. In addition, it states on page 8-8 that the ball joint is an integral part of the lower control arm. This, too, is complete hogwash. Please be advised that this book is RIFE with erroneous information - including any pictures contained therein. I have lost all faith in Chilton's ability to present the correct information on ANY automobile.

1-0 out of 5 stars Computer Module? This book only lists ONE!
There are several computer modules on my ford explorer. I bought this book to list them, and guess what, It lists just one. And its detailed instructions on how to access that module was "remove dash to expose computer module" and no diagrams. I dont know about you, but behind MY dash is a Buttload of stuff behind my dash, and not only that, but my dash comes apart in sections, so just what section I wonder?

Useless! Breaks it covers fairly well, good thing that the explorer, ranger, and mountaineer all use the same breaking system(cough cough)cause it lists just one way.

Good thing the electronic diagrams are the same for all the vehicle types(cough cough) for all listed vehicles from 1991 to 1999 as it onlyu lists one vehicle schematic, otherwise Id be lost.

Good thing there was a mechanic within calling distance to put back together everything I ripped out per the chiltons book, otherwise Id be walking.......

5-0 out of 5 stars Very thorough
I liked this book because I was tired of taking my Explorer to the shop. I was also very curious as to what made my Explorer tick, since there are so many computer modules inside. I reccomend this book to anyone who wants to repair their own Ford and save a bundle. ... Read more


20. The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars
by David Lillywhite
list price: $34.98
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Asin: 1571459901
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA)
Sales Rank: 18923
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Book Description

The Encyclopedia of Classic Cars lists over 1000 of the world’s most coveted cars, clearly ordered by manufacturer for easy reference. Detailed text is included on development and technical features as well as specification tables, listing every fact and figure imaginable. With over 1300 color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations, this is the ideal reference work for car enthusiasts and casual readers alike. ... Read more


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