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121. FORD Trucks & SUVs 1976-00
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122. Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion
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123. Nascar Best Shots: The Greatest
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121. FORD Trucks & SUVs 1976-00 (CD-ROM in Jewel Case)
by Chilton
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Chilton
Sales Rank: 118084
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Delmar Learning brings Chilton Automotive Repair Information into the 21st century with their new Chilton Total Car Care Consumer CD-ROMs. These CDs allow users to decide which one specific Truck or Sport Utility Vehicle they will have access to from a selection of over 150 of the most popular vehicles on the road today. When users make their selection, theyll find that the CD provides TOTAL repair, maintenance, and service information for the vehicle that they choose.Based on actual teardowns, the information for each vehicle provides users of all levels with access to the most accurate, complete, and up-to-date mechanical repair instructions and specifications in an easy-to-use format. The search function in each CD makes it simple to find specific procedures - it even searches and lists every procedure that pertains to a specific component. Each disc includes a detailed and illustrated glossary and an easy-to-use table of contents, as well as the ability to make helpful notes for reference. Information is provided in simple step-by-step procedures for engine overhaul, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more. Hundreds of photos and illustrations support the repair procedures on each disc to simplify even the most complex job. The discs also include wiring diagrams, troubleshooting, and diagnostics, as well as maintenance and specification charts.Vehicles covered include: Trucks & SUVs 1976-2000 Full-Size Ford Trucks and SUVs 1976-2000 including F-100, F-150, F-250, F-350, and F-Super Duty Pick-Ups; Bronco (1978 and later); Chassis Cab, Commercial Chassis and F-Series Motor Home Chassis; Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator Compact Ford Trucks and SUVs 1983-1999 including Bronco II, Explorer, Ranger, Splash, and Mercury Mountaineer ... Read more


122. Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion
by the staff of The Star and the members of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America
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Asin: 0837610338
Catlog: Book (2005-04)
Publisher: Bentley Publishers
Sales Rank: 262695
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Technical insights on service, repair, maintenance and procedures compiled from over 45 years of The Star, the magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America

Since 1956, informed Mercedes-Benz owners have relied upon The Star, the magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, for advice about maintenance, service and repair of their cars. Bentley Publishers has collected some of the best of these do-it-yourself articles and tech tips into the Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion™. No matter which Mercedes-Benz model you drive or desire, this compilation will serve as a valuable technical reference to help you understand and care for your Mercedes-Benz.

This insightful and informed technical compilation has something for the Mercedes-Benz owner, service professional and enthusiast. You will also find useful technical guidance that pertains to Mercedes-Benz vehicles in general, based on the contributors' long-time dedication to Mercedes-Benz service and ownership.

Article topics collected in the Mercedes-Benz Technical Companion™ include:

* Technical and Restoration Forum: questions and answers on subjects such as bleeding brakes, aligning headlights, choosing fuel and preparing a vehicle for storage.

* Maintenance and preservation procedures—from resetting the service indicator lights to washing and waxing your car.

* Heating and air-conditioning system repair including rebuilding the automatic climate control push button unit and converting from R-12 to R-134a.

* Driving tips, including the difference between torque and horsepower, and tire selection. You will even find informative diagrams showing oversteer, understeer and vehicle dynamics.

* Step-by-step instructions on how to replace shock absorbers and air suspension bellows.

* How to choose a repair shop, as well as extensive model, chassis and engine number comparison charts.

* Fixes for vacuum door locks, mechanical clocks and trip odometers.

* Detailed electronic component repairs, such as the Becker Electronic Grand Prix radio and W210 E-Class seat control switch. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a review from an author to the publisher
The book looks serious, useful, and beautiful.It's handsomely put together, and it gives an excellent impression.Thank you for publishing it.I had contributed chapters to books before, but this is the first one that people may actually read. ... Read more


123. Nascar Best Shots: The Greatest Photography in Nascar History (NASCAR Library Collection)
by Richard Petty
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Asin: 0756605814
Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
Sales Rank: 2030
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From the very first NASCAR Winston Cup race in Daytona to President Bush's congratulating the 2003 Winston Cup winners, NASCAR's Best Shots offers the most compelling images of one of America's fastest growing sport. See spectacular photographs of emotional wins, spectacular crashes (from which drivers walk away unharmed), spinouts, smoke signals, pit crews at work, and fans enjoying the show. Witness some of he best drivers, fastest tracks, and great moments in the 53-year history of NASCAR. ... Read more


124. Investment Biker : Around the World with Jim Rogers
by JIM ROGERS
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Asin: 0812968719
Catlog: Book (2003-04-08)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Sales Rank: 10728
Average Customer Review: 3.98 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Legendary investor Jim Rogers gives us his view of theworld on a twenty-two-month, fifty-two-country motorcycle odyssey in his bestselling business/adventure book, Investment Biker, which has already sold more than 200,000 copies.

Before you invest another dollar anywhere in the world (including the United States), read this book by the man Time magazine calls “the Indiana Jones of finance.”

Jim Rogers became a Wall Street legend when he co-founded the Quantum Fund. Investment Biker is the fascinating story of Rogers’s global motorcycle journey/investing trip, with hardheaded advice on the current state and future direction of international economies that will guide and inspire investors interested inforeign markets.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written rant by a "Master of the Universe"
This is a book about what a Tom Wolfe-style Master of the Universe does on holiday. It's nearly impossible to have an "adventure" when you are carrying 10(!) platinum credit cards. He got cold and wet a few times, worried about finding gas, didn't always have hotel rooms up to his standards, and had delays at some borders. Maybe the adventure was resisting the urge to buy an air-ticket to New York on his Visa card.

Mr. Rogers' writing is very poor. It is loaded with clichés. He and Tabitha are always zooming on powerful steeds into gorgeous scenery, or steep, craggy mountains into glitzy, glamorous hotspots or delightful, cozy hostels, or across hot, empty, flat deserts into dumps that are not up to American standards. He'll "describe" the Andes as "the top of the world" (p. 315) for five short sentences and then move on to more important matters like further adventures with border guards and investing.

Mr. Rogers is woefully ignorant about the places he goes. He views the world through the tiny keyhole of economics. Most of the "interesting facts" he mentions about theses places are just wrong. One indicative example: He describes the Moreno Glacier in Argentina as, "one of the few in the world still moving." (p. 294) I found myself laughing out loud many times.

I rode a bicycle around the world for 19 months at about the same time Mr. Rogers was having his "adventure." I am stunned that he perceived so little in his long travels. He appears to have been completely unchanged by the experience. Considering his mode of travel (making time) and attitude towards the local people, I'm not surprised he didn't connect well.

This is not a travel book: Mr. Rogers uses his trip as a way to sell a long economic rant. You can save yourself a lot of time by just reading his final chapter, "Afterword." I will summarize his position: governments are bad; smart, rich guys like me are good. Many of his predictions are laughably wrong. He advocated selling the US economy short in 1993. Check the plots for the S&P 500 for the last 7 years ...

If you want to understand the distribution of goods in the world, read "Guns, Germs, and Steel," by Jared Diamond. If you want to read about a real motorcycle trip, read Ted Simon's "Jupiter's Travels." "Investment Biker," a classic? Ridiculous.

I rated it two stars instead of the minimum of one because there must be some good investing advice in there somewhere, based on what I have heard and read. Also, he helpfully breaks up the text into obvious sections. When he spins off into another (identical) rant against the local, benighted government, you can just skip to the end of that section and get on with the trip.

5-0 out of 5 stars Investment Guidance and Travel Sketch
The author, Jim Rogers, is a international investor and bike adventurer. By reading this book, through the author's eyes you can experience a graet world bike adventure. In this tour, you are going to see natives' lives and cultures in those countries, even to understand those and world economics, for as a investor on the bike the author observes those areas in detail from many viewpoints. It's interesting and useful to read this book, by which you can enjoy a world bike adventure and study economics.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Bad for a School Assignment
The Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Roger would not have been a book I would have chosen to read on my own but, after being assigned to it I would recommend it to those interested in world economy, travel and BMW motorcycles. One follows Roger around the world on his 22-month expedition of six continents and numerous economies and societies. Along with his girlfriend, Tabitha, Roger, a Wall Street legend, entertains with antecedents from his trip, while giving valuable insight of each economy he comes across. Roger is known from revitalizing the "Sleeping Beauty" that is the Austrian stock market. Over the 65,067 miles traveled BMW motorcycles and thousands more by boat, plane and train, Roger experiences first hand global societies, international economies and how they are seceding and failing around the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
One of the best travel narratives about motorcycle touring ever written. Plus, you get Rogers' insights into where to put your money. Fortunately, the motorcycle touring takes precedent over Rogers' relentlessly money-focused view of the world. To my mind, the finest book about motorcycle adventures is "Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro's Cuba," Christopher P. Baker's fascinating and sometimes hilarious, sometimes hair-raising story of a 7,000-mile journey and justifiably the winner of both the 2002 "Travel Book of the Year" and the North American Travel Journalist Association's Awards of Excellence "Grand Prize."

1-0 out of 5 stars Driving whilst looking in the rear view mirror...
...assures you of one thing: eventually driving into a tree.

This is what Rogers' observations remind me of.

It has been a while since I picked up Jim Rogers' diatribe on markets and countries. I am motivated to write this review after hearing that Rogers is still commenting on markets, and is still as wrong as ever. With the test of time, it is useful to go back and see not only how dim someone can be, but how ironic it is to be a traveller that is obtuse to all around you.

First of all, this book is definitely NOT worth purchasing. Rather, it is best to borrow a copy from someone willing to admit they own it -- as I did. Then, do your friend a favor and discard of the book so that no one else needs to needlessly suffer the pain.

Second, there are many better books to read out there if you enjoy the pain of pouring over words written by someone who is entirely in love with himself.

Third, if you like "biker" books, read Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance," which is a much better read about a traveller confronting not only his own ghosts but reacting to his environment.

Fourth, if you want to read about investing, you would not harm yourself by reading Grantham & Dodd, Buffet or Marc Faber.

Lastly, if you are still determined to spend your hard-earned cash, donate it to charity. ... Read more


125. Total Control: High-Performance Street Riding Techniques
by Lee Parks
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Asin: 0760314039
Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Sales Rank: 4149
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Today’s super high-performance bikes are the most potent vehicles ever sold to the public and they demand advanced riding skills. This is the perfect book for riders who want to take their street riding skills to a higher level. Total Control explains the ins and outs of high-performance street riding. Lee Parks, one of the most accomplished riders, racers, authors and instructors in the world, helps riders master the awe-inspiring performance potential of modern motorcycles.

This book gives riders everything they need to develop the techniques and survival skills necessary to become a proficient, accomplished, and safer street rider. High quality photos, detailed instructions, and professional diagrams highlight the intricacies and proper techniques of street riding. Readers will come away with a better understanding of everything from braking and cornering to proper throttle control, resulting in a more exciting yet safer ride. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun to read *and* very educational
This book has been a real treat to read. Similar to fellow Motorcycle Consumer News writer David Hough, Lee Parks uses a lighthearted writing style coupled with clear diagrams and pictures to get his points across. The result is an instructional book that's so fun to read that you barely notice that you're learning things.

Learn, however, you will. Parks covers motorcycling from every angle: chassis dynamics, mental dynamics, body dynamics, machine setup, rider setup. Even though the book is ostensibly for "high performance street riders", the illustrations use all sorts of motorcycles, from a Hayabusa to a GoldWing to a fully dressed Harley -- emphasizing that the skills learned in this book can be applied to any street rider, anywhere, on any bike. A lot of points that I learned originally from David Hough's Proficient Motorcycling are repeated in Total Control, which I think is wonderful. Hough, and now Parks, make superb -- and very accessible -- suggestions.

It's really the book's well-rounded attitude that puts it towards the top of my list. While I'm always on the lookout for more ways to improve my lines and quicken my turns, I really appreciate a book which tells me flat out that attitude is just as important as lap times. Even my personal favorite non-motorcycling motorcycle topics, fitness and ergonomics, are covered in Total Control. Though now I have even fewer excuses for procrastinating those sit-ups...

5-0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer!
If you do well by reading and learning, This is a must read!!!
If you are considering a sports bike, buy this before you spend the thousands of dollars. I have read Park's, Total Control and Hough's More proficient motorcycle riding. Park's book is more geared to the proper mechanics of riding. Hough's book addresses the crap to look out for on the road.
The BIG difference is the examples he uses to further explain the process. They are with out a doubt some of the best examples I have seen for teaching a sports related process.
He goes into proper bike set up. He adresses saftey gear, Suspension set up, traction,steering, and probably the biggest gorilla Fear. Let's face it Motorcycling is about the thrill of carving a turn. Managing that so it remains a thrill and not down right scary is the goal for me. Mr Park's really hit a homerun with his Mental Dynamics section.
Enjoy your copy cause I'm not loaning mine out!

5-0 out of 5 stars great book for the novice
I had looked at numerous books for a new driver, me, at 48 years old and just starting to ride, I didn't want to learn how to race, just drive safely and confidently. Most of the books I looked at were targeted to the racer, not this one.
The writing style, content and information is top notch, the first time riding after reading half the book I could relate to the information and felt more confidence, (not 100% but it'll come:-)). Would definetly recommend this book for a new or even an experienced driver....Mike

5-0 out of 5 stars Total Control
To be frank when I saw the title "Total Control" my first thought was "what an ego this guy has." But as an avid reader of Motorcycle Consumer News and skills books in general I decided to taken the plunge.

Am I glad I did. The book is a very entertaining read filled with clear descriptions and advice on how to improve one's riding skills. "Total Control" covers all the aspects of machine and rider dynamics in a clear, concise style. Unique to this book are its drills the reader can try in an appropriate location.

For reference, I have read everything Code, Hough, Ienatsch and Roberts have published. All are very good texts with their own point of view. In my view "Total Control" is one of the better values for street riders.

If you are serious about your riding I would highly recommend adding this book to your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for every rider
Well explained topics, full of graphics and photographs, this book is a perfect aid for those riders wanting to get the most of their bikes. It deals with technical subjects like suspension set-up and aerodynamics, as well as human topics like attitude, fear and fitness. Don't get misled by the title, since the techniques taught there apply to every bike type, not only to hi-performance superbikes. Written in a plain understandable language and including just the right and needed math formulae, Mr. Parks leads the reader through the entire book without much pain even for the complete novice rider. He even adds the right amount of subtle humour also.
Great book, highly recommendable. ... Read more


126. Porsche : The Road from Zuffenhausen
by DENNIS ADLER
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Asin: 0375502165
Catlog: Book (2003-11-04)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 3770
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A lavishly illustrated history of the most recognized sports-car maker in the world—Porsche—a story that began more than a century ago.

Porsche: The Road from Zuffenhausen is the first book in more than twenty-five years to chronicle in such meticulous detail the early years of the renowned automobile company. Perfect for the more than 500,000 Porsche owners and the millions of Porsche enthusiasts, Porsche is a lively narrative of the cars and the people who created them. In the opening chapters, the reader will find the true heart of Porsche and its dedication to design and engineering, and then move on to the pre–World War II development of the first Porsche prototypes, as well as the development of the Volkswagen by Professor Ferdinand Porsche in the late 1930s. The story of the company’s early postwar years in Austria is a tale of commitment to an idea, an idea that resulted in the first 356 model and in a very short time established Porsche as one of Germany’s leading car makers.

Here is the entire history not only of the 356 but also of the development of competition versions, and of the evolution of the 550 RSK and the legendary 904 Carrera GTS. The story of the 911 occupies half the book, as this model has survived for nearly four decades—the longest production of any single postwar automobile design.

The narrative is brilliantly complemented by wonderful historical documents and photographs from the factory archives, provided through the cooperation of Porsche AG and the Porsche family, as well as original color photography by the author.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Find this book for less money......
I found this spectacular book via Yahoo! Shopping for $42.99. No, not used either! I highly recommend this book and I highly recommend Yahoo! Shopping! They got it to me fast too....like my 911 Turbo! This book is a great addition to my coffee table. Enjoy the book and enjoy your Porsche.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great historical retrospective
Of all the Porsche books out there, this is the easiest to read and understand of any I have seen. The author has a very entertaining style of writing. The book not only follows the history of the company but the people who built it, so it is also about the Porsche family and over 100 years of Porsche designed automobiles. The color photographs are excellent and there are more original historic B&W photos than I have ever seen in a book of this type. What I like most is, this is a book anyone can enjoy reading, even if they are not an expert on Porsche. A beautiful coffee table book and historic reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow... This is totally new.....
Most of the Porsche books offered today are just rehashed copies of older ones with updated covers and a few pictures of the newer models thrown in for good measure. This book has pictures we have never seen before and we have practically every book about Porsche's published in English (and a few in German too). It is very informative. All Porschephiles should add this book to their collection. This is a great find and Amazon has it at a Great Price!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The (un)Authorized Truth
With Butzi Porsche writing the foreword, you know this is the real deal. Pictures never seen before of the beginning all the way up to breathtaking fashion shots of the latest models. The writing is excellent, clear and page-turning fun. Well Done! ... Read more


127. Understanding Automotive Electronics, Sixth Edition
by William B. Ribbens, Norman P. Mansour
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Asin: 0750675993
Catlog: Book (2002-12-23)
Publisher: Newnes
Sales Rank: 66660
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In addition, the new edition explains new electronically controlled vehicle motion control systems including advanced suspension, electronically controlled electric power steering, 4-wheel steering and electronically controlled electric brakes. The braking systems are part of an integrated motion control system that couples ABS brakes; traction control and variable vehicle dynamics for enhanced stability are also described. The development of hybrid/electric vehicles and their associated electronic control/monitoring systems as well as the new technologies incorporated into conventional gasoline and diesel-fueled engines are also discussed.

*Extensive revision of a popular text
*Covers the shift from 14-volt to 42-volt systems
*Includes information on future automotive elctronic systems
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatment of engine controls
The book title, Understanding Automotive Electronics, is an understatement. This book, in chapters 5, 6, and 7, gives one of the best explanations of modern engine control systems I have ever read. Every major concept of OBD-II vehicles is discussed in clear precise language. These chapters alone are worth the price of the book.

My favorite feature of the book is the end of chapter questions which can be used to test your understanding of the material. And in the back of the book, you can check your answers.

Be careful when buying automotive books. Many are written by good in-shop mechanics who have poor writing skills. This book is different. Mr. Ribbens not only knows his stuff but can communicate it to others as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Understanding Automotive Electronics
Great text for students and professional technicians on the operation, diagnostics, and troubleshooting of automotive electrical,and electronic systems. Lots of information on sensors. This was easy to understand with lots of illustrations. ... Read more


128. The ISO/TS 16949 Answer Book
by Radley M. Smith, Roderick A. Munro, Ronald J. Bowen
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Asin: 1932828001
Catlog: Book (2004-05)
Publisher: Paton Pr
Sales Rank: 201251
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The replacement of QS-9000 by ISO/TS 16949:2002 is already underway. The ISO/TS 16949 Answer Book provides assistance to anyone seeking to better understand ISO/TS 16949:2002 and its application in the automotive supply chain. This is the follow-up to the hugely popular QS-9000 Answer Book. It’s a valuable resource in helping automotive suppliers add value to their organization while preparing for registration.

Following the process described in this book will provide your organization with the means to take significant steps toward the development of a value-adding quality management system.

Contents
• Introduction and Implementation
• Lessons Learned from QS-9000
• Introduction to ISO/TS 16949:2002
• Quality Management System
• Management Responsibility
• Resource Measurement
• Product Realization
• Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement
• Production Part Approval Process
• Advanced Product Quality Planning and Control Plan
• Potential Failure Mode and Effects Analysis
• Statistical Process Control
• Measurement System Analysis
• IATF supporting Documents
• Customer-Specific Requirements
• Internal Auditing
• Management Review
• Issues from ISO/TS 16949:2002 Registration Audits to Date
• Conclusion(s) and Beginning(s)
• IATF-Approved ISO/TS 16949:2002 Registrars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resourcefor TS
The authors have captured the entire intent of the Automotive Standard and the requirements to meet todays customer needs.They have also offered some valuable insights and suggestions for transitioning and/or continually improving the organizations processes to meet automotive wants.I highly recommend this for top management teams, middle managers and internal auditors. ... Read more


129. Auto Fundamentals: How and Why of the Design, Construction, and Operation of Automobiles : Applicable to All Makes and Models
by Martin W. Stockel, Martin T. Stockel, Chris Johanson
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Asin: 1590703251
Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
Publisher: Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher
Sales Rank: 149406
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130. Toyota Celica, 1986-93 (Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manual)
by Chilton
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Asin: 0801984130
Catlog: Book (1993-08-01)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 84876
Average Customer Review: 3.67 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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4-0 out of 5 stars This book DOES cover the AllTrac models
While not the best (compared to the Factory Manual, aka "BGB" (Big Green Book)), it is better than the Haynes manual for the ST16x and ST18x celica models because it covers all the models, including the rare AllTrac (AWD Turbo) models, the ST165 and ST185. The Haynes covers the FWD Celicas only. This is an important point to make, as I have an AllTrac and the Haynes does not help me at all. Also, this book has a lot more information than the Haynes-- even the thickness (page numbers) comparison should tell you that. For a maintenance/DIY manual, this is something you want to have, especially considering that the next best manual is the official factory manual (BGB) which will cost you about $100 and possible waiting for special order from the dealer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good manual
Has all the info I need, haven't found any inaccuracies yet. Some information is not TOO easy to find but it's hard to think of things that are NOT covered. Especially has a complete set of wiring diagrams, although an index for those 220 pages of wiring diagrams would have been nice! I made my own, after getting tired of browsing every time.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Title for your review
Mostly useful. Sometimes inaccurate. Some important things missing. ... Read more


131. Rochester Carburetors: Tune, Rebuild or Modify
by Doug Roe
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Asin: 0895863014
Catlog: Book (1986-08-01)
Publisher: HP Books
Sales Rank: 130285
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Q-Jet fans
This is an excellent book for anyone wanting to know how to rebuild, tune, or trick out a Q-jet - Assuming you have some mechanical skill and can follow directions.
Ive used it for my first rebuild, and refer to it whenever I have to deal with a Q-Jet. Two barrel owners will be disappointed though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource
Pontiac owners will benefit from this book. It is good for those with 4bbl Rochester Quadrajets. Those carbs are not as difficult as some people say. All you need is the knowledge and brilliant illustrations this book provides. Go for it!

1-0 out of 5 stars Rochester Book
Way too vague in many areas. I think the instruction sheet from a Carb. Kit is just as helpful as this book is for my situation. I suppose for other needs than mine it would be alright.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rochester Carburetors
This book is for Quadajets only! Two barrels have extremely minimal space in this book. It contains no specs for the setup and tuning of individual two barrels and should not be advertised as covering them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Technical data, Good pictures
After bying the Haynes manual which was fairly detailed with it's description of removal and disassembly, I found it lacking detailed information on exacly how this specific carburator works and how to get to actually meter correctly. So, I bought this book. If there is a better book with more detailed information about the Rochester carburator, than this book by Doug Roe, I haven't found it. There is although a reference in the book on setting the air bleed valve (pg95) which then refers you to the "manufacturer's idle mixture adjustment procedure" and does not tell you where that procedure may be found, so I relied on my vacuum gauge and brake jack performance test to fine tune this. Also, pictures of detailed adjustments could be larger, and details of special tools could be more clear. ... Read more


132. Chilton's BMW 318/325/M3/525/535/M5 1989-93 Repair Manual (Chilton's Total Car Care)
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Asin: 0801984270
Catlog: Book (1994-04-01)
Publisher: W G Nichols Pub
Sales Rank: 318548
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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2-0 out of 5 stars Don't do it if you have a 1989 325
While the book appears to go in depth on certain models, if you have an E30 model, don't bother.Buy another book.All of the photos are for later models, and the instructions breeze over the surface for the 325 series.It's not worth the money.

3-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book if and only if you have a E34 M5.
The depth it goes is too superficial!! An inexperienced DIY will find it hard to appreciate. The wiring diagram occupied nearly half of the pages. However, all the above shortcomings are forgiven, as this is the only bookwith specifications of the E34 M5.

1-0 out of 5 stars poor
This is the only book that covers my 91 318is, and it does not give instructions in detail, and often skips esential steps.It does however, have useful wiring diagrams. ... Read more


133. Auto Repair For Dummies
by DeannaSclar
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Catlog: Book (1999-09-16)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 2787
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Most of us don’t know the first thing about the machines we’re licensed to drive – and this can turn a ticket to freedom into a ticket to trouble. If you’re like most people, you probably tend to drive around until something goes wrong with the car. You then incur the expense of replacing worn and burnt-out parts (or the entire engine) when low-cost, regular maintenance could have kept your wheels turning for a long time.

Auto Repair For Dummies is indispensable for anyone who is tired of nodding and smiling at the incomprehensible mutterings of your mechanic, only to end up shelling out money for repairs that you neither fully understand nor always need. This easy-to-understand guide is also for you if you

  • Don't have the vaguest idea of how a car works.
  • Can't identify anything you see under the hood of your vehicle.
  • Are tired of other people assuming (especially if you’re a teenager or a woman) that you aren’t capable of handling repairs yourself.
  • Don't want to feel helpless in an emergency.
  • Are tired of being ripped off because of your own ignorance.

This book shows you how your car works; what it needs in the way of tender loving care; and how to keep from being overcharged if you need to entrust repairs to someone else. Auto Repair For Dummies also gives you the scoop on these topics and more:

  • What makes your vehicle go (and how and why)
  • A program of "preventive medicine" to avoid trouble
  • Shopping for tools and knowing how to use them
  • Diesel engines and alternatively powered cars
  • How to keep your car looking its best
  • Dealing with on-road emergencies
  • Checking your tires, alignment, and steering

By handling the simple maintenance and tune-ups and being able to diagnose trouble and perform the less complex repairs yourself, you’ll save some serious money. Once you break the ice (or crack open the hood), the heady sense of power will carry you through basic car repair and maintenance with confidence and ease. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Auto Maintenance for Dummies is more like it
It's not really the fault of the author, but it lacks a lot of information. You're better off buying a text book for automotive service. You can find good ideas from the local college that has classes, better yet, take their introductory class if you can.

It's a good primer and goes through the systems but it recommends more often than not to seek professional help.

You're also better off just getting the service manual of your car from Chilton and Hayes if you want to fix your car. See if you can find this book in the library or bookstore and just browse through the pages in an hour or two. It's definitely not worth having in your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book with other things.
While in CA I had a bad experience getting an oil change. The jiffy lube guy forgot to put the oil filler cap back on. I noticed the engine sound difference right away but since I didn't consider myself an expert in any way I didn't do anything. Well, for 2 weeks I drove my car. After driving for 10 minutes everytime the car would fill up with a oil burning smell and after I parked the car there would be the oil puddle on the road.

Finally I forced myself to open the hood and found the problem immediately. The oil cap was still wedged between the hoses where the JL guy left it. Luckily it hadn't fallen off, otherwise I would've never found the problem with my lack of car skills.

I went back to JL and told them what happenned. There appeared to be a discussion in the inside office. I peeked inside and saw the supervisor was laughing his head off. The guy who worked on my car came out and apologized. The manager appeared apologetic and offered to clean up the splattered oil mess under my hood if I would leave the car for a couple of days. Yeah right, like I would...after what happenned.

After this experience I looked if I could change the oil myself. I'd bought this dummies book a couple years eralier and it was gathering dust on my shelf. I'd never seriously read the book and like most people I thought dummies were just a quick brush thru of car concepts...not for the real hands-on person. So I went and bought the Haynes repair manual for my corolla (about $20).

I did an oil change and realised 2 things: One, it was incredibly simple. Two, it takes about 30 minutes for the oil to drain out (actually even after 30 minutes there is a slow drip coming out). That made me think of the 10-minute oil change you see advertized in some shops. The mechanics probably let it drain for 2-minutes max. That means there's still a half-liter of old oil still in the crankcase.

Since then I have always change my own oil except when there's snow on the ground since I live in an Apt (don't have my own garage).

The Haynes manual has a vareity of other stuff to do on your car and I realised that I needed some hands-on instruction. So I took a 14-class night course at the local community college ($250) which has really taught me a lot. The book followed there was Jack Erjavec's Automotive Technology which is an expensive but 'utltimate' book for automobiles.

While studying for the exam, I came upon this dummies book on my shelf and I was struck by the clear, consise explanation and neat drawings which rivalled those in Erjavec's. I mentally kicked myself for not reading this dummies book that I had with me all the time. The Haynes manual had all the right steps needed for any job, but little or no explanation or not easy to understand, about the system or basic concepts and the photographs are pathetic.

Since then, apart from oil changes, I have flushed the cooling system, cleaned and reinstalled the battery, changed the air filter and other simple stuff. I would try more stuff if I had a garage.

To cut it short, if you're like me (you aren't a auto-maniac, but you can fix afew things around the house) you need three things:
This book by Scalar for very good system concepts, drawings and reasonably detailed repair steps. A fully detailed repair book like haynes or Chilton's for your particular car. Finally a small evening course in a local communnity college on auto fundamentals would make you really comfortable with your car. (Off course you need to buy some tools too). Good luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
I purchased Auto Repair for Dummies back when I bought my first car in 1981/82. I bought a Vega and the combination of the car that needed constant repair and the guidance of this book, gave me the confindence of knowing that I can indeed fix a vehicle. The book is over 20 years old now, I would never part with it (even though it is out of date), but it's very well used and I think any new driver who would like to save money would benefit from this book. I think my last big job I did to a car was about 4 years ago when a friend and I replaced four bent valves in my Honda Civic (I was a little hasty replacing a timing belt and did it wrong). But along with the vehicle's Hayne's manual, I always had Auto Repair for Dummies along side. If the newer version stands up like the one I have it is well worth buying. I can't work on cars anymore because I am disabled but I always mention to others that this is a book worth reading and keeping on hand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners, but mostly about older car systems...
This book is excellent for anyone who has no idea about how cars work and what parts under the hood have what functions... I do think though, it lacks information about fairly modern technology that is being used in cars... It highlights the workings of cars mostly in the 70's, 80's without much emphasis on newer generation cars... But i still feel, it is important to have a sound knowledge about the original, more simplistic systems of the car before advancing to the newer, more efficient and complicated systems...

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't Recommend Highly Enough
Obviously I am a dummy because this book is exactly what I needed. Although I can figure out how to open the hood, pretty much everything else about that machine is a mystery. When my car made 200,000 miles it developed a rough idle. What a horror! A car with that many miles with a rough idle! Boy, have the mechanics been licking their chops with my check book. I've had the head gasket checked twice. Three different mechanics said that the engine would need different major repairs, all different parts of it. In this book I read the Chapter which includes information on the PCV valve, went to the dealer to buy one myself, took it to a mechanic to have it installed (he said the whole time that this couldn't possibly be the problem and charged me for some other work) and now the car runs fine. Don't know how long that will last but THANKS!!! to the author of this book. I don't want to know how to fix my car, I just want to be able to get it fixed without getting taken and I wish I had found this book 40,000 miles ago. ... Read more


134. Camaro Restoration Handbook: Ground-Up or Sectional Restoration Tips and Techniques for 1967 to 1981 Camaros. All Models Included
by Tom Currao, Ron Sessions
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Asin: 0895863758
Catlog: Book (1990-07-01)
Publisher: HP Books
Sales Rank: 23179
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very good reference for part numbers and options packages.
This book provides a very complete and easily used reference on Camaro part numbers, options packages, and tips for show-quality restorations. It greatly aids planning on a "real" restoration (that is, returning the car to its original factory condition), providing enough information to identify virtually every part in the car. For example, it provides decoding information for the numeric stamp on Camaro transimissions (which is otherwise unintelligible). It also provides a large number of B&W photos and diagrams of parts and assemblies. The book is limited to 1st generation (1967-1969) Camaros, but is suprisingly thick despite this fact, at 288 8.5"x11" pages.

What this book is not so good for is the actual restoration work; if you're looking for a guide on how to repair body panels and reupholster seats interior, look to Tom Carrao & Ron Sessions' "Camaro Restoration Handbook". As a reference for planning your restoration, however, I feel that this book would be very difficult to beat. It is a very good place to start learning about auto restoration, and you'll find yourself turning to it again and again as the work proceeds.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have a Camaro z 28 1980
I have a camaro 1980 z 28 and looking for your book Camaro Restoration Handbook ground up or sectional restoration tips and techniques 1967-1981. Can you get back in touch with me on how can i get your book. My camaro also has t-tops . We are looking to restore it but we can't find any kind of books and i found this one on your website. Please get back in touch with me ksevin@bellsouth.net ... Read more


135. Sheet Metal Handbook
by Ron Fournier, Sue Fournier
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Asin: 0895867575
Catlog: Book (1989-07-01)
Publisher: HP Books
Sales Rank: 19298
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Order This Book!
I found this book the very best covering creating complex metal forms out of flat metal sheet. Anyone interestaed in forming unique parts or limited series sheet metal products will find a wealth of information. Anybody interested in Aircraft construction and repair, automotive prototypes, racing cars and compond-curve fabrication will find this book of extreme interest.

Did you ever wonder how those beautiful streamlined surfaces on boats, yachts, aircraft and racing cars are made today? There are two possible answers: fiberglass or sheet metal. I can guarantee that skilled craftsmen can produce those beautiful forms, faster, stronger and cheaper with metal than with fiberglass!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book for beginner
I only have a few metal working tools in my garage but I enjoy the craft and I have spent quite a bit of time learning the tricks. This is the best book I have found on sheet metal. I picked up a lot of tricks and techniques that I have not found in any other book. Get this book before you tackle that next project, you will be glad you did!

5-0 out of 5 stars unfair reviews
The negative review about the misleading title is very unfair.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must if you are interested in hand metal fabriction
This is a book which will explain you the techniques of building "one of a type" metal shaping techniques most people think are done in big presses.. sorry this is not the case, prototypes and many aircraft parts are still made today with the techniques shown in this excellent book... an excellent primer!

1-0 out of 5 stars relates to automotive restorataion
this book reviews restoration of automobiles more that actual manufacturing related sheet metal forming. The title is a little misleading. ... Read more


136. Fuel from Water: Energy Independence With Hydrogen
by Michael A. Peavey, Peavey Michael A.
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Asin: 0945516045
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: Merit Products
Sales Rank: 41307
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Poorly written college paper in form of cheap book
This is an old college technical paper, put together to look like a book.
It is very poorly written, but probably technically correct.
The book jumps around with no particular sequence or direction.
If you are not an electrochemical engineer in training who likes really bad diagrams ( bordering on hand written ) and REALLY TERRIBLE photographs ( which look like somebody's 3rd pass Xerox copies of twenty five year old black and white photos ) you will not like this book.
It may be of assistance to a engineering student, who may need some of the obscure tables and reeeeally bad graphs.
It looks like this guy printed this on a Commodore 64, in his basement,,,, him self,,,,, twenty years ago!!!!!!!
The technical knowledge is there, but the book is a REEEEEALLY out of date, poor quality, and a piece of CRAP.

But it's a great buy if you are looking for the spark gap setting for a 1977 Cadillac running a hydrogen conversion kit on a gasoline engine!

5-0 out of 5 stars Author's Comment
The latest edition of Fuel From Water does not contain any specific instructions for constructing an electrolyzer. It does not encourage anyone without sufficient technical background to do so.
The unit conversion errors in a previous edition have been corrected. The book has been in print since 1985 and covers research since 1970. In the recent edition, 25 of the 186 footnotes are later than 1994. This book has been used as one of the texts for courses conducted by professional engineers who are capable of evaluating its scientific accuracy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for more than just info.
"Fuel From Water" is an exceptional book, containing anything the mind desires when entering the field of a hydrogen econonmy and/or technology. The book covers electroylsers; solid state polymer catalysts, 2 container seperation, and sulfur types.

Peavy goes into the fuel cell technologies such as pem, sofc. The types of storage of hydrogen with a non-bias opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of the storage devices. The book has more information on this topic than many others in its class. It is definately worth every penny, even if it is to open your eyes or to expand on this fuel technology.

5-0 out of 5 stars High Density Information In Plain English
I learned more in five minutes of reading this book than in months of wading through subject indexes in the library (much of the information cannot be found with on-line sources). More people should be made aware of the ideas this book offers in helping solve the world problem of energy. Fuel From Water is what I was looking for and I will put it to good use. Having always been interested in alternate energy sources, and since I am involved in electronics manufacturing, I find the production of electrical energy a fascinating subject. Peavey has done much of the work for me. A friend borrowed the book. He was thrilled to find that much information in one volume. He didn't return it. He just handed me the money to buy another.

1-0 out of 5 stars How to build a smoking crater with H2
As an engineer who both uses hydrogen and can work the math, I'm astonished that no one has corrected Peavey. He mixes units, get equations wrong and just plain can't spell. A decelerating engine is "braking" not "breaking", for example. His thermodynamic computations are often wrong once you work them out, his "borrowing" of other sources is painful where "propane" was not changed to "hydrogen" is all cases in a paragraph. Incredible. This text is very nearly the "Anarchist's Cookbook" of renewable energy -- there's a lot of words, some of it correct, but someone's going to get badly hurt if they actually follow this guide. All that, and a decade out of date to boot. If Amazon would take the book back, I'd gladly send them the ashes from the woodstove. ... Read more


137. Car Hacks and Mods for Dummies
by DavidVespremi
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Asin: 0764571427
Catlog: Book (2004-10-04)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 13438
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Turn the car you have into the car you want

Here's how to get faster acceleration, shorter stopping, better handling, and more

Ever wish you'd been invited to the design and engineering meetings when your car was being created? Well, here's how to add what they forgot and change what bugs you! This handy guide steers you safely past warranty pitfalls, shows you what modifications are legal, provides performance tips, and helps you make your car look cool.

Discover How To:

  • Set up your car for better cornering
  • Improve appearance with detailing
  • Choose add-ons that work with your car
  • Match your braking power to your horsepower
  • Boost mileage by hacking the computer
... Read more

138. Motorcycle Jackets: A Century of Leather Design
by Rin Tanaka
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Asin: 0764311506
Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Sales Rank: 388367
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The leather motorcycle jacket is so much more than a coat; it's a mentality. Beginning in the early twentieth century, airplanes, automobiles, and motorcycles redefined freedom, idealized speed, and captured the hearts of men and women alike. The leather jackets developed to protect pilots, racers, and motorists from the elements came to symbolize a romantic sense of rugged adventure. In particular, motorcycle jackets maintained this ideal for decades to come. The first of its kind, this beautiful book traces the evolution of the motorcycle jacket over the past century. Hundreds of jackets and accessories from dozens of leather companies past and present are featured in over 1,000 rich color photos--with careful attention to details, original catalog pages, and full pricing information. Surrounding the jackets is a fascinating array of historical photos that capture the motorcycle culture and will make any enthusiast swoon. ... Read more


139. Learn in Your Car-Italian: 3 Level Set: Complete Language Course: Audio Cassettes and Listening Guides (Learn in Your Car Series - Includes Individual Levels 1, 2 and 3)
by Henry N. Raymond
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Asin: 1560151404
Catlog: Book (1993-06-01)
Publisher: Penton Overseas
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Look ma, no textbooks! The Learn in Your Car series treats you like a child--in the best possible way--starting with one-word phrases ("please," "good-by"), counting exercises, and simple nouns ("bus," "train") designed to imitate a child's learning process. First you hear the words in English, then they are repeated slowly in clear, unaccented pronunciations. The method is extremely effective for those who don't know a thing, or for those who want to brush up by testing themselves when the English words are spoken. The tapes emphasize the building blocks of communicating in a foreign country rather than rote phrases that only apply on the tape and not in real-life exchanges. Level 1 painlessly covers basic verb forms, essential prepositions, near future and past tenses, as well as shopping, hotel reservations, and other travel-related situations.The series includes French, German, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish in three levels that can be purchased individually or in boxed sets. Each level contains two 90-minute cassettes (or CDs) and an accompanying booklet (not for use behind the wheel) with helpful explanations and scripts for the lessons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A 22 yea old Italian-American Male
I loved it. I know some Italian but this helps me out on the things I missed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Never Done it in the Car
I'm about half way through Learn in Your Car Italian, and I have to admit I've never once taken it into the car with me, for the simple reason I live only a three minute walk from work. I bought the course first, because I fell in love with Venice on my first trip there and second, because some of the reviews made the course sound like fun and any small hint of fun in language learning has to be looked into. It isn't exactly fun but it probably is as close to fun as any language learning can get. You still have to be extremely disciplined even to get half way through. The fun part comes because for most of the time you are actually making the sounds of what amounts to one of the world's most beautiful languages. And from time to time you can actually tell yourself that in some small way you are actually beginning to sound Italian. And that keeps you plowing through.
I have no quarrel with the content except that I rather wish that language items introduced were repeated more in later lessons. One major criticism is that there doesn't appear to be enough time given in some places for the student to repeat what the instructor has said especially if the student is stumbling over the Italian phrase as I often appear to be. So a lot of the time I find myself switching off the cassette player to give myself time to repeat the Italian phrase then switching it on again to continue. I just wonder how people who are doing the course in the car cope with this drawback.
And,oh yes, the course should be updated to take into account that Italians are now using the Euro rather than Lire.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for travelling
I took this out of the library to try to learn some Italian before I went to Italy on vacation. What a great set! It is very much geared for travel use, beginning with basic one word items like 'hello', thank you' and moving on to the words for 'train', 'bus', 'ticket' in blocks of one or two words, each building on a previous word or phrase. I have a one hour commute each way, but was able to go back and forth between the news, traffic and my Italian lessons very easily. After two months of learning and on my first day in Italy, I was able to ask for "Eight tickets for the bus please", be understood and understand his reply! Now, I'm going to purchase the set so I can continue.

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful as a complement
I'm not so sure that I would want this as my only guide to learning Italian. Fortunately, I started my study with "Just Listen n Learn Italian" and "Living Language Ultimate Italian" --both much more thorough and meaty, though not really useful for using during the commute. When I first got this set, I was not too impressed. But after staying with it through all 6 tapes --and starting over again-- I was surprised to realize that my Italian was getting remarkably more fluent. I can only conclude that something is working here. As I say, I would not want to learn Italian from scratch with this method, but as a complement to a textbook/tape series, a refresher if you will, this set is really useful. There's 6 full hours worth of practice here, so, for my half hour commute, it takes a few weeks to go through it. There is enough repetition of words and phrases so you don't hear a word only once. All in all, I find this set quite helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly effective for beginners
I never had any talent for learning foreign languages. Since I started using these tapes in the car during my commute to and from work, I've been surprised at how much Italian I've been able to learn and how much fun I've had doing it. I certainly never enjoyed studying language in school but these tapes make learning easy, fun and effective. I highly recommend it for beginners. ... Read more


140. How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive 19 Ed: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot
by John Muir, Peter Aschwanden, Tosh Gregg
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Asin: 1566913101
Catlog: Book (2001-09-09)
Publisher: Avalon Travel Publishing
Sales Rank: 7415
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the knowledge to handle every situation they will come across with any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campers. With easy-to-understand, fun-to-read information -- for novice and veteran mechanics alike -- anecdotal descriptions, and clear language, this book takes the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair procedures, and offers some chuckles along the way. This edition features new information on troubleshooting, new photos, and an updated resource list. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the only book you need!
Anyone who sets out to buy an old Volkswagen will hear this book mentioned again and again, usually with great reverence and a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. Well folks, it is simply not all that. Don't get me wrong -- I'm happy I bought this book, and I refer to it often -- but like other reviewers here have pointed out, it's awfully overrated within VW circles. The instructions are biased towards pre-68 cars and often gloss over details; it's very hard to track down specific solutions when all you know are the symptoms; and the diagrams, though extremely well-drawn, aren't always as effective as real photographs of the car and its parts. When I'm trying to learn how to repair something on my Beetle, I read this book first to get a friendly introduction to the work involved... but the other manuals are the ones I actually take outside to the car.

So if you've just bought a "new" Beetle or Bus that needs a lot of repair, buy this book -- but get the Bentley shop manual for your model and year at the same time as you will need to refer to it a lot. I recommend the Haynes manuals, too; they give the same procedures but in a highly effective "steps + pictures" format.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best VW Book ever.
I have owned 5 VW's in my life time and wouldn't be with out this book. I have overhauled several bug engines and a bus engines following this book with great success. I have had everything from a '63 bus to a '75 bus with a few bugs in between (a friend and I even put together a 2 cylinder bug engine) with each vehicle I would purchase a copy of " How to Keep your VW Alive" and when I sold the Vehicle I would offer the book to the new owner. I have given copies of the book to friends with VWs and a copy to my son when he bought a '74 bug several years ago. In the summer 1973 my sister, her child of 5, and husband left the USA for a tour of Europe by VW bus. I gave them a copy of Muirs book and it helped keep them "Keep on Trucking" on thier merry way.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive 19 Ed: A Manual of Step-by
Simplemente exelente, muchas gracias por ti John Muir
En mexico y latino america, se requiere urgente el manual en la edicion en español.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent VW Book
Most of the book is straight forward, clear and to the point. Probably one of the best automotive books around, that's geared towards the novice technician. The book will definitely get you and your bug running on 4 cylinders. The only bad point to the book is it was written by a flower child, so he gives you advice like "Have happy people been here ...."

5-0 out of 5 stars The VW Bible
This is the ultimate VW book and truly is the "bible" for the "People's Car."
This book is a must have and if you were able to have only one book about the VW this one would be it.
This book shows the reader the most important facts on how to keep your Beetle on the road and in "tip top" condition.
If you were to ask any volkswagen owner about this book they would tell you that this one is the only one you need.
This book has been around for years and is highly recommended.

This is the best VW book ever written!! ... Read more


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