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Chilton's VS Haynes VS any others?

Does anybody have a strong opinion, or any opinion on what the best repair manual out there is? I am specifically looking at getting one for my 98.

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i perfer chilton's
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I have a hanes, its pretty good for the most part. I wish they would go a little more in depth with some of the instructions though.
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it really pays off that i have access to alldata at work...that really comes in handy sometimes
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i perfer chilton's
Have you ever used a Hayne's?

How do they compare?
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Have you ever used a Hayne's?

How do they compare?
i had a haynes for my car and i found it to be a bit vague when it came to some stuff
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Can a Chilton's be found at any auto parts store?
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yep...most auto parts stores carry both
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yep...most auto parts stores carry both
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I have used my Haynes a couple of times. I think it does a fairly good job. I might pick up a Chilton's just to see how they compare.
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Personally, I like the oem factory books or CD's. Everytime I'veed to use a Chilton or Haynes book, I found it leaving out little details that would have made the job a lot easier or just making me read it twice to get nowhere. If you look on Ebay for your year and model, you can get them from $30-150. I know that's a large range but I bought a set for my F250 diesel and I'm more than happy that I bought them. They have much more detailed instructions, pics, and diagrams. I ended up with 3 books on the F250 and was around $125 I believe.
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Personally, I like the oem factory books or CD's. Everytime I'veed to use a Chilton or Haynes book, I found it leaving out little details that would have made the job a lot easier or just making me read it twice to get nowhere.
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I keep a haynes or chiltons around but they do little justice. you can acquire the dealer shop books online for about $50. its three volumes, and way more complete than the ones you buy at local auto part stores. They are the real deal for servicing the truck.

For my 2007 i use the books, i formally used the CD version of the books for my explorer and was just as good. it was nice being able to pull something up quick without having to grab the big book. but once in the garage i always prefer the paper backs.
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Yeah, thats some good info thanks everybody. I will look for a factory manual if i can find one.
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I just picked-up a near-mint set of Ford manuals for my '04 on eBay-they were like $60 shipped. Chilton & Haynes are worthless compared to the Ford ones.
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