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All books listed below are excellent, but there's one that stands out from the crowd: The Bentley service manual: This is the best money you can spend if you want to work on your E30 or just know and understand it. (You can also find Bentley manuals for other BMW models, below)



 Maintenance / Technical books


BMW 3 Series Service Manual 1984 - 1990
Robert Bentley / 1991

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BMW e30 The very best money you'll ever spend with your E30... The best maintenance book available for these cars. Get to know your car inside out. A must have for any E30 owner!

Explanations of troubleshooting techniques, workshop practices, and use of tools.
Complete preventive maintenance procedures for everything from the yearly brake fluid change to resetting the oil service indicator and oxygen sensor lights.
Large, easy-to-read wiring schematics for all major circuits, along with a full listing of ground points, connector and splice locations, and electronic component locations.
Comprehensive Engine Management information explains specific BMW driveability problems, with detailed troubleshooting and repair for Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection and Motronic Engine Management Systems. The Motronic 1.1 information is not covered in BMW's factory repair manual.
Troubleshooting tips with fast, proven repair procedures used by BMW technicians and specialists.
Critical updates and hard-to-find information from dealer service bulletins. Complete procedures and specifications for rebuilding these engines and transmissions:

Engines (engine code): 1.8 liter 4-cylinder (B18), 2.7 liter 6-cylinder (B27), 2.5 liter 6-cylinder (B25)

Transmissions: Getrag 240 (4-cylinder), Getrag 260 (6-cylinder)


BMW 3 and 5 Series Automotive Repair Manual
L. Warren, John H. Haynes / 1993

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BMW e30 Another excellent maintenance book. If you're outside the USA, this one covers models like the 320i and 316/316i, and the Touring, that the Bentley doesn't (these models doesn't exist there). I have both, and they complete each other.


BMW Enthusiast's Companion
BMW Car Club of America / 1995

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For more than 25 years. informed BMW owners have relied upon the Roundel, the magazine of the BMW Car Club of America to make their "Ultimate Driving Machines" more ultimate. Now a selection of articles on driving, performance, service and tech tips have been collected in a single book No matter what BMW you drive or desire.
This book will serve as a valuable maintenance guide, performance handbook and technical reference source, to help you understand and care for your BMW.

  • Valuable insights and technical information ranging from basic service tips to advanced driving theory.
  • Inside secrets on maintaining and preserving your BMW, from properly washing and waxing your car to how to reset the service indicator lights.
  • Driving techniques ranging from basic car control to choosing apexes on the track.
  • Discover whether your car oversteers or understeers, and how weight transfer affects traction and vehicle performance.
  • Learn the difference between torque and horsepower, and how to select the right tires for your BMW.
  • Find out which performance modifications work: which ones don't and why.

    Very recommended


    Bosch Fuel Injection and Engine Management
    Charles O. Probst / 1990

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    BMW e30 A very good (and well written) book. If you want to know and understand the Bosch fuel injection used on your BMW, this is the book to buy.

    A very good book that explains how all the bosch fuel injection systems work. It has some diagnosis charts that take you step by step on diagnosis and repair of the different parts of the injection systems.

    Francisco Romo


    BMW 5-Series Service Manual: 1982-1988, 528e, 533i, 535i, 535is
    Robert Bentley

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    BMW e30 Explanations of troubleshooting techniques, workshop practices, and use of tools.
    Complete preventive maintenance procedures for everything from the yearly brake fluid change to resetting the oil service indicator and oxygen sensor lights.
    Large, easy-to-read wiring schematics for all major circuits, along with a full listing of ground points, connector and splice locations, and electronic component locations.
    Comprehensive Engine Management information explains specific BMW driveability problems, with detailed troubleshooting and repair for Bosch L-Jetronic Fuel Injection and Motronic Engine Management Systems. The Motronic 1.1 information is not covered in BMW's factory repair manual.
    Troubleshooting tips with fast, proven repair procedures used by BMW technicians and specialists.
    Critical updates and hard-to-find information from dealer service bulletins.
    Complete procedures and specifications for rebuilding these engines and transmissions:
    • 5-Series Engines (engine code): 2.7 liter (B27) 528e model, 3.2 liter (B32) 533i model, 3.5 liter (B34) 535i, 535is models
    • Transmissions: Getrag 260 and 265
    • 3-Series Engines (engine code): 1.8 liter 4-cylinder (B18), 2.7 liter 6-cylinder (B27), 2.5 liter 6-cylinder (B25)
    • Transmissions: Getrag 240 (4-cylinder), Getrag 260 (6-cylinder)



    BMW 5-Series Service Manual 89-95, 525i, 530i, 535i, 540i, inc. Touring
    Robert Bentley

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    BMW e30 - 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 Bentley manuals.


     Driving techniques books



    Ayrton Senna's Principles of Race Driving
    Ayrton Senna / 1993

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    BMW e30 I am not really sure of a book for total beginners, but for novice/intermediate and up, the great(est) Aryton Senna's book, 'Principles of Race Driving', is awesome. Not only does it teach you basic techniques you will learn in driving schools, you can also learn 'aboot' passing maneuvers and other racing techniques. The book even has stuff that you probably don't give two hoots about like racer's diets and blah, blah, blah.

    Matt Meakin


    Going Faster : Mastering the Art of Race Driving
    Carl Lopez, Skip Barber, Danny Sullivan - Robert Bentley / 1998

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    BMW e30 One Great Book! Very detailed, very well written.
    If you are looking for a book that gets right down to the nitty gritty, this is it. Very well written, has tons of diagrams and photos. I soaked up the information in every chapter like a sponge and never felt like a topic wasn't covered thoroughly enough.
    And the author is right in that he doesn't just present his opinion alone. He is great at offering different pros take on various issues which I thought was great.
    I would definitely recommend this book for anyone serious about learning more about racing (...) this book covers the techniques of line, braking, car control techniques, shifting and passing, as well as much much more that you will soak up!
    This book will be the new bible for racers. Period.


    A reader from San Francisco, CA


    Sports Car and Competition Driving
    Paul Frere / 1992

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    Very good, starts with driving position (tips from this section improved my speeds around ~70kmph corners to ~90. It goes on to cornering, slipping/sliding, and theory. Very good (and yet easy) read.

    Dean Schindell


    Driving in Competition
    Alan Johnson / 3rd edition

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    BMW e30 One Great Book! Very detailed, very well written.
    This book was written in the late 60's or early 70's and is a little dated, (you'll love some of the pictures) but full of useful advice. Alan Johnson is a 4 time SCCA national champion who started out playing around just like you and I. One of the best things I got out of this book was in regard to studying a course and learning how to approach driving it.


    Frank Massaro


    Secrets of Solo Racing : Expert Techniques for Autocrossing and Time Trials
    Henry A. Watts / 1990

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    First, let me say that I am an accomplished race car driver, with several national championship road racing wins. My own driving style is smooth and efficient, with no wasted motion, and an emphasis on looking and thinking ahead.
    Hank Watts' "Secrets of Solo Racing" is the first book that I've ever seen that teaches the style of driving that has made me a successful racer. Like the driving style, the prose is smooth and efficient, with no wasted words. It is simple and clear, and best of all, it can make you a better driver. While some parts of the book are specific to SCCA Solo racing, the driving skills you improve will help you on the road course or the street


    zinmaster_at_scientist.com


     Robert Bosch Automotive Handbooks



    Diesel Fuel Injection
    Robert Bosch

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    Bosch Fuel Injection & Engine Management, How to Understand, Service and Modify.


    Automotive Brake systems
    Robert Bosch / 1996

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    Braking process, braking system, antilock braking system (ABS): demands on ABS, components, control circuit, control cycles, traction control (ASR)


    Automotive Electric Electronic Systems
    Robert Bosch / 1995

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    Enthusiasts, educators, shop managers and advanced technicians alike will appreciate the wealth of concise, easily digestible information about Bosch systems contained in this convenient red handbook.
    It contains complete background on all Bosch electrical and electronic systems, and is a must for anyone who follows current trends in automotive technology.
    Designed to be a single reference source for Bosch information, Automotive Electric/Electronic Systems cover a wide range of in-depth topics, including:

  • Battery and spark ignition
  • Power supply
  • Starter
  • Alternators and generators
  • Interference suppression
  • Gasoline injection
  • K-Jetronic
  • KE-Jetronic
  • L-Jetronic
  • L3-Jetronic
  • LH-Jetronic
  • Mono-Jetronic
  • Motronic
  • Exhaust emissions engineering


    Automotive Handbook
    Robert Bosch / 1996

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    In every field there's a single, indispensable reference work that rises above the rest.
    In the automotive world that reference is the blue Automotive Handbook from Bosch.
    Now in its brand new 4th edition and expanded to over 840 pages. With more than 1,000 cut-away illustrations, diagrams, tables and sectional drawings, this definitive encyclopedia of automotive engineering information is both exhaustive and accessible, making even sophisticated automotive concepts easy to visualize and understand. The 4th edition includs an all-new, comprehensive section on Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) that covers traction control system design and operation. Nineteen other subject areas have been expanded and updated. Section headings in the new 4th edition include:

  • Vehicle dynamics control (NEW!)
  • Sensors
  • Actuators
  • Quality
  • Reliability
  • Navigation systems
  • Driver information
  • Braking equipment
  • Alarm and signaling systems
  • General technical knowledge
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Materials science
  • Motor-vehicle dynamics
  • Vehicle drives
  • Air supply
  • Fuel metering
  • Starting and ignition systems
  • Engine exhaust gases
  • Power transmission
  • Undercarriage, chassis
  • Road-vehicle systems
  • Vehicle bodies, passenger and commercial
  • Symbols used in vehicle electrical systems
  • Lighting
  • Vehicle windows and window cleaning
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Communication and information systems
  • Comfort and safety systems
  • Vehicle hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Environmental effects of vehicle equipment
  • Road traffic legislation

    An amazing wealth of information on modern automobiles This is a truly amazing book, with over 800 information packed pages, it covers all major functions and components of modern automobiles. Its small format, 4.5 x 7 x 1 inches, is very deceptive - this book packs in the information! The intended audience appears to be automotive engineers or professional mechanics - it is very technical. For those readers seeking reference information, it provides a quick overview of how the component works,the relevant standards and then goes on to provide lots of useful data. I service my own vehicles (3 cars and a motor bike) and find the book interesting and very useful even for normal servicing. I am constantly finding useful reference tables and explanations. Also, the information is directly relevant to current vehicles. I highly recommend this book to anybody that is after a serious reference book.

    Zero_at_Interact.net.au


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