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Old 09-09-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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Is the Haynes book the best "first book"?

I want to buy a book for repairs and replacements for my new purchase. I know there are probably better books out there, but is the Haines book the go to book for most of you?
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This one is. http://www.customtacos.com/tech/files/05FSM/repair.html
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Old 09-09-2011, 01:22 PM   #3
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thanks I'll bookmark that one.
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I will be getting a Haynes soon. I would rather much have a paper manual I can refer to instead of running upstairs to use the PC.
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^^ Laptop, tablet, smartphone?

great link, thanks!
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^^ Laptop, tablet, smartphone?

great link, thanks!
Don't need laptop or tablet and I have a smartphone but is it really useful for that purpose? Not really.
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The Haynes manual is like a coloring book compared to the Toyota FSM. They do work well for balancing out tables on uneven floors though.
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The Haynes manual is like a coloring book compared to the Toyota FSM. They do work well for balancing out tables on uneven floors though.
Yes true but the online FSMs on NCTTORA are only for 05 and 06 models and the actual books are over $400ish. Yes they are the same trucks but there has been changes.
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I have owned a Haynes manual for almost every vehical I have ever owned. It is a pretty valuable tool for its price. I'm not saying its a better book then the FSM by any means but it is also a lot cheaper and like you said its easy to keep in your tool box as opposed to a laptop or PC.
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I've been using Haynes manuals for 25 years. Always good to have the factory manuals if you can get them (years ago, that was a bit hard to do--Thanks Al Gore for the internet). On countless vehicles, I have rebuilt trannys, rear ends, and just about everything else using Haynes manuals and a little common sense. Still something about being able to open an actual book and get grease and crap all over it. Almost a little pride being able to pull out a well-worn grease-stained manual.

But that link above is a good think to have.
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Yes true but the online FSMs on NCTTORA are only for 05 and 06 models and the actual books are over $400ish. Yes they are the same trucks but there has been changes.
I like the haynes and have them for other cars. However there is no comparison to an FSM. The problem I have with haynes is there will be times when I really wish there was a picture and they chose not to take that one.

I always go to the section I need and print it out. That way I have it on paper as I am doing the actual work. Can toss it when I am done! On top of that when someone says I need to know how to do X. I don't have to lose my book until they get around to giving it back.
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I am buying one for $16.47 at

http://www.amazon.com/Toyota-Tacoma-...5601045&sr=8-2

Couldn't hurt to keep it in the truck for emergencies even if I don't use it. (But I will)
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I like the haynes and have them for other cars. However there is no comparison to an FSM. The problem I have with haynes is there will be times when I really wish there was a picture and they chose not to take that one.

I always go to the section I need and print it out. That way I have it on paper as I am doing the actual work. Can toss it when I am done! On top of that when someone says I need to know how to do X. I don't have to lose my book until they get around to giving it back.
I would get both.

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for $551.03 + tax and shipping, I can wait
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for $551.03 + tax and shipping, I can wait
Buy 2 sets!
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