Haynes manuals are written specifically for the do-it-yourselfer, yet are complete enough to be used by professional mechanics. Since 1960 Haynes has produced manuals written from hands-on experience based on a vehicle teardown with hundreds of photos and illustrations, making Haynes the world leader in automotive repair information.
The best non-manufacturer issued manual for your Benz
By Joe from SoCal - July 16, 2011
Don't bother with less expensive manuals for your vehicle servicing - just get a Haynes. For owner-performed maintenance, and even some major repairs, this is the best commercial manual available for the money. Want to get into it a little deeper (as in electrical schematics and fault diagnosis)? Then put out $400 or more for the dealer's manual set. Otherwise, Haynes always come through for the gal or guy with some mechanical ability and who is willing to get their hands dirty.
Haynes equals Chilton. And they're not as good as they used to be
By SD Steve - October 27, 2010
This manual is identical in content to the Chilton manual for the same car. Apparently one of them bought the other, which is too bad. I bought both, hoping to have two different takes on the same car, but unlike the old days when Chilton and Haynes were independent, all it got me was the same content in two different layouts.
As with most of these manuals these days, it's a lot better than nothing, but still lacking in detail. The Haynes manuals' trademark "Based on a complete teardown and rebuild" is either a lie, or true for someone other than the people who actually wrote the manual, or true, but they didn't take very good notes when they did it.
Would have been nice, for example, if this manual had pointed out prominently that to work on this car you need a set of inverse torx (by inverse, I mean that the bolt head looks like the business end of a giant torx screwdriver) sockets and, if they exist, wrenches. This car uses those fastener heads rather than... read more
Will pay for itself with your first repair or oil change.
By John Tyler Williamson - December 6, 2012
I've used this manual several times so far, along with DIY's from mbworld.org, to replace my fuel filter, transmission fluid and filter, thermostat, power steering fluid, air filter, oil, oil filter, and more in my 2005 C230. The manual will pay for itself after your first repair. I only wish it had more pictures, and pictures that were larger, more detailed, and in color.
Inside this manual you will find routine maintenance, tune-up procedures, engine repair, cooling and heating, air conditioning, fuel and exhaust, emissions control, ignition, brakes, suspension and ...