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Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriolet 1990-1999 (Chilton Total Car Care Automotive Repair Manuals) Paperback – 25 Nov 2000

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals; New Ed edition (25 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801991226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801991226
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 1.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,814,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manuals offer do-it-yourselfers of all levels total maintenance, service and repair information in an easy-to-use format.

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By claire ward on 9 July 2014
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Incomplete and contradictory 24 Jan. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a poor manual. In many cases, the instructions given even on basic repairs are incomplete (torque specifications missing, for example). It also contradicts itself - the text will say one thing, and the captions on the pictures say the opposite. For example, the instructions for replacing the air filter say that you don't need to disconnect any hoses or wires from the housing in order to remove the housing, but the pictures show you exactly what hoses and wires to remove. Regardless, I was unable to get the air filter housing open at all with these directions; I'm by no means a mechanic, but I think I should be able to change an air filter with a well-written repair manual. Also, the information about the rear washer system isn't detailed enough - I can't find the rear washer reservoir where this book says it is. Perhaps they left out some Golf-specific details and the description of this system only applies to the more-popular Jetta? Hopefully I'll find out soon, because I've returned this book and ordered the Bentley manual, which costs three times as much but will hopefully be complete and consistent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Review of Chilton's VW-Golf/Jetta/Cabriolet 1990-98 repair manual 10 Jun. 2007
By D. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this hoping that I would find enough information to repair a problem with a 98 Jetta. It's always a crapshoot with Chilton's - I was able to fix a 98 Jeep Cherokee with another Chilton's manual I had purchased for that vehicle.

I lost this time. The manual lacks in detail - the many sensors the car has are mentioned, but never described. There was no troubleshooting information for any of the sensors I was looking for. There is only basic coverage of the fuel injection system. I was able to find more on Google than in this book.

A waste of money for me. your mileage may vary.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chilton's Manuals are genrally better than this... 3 Aug. 2004
By Joe Average - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have bought 3-4 Chilton's manuals for my Hondas over the years and was very impressed with them. This Chilton for our VW Cabrio was VERY poor. Luckily I bought mine used for $7. Manual gives ALOT of general information, little of specific to the Cabrio or Volkswagen. No relay layout and no specific cruise control information at all - two specific points of interest for me right now. This book will walk you through general topics like timing belts, brakes, and oil changes.

Where my Honda Chilton manuals were printed on newspaper thin paper to cram as much information as possible into 1 book, this one is printed on normal paper and is thinner than the Honda manuals. Book fails to address hardly any of the Cabrio specific items such as convertible top care, and top replacement.

Do yourself a favor, gather your courage and money and spend the $50 or so on the Bentley manual. You will be much happier with it. Anybody want a Chilton's manual for cheap?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Haynes repair manual 6 Sept. 2003
By Robert Marlatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not up to the standards of any other Haynes book I've ever owned. It is more like the Chilton manuals-poorly illustrated- that created a market for the Haynes manuals in the beginning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Don't buy this, keep looking 11 Dec. 2008
By Trailman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This manual is poorly organized, has large gaps in coverage, is poorly illustrated, and has a useless index. In short, it has not helped me a single time whenever I tried to use it to resolve a problem.
Looking for information about the secondary air pump? You won't find it in the index, nor is it mentioned in the chapter about the air intake system.
You have ODB code P1475 and are trying to locate the leak detection pump? Negative - the leak detection system is not mentioned in the entire manual ... (there are exactly 5 items under "L" in the master index and Leak Detection is not one of them).
There is no listing of ODB fault codes and there is no (useful) trouble shooting guide.
At first I thought that the manual is for the expert mechanic who just knows many of the things that the manual does not mention. I now believe that it is simply badly researched and written.
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