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Useless for all but the simplest jobs
on 23 January 2015
This manual may work for mechanics and/or experts who know what they're doing, but the average car owner looking for step-by-step, foolproof instructions won't get much help from this manual. This is especially true for difficult jobs involving many steps and requiring absolute precision. The problem is there aren't enough pictures and details and so too much is left to chance, which increases the risk of damaging one's car and breaking the very parts one is trying to change/fix. One quick example from my own experience: in chapter 12, page 17, under "airbag system removal" (driver's airbag), step 2, the Haynes manual fails to specify that the screwdriver inserted into the two holes shown in picture 24.2b must be pushed AWAY from the steering wheel and not towards it. This step is not intuitive at all and one can easily end up bending the two spring retainers, if they're pushed in the wrong direction, thus making airbag removal impossible and creating a very expensive problem. Another common problem I ran into is removing the dreaded electrical connectors, which, especially after many years, become brittle and are very easy to break. As usual, this book is useless in failing to adequately explain how to remove them. Sorry, but reading "remove electrical connector" does me absolutely no good.
Unfortunately, this lack of depth and detailed explanations is all too common in this manual and, in fact, it's just one of many instances I came across. At the end of the day, this manual is incomplete, vague and sloppy and so useless for many purposes. I guess it'll work fairly well for basic jobs like changing the oil and filter and doing routine checks, but if you're considering more difficult and challenging jobs (like changing the timing belt and auxiliary drive belt), I'd recommend passing on this manual and instead purchasing the official Vauxhall/Opel workshop service manual (usually available for download in pdf format) which can be found online for a decent price through a simple google search. I have both and Haynes doesn't even come close to the thoroughness of the Vauxhall workshop manual. Also, it's often necessary to google instructions for the jobs you're attempting, which, once again, renders this manual all but useless.
For what it's worth, this is my two cents on the topic. My advice is to compare the two manuals to see which best meets your needs. Good luck on all your car repairs.