[Vwdiesel] CD Bentley
jhsg at sasktel.net
Mon Aug 3 21:20:49 PDT 2009
No actually, I have used all three Brian. I had the old school CD for the 97
Passat, and updated because of difficulties with it, and now have the B4 and
B5 manuals from the ebahn dvd. That early B4 manual was really horrible to
use. Ebahn really isn't much better, just crashes less, and has a better
search engine. Still, rather than looking up "specifications-engine" in
alphabetical order that cross-references to page 247 as described in an
index page at the back of a book, you get a list of twenty pages to have a
look at that may or may not possibly have specifications on them. If I
wanted to google every damn thing, I'd just use the internet.
I have access to Mitchell on Demand, and it too is a searchable database,
but is waaaay better than the Bentley ebahn information jungle. Mitchell
seems to be built for greasy thumbed mechanics to use that work flat rate,
not someone that prefers to surf their manual with plenty of leisure time.
I do have to say that the last update to ebahn showed some improvements, but
much like operating systems, it grates me to pay for something that is only
half assed completed, and requires updates to become fully operational.
Mitchell's electrical diagrams are vastly superior as well.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com]
> On Behalf Of brian gochnauer
> Sent: Monday, August 03, 2009 8:33 AM
> To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
> Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] CD Bentley
> I bought eBahn Desktop which is a DVD and a specialty 'Reader' program
> once installed and validated through the Internet works fairly well.
> Get Updates for free and there is no monthly fees. I think you guys are
> thinking of the 'online' manuals in which you have to pay montly to
> The best parts...
> 1. Hyper-links between information sections
> 2. is searchable
> 3. easily updatable (recalls/bulletins)
> 4. servicability/problem notices
> On 8/3/09, James Hansen <jhsg at sasktel.net> wrote:
> > I could swear that the electronic Manuals are for people that want to
> > with their computer, not fix a car. Registration process was uphill
> > ways underwater, other than that, it was okay.
> > The electronic manual is pretty much a necessity for investigating
> > (diagnostic trouble codes) so if you have VCDS (vag-com) you're
> pretty much
> > joined at the hip to the damn thing. I can't imagine working flat
> rate and
> > having to piss away so much time on a computer as opposed to just
> > it
> > up in an index in a paper book.
> > -james
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-
> bounces at vwfans.com]
> > > On Behalf Of Shalyn Shourds
> > > Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 10:11 PM
> > > To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
> > > Subject: [Vwdiesel] CD Bentley
> > >
> > > Does anyone else have absolute fits getting the electronic Bentley
> > > manuals to work? I don't pull it up very often, but every time I
> do, I
> > > have to spend more time working on the computer than I do on the
> > > Last time required a $20 upgrade just to make it compatible with
> > > versions of Acrobat. Now, I can't get it to come up without
> > > Needless to say, I feel that the CD version is a waste of money.
> > > of money.
> > >
> > > I've re-installed the software several times and I have version
> > > Granted, I built this computer and installed Windows (XP) and
> > > everything, so there's always a chance that something is just wrong
> > > with
> > > it, but I'm out of ideas and am curious if I'm the only one.
> > >
> > > -Shalyn
> > >
> > > I'd rather be turning wrenches than punching keys.
> > >
> > >
> > >
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