Originally posted by tirolerpeter
OK guys, help me out here. Other than the online manuals that I could look at, . . .
We all have our individual preferences. I too had a preference for “hard copy” manuals. But I’ve come to appreciate the Subaru approach.
Its printed manuals are indeed expensive. But its on-line documentation is good, relatively inexpensive, and continuously updated. And you can download and save it.
The on-line manuals and other information are available in pdf format on the www.techinfo.subaru.com
site. Go to the upper right “reference” tab, and select from the drop down year and model lists. You can peruse all the available information (e.g. the titles of each sub-sub-section file) at no cost, but not the actual documents (except for those in the “Free documentation” list, which applies to accessories and service manual corrections/updates).
A full service manual, depending on the year and engine/transmission combination, would be made up of about 700 individual pdf files. The minimum 72 hour subscription, for about $40, is enough time to download all of them (even with the 50/hour limit), as well as a lot of other useful information, such as TSBs, technician training modules, and “TechTips” -- the monthly Subaru publication for Subaru mechanics.
With it all stored on a hard drive, memory stick or whatever, it is portable and can be accessed readily. Individual pages can be printed, when needed. And, by checking the website either before doing major work, or periodically, you can check for corrections/updates (at no cost) and your information will always be as up to date as you need it to be at the cost of a minimum subscription. And, if the printed paper copy gets messed up, as service manuals tend to do, there’s no problem, just print out another page.