Originally Posted by kellymac530
It is SO vague and there are no pictures, just really lame drawings.
Problem really is you didn't understand what you were purchasing.
"Repair manuals" from BMW (and Mercedes and Porsche and VW/Audi, etc.) are simply compilations of procedures created by company engineers (and tech writers) for the use of dealership mechanics ... and the iron clad assumption is these will be professional technicians that have had official training from BMW (etc.) and they will without question have access to official special tools as well.
If you thought instead they were compiling a "service for dummies" (no offense) book for DIYers, you were simply mistaken. They simply don't.
It's really pretty silly to criticize oranges for not being apples ... but now at least you know the real story.
PS: As always, your very best source for knowledge on how to wrench on your BMW is a member or more of your local BMW club that could even be an engineer but for sure is farther along the experience road than you.
In addition, if you let your dealer do some of your service, you'll likely be able to get advice from them when you want to do something yourself.
Both of these solutions require social skills on your part, but the payoff is worth it.
Succeeding strictly with some sort of publication is pretty unlikely in comparison ... although once you do have some experience they work pretty well, ESPECIALLY the factory information.