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I was on the IPD website and they carry the Chilton and Haynes repair/shop manuals. Can anyone provide input as to which is better in terms of detail, clarity, images/pictures, etc?

Also, does anyone know if the dealer sells shop manuals for the newer Volvos? My father has them for his '76 and '87 240 but they said they don't sell them for the newer models. Seems odd. Thanks for any info.
 

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Volvo sells shop manuals through www.volvotechinfo.com

You can buy individual manuals for the system you need or you can buy the whole set. I've got a couple of them and they are excellent. The whole set is very expensive though.

As far as Chilton and Haynes go, I haven't seen either so I can't offer an opinion.

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I have the Haynes manual and it has saved me numerous times to the dealer. I'm doing my own brakes and oil changes now thanks to the manual. I've taken the interior apart thanks to the manual. If you plan on doing some work on the car yourself, I highly recommend it. I can't compare it to the Chilton's though.
 

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I have a few Volvo-produced manuals -- at $20 to $40 per system, covering a complete car gets pretty expensive -- as well as the UK spec Haynes manual. Among all of the sources for Volvo service information, the best value that I've used so far is All Data DIY.

All-Data DIY offers "online service manuals." I'm using this for diagnostics and service procedures for my '99 Volvo S70, and it's proven to be invaluable. Includes OBDII trouble code descriptions and related service procedures, as well as recall and technical service bulletin information that is usually only provided to the dealer. The diagrams and text in the service procedures appear to be lifted right out of Volvo sources. See:
http://www.alldatadiy.com/
 
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