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post #1 of 3 Old Mar 6th, 2007, 6:58 pm Thread Starter
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Best Repair Book For 06 LT

Can someone tell me the best repair book for a late model (2006) K1200 LT. The only book I've seen is a "Clymers" that goes from 1999 to 2005. Also saw a downloadable book at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/802563.
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Since you have a 2006, there are two possible options for you:

1) Clymer 1999-2005 ~$33 from amazon, and
2) BMW Interactive Repair CD, get from any dealer for ~$120-140

Each one has its disadvantages. If you search previous posts here, you'll find several threads about them. From my viewpoint, they break down to the following:

The Clymer is cheap, and since it covers the model year 2005, it should cover the 2006 as well. Should being the operative word. I've found several items that weren't updated (electrical diagram, correct procedure to take off tupperware, others), but you can probably get by with the Clymer and the resources here at bmwlt.com.

The BMW guide is expensive. I don't have it, so can't really comment on anything besides the price. However, judging from feedback from others, they love it or hate it.

Several people use both.

You mentioned the file at tradebit.com, and I think I know what you're talking about. There are two problems with going that route:

1) You're essentially stealing the manual
2) You're stealing the wrong manual (it's probably the 1999-2004 pdf file)

I'm in the same situation that you're in with a 2006, and the best solution I've come up with is to get the Clymer (knowing its issues), print out applicable how-tos from the HoW and threads here, and most importantly, go to a tech session. You can probably get by without the Clymer, but it's not really that much money, and it can probably help.

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I have and have used both the CD and the Clymers. Basically you can get by with just one, or even a lot of times with just the online info you can dig up here and elsewhere. I like having both because you can cross-reference them when something isn't clear.

As an aside, the pictures in Clymers are much better than what I remember for other manuals - they no longer look like 4th generation photocopied black smudges, but I still scratch my head sometimes wondering what's in the picture and how it relates to the text.

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