What makes you think you're entitled to a free manual?
You can subscribe to the electronic manual at alldatadiy.com for something like $14.99 a year or you can buy a copy of the entire WIS off of ebay for $25. That's remarkably cheap considering the enormous amount of data you will have access to.
There's nothing "unethical" about charging a reasonable price for something that took a lot of people a long time to make.
forgive my indolent friends.. (I use that term losely) there is no recognised manual for this car..We would like one.. but we have to make do with what we know and what we learn..The S 500 & S 600 did not earn MB a lot of money.. so we have to pay ..:crybaby2:I obviously touched a nerve with that one... I im well aware of the 'Billion Dollars' worth of engineering that went into the car, which i why i bought the damn car in the first place.... and then joined this forum of likeminded people who appreciate the marvel of engineering that is the W140 S Class, i am also aware that during the lifetime of the car i will GLADLY pay for GENUINE MERCEDES parts where necessary, and further more will gladly repair and service the car myself were possible, not because i'm a cheapskate but because it gives me great satisfaction to EXPERIENCE the beauty of MB engineering!!!, so why is it an insult (by the look of things) to you guys that i think, considering these points i still have to pay for the service manual?! Is it not a credit to MB that i want to keep MY car in mint condition, instead of just taking it to the MB dealer whenever a problem arises? Regardless, MB will continue to make money off the car many many years after it left the factory. If you think what I am saying is absurd then fine, but to insult my intelligence with statements about hookers and suggestions of being disconnected from reality, is just rude. Blast your eyes man!
I've never known anything other than the basic operating manual to be free your entitled to know anything you want but just like any book that teaches you anything you have to pay for it mainly for two reasons:Look man, all Im saying is this, why should i pay for the s/manual when i've paid for the car and am paying for genuine parts. Its not like i want the blueprints!
If you buy the car, are you entitled to know how to fix it? if the answer is no, then sure, case closed, you should consider yourself lucky they took your money for the pleasure, so what makes one think they have any right to a free service manual or any kind of documentation besides a receipt?! Is that your point?
Because we REALLY dont have a choice when it comes to parts do we... only YOU can use the throttle actuator or whatever part in YOUR car, ONLY once! but books are different, like this site where knowledge is shared freely to all who want it. Just recently i needed help with the simplest of problems (dead battery-locked trunk) and stupidly i called the dealer, big surpise, they they gave me the most expensive solution without actually giving me any solution, but the answer was in here and it took me all of 20mins to solve the problem, what did that cost me... nuthin, and one day someone else might have the same problem and i can return the favour FREE OF CHARGE!!!WHY ON EARTH are we discussing issue of paying $20-25 on ebay for the manual while you are ok to pay MB prices of $3000 for throttle actuator or $800 for bunch of cables....