When I was a kid, if I was bored on a long car journey my parents would hand me the user manual to their E39 5-Series. I must have read that thing cover-to-cover at least five times (with the end result that the dashboard light reset process has been ingrained into my psyche.) Now, I don’t blame you for anticipating a post on user manuals to be less-than-enthralling. The only reason I’m actually writing about this pedestrian subject is because they are consistently overlooked as part of the pleasure that comes with owning – and learning about – a car. When was the last time you actually looked at the books in your glovebox?
When I got my 320i, none of the user manuals (apart from the service log) were included. After a bit of trawling on eBay, I soon owned all this for £10. The black fabric folder embossed with the BMW roundel holds the user manuals for the car, radio, service log and warranty information and is a particularly nice touch.
Car manuals will always be a bit dull, and rarely read except in the event of an emergency. Whilst all not only add to the originality of the car, only some really highlight the changes in technology that accompany each new breakthrough and explain them with clarity. If you’re ever bored and stuck in a car park or on a long journey, it doesn’t hurt to have a quick leaf through the manual. Unless you’re actually driving; you’d probably be best to focus on that instead.