It's hard to make a manual that works for everyone, especially when OEMs don't want you to know how to fix them. I know VAG got really naughty with fuses in later years. The Handbook, Haynes Manual (which itself said it could be one of three boxes!) and the forums weren't quite on the mark either!
As said, Hoorah for caring for the industry. RIP Mr. Haynes.
True visionary as said, without his vision the home mechanic would be lost and thousands fewer would attempt repairs, more cars would be scrapped and mechanics would be richer lol
Seriously though the Haynes manuals have prolonged the life of thousands and thousands of cars, therefore is legendary, regardless of how over ambitious the jobs are and mildly inaccurate the 2 spanner upwards jobs are
RIP - A guy who made a quite remarkable change to the world of home mechanics, especially in the uk. As others have said above, thousands of people maintained thousands of cars with the said of his books. For years I got hold of a copy of a Haynes manual for whatever car or motorbike I had at the time, invaluable.
Whilst not to detract from the usefulness of the manuals, the spanner rating could be somewhat... misleading occasionally
The news of his passing reminded me of this list of translations, which anyone who has spent time frantically rereading steps in reverse order to work out the oh so simple sounding ‘assembly is the reverse of removal’ may find amusing...
96 E320 W210 Wafter - on 18" split Mono's - Sold :-( 10 Kia Ceed Sportwagon - Our new daily 03 Import Forester STi - Sold 98 W140 CL500 AMG - Brutal weekend bruiser! Sold :-( 99 E240 S210 Barge - Now sold 02 Accord 2.0SE - wife's old daily - gone in PX 88 P100 2.9efi Custom - Sold