There are a number of things in this life with which we have love/hate relationships. Typically, our cars’ owner’s manuals fall into this category. On the one hand, we believe everything in the car should operate so intuitively the owner’s manual shouldn’t be required. But on the other hand, when something like a particularly complex, or a deeply buried procedure for say, pairing a Bluetooth device to the car, just won’t be figured out logically, suddenly the owner’s manual becomes our new best friend.
This is when it might come in handy to know where to find your car’s owner’s manual online. Remarkably, even though the law requires every new car delivered to have the owner’s manual included, occasionally they do go missing. Whether you brought it into your home for a bit of light reading before bed right after you bought the car, or for whatever reason it just didn’t make it into your car when you bought it. The owner’s manual can be an indispensable piece of literature.
After all, there’s a lot more information in the manual than just how to activate the smart windshield wipers. The proper service intervals for various aspects of your car are also listed there. Further, if you need to know what grade of oil your manufacturer suggests, you’ll need to consult the manual to learn that as well. Warranty information and troubleshooting tips are also contained within those pages.
In other words, if your car’s owner’s manual goes missing, you could find yourself with some significant problems. But there’s no need to worry if yours has gone MIA. Your lifetime auto advisor is about to hook you up—for free (in most cases).
The Acura owner’s site is where you’ll find their collection of owner’s manuals from 1990 up thorough the current models.
Here’s where that “in most cases” thing we mentioned earlier comes into play: Audi does offer paper owner's manuals through their owner’s site. However, they are available for purchase only.
Manuals for the vast majority of the brand’s car lines are represented, starting with products built from 2004 up through the current models.
Buick’s owner’s site, MyBuick.com, makes available manuals from model year 1993, all the way up through the current models.
Ditto Cadillac, you’ll find manuals from 1993 forward on the MyCadillac.com site.
Yes, there is also a MyChevrolet.com site with product information—including owner’s manuals—going back to 1993.
Manuals for 2004 through the current models can be downloaded free. Older ones are available, but only on paper, and at a price. Paper versions of manuals from model years 1981 through the current models are only available for purchase.
The cars might be gone, but their manuals live on. They aren’t free though. You’ll find the books for Daewoo’s 1999-2002 models available for purchase at the "Order Accessories" link on the Daewoo site.
Like the Chryslers, books from the 2004 Dodge models to the current models can be downloaded for free. If you’re looking for an older one, you can find paper versions of manuals from model year 1981 to the current lineup available for purchase.
Hope you’re looking for a manual for the 500, because all they have on offer online are the books from the 2012 model year forward. The good news is they’re free and can be downloaded. However, this is good for North American built models only.
You’ll find Ford owner’s manuals going back to 1996 online, and they’re available for download for free.
Geo was a GM brand, so like Cadillac and Chevrolet, you’ll find manuals for models built between 1993 and 2000, when the brand was shuttered. Geo models are listed on the MyChevrolet.com site.
GMC manuals from models built in 1993 to the brand’s current vehicles can be downloaded at no charge.
Honda’s site covers manuals going all the way back to 1980. You can either download them, or you can purchase a printed copy.
Manuals for Hummer models from the birth of the brand in 2003 until the production of the last of the Hummer models in 2011 are available for download.
Hyundai will provide manuals for models going back to 2003. However, they want you to register with the site and enter the VIN of the car for which you are seeking a manual.
Infiniti manuals for models built in 2010 and later can be downloaded at no charge.
If you own an Isuzu you know the brand is pretty much defunct in the U.S. Still, the brand’s manuals are available online at the Helms Inc. owner’s manual website.
You’ll find pertinent publications on models going back to 1995. The site does require registration, and in fact offers more technical information than owner’s manuals per se, but it’s still a useful resource.
If you’re looking for a book for anything built between 2004 and the current Jeep model range, those can be downloaded. Manuals for Jeep vehicles produced prior to 2004—going back to 1981—can be purchased on paper.
Kia’s owner’s site requires registration, but once you do, you’ll find complimentary downloads of manuals for models built between 2005 and now.
This site provides publications for Land Rovers built from1992 up through the current models. Like the Jaguar site, registration is required. Once you do, you’ll find workshop manuals and bulletins, in addition to owner’s manuals.
The Lexus site has manuals going all the way back to when the brand launched in the U.S. While the manuals are available as free downloads, each chapter of every manual is offered as a separate downloadable document.
Lincoln owner’s manuals from 1996 through the current models are offered free of charge
Mazda’s site offers manuals for their products from the 2000 model year up through its current models. You’ll also find quick tips for their navigation, satellite radio, and Bluetooth systems. Video demos for certain functions are offered as well.
Free downloads for every Mercedes-Benz passenger car from the year 2000 forward can be downloaded as PDF files.
Mercury the brand may be gone, but its owner’s manuals from 1996 through 2011 live on in cyberspace and downloads of them are free.
Manuals for MINI models going back to 2008 can be downloaded without registering. Older models can be acquired through the MINI Owner’s lounge on the site—after registering.
Mitsubishi manuals going back to 2002 are available online at the Mitsubishi owner’s site where they can be downloaded for free after you register.
The owner’s section of the Nissan USA website offers manuals for models going back to the 2009 model year. If you’re looking for something older, the site offers the opportunity to make special requests.
Oldsmobile may be history, but its owner’s manuals going back to 1993 are still current events at the MyGM.com website.
Porsche owner’s manuals going back to 2011 are available at the PorscheOwnersManuals.com Website. You’ll also find instructional videos on the car’s various comfort and convenience features.
If you’re looking for a manual for anything built between 2004 and the current model range, those can be downloaded from the Ram Trucks site. Paper manuals for Dodge trucks produced prior to 2004—going back to 1981—can be purchased there as well.
Though Saab has been discontinued as a brand, paper manuals for its models built between 1989 and 2009 can be acquired at the Helm owner’s manual site.
These days, Saturn refers mainly to the planet, but the car brand’s owner’s manuals going back to 1993—up through its 2010 models can be downloaded.
The site offers quick reference guides, rather than complete owner's manuals for 2004 models current models. Owner's manuals for audio and navigation components are also available as downloads.
Looking to get educated about your Smart car? You’ll find owner’s manuals for the Smart ForTwo models built between 2008 and now. Warranty information and roadside assistance details can be downloaded as well.
The owner’s section of Subaru’s Website houses downloadable manuals going back to the 2000 model year.
Suzuki’s Pit Stop Plus Website is home to the brand’s owner’s manuals going back to 1989. You’ll find both paper manuals and PDFs downloads, all available for sale.
The owner’s section of the Toyota website lists manuals from 1996 up through the current models. Offered as free downloads, each chapter of the manuals is presented as a separate document. How-to videos are also offered on the site.
Paper owner's manuals and other product related publications are available for purchase going all the way back to 1996.
One of the most extensive databases of all belongs to Volvo; you’ll find product materials on its owner’s site going all the way back to 1965. Owner’s manuals are just the start; the site also offers materials, such as maintenance schedules and warranty coverages. You’ll also find instructional videos, recall information, and special offers.