Chrysler Ditches The Paper, Offering DVD Owners Manuals

It was only a matter of time, right? With digital becoming the new black, we knew that those hugely thick, underutilized user guides that shipped with automobiles would one day fade from existence, and it looks as if the fading has begun. Chrysler has just announced that it will become the first automaker to ditch the paperback and go digital with the guides that accompany its fleet of vehicles.

The paperless approach is designed to save over 930 tons of paper, or around 20,000 trees annually, and we can imagine that it'll also save the company some serious dough. The deal covers Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, all of which will have much more room in their glove box starting with the 2010 model year. Granted, not all paper will be vanishing. A comprehensive DVD will replace the bulky manual, which often runs over 500 pages, but a full-color paper guide of 60 - 80 pages will still be included with the most important tidbits. Think of it as an emergency roadside manual when there's no PC around to view the DVD.

What's interesting is how this actually benefits the end user. Rather than just slapping a PDF file onto a DVD and calling it a day, Chrysler will include videos of how to accomplish certain things such as folding down that troublesome soft top on a Jeep Wrangler. In addition, owners may search by topic rather than sifting through a 500-page book. Of course, if you still feel that you need the book, you can obtain one by contacting your dealer. Call us crazy, but we get the feeling just about every other automaker in the world is about to follow suit. 
Via:  PR Newswire
Lev_Astov 5 years ago

Wow, that's pretty sweet! I've been longing for more digitization of car reference material.

They really ought to include all sorts of relevant and helpful technical drawings in DXF or DWG format on there. I really want AutoCAD drawings of my car. An interactive 3D guide to the car's systems would also be sweet; highlighting all the cable harnesses associated with a specified system or something.

3vi1 5 years ago

Great... leave your car parked in the sun for one summer day and you've lost your owners manual due to warping.

Kiristo 5 years ago

What if you are trying to find something whilst not at home and your car won't start... how are you going to look it up assuming you don't always have a laptop on hand?

knighttony 2 years ago

videos from chrysler are really helpful especially the chrysler repair manuals found online. it's very convenient to use compared to the traditional paper and folder manual. i can't believe how easy things are today. it was just yesterday whee people needs to browse pages for their repairs but now they just have to click some stuff and in an instant see what they are looking for. cheers to chrysler and other car manufacturers who are going online for their manuals. :-)

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