Firstly, no book is bad. But having said that, I feel I was conned a bit. I have a library of over a thousand books, I have collected books since age 8. I currently, because I am stuck in the one spot due to back problems, have concentrated mainly on classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars etc etc. I have bought and bludged car books for the last 4 or 5 years and buy anything that helps me or my kids in the future (they will inherit my book collection wether they like it or not) understand cars as collectable items, or as beautiful machines to work on, lovingly restore or simply hop in or on (Motorcycles) and ride/drive. And the dissapointment in this book is that it is very basic. The illustrations are small, poorly indicating the device being discussed. No colour, what is it??? Wait, I think that if my daughter bought a car, then she might buy this book for herself as she has no interest in cars other than to get to work and home. If I got a new air cleaner or chromed my lead supports, she couldn't give a continental. This is where this book could be of some help. Just for her to get a really basic understanding of roughly what happens under the hood (bonnet?) In this day and age with digital cameras and the ease with which books can be created and printed, it is almost criminal not to have clear photographs of the devices or if you are going to use graphics or drawings, put some life into it. That was my dissapointment. My young mate over the fence has just bought his first car. A beautiful golden caramel shiny brute of a thing which is better than anything I have ever owned as far as the interior and the "DASHBOARD" goes. My dad used to taunt me every time I bought home a new 10 pound or 15 pound Ford, or Chev, back when I was a young buck and building hot rods. (1955-60) He would say, "its a bit rough Sonny, but hey, its got a nice dashboard". ha ha Pa. But I understood every nut and bolt on those cars. They were my life, and my girlfriend had to understand that or she wasn't my girlfriend. (my gawd, was I that stupid, man I cant believe it) I offered this book to my mate with the caramel car over the fence, and he looked at me and smirked and said, nah! I dont look under the bonnet. WHAT?......
So there you have it. For someone with no interest or wants a basic understanding without getting emotionally involved in the machinery or the book. Fine. Buy it. But there is so much more out there that absolutely leaves it for dead. That is why I feel that at least five pages of any technical book should be illustrated, some of the writing, some of the illustrations etc.
For what it is worth, that is my opinion