HAIK'S GERMAN AUTOHAUS - Mini Repair and Mini Cooper Service - Santa Barbara
Haik's German Autohaus
310 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0975

Mini Repair and Mini Cooper Service
Santa Barbara

Specializing in the Maintenance of all Mini Models

Mini Cooper | Mini Cooper S | Mini Cooper Paceman | Mini Cooper Clubman | Mini Cooper Roadster | Mini Cooper Countryman

We Perform All Services and Repairs on Mini Cars

At Haik’s German Autohaus, our German car mechanics are equipped with the best testing and repair equipment available. We provide repair and service for every system in your Mini Cooper from the most sophisticated electronic or mechanical repairs on your engine, transmission, brakes, steering and suspension to any of your car’s service needs such oil change, battery replacement, air filter, tire rotation, brake fluid change, water pump replacement or any other service requirement your car may have.

While Mini’s origins were British, today it is built by BMW. It may not look like a BMW, but its sportiness and handling are very much in line with the BMW tradition. The Mini Cooper has many of BMW’s advanced mechanical and electronic design features.

Some of the latest are: an electric steering pump without the use of fluid, electric water pump, and electronically controlled thermostat. These sophisticated systems operate quite differently than previous systems and require special skills and special equipment to service. At Haik’s German Autohaus, we are prepared. From the most sophisticated electronic repair to an oil change, from the difficult mechanical suspension bushing repair to a battery replacement or brake job, we have the tools, the information and the skills.

Every auto service and car repair your Mini receives at Haik’s, is performed by a master automotive technician trained in your specific type of car.

For the Best Care Your Mini Can Have
(805) 965-0975

View Mini Coopers Santa Barbara Auto Center

Mini Auto Service Menu

Mini Car Check and Inspection Services

Car Check | Service Engine Soon | Vehicle Inspection | Check Engine Light Diagnosis | Trouble-Shooting | Diagnostics | Pre-Purchase Check | Safety Check

Mini Cooper Services

Air-Conditioning Service | Air Filter | Battery Service | Belts | Brake Fluid Flush | Cabin Filter | Coolant Change | Diesel Service | Differential Service | Engine Service | Fuel Filter | Car Noises | Oil Change | Power Steering Flush | Spark Plugs | Transfer Case Service | Transmission Service | Tune-Up | Serpentine Belt (60,000 miles) | Brake Fluid change (every 2 years) | Coolant change (every 4 years) | Oxygen Sensor replacement (100,000 miles) | Spark Plug replacement (100,000 miles) | And More…

Mini Repair By Symptom

Running Problems | Starting Problems | Warning Lights | Check Engine Light | ABS Light On | Brake Warning Light | Tire Monitor On | Service Light On | SRS | Dead Battery | Overheating | Air-Conditioning Not Cold | Shifting Problems | Car Noises | Oil Leaks | Shaking | Windows Not Operating | And More...

Mini Cooper Repairs

Air Bags | Air-Conditioning | Alternator | Battery Replacement | Body Repair | Brakes | Catalytic Converter | Computer Controls | Cooling System | Diesel Repair | Door Locks | Engine Repair | Electrical Repairs | Electronic Computer Repairs | Exhaust System | Key Ignition Lock | Leaks | Light Bulbs | Lighting | Mirror Replacement | Muffler | Noises | Oxygen Sensors | Power Steering | Radiator Replacement | Seat Belts | Shock Absorbers | Starter | Thermostat | Tire Replacement | Transmission Repair | Transmission Replacement | Water Pump | Window Lifters | And More...

For more on Mini services, see our Services page

For more on Mini repairs, see our Repairs page

Yellow Mini Cooper for service at Haik's German Autohaus

We offer both Mini factory service schedules and Haik’s custom service schedules

See Haik’s Custom Service Schedules

Three levels of maintenance to choose from: Major, Mid-Level, Minor

Please call us to discuss any issues with your Mini Cooper

(805) 965-0975

Mini Factory Service Schedules

Mini Factory Maintenance

Service Inspection Intervals

Every 15K miles

Basically every other service repeats with slight variations, except at 100K. At 100K, transmission fluid, oxygen sensors and spark plugs are replaced.

Condition Based Service (CBS)

Unlike previous service schedules, the condition based service program is not strictly time or mileage based. The CBS program uses the engine control module (computer) to monitor driving conditions and the vehicle operator’s driving habits as well. This additional information helps calculate when the next service is due. If the vehicle has been driven harder, faster, put under excessive loads, the time interval between services will be shortened and more frequent services will be needed. If the car is driven fewer miles than is considered “normal,” the time interval for the service will be lengthened. Each factor contributes to the recommended service time interval. This offers the greatest balance between cost saving and protection of the vehicle.

Fuel consumption rather than fixed mileage is used as the basis on which to calculate the contamination level of the engine oil and need for an oil change, and thus a service.

An oil condition sensor communicates with the engine’s ECM (engine control module) computer. The ECM processes the information with an algorithm to evaluate when the next service is due. The data is then sent to the instrument cluster to be communicated to the driver.

When the service indicator warns of a service due, this does not mean the vehicle needs only an oil change however. The monitoring coincides with other service items needing to be performed at the same time. These service items have been calculated into the program to save the customer from having to return to the repair shop over and over again for each separate item.

Harder driving not only causes a rise in fuel consumption and dirty engine oil, but also causes greater wear on other parts of the vehicle such as transmission, differential, tires, brakes, spark plugs, etc. These harder driving conditions shorten the service intervals, making more frequent visits to the repair shop necessary.

Sensor and Virtual Based CBS Schedules

While some service items are measured directly with sensors, many service items are not. Brake pads, micro filter, engine coolant, brake fluid, spark plugs, etc., all depend on other variables (virtual sensors) such as mileage, temperature, vehicle performance as well as other factors to indirectly measure the condition of wear and tear items. The current status of these service items can be read at any time.

BMW service intervals are roughly every 15K miles. This would be considered the average or “normal” schedule. Your particular driving habits may shorten or lengthen these intervals.

Mini Repairs & Services

See our Services page

See our Repairs page.

*Or give us a call at 965-0975 for a free personal consultation.*

Pre-Purchase Check

Bumper to bumper check.

*For a complete list of inspection items, see Inspection (Car Check) on our Services page.

Some Unique Mini Problems and Symptoms

  • Power steering reservoir and hose leak
  • Automatic Transmission shift problem
  • Power Steering suddenly stops working. Only mechanical steering works and steering is difficult. This is on earlier models which use power steering fluid.

Mini Specific Terminology

  • Cooper
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electric Steering Motor
  • Electronic Thermostat
  • Electronic Water Pump

Mini Historical Note

Did you know?…

The original Mini was built by the British Motor Corporation from 1959 to 1968. It won endurance and racing acclaim for three consecutive years British Leyland took it over from 1968-1986. The Rover Group built it from 1986-2000. BMW bought it in 2000, and it’s popularity has soared. From its origin, the car has had a variety of names Morris Mini, Morris Mini-Minor, the Austin Mini, Mini Cooper. It is now a German car built by BMW.