Haik's German Autohaus

310 East Cota St.,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US
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Serving the Santa Barbara area with expert BMW repair since 1979. We are your German car service specialist!

At Haik's German Autohaus, Kurt and I strive for top results in every repair and service, going beyond traditional standards when needed. I started Haik's German Autohaus 30 years ago, in 1979, when automobiles were much simpler. Since then our business has grown with the industry and we've kept pace with the most sophisticated mechanical and electronic systems. We specialize in German automobiles: BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Audi, Mini Cooper and Volkswagen. Please call for an appointment or consultation.
- Haik Hakobian

Master technicians Haik Hakobian and Kurt Richter perform all BMW repairs and services.

All work is done to manufacturer's specifications or above.

We service and repair all BMW models including:

  • 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, X Series, Z Series, M Series

We offer both the factory services as well as our own tailored service schedule. For a detailed list of services and repairs offered, please see below:

  • Check Engine Light
  • Brake Job
  • Service
  • Oil Change
  • Spark Plugs
  • Fuel Filter Air Filter
  • Oxygen sensors
  • Transmission
  • Engine
  • Exhaust System
  • Muffler
  • Catalytic Converter
  • Fuel Injection
  • Fuel Pump
  • Electrical
  • Lighting
  • Engine Electronics
  • Chassis Electronics
  • Instrument Cluster
  • Guages
  • Drive Belts
  • Seat Belts
  • Power Steering
  • Fluid Flushes
  • Tire Rotation
  • Diagnosis
  • Trouble-Shooting
  • Trouble Codes
  • Cooling System
  • Water Pump
  • Radiator
  • Hoses
  • Light bulb replacement

Haik's German Autohaus Team - Santa Barbara BMW Repair
The Team at Haik's German Autohaus in Santa Barbara

BMW Service Schedule

BMW “Condition Based Service” Schedule:

The BMW Maintenance System is designed to maximize your vehicle's safety and minimize breakdowns. The Service Interval Light system indicates when a service is due. The onboard computer calculates this by using information it has gathered and recorded from your driving habits.

Service Interval System:

The service indicator lights located in your instrument cluster consists of five green lights, one yellow and one red (1999 on). It also has the messages “Oil Service” and “Inspection.” As time expires from the last service, the five green lights will go out one by one until the last one is out. After the last green light is out, the yellow light illuminates along with the message “Oil Service” or “Inspection.” The next service is due. If the vehicle is not serviced when it is due, the red light will illuminate after some mileage.

Inspection and Maintenance Plan:

BMW recommends a service be performed every 15,000 miles. The services rotate between three levels of maintenance. Services vary slightly according model.

  • 7,500 miles Oil Change (recommended)
  • 15,000 miles Oil Service
  • 22,500 miles Oil Change (recommended)
  • 30,000 miles Inspection I
  • 37,500 miles Oil Change (recommended)
  • 45,000 miles Oil Service
  • 52,500 miles Oil Change (recommended)
  • 60,000 miles Inspection II
  • And so forth…

*Each of these services has a particular list of items to be performed and checked. An Oil Service entails more than merely an oil change. An intermediate oil change is recommended between each of these services.

 

Oil Change Service

  • Drain and refill your vehicle's crankcase with BMW approved oil. Install a new genuine BMW oil filter
  • Check all other fluid levels, and top off as necessary
  • Check and adjust tire pressure
  • Fill windshield washer fluid
  • Reset oil service indicator
  • Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination
  • Check all warning and indicator lights, check control
  • Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch
  • Check wiper and washer system; wiper blades, washer jet positions
  • Check condition and function of safety belts
  • Oil hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges
  • Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches; check operation of all latches
  • Check central locking/double lock
  • Replace micro-filter (cabin filter)
  • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger
  • Check rear view mirrors
  • Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decoration or accessories

Final Inspection

  • Road test vehicle, check brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission, automatic transmission

 

Inspection I

Undercarriage

  • Change engine oil and filter while engine is at normal operation temperature
  • Check transmission for leaks
  • Check rear axle for leaks
  • Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks
  • Check condition, position and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks
  • Check power steering system for leaks
  • Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads
  • Examine brake disc surfaces
  • Clean brake pad contact points in calipers
  • Grease wheel center hubs
  • Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc
  • Check front control arm bushings for wear
  • Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage and incorrect positioning
  • Check for free movement of parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
  • Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
  • Check rear view mirrors
  • Check condition of tires (outer surfaces left/right), tread wear and pattern. In case of uneven tread wear, readjust wheel alignment if required.

Engine Compartment

  • Read out diagnostic system
  • Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks
  • Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary
  • Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required
  • Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct if necessary
  • Check air conditioner for operation
  • Reset service indicator

Body and Electrical Equipment

  • Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required
  • Perform battery load test
  • Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights
  • Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination
  • Check all warning/indicator lights, check control
  • Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch
  • Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions
  • Check condition and function of safety belts
  • Oil hood, trunk/tailgate and door hinges
  • Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches
  • Check central locking/double lock
  • Replace microfilter or Acc. Cabin filter
  • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger
  • Check rear view mirrors
  • Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories

Final Inspection

  • Road test vehicle, check brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission, automatic transmission

 

Inspection II

Undercarriage

  • Change engine oil and filter while engine is at normal operation temperature
  • Check transmission for leaks
  • Check rear axle for leaks
  • Visually check fuel tank, lines and connections for leaks
  • Check condition, position and mounting of exhaust system. Examine for leaks
  • Check power steering system for leaks
  • Check overall thickness of front and rear disc brake pads
  • Examine brake disc surfaces
  • Clean brake pad contact points in calipers
  • Grease wheel center hubs
  • Check steering for absence of play, condition of suspension track rods, front axle joints, steering linkage and joint disc
  • Check front control arm bushings for wear
  • Check brake and clutch system connectors and lines for leaks, damage and incorrect positioning
  • Check for free movement of parking brake cables. Adjust parking brake if necessary.
  • Check all tire pressures (including spare). Correct if necessary.
  • Check condition of tires (outer surfaces left and right), tread wear and pattern. In case of uneven tread wear, readjust wheel alignment if required.

Additional Undercarriage

  • Check thickness of parking brake linings
  • Half-shafts, check for leaks at flexible boots
  • nspect entire body according to terms of rust prevention limited warranty

Engine Compartment

  • Read out diagnostic system
  • Check engine cooling system/heater hose connections for leaks
  • Check coolant level and antifreeze protection level; add coolant if necessary
  • Check level of brake and clutch fluid in reservoir; add fluid if required
  • Check windshield washer fluid level and antifreeze protection. Fill up and/or correct as necessary
  • Check air conditioner for operation
  • Reset service indicator

Additional Engine Compartment

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Replace intake air cleaner element

Boday/Electrical Equipment

  • Check battery electrolyte level and add distilled water if required
  • Perform battery load test
  • Check lighting system, i.e. headlights, fog lights, parking, backup, license plate (including map reading lights), glove box, flashlight, illuminated makeup mirrors, luggage compartment lights
  • Check instrument panel and dashboard illumination
  • Check all warning/indicator lights, check control
  • Check turn signals, hazard warning flashers, brake lights, horns, headlight dimmer/flasher switch
  • Check wiper and washer system(s); wiper blades, washer jet positions
  • Check condition and function of safety belts
  • Oil hood, trunk/tailgate, and door hinges
  • Grease hood, trunk/tailgate and door latches. Check operation of all latches
  • Check central locking/double lock
  • Replace microfilter or Acc. Cabin Filter
  • Check heater/air conditioner blower, rear window defogger
  • Check rear view mirrors
  • Visually examine the SRS airbag units for torn cover, obvious damage or attachment of decals, decorations or accessories

Final Inspection

  • Road test with check of brakes, suspension, steering, clutch/manual transmission or automatic transmission

BMW History in Brief

Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works) was founded in 1916 in Munich, Germany, by Franz Josef Popp.

The company's products were motorcycles and internal combustion engines. During WWI it changed production to building aircraft engines. After WWI, under terms of the Versailles Treaty, it was forced to quit aircraft engine production.

The company switched back to building motorcycles in 1923. Between 1928 and 1929 it began automobile production. During WWII BMW returned to producing aircraft prop engines as well as a turbojet engine used in the Heinkel He 162.

In 1959 BMW bought the rights to manufacture the Italian Iso Isetta. The cars were powered by BMW's own modified motorcycle engine. By the 1970s BMW automobiles were a major force in the German car line. Today they are among the best cars built.

*The blue and white BMW emblem is said by some to represent the circular motion of an airplane propeller as the white blades cut through the blue sky. A second explanation is that the emblem was meant to show the colors of the free State of Bavaria.

Awards & Affiliations

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