BMW Repair Service Santa Barbara Haik’s German Autohaus
Haik's German Autohaus
310 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0975

BMW Repair and Service Santa Barbara

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Specializing in the Maintenance of all BMW Series
BMW Repair | BMW Service | BMW Care

1 Series | 2 Series | 3 Series | 4 Series | 5 Series | 6 Series | 7 Series | 8 Series

X Series | Z Series | M Series | i Series

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Choose Your Mechanic Carefully

If you drive a BMW and live in the Santa Barbara area, you are in luck! Consider the benefits of a BMW specialist. At Haik’s, we provide Complete Car Care for your vehicle. We have the tools, information and expertise to repair any problems your car may develop. We also provide the services to keep your BMW in top shape and avoid break-downs and premature failure.

Master technicians perform all repairs and services. All work is performed to manufacturer's specifications or above.

Maintenance = Services + Repairs

Complete Car Care for Your BMW

Proper maintenance dictates that every system in your BMW be inspected periodically. In addition each system should be serviced according to an interval schedule. Inspection and servicing of these components will help maintain your BMW for years to come.

BMW Auto Services We Provide

Car Check and Inspection Services

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

BMW 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 | And More…

Removal of BMW engine at Haik's German Autohaus

BMW 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...

BMW Repairs

Air Bags | Air-Conditioning Repair | 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...

BMW on lot at Haik's German Autohaus

Please call for an appointment or free consultation.

BMW Service Schedules

BMW Factory Service Schedules - see below

Haik’s Custom Service Schedules

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BMW Factory Services

For BMW Factory Service Schedules, see below.

BMW Factory Service Schedules

Condition Based Service (CBS)

The system makes interval recommendations which vary with each driver based upon his/her driving habits. Rather than using fixed mileage interval as the basis of calculating the next service due, CBS uses fuel consumption as the basis to calculate the level of engine oil contamination, thus the need for an oil change in order to avoid excessive engine wear. An oil condition sensor is incorporated with the oil level sensor and oil temperature sensor in the lower oil sump pan. These sensors communicate with the engine’s computer. The information is processed algorithmically by the computer to evaluate the next service due. This data is sent to the instrument cluster control module which will warn the driver by illuminating the service light.

Other services may be due at the same time.

Harder, faster driving, putting the engine under greater load conditions such as going up hills, rapid acceleration and carrying or pulling heavier cargo, cause fuel consumption to rise rapidly. It also produces greater wear on other parts such as transmission, tires, brakes, etc. Hard driving conditions shorten service intervals, making more frequent visits to the repair shop necessary.

Sensor Based CBS Schedules

Through the use of sensors and virtual sensors, CBS monitors most service items in the vehicle such as engine oil, spark plugs, front and rear brake pads, brake fluid, micro filter, air filter, engine coolant, etc. In cases where a sensor does not directly measure the condition of a wear and tear item, auxiliary variables are used, such as temperature, mileage, vehicle performance as well as other factors. The status of each of these service items can be read by the mechanic at any time.

Service intervals for BMW are roughly every 15K miles. 15K is considered the average or “normal” schedule. Your particular driving habits will shorten or lengthen this service interval.

15K Service

*Most models follow a service table similar to the one below. The following service table is for the 2005 BMW 325i (E46 body) L6-2.5L (M54 engine). There is not enough room for all the service tables of every year and every model.

Service Items:

  • Brakes and Traction Control inspect
  • Cabin Air Filter/ Purifier replace
  • Convertible Top Hinge lubricate
  • Engine Oil replace
  • Engine Oil Filter replace
  • Parking Brake System inspect
  • Service Reminder Indicators reset

30K Service

*Most models follow a service table similar to the one below. The following service table is for the 2005 BMW 325i (E46 body) L6-2.5L (M54 engine). There is not enough room for all the service tables of every year and every model.

Service Items:

  • Air Bag System inspect
  • Alarm System Transmitter replace
  • Axle Shaft Assembly inspect
  • Battery inspect
  • Body and Frame inspect
  • Brake Fluid inspect
  • Brakes and Traction Control inspect
  • Cabin Air Filter/ Purifier replace
  • Clutch Hydraulic System inspect
  • Convertible Top Hinge lubricate
  • Cooling System inspect
  • Diagnostic Readout Box diagnose/test
  • Doors, Hood, and Trunk inspect
  • Engine Oil replace
  • Engine Oil Filter replace
  • Exhaust System inspect
  • Fluid—Automatic Transmission inspect
  • Fluid—Differential inspect
  • Fuel Supply Line inspect
  • Fuel Tank inspect
  • Heating and Air Conditioning inspect
  • Hydraulic System, Brakes inspect
  • Instrument Panel, Gauges and Warning Indicators inspect
  • Lighting and Horns inspect
  • Locks inspect
  • Mirrors inspect
  • Parking Brake System inspect
  • Power Steering inspect
  • Restraints and Safety Systems inspect
  • Seat Belt Systems inspect
  • Service Reminder Indicators reset
  • Steering inspect
  • Tires inspect
  • Vehicle diagnose/test
  • Wiper and Washer Systems inspect

45K Service

*Most models follow a service table similar to the one below. The following service table is for the 2005 BMW 325i (E46 body) L6-2.5L (M54 engine). There is not enough room for all the service tables of every year and every model.

Service Items:

Same as 15K Service

60K Service

*Most models follow a service table similar to the one below. The following service table is for the 2005 BMW 325i (E46 body) L6-2.5L (M54 engine). There is not enough room for all the service tables of every year and every model.

Service Items:

Same as 30K Service


  • Air Filter Element replace

Pre-Purchase Check

Bumper to bumper check.

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

BMW Auto Diagnostics

We offer diagnostics for your entire car, no matter in which system the failure occurs.

Mechanical | Car Noises | Running Problems | Warning Lights | Starting Problems | Automatic Windows | Electrical Functions | Transmission Shifting | Key Lock | And More…

Additional Services

*Most models follow a service table similar to the one below. The following service table is for the 2005 BMW 325i (E46 body) L6-2.5L (M54 engine). There is not enough room for all the service tables of every year and every model.

*Services Repeat after 60K Service every 15K miles except for the following:

100K Miles

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid replace
  • Spark Plugs replace

120K Miless

  • Oxygen Sensors replace

Every 2 Years

  • Brake Fluid replace

BMW Repairs & Services

Visit our Services page.

Visit our Repairs page.

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

BMW Innovation


  • Auto Start Stop function

Luxury Comfort

  • iDrive
  • Navigation


  • Twin Power Turbo (direct fuel injection with turbo)
  • Steptronic is BMW’s automatic transmission with a dynamic sport mode which can be shifted manually if desired. This feature essentially transforms the six-speed automatic transmission into a six-speed manual transmission. Activate the Steptronic mode and use the gear selector to shift up or down. Or use the finger tip paddles on the steering wheel to shift, and keep your hands on the wheel. The two buttons on the front of the steering wheel (one left, one right) serve to downshift, the two buttons at the rear (one left, one right) serve to upshift.
  • High Precision Injection (direct fuel injection where fuel under high pressure is sprayed directly into combustion chamber, rather than into tubes of the Intake manifold)
  • VANOS is BMW’s variable camshaft timing mechanism which adjusts camshaft timing for various driving conditions. Double VANOS utilizes the variable timing of both intake and exhaust camshafts.


  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Night Vision with Dynamic light spot
*Early Traction Control System

Auto makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz were the earliest innovators of what today is called electronic stability control (ESC). Both BMW and Mercedes introduced their first traction control systems in 1987. Traction control applies individual wheel braking as well as throttle control to keep traction during acceleration in order to maintain vehicle control. Unlike the advanced ESC system today however, it was not designed to aid steering. (Mercedes, working together with Robert Bosch, was first to add steering to the traction control system and called it ESP.) BMW developed the dynamic traction control system together with Robert Bosch GmbH and Continental Automotive Systems. In 1992 BMW applied this system to its entire model line up.


Some Unique BMW Problems and Symptoms We’ve Experienced and Repaired

  • Body sags in one or more corners. Air bag suspension problem, if so equpped.
  • Car suddenly autonomously activates ABS system while driving on freeway and in town on surface streets. Customer was not applying the brakes at the time. ABS braking system was activating intermittently, but as it turned out, the ABS system was not at fault. 2001 BMW 325i
  • Check Engine Light, code reads coolant mapping, thermostat stuck open, but there were no cooling system symptoms or overheating.
  • Clattering noise from front of engine VANOS area. M Series
  • CV boots crack and leak front outer constant velocity joints of AWD (all-wheel-drive) vehicles.
  • Engine could not be turned off. Ignition key switch was spinning in tumbler. 1998 M3 BMW
  • Growling noise from front of engine
  • Leak at power steering fluid reservoir
  • Rattling sound from engine intake air plenum (intake manifold)
  • Smoke coming out of exhaust pipe (possible PCV failure). Try pulling off oil filler cap with engine running. If it is difficult, the engine suction is leaking through the PCV valve or valves.
  • Thick smoke coming from exhaust pipe after idling for a period, then revving quickly. 2006 BMW 550i. We suspected valve stem seals, but needed to run other tests to confirm. We found that the PCV diaphragms were torn and replaced them. But that did not correct the problem. We pulled the heads and found the valve guides were worn. We replaced the valve guides and valve stem seals and performed a valve job. End of story.

CV Boots xDrive (AWD) BMWs

Replacing the front CV boots on 4-wheel-drive BMW vehicles is an extremely difficult job. In order to replace the CV boots, the drive axle shafts must come off the vehicle. Whether it is the X Series, 3 Series, 5, 6 or 7 Series, xi or xDrive, BMW makes the tolerances between the drive axle shaft and the splined inner race of the wheel bearing so tight that it is an incredible chore to separate the two and even more difficult to drive the stub axle shaft back into the splined wheel bearing race when installing it.

Tool Invented

At Haik’s we have designed and built a tool for this task which even the BMW dealerships do not have. This cuts the work time down and saves the customer money.

BMW Specific Terminology

  • Active Steering
  • Auto Start Stop
  • Autobeam
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Automatic Stability Control plus Traction (ASC+T)
  • CBS (Condition Based Service)
  • Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Dynamic Drive
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and (DSCIII)
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) BMW is the co-engineering partner and inventor with Robert BOSCH GmbH and Continental (TEVES).
  • Electronic Damper Control (EDC)
  • Electronic Height Control (EHC)
  • Engine Failsafe Program (“limp home mode”) See our Repairs page for details on "Limp Home Mode."
  • EWS immobilizer
  • High Precision Injection
  • IDrive (navigation, entertainment, communication system)
  • Night Vision with Dynamic light spot
  • Park Assist
  • Park Distance Control (PDC)
  • Passive safety
  • Rotational Rate Sensor See yaw sensor or angular sensor on our Repairs page.
  • Steering Angle Sensor Lew
  • Steptronic
  • Twin Power Turbo
  • VANOS See variable camshaft timing on our Repairs page.
  • xDrive, all wheel drive (AWD)

Historical Note

Did you know?…

BMW was founded in 1917 during WWI as as aircraft engine manufacturer. It provided such powerful and reliable airplane engines that its contribution to the victories of Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron) and Ernst Udet, who claimed 80 and 62 victories, respectively, cannot be denied.