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

Mini Cooper Repair and Service Santa Barbara

Mini BMW Mercedes Porsche Audi Volkswagen

Specializing in the Maintenance of all Mini Models
Mini Repair | Mini Service | Mini Care

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

All Services and Repairs on Mini Cars

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.

All auto services and car repairs are performed by master technicians Haik and Kurt.

View Mini Coopers Santa Barbara Auto Center

Mini 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 |

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 | And More…


Mini Auto Repairs We Perform

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...


See Haik’s Custom Service Schedules

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


Please come by and meet us at Haik’s German Autohaus.

Yellow Mini Cooper for service at Haik's German Autohaus

Porsche Audi Volkswagen Mercedes BMW Mini

Mini Factory Services

For Mini Factory Service Schedules, see below.

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.

10K, 40K, 70K, 130K Mile Service

*The following Factory Service Schedule is for a 2006 Mini Cooper S. It varies slightly for every model, but is basically the same. There is not enough room here to outline every service of every Mini model. We have that information available to us on-line.

Service Items:

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

25K, 55K, 85K, 115K, 145K Mile Service

*The following Factory Service Schedule is for a 2006 Mini Cooper S. It varies slightly for every model, but is basically the same. There is not enough room here to outline every service of every Mini model. We have that information available to us on-line.

Service Items:

  • Air Bag Systems inspect
  • Axle Shaft Assembly inspect
  • Battery inspect
  • Body and Frame inspect
  • Brake Fluid inspect
  • Brakes and Traction Control inspect
  • Cabin Air Filter/ Purifier replace
  • Computers and Control Systems diagnose/tes
  • Coolant inspect
  • Cooling System inspect
  • Doors, Hood and Trunk inspect
  • Drive Belt replace
  • Engine Oil replace
  • Exhaust System inspect
  • Fluids inspect
  • Heating and Air-Conditioning inspect
  • Lighting and Horns inspect
  • Mirrors inspect
  • Oil Filter, Engine replace
  • Parking Brake System inspect
  • Power Steering inspect
  • Rear Defogger inspect
  • Seat Belt inspect
  • Service Reminder Indicators reset
  • Steering inspect
  • Suspension inspect
  • Suspension Strut/ Shock Absorber inspect
  • Tires inspect
  • Vehicle inspect
  • Washer Fluid inspect
  • Steering inspect
  • Suspension inspect
  • Suspension Strut/ Shock Absorber inspect
  • Tires inspect
  • Vehicle inspect
  • Washer Fluid inspect
  • Wiper and Washer System inspect
  • Air Filter replace - at 55K Service

100K Service

*The following Factory Service Schedule is for a 2006 Mini Cooper S. It varies slightly for every model, but is basically the same. There is not enough room here to outline every service of every Mini model. We have that information available to us on-line.

Service Items:

  • Brakes and Traction Control inspect
  • Cabin Air Filter/ Purifier replace
  • Engine Oil replace
  • Engine Oil Filter replace
  • Parking Brake System inspect
  • Service Reminder Indicators reset
  • Fluid Automatic Transmission replace
  • Oxygen Sensors replace
  • Spark Plugs replace

Additional Service Items (by mileage and time)

*The following Factory Service Schedule is for a 2006 Mini Cooper S. It varies slightly for every model, but is basically the same. There is not enough room here to outline every service of every Mini model. We have that information available to us on-line.

  • 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)

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.