Haik's German Autohaus

310 East Cota St.,
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 US
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Serving the Santa Barbara area with expert Mercedes-Benz 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

We offer all major and minor Service and Repair work, including:

  • Service engine and drive train
  • Repair
  • Engine Electronics
  • Body Electronics
  • Power Train Management
  • Cooling System
  • Water Pump
  • Radiator
  • Thermostat
  • Air Conditioning
  • Brakes
  • Steering System
  • Suspension
  • Power Steering Pump and Steering Rack
  • Charging System
  • Alternator Replacement
  • Battery
  • Tune Up
  • Oil Change
  • Oxygen Sensor
  • Fluid Flushes
  • Body Electrical—Lights and Window Lifters
  • Transmission Service & Repair
  • Diesel Service & Repair
  • Safety Check
  • Buyer's Inspection
  • Check Engine Light Diagnosis

Our Technicians

  • Haik Hakobian: Owner and founder of Haik's German Autohaus, 1979.

  • Kurt Richter: Mercedes Benz certified master technician, formerly of Santa Barbara Auto Group and Cutter Motors.  He was a dealership Mercedes technician for 13 years. 

Together we offer a thorough, comprehensive understanding of your vehicle. Our vast experience in servicing and repairing Mercedes automobiles will provide you with the finest service experience available.

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

Service Schedules for Mercedes Benz

We provide the factory service schedules Flexible Service System (FSS) and Flexible Service System Plus (FSS+) as well as our own tailored service schedule.

  • FSS (started in 1998 on some Mercedes models) recommends alternating A and B Services.
  • FSS+ (begun in 2003 on E Class models and subsequently added to later models) recommends A, B, C, D, E, F, G or H Services at various intervals. FSS+ schedule still uses basic A or B Service, but has additional scheduled items as well. In order to know what service items the vehicle computer is requesting to be performed, the computer must be read.
  • Another service option we offer is our own Haik's German Autohaus Service Schedule. Kurt and Haik compiled this service list from their long experience as automotive technicians. It provides three levels of Haik's Service, Major, Minor and Mid-level Service.

FLEXIBLE SERVICE SYSTEM (FSS)

(beginning 1998 for some Mercedes models)

(Each model Mercedes has a slightly different service schedule. The following service list is compiled from an E Class.)


A-SERVICE SCHEDULE (FSS)

Passenger Compartment - Function Check

  • Horn, headlamp flasher, hazard flasher, turn signals
  • Warning/indicator lamps, illumination and interior lighting
  • Exterior lighting and headlamps
  • Windshield wipers, windshield washer system
  • Headlamp cleaning system
  • Reset Flexible Service System (FSS) counter in instrument cluster

Wheels and Brakes

  • Check brake pads for lining thickness (1 front wheel; 1 rear wheel)
  • Check tires for damage and condition
  • Correct tire inflation pressure

Engine Compartment

  • Engine oil and filter change
  • Lubricate hood catch, safety catch and hinges on engine hood

Check and correct fluid levels:

  • Engine cooling system, antifreeze and corrosion protection
  • Brake system
  • Windshield washer system

Trunk

  • Correct tire inflation pressure in spare tire
  • Check battery condition using test meter

B-SERVICE SCHEDULE (FSS)

Passenger Compartment - Function Check

  • Horn, headlamp flasher, hazard flasher, turn signals
  • Warning/indicator lamps, illumination and interior lighting
  • Exterior lighting and headlamps
  • Windshield wipers, windshield washer system
  • Headlamp cleaning system
  • Reset Flexible Service System (FSS) counter in instrument cluster
  • Check seat belts for damage and proper function
  • Replace dust pollen/cabin filter

Wheels and Brakes

  • Remove and reinstall wheels, rotate if necessary (does not apply for vehicles with different tire sizes front/rear)
  • Check brake pads for lining thickness front and rear
  • Check condition of brake discs front and rear
  • Check tires for damage and condition
  • Correct tire inflation pressure
  • Check parking brake function
  • Test drive vehicle and check brake function

Underbody

Visually check the following:
  • Leakage of major components
  • Chafe marks, line routing, components
  • Condition of front axle ball joints and rubber boots
  • Condition of steering mechanical components and rubber boots

Engine Compartment

Perform
  • Engine oil and filter change
Visually check
  • Leakage of major components
  • Chafe marks, line routing, components
Trunk
  • Correct tire inflation pressure in spare tire
  • Check battery condition using test meter

FLEXIBLE SERVICE SYSTEM PLUS (FSS +)

(beginning 2003 for some Mercedes models)

In addition to the A or B Service it will call for: a C, D, E, F, G or H Service. Attached to each of these services is a prescribed list of items to be performed such as:

Replacement of air filter, cabin filter, fuel filter, spark plugs, coolant, brake fluid, engine oil and filter change, automatic transmission fluid and filter change, etc.

You will get a reminder in the instrument cluster telling the letter of which service is due. However, to know what that service entails for your vehicle, we must read the computer and pull up the requested service items.

Manufacturer Warranty

Although car manufacturers will not reimburse independents such as us for warranty work performed, any work for which the customer must pay (even during the warranty period) can be performed at a qualified independent shop without jeopardizing the car's warranty.

*Please call for an appointment or consultation.

Mercedes Models We Service at Haik's

  • C Class
  • CLS Class
  • E Class
  • S/CL Class
  • SL Class
  • SLK Class
  • M Class
  • R Class
  • G Class
  • GL Class
  • G Wagon
  • AMG
  • Brabus

Mercedes Benz Historical Notes

Karl Benz is credited with creating the first automobile. He was born in southern Germany, but moved to Mannheim, Germany where he built an electrical motor plant and later automobiles. In 1886 he drove his self-propelled vehicle through downtown Mannheim. For this successful test, he was given the first patent by the German government for the automobile and was given the right for its manufacture.

The Daimler Corporation and the Benz Corporation were two competing car manufacturers in Germany by 1900. The two founders of their respective companies, Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz, never met in person. Their companies were merged in 1926 to become Daimler-Benz Company.

Mercedes was never one of the partners. She was the daughter of a banker financing Daimler around 1900. He wanted his daughter's name on one model of Daimler's cars. The first Mercedes-Benz brand name vehicles were produced in 1926, following the merger of the Daimler and Benz companies.