At H&B, we’ve spent 45 years servicing, tuning, and restoring BMW, Mini, and now Audi vehicles. As much as we enjoy working on these fine cars, we also focus on the overall ownership experience. We offer advice about which maintenance items are most important, and how to adjust servicing to the owner’s driving style and budgets: what to do now; what to defer; for how long; and so forth. Tips on tires, types of oil, upcoming models and technologies, known problems and how to avoid them — these are all part of our daily conversations with our customers.
Read more about H&B’s approach to servicing your BMW or Mini.
- Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:30pm; Thursday until 6:30pm
- State of the art diagnostic equipment
- Free loaner cars by reservation
- Free shuttle to BART
- Personal service at competitive prices
- We maintain your new & extended warranties
Three Generations of the New Mini
We saw the birth of the first-generation “new” Mini Cooper at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2001 Though these marvelous cars were assembled in a brand new plant in Oxfordshire, the engines came from a new factory in Brazil resulting from a joint venture between BMW and Chrysler (before the Daimler Benz merger). These engines were fairly advanced in features and performance for their class. However, Daimler's acquisition of Chrysler changed the chemistry for BMW, putting it suddenly into partnership with an arch rival. These are all wonderful-driving cars which nevertheless experienced some teething problems. Specifically, with the early CVT automatic transmissions, power steering, and occasional issues of with oil consumption. These concerns and others were addressed in a number of service bulletins, extended limited warranties, and recalls. H&B endeavors to keep its Mini customers up to date and informed to help them keep their first gen Minis on the road.
The second-generation Mini (2007–13) incorporated two main changes. The car was stretched by 2.7 inches; and the engines now came from a joint venture with PSA Peugeot-Citroën in the north of France. This improved the engine supply logistics, while taking advantage of PSA’s advanced small-engine technologies. High gasoline taxes in France make fuel economy paramount, and these new engines were thriftier, but no less sporty, than their predecessors. During this period, models began to proliferate, including convertibles, a roadster, and the larger Countryman. All are loads of fun to drive, but some oil consumption issues (with no oil level gauge inside) make it extremely important to frequently check the oil level. Otherwise, early cam chain wear can create some expensive repairs. The French dipstick takes some getting used to, so owners are advised to come by for a demo.
The third-generation of Mini is now upon us. Their new engines are German, which should tame the oil consumption, and the reviews have been enthusiastic. Time will tell how they measure up to their forebears, but the prospect is good. H&B will be there with the latest technical information and training as these new models need service.