Meineke Car Care/Econo Lube

★★★☆☆
Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • 3956 State St

    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

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  • 805-687-0281

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After taking my car in for a standard oil change, I left that day with thousands of dollars of damages to my car after Meineke failed to notice and/or contaminated my cars break fluid system. Pedro the owner of the shop stated that everything was fine but that he recommend a flush but never once stated that contamination had been done to my car and he released the car to me in that condition leaving me and my children's life in danger. It was less than 3 days later that my car completely broke down on me and my breaks stuck together making the car undriveable. When speaking with Pedro telling him what had happened right after I took my car into his shop he completely denied that Meineke had ever touched my breaks and there for it could not be their fault. Once Meineke was confronted by the Better Business Bureau Pedro then decides to make a statement that in fact they did check the breaks and allegedly attempted to warn me but I refused to fix the problem? of which there is no document or notes stating that I was ever told and that I refused services Meineke offered to me. On another note each one of Meineke's associates are SBCC college students without degrees?? DO NOT COME HERE. You will end up leaving with more problems then you came in with.

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After taking my car in for a standard oil change, I left that day with thousands of dollars of damages to my car after Meineke failed to notice and/or contaminated my cars break fluid system. Pedro the owner of the shop stated that everything was fine but that he recommend a flush but never once stated that contamination had been done to my car and he released the car to me in that condition leaving me and my children's life in danger. It was less than 3 days later that my car completely broke down on me and my breaks stuck together making the car undriveable. When speaking with Pedro telling him what had happened right after I took my car into his shop he completely denied that Meineke had ever touched my breaks and there for it could not be their fault. Once Meineke was confronted by the Better Business Bureau Pedro then decides to make a statement that in fact they did check the breaks and allegedly attempted to warn me but I refused to fix the problem? of which there is no document or notes stating that I was ever told and that I refused services Meineke offered to me. On another note each one of Meineke's associates are SBCC college students without degrees?? DO NOT COME HERE. You will end up leaving with more problems then you came in with.

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We have been using this business for several years now and have always had great service from them. They have even done checks on the car at no charge and I certainly had expected to pay for the service. The owner is very friendly and personable. I would advise anyone to use their shop.

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We have been using this business for several years now and have always had great service from them. They have even done checks on the car at no charge and I certainly had expected to pay for the service. The owner is very friendly and personable. I would advise anyone to use their shop.

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I HAD BEEN BEFORE WHEN THEY WERE OWNED BY OTHERS AND IT WAS A RIP OFF, IT STILL IS TODAY. I THINK THE POSITIVE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN BY THE STAFF AT THE PLACE>this is by far the worst mechanic in santa barbara. If you have read this don't even try to take your car there. not only was I ripped off by them and treated like a moron but my good friend ted was as well. I found this out after I had been unfortunately. Well I take it in for an oil change and they say i need the brakes done....fine so i pay them 900 to fix it and leave it all day...go to pick it up and it makes a terrible grinding sound when I drive so they tell me I can't drive it home. I take it back the next day and the starter goes out so fine, I will pay them 500 to fix it since my car is already there. I should have learned my lesson when they failed to fix my car the first time. SO i leave it for a whole nother day. they replace the starter and i get in it and it doesn't start. SO the owner comes over and pulls some wires out from under the dash he says are form an old car alarm and it starts...So did I even need a new starter? I didn't ask at this point I wanted to get myself and my car away from the place asap. SO i get to the top of the hill and my car starts stalling out like it has never done before. almost can't make it home. I call and just try to talk about it but they are so defensive and put me on hold for 5 or ten minutes. SO i go down ther to calmly talk. I have to mention i am a buddhist and it is these people with the strange manipulative attitude problems. They work on the car for five minutes and say that they didn't break it, that basically my car is a piece of junk so of course it is breaking. he did try to fix it for 5 minutes and mis diagnosed the problem. at this point my intuition said "run for it" so i left. I later took it to a great mechanic and he informed me that a hose had been pulled out of the engine compartment and that for that reason it ran so poorly. I am fairly certain that they "accidentaly" pulled it out when they did the starter and didn't realize it. Hands down. worst mechanic ever. I would not say this often but i think these people are genuinely evil minded and have made s deal with a dark path that i felt so compelled to write this. If i can prevent even one person from going here I have succedded because this place is the worst. They aren't even open to discussing the possibility that they may have messed up so i must come here and write this review. I honestly think that they wrote up half of these good reviews or they were written by people without brains or hearts in their bodies. I thought maybe it was me until i met my friend ted...said he paid them $1500 to check the car out and never even fix what they were trying to fix.

they do upsales...take way to long to fix the car, and actually break things as they fix things and fix things that may have not even been broken. This is the worst place EVER. don't even take the chance or you will end up like me pissed off at them and even more upset at how phoney they are.

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I HAD BEEN BEFORE WHEN THEY WERE OWNED BY OTHERS AND IT WAS A RIP OFF, IT STILL IS TODAY. I THINK THE POSITIVE COMMENTS ARE WRITTEN BY THE STAFF AT THE PLACE>this is by far the worst mechanic in santa barbara. If you have read this don't even try to take your car there. not only was I ripped off by them and treated like a moron but my good friend ted was as well. I found this out after I had been unfortunately. Well I take it in for an oil change and they say i need the brakes done....fine so i pay them 900 to fix it and leave it all day...go to pick it up and it makes a terrible grinding sound when I drive so they tell me I can't drive it home. I take it back the next day and the starter goes out so fine, I will pay them 500 to fix it since my car is already there. I should have learned my lesson when they failed to fix my car the first time. SO i leave it for a whole nother day. they replace the starter and i get in it and it doesn't start. SO the owner comes over and pulls some wires out from under the dash he says are form an old car alarm and it starts...So did I even need a new starter? I didn't ask at this point I wanted to get myself and my car away from the place asap. SO i get to the top of the hill and my car starts stalling out like it has never done before. almost can't make it home. I call and just try to talk about it but they are so defensive and put me on hold for 5 or ten minutes. SO i go down ther to calmly talk. I have to mention i am a buddhist and it is these people with the strange manipulative attitude problems. They work on the car for five minutes and say that they didn't break it, that basically my car is a piece of junk so of course it is breaking. he did try to fix it for 5 minutes and mis diagnosed the problem. at this point my intuition said "run for it" so i left. I later took it to a great mechanic and he informed me that a hose had been pulled out of the engine compartment and that for that reason it ran so poorly. I am fairly certain that they "accidentaly" pulled it out when they did the starter and didn't realize it. Hands down. worst mechanic ever. I would not say this often but i think these people are genuinely evil minded and have made s deal with a dark path that i felt so compelled to write this. If i can prevent even one person from going here I have succedded because this place is the worst. They aren't even open to discussing the possibility that they may have messed up so i must come here and write this review. I honestly think that they wrote up half of these good reviews or they were written by people without brains or hearts in their bodies. I thought maybe it was me until i met my friend ted...said he paid them $1500 to check the car out and never even fix what they were trying to fix.

they do upsales...take way to long to fix the car, and actually break things as they fix things and fix things that may have not even been broken. This is the worst place EVER. don't even take the chance or you will end up like me pissed off at them and even more upset at how phoney they are.

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The only reason I went to Meineke was because of the cheap price on their coupon which listed about 5 different things that were included in the price. All I do know is that Meineke changed my oil. They did not tell me the results of the 14-point check they supposedly did, or tell me if my wheels were found to be in balance or not, or if they rotated my tires or not. But when I picked up my car they recommended I do a flush that my personal mechanic which I've been using for years had already done a couple of months earlier. The Meineke guys chatted me up quite a bit, talking about marriage, children, dogs, motorcycles - probably to make me believe they were female-friendly. Yet they tried to sell me a service that was completely unnecessary! I complained to the company through the Meineke website and never received an acknowledgement or response. I complained through the Better Business Bureau and got back the rudest, most unprofessional response from the State Street store manager, stating that I was just a customer who came in "grumpy" and that they did all they could to try to appease me. I couldn't believe it! Again, I spent about 10 minutes conversing with the mechanics about marriage, my engagement ring, dance music, and wearing a DOT approved helmet when riding a motorcycle because I had a co-worker who had died from head injuries in a motorcycle accident. I was most certainly not in a bad mood. Not even when they recommended the flush that I knew I didn't need. I graciously talked my way out of doing it there, stating that I would check my records first to see when I had it done last. As for the manager's line about doing their best to appease me as a customer - he doesn't know what he's talking about! He didn't help me personally. I only came in for an oil change with a coupon that took an hour, it's not like I had a huge list of problems and repairs that my car needed! In addition, the fact that they didn't respond to 2 of my complaints through the Meineke website and only responded when I got the BBB involved, it's ridiculous! They are liars - both to my face and to the BBB. The only reason I went to Meineke was because of the cheap price on the coupon. But they didn't do everything they promised on the coupon and I don't trust them one bit!!

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The only reason I went to Meineke was because of the cheap price on their coupon which listed about 5 different things that were included in the price. All I do know is that Meineke changed my oil. They did not tell me the results of the 14-point check they supposedly did, or tell me if my wheels were found to be in balance or not, or if they rotated my tires or not. But when I picked up my car they recommended I do a flush that my personal mechanic which I've been using for years had already done a couple of months earlier. The Meineke guys chatted me up quite a bit, talking about marriage, children, dogs, motorcycles - probably to make me believe they were female-friendly. Yet they tried to sell me a service that was completely unnecessary! I complained to the company through the Meineke website and never received an acknowledgement or response. I complained through the Better Business Bureau and got back the rudest, most unprofessional response from the State Street store manager, stating that I was just a customer who came in "grumpy" and that they did all they could to try to appease me. I couldn't believe it! Again, I spent about 10 minutes conversing with the mechanics about marriage, my engagement ring, dance music, and wearing a DOT approved helmet when riding a motorcycle because I had a co-worker who had died from head injuries in a motorcycle accident. I was most certainly not in a bad mood. Not even when they recommended the flush that I knew I didn't need. I graciously talked my way out of doing it there, stating that I would check my records first to see when I had it done last. As for the manager's line about doing their best to appease me as a customer - he doesn't know what he's talking about! He didn't help me personally. I only came in for an oil change with a coupon that took an hour, it's not like I had a huge list of problems and repairs that my car needed! In addition, the fact that they didn't respond to 2 of my complaints through the Meineke website and only responded when I got the BBB involved, it's ridiculous! They are liars - both to my face and to the BBB. The only reason I went to Meineke was because of the cheap price on the coupon. But they didn't do everything they promised on the coupon and I don't trust them one bit!!

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I have been here multiple times and every time I come they impress me more and more. They have recommend where to get new tires. The first time I went there my breaks were complete shot and had to get new rotars. I went to firestone and they wanted me to pay $1200 dollars I than went to call my mom and while I was outside I ran into the secretary from Meineke and I told her what was going on and she had me come over and they priced me $650. They got working on my car right away and had me out of there in a couple of hours. They were super nice I have recommended many people to them and have gone to them for a couple of times and will continue. Very nice people and honest!

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I have been here multiple times and every time I come they impress me more and more. They have recommend where to get new tires. The first time I went there my breaks were complete shot and had to get new rotars. I went to firestone and they wanted me to pay $1200 dollars I than went to call my mom and while I was outside I ran into the secretary from Meineke and I told her what was going on and she had me come over and they priced me $650. They got working on my car right away and had me out of there in a couple of hours. They were super nice I have recommended many people to them and have gone to them for a couple of times and will continue. Very nice people and honest!

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I wanted everyone to know in Santa Barbara that this particular Meineke car care repair shop is a very well organized repair shop The technicians live up to the promises they make to customers. Also they do more than change oil, they have a full staff of personnel available when needed for electrical circuitry problems, alignment, brake, tire rotation, and motor solutions. They do not fabricate costly repairs and take advantage of clients, they walk how they talk and work long hours to please their customers.
They are not militant about their shop and their not territorial about garage and parking.
They make people feel comfortable about their vehicle repairs.
They do not swap newer parts such as valve gasket covers,alternators, air filters, or belts with older ones. They are honest.

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I wanted everyone to know in Santa Barbara that this particular Meineke car care repair shop is a very well organized repair shop The technicians live up to the promises they make to customers. Also they do more than change oil, they have a full staff of personnel available when needed for electrical circuitry problems, alignment, brake, tire rotation, and motor solutions. They do not fabricate costly repairs and take advantage of clients, they walk how they talk and work long hours to please their customers.
They are not militant about their shop and their not territorial about garage and parking.
They make people feel comfortable about their vehicle repairs.
They do not swap newer parts such as valve gasket covers,alternators, air filters, or belts with older ones. They are honest.

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Great place to have any maintenance/work done! My wife and I were planning to leave town on a Friday when she informed me her engine light had been lit for some time. After a personal recommendation we called Meineke and were told they could absolutely get it in and see what the problem was. After evaluating the car, Jon (the shop owner) took a deal of time explaining our repair options and estimate. He was competent and friendly which my wife and I greatly appreciated. He actually kept the shop open after hours to allow us to still begin our trip that evening! Absolutely recommend this shop.Also, my friend was having brake problems and got the repair done at this Meineke for less than half the cost estimate from another auto-mechanic on State Street. He has had no problems since.

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Great place to have any maintenance/work done! My wife and I were planning to leave town on a Friday when she informed me her engine light had been lit for some time. After a personal recommendation we called Meineke and were told they could absolutely get it in and see what the problem was. After evaluating the car, Jon (the shop owner) took a deal of time explaining our repair options and estimate. He was competent and friendly which my wife and I greatly appreciated. He actually kept the shop open after hours to allow us to still begin our trip that evening! Absolutely recommend this shop.Also, my friend was having brake problems and got the repair done at this Meineke for less than half the cost estimate from another auto-mechanic on State Street. He has had no problems since.

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If you had a bad or unsatisfactory experience at the Santa Barbara Econo Lube and Tune, try them again.Starting Nov.2008, the place will have a new owner and crew that will service and repair your vehicle above your expectations. We are looking forward to helping you keep your car in tip top shape. And to earn your trust.We will be called Meineke Car Care Center/Econo Lube. We are at 3956 State Street in lovely Santa Barbara

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If you had a bad or unsatisfactory experience at the Santa Barbara Econo Lube and Tune, try them again.Starting Nov.2008, the place will have a new owner and crew that will service and repair your vehicle above your expectations. We are looking forward to helping you keep your car in tip top shape. And to earn your trust.We will be called Meineke Car Care Center/Econo Lube. We are at 3956 State Street in lovely Santa Barbara

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These people only change your oil, but are amoungst the lowest prices in town. If you get a coupon don't let them tell you that you can't ues it, just argue and eventually it will go through, although you shouldn't have to do this in the first place.

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These people only change your oil, but are amoungst the lowest prices in town. If you get a coupon don't let them tell you that you can't ues it, just argue and eventually it will go through, although you shouldn't have to do this in the first place.

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I always receive coupons in the mail for Econo Lube for $17.95 oil changes, so I decided to give it a shot and save some money. I usually go to Jiffy Lube which is over twice the amount, but let me tell you it sure is worth the extra expense. All they did was change the oil...not even putting in the save grade oil (used a lower quality). Plus it took them almost a half hour and there were two people working on my car. Then, when I went to pay and gave them the coupon, they wouldn't accept it. I just don't get it. The service was slow and terrible. I would highly recommend Jiffy Lube or Sears instead for your oil change.

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I always receive coupons in the mail for Econo Lube for $17.95 oil changes, so I decided to give it a shot and save some money. I usually go to Jiffy Lube which is over twice the amount, but let me tell you it sure is worth the extra expense. All they did was change the oil...not even putting in the save grade oil (used a lower quality). Plus it took them almost a half hour and there were two people working on my car. Then, when I went to pay and gave them the coupon, they wouldn't accept it. I just don't get it. The service was slow and terrible. I would highly recommend Jiffy Lube or Sears instead for your oil change.

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