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06-12-2012, 01:26 PM
Hello all,
Looking for a bit of advice for my '06 530xi sports wagon: with two little girls we have a lot more to haul on our summer vacations this year than we have ever had before :) Wondering what everyone (or anyone!) is using and / or not recommending for a roof rack and cargo carrier system.

Leaning toward the oem cross bars for around $240, followed by some hard carrier (Thule, Yakima, oem(?), etc).. If I got Thule/Yakima I may be able to find something locally on CL to save some cash, but only if someone has a system they'd recommend.

Am I way off base on what's working, or on the right track? Any and all advice appreciated!

06-12-2012, 04:34 PM
I too have the E61. I got the Yakima round crossbars. They work fine but make a lot of noise, very noticable. There are other manufactures of the OEM style but just as spendy.

06-13-2012, 05:29 AM
I have the older style rectangular thule bars on mine with the wind fairing. They're great and functional, easy on and off. Again, only complaint is the noise, consider paying extra for the newer aerodynamic set. One trick for the box (if you have a garage with enough clearance on the doors) is to rig a a pully system above the car to lift the box on and off easily so you can only use when needed and not have to leave it on all the time.

06-13-2012, 08:59 AM
I do have the new Thule aero-bars on my '10xiT and can hear the noise as well. Not sure if it is better than the Yak or regular Thule bars, but wind noise is noticable. That said, if you close the cover on the sunroof (which I personally hate to do) you cannot hear the bars at all.

Other than the noise, the bars and various racks work quite well.

06-13-2012, 10:16 AM 390571

and you can go pretty fast 140+mph: y1441408

06-13-2012, 10:27 AM
I have the OEM roof bars and roof box 460. Very quiet and well-thought-out. Only penalty is a 1-2 mpg drop at 75-80 mph.

06-15-2012, 08:08 AM
Interesting; so the OEM bars seem to be a bit quieter than the standard Thule bars. the "whis-bars" or whatever they are called are pretty sweet looking, but the price tag is a bit of a jolt...

Thanks all!