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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 05-02-2011, 06:04 PM
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Has anyone rigged their ride for road bike transport? I am debating getting a hitch-mounted rack but am concerned about 1) cost 2) apparent lack of an approved hitch for X3 and 3) possible interference with PDC. I have already discovered the downside to roof racks---driving my bike into and through the garage. Not good.

What experiences good do folks have with the roof rack (base support system)?
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:54 PM
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Has anyone tried to see if the interior bike rack from an E83 works in the new F25? That might be a solution, if the rails are the same distance apart.
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:21 AM
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Has anyone tried to see if the interior bike rack from an E83 works in the new F25? That might be a solution, if the rails are the same distance apart.
I should know next week.
Iím trading in my old X3 on a F25. It should be here on Friday, so Iíll see if the interior bike rack from my old X3 will work. I know the interior dimensions are close, so Iím hopeful.
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:20 PM
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I have the BMW base system. Very similar to thule aero bar design I had on my previous 335xi. I was able to use the Thule bike trays I already had however. Not a perfect fit but good enough.
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The interior bike rack from the first generation X3 (2004-2010) DOES work in the F25 2011 X3.
The rails are a little narrower on the F25, but even securing to just one rail provides good stability once the bike attachment is attached.



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Old 05-17-2011, 10:32 PM
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Good to know. Are you using any additional equipment here besides the interior bike rack or is this all included? Thanks.
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Good to know. Are you using any additional equipment here besides the interior bike rack or is this all included? Thanks.
Itís all included in the kit for the old X3.
It includes the 2 cross rails, one bike holder (you can buy another one to hold 2 bikes) and a couple of straps to hold the wheels down.
It only takes a couple of minutes to set up and is very convenient.
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Looks good, I was thinking of a DIY project using a Yakima Viper tray and making some track mounts to just directly mount the tray to the track and bypass the whole cross bar system. Anyone see any issues with that approach?

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Looks good, I was thinking of a DIY project using a Yakima Viper tray and making some track mounts to just directly mount the tray to the track and bypass the whole cross bar system. Anyone see any issues with that approach?
With some rigging it could work, but youíd have to accommodate for the fact that the seats when folded are not perfectly flat. You will also probably need an offset as the rails may be too close to the side of the car to work well so in the end you might still need cross rails for stability.

I took the easy way and just used the BMW part without modification or thought.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:45 PM
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With some rigging it could work, but you'd have to accommodate for the fact that the seats when folded are not perfectly flat. You will also probably need an offset as the rails may be too close to the side of the car to work well so in the end you might still need cross rails for stability.

I took the easy way and just used the BMW part without modification or thought.
I think the BMW option only comes with one bike mount, right? Best price I can find is $245 + $25 shipping. Adding in another bike mount would push this up. I can do the Yakima solution for two bikes for $238 but I need to measure as you say to make sure everything will fit ok. I'll play around if I can get it to work I'll post it

It would certainly be nice if BMW or a third party just made one for he F25 that fit right, demand is probably just too low.

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Old 05-18-2011, 02:04 PM
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I think the BMW option only comes with one bike mount, right? Best price I can find is $245 + $25 shipping. Adding in another bike mount would push this up. I can do the Yakima solution for two bikes for $238 but I need to measure as you say to make sure everything will fit ok. I'll play around if I can get it to work I'll post it

It would certainly be nice if BMW or a third party just made one for he F25 that fit right, demand is probably just too low.
BMW DOES make one that fits just fine as I demonstrated.
Pricey yes, but it works.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:46 AM
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Anyone know where would a aftermarket rear bike holder attach? Was thinking I might have troubles with the low hanging trees near my house if I get the roof bike rack? Has anyone hooked up a rear-mounted bike rack to their X3?
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