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E82 / E88 1 Series (2008 - 2013)
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:15 PM
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Question BMW Rear-Mounted Bicycle Carrier Questions

BMW of Alexandria installed a BMW Rear-Mounted Bicycle Carrier (part #82710429414) on my brand-new 128i Convertible. When the porter brought the car, there was no owner's manual, instruction booklet or any other paperwork on the bicycle carrier. We asked the porter if there was a manual/instruction booklet associated with the carrier, and he didn't know.

Our Service Advisor says that this product does not come with any type of paperwork. I find that a little hard to believe (it costs $600+ and comes with two keys and multiple moving parts), but our SA seems like a solid guy who would help us if possible.

My plea for help involves the following questions:

(1) Does this product in fact have zero safety instructions, user's manual, etc.?

(2) Irrespective of (1), does this carrier fold up? Is it easily removable? Are there any tricks or tips I should be aware of?

Any guidance would be very much appreciated!
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:01 AM
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Update:
I wasn't buying the story that the bike rack comes without any instructions, so I pressed my SA a little more. Hate to be a pest, but hey, it's my new BMW, right? My SA discovered that the bike racks (of course) come with instructions, and he tracked a set down for me. Problem is, the version he found was from 2007 and is specific to the X Series.

Next stop BMW USA, unless anyone here can hook me up........
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:34 AM
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Here is what showing up on www.realoem.com and you can verify with your dealer on this rack.

Part 82710429414 (Rear rack, US) was found on the following vehicles:

E82: Details on E82
E82 128i Coupe
E82 135i Coupe

E88: Details on E88
E88 128i Convertible
E88 135i Convertible
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:10 AM
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bikes on a 2013 135i convert

I was surprised to find that nobody in my area (Boston, MA) sells a trailer hitch for the car....wanted to mount my bikes via a trailer hitch. SO far, no luck. Loved the email I received from U-Haul!

Somebody get their 135i to Tempe so U-Haul can figure it out!!!

Hello,

Unfortunately we don't have a hitch for a 2013 BMW 135i coupe. We can custom build one for $1000.00 or if you are able to come to Tempe Arizona we can build one at no charge, you will have to contact dustin_clark@uhaul.com. You can also contact us in about a month to see if we have manufactured anything for that vehicle. Have a good day.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:53 AM
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Thanks, 1zamboni.

The instructions they provided were somewhat helpful and I was able to figure everything out. Nothing was too complicated, but I really didn't want to start screwing around without knowing what I was doing. I'm a bit surprised about the level of service: they treated my request for the instruction manual as highly unusual and then lied to me about it being non-existant. I know I'm not a 760 or M6 customer, but still....
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:15 PM
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I had that bike rack on my 128. A little "fussy" to use, but amazingly solid. I think you could jack the car up with it. MUCH more secure than the majority of hitch racks, and super-light. Discontinued now, as far as I can tell. If you ever run into any snags, shoot me a PM and I'll help out if possible.
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