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Old 06-07-2005, 11:24 AM
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Thule or BMW racks ????

What experience have people had with Thule vs BMW racks? (sadly Yakima does not make racks for the BMW mount points)

The direct rack mount point and folding seats meand I don't have to think wagon....am looking for pro's cons of the two most likely rack systems

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Old 06-07-2005, 03:10 PM
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Aren't the BMW racks actually made by Thule?
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:16 PM
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I have used Thule for a couple E46's, and it works fine.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:21 PM
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Aren't the BMW racks actually made by Thule?
I doubt it, and they're certainly not of a similar design: photos.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:32 PM
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I doubt it, and they're certainly not of a similar design: photos.
Even if the BMW racks are made by Thule, they could still be of dissimilar design from Thule-branded racks specifically so that you can only buy accessories from BMW, so that does not in and of itself mean that Thule does not make them. If I can remember where I saw it mentioned that BMW racks are made by Thule, then I'll post the reference.
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Old 06-07-2005, 05:32 PM
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I have the Thule 753 for my E39 unfortunately it doesn't fit the E90. The E90 rack slots are about an inch shrter than the E39. Thule doesn't make one for E90 yet so the only option is to get the BMW one. BMW rack base will only work with BMW accesories.
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Old 06-07-2005, 05:34 PM
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Aren't the BMW racks actually made by Thule?
Yes, Thule manufactures (or at least did in 01 and 02 when I was looking) BMW branded racks
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Old 06-07-2005, 07:22 PM
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Can you use e46 racks on the e90?
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Can you use e46 racks on the e90?
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E46 and E39 racks are tha same so I would assume NO
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It is true that Thule makes the racks for BMW, but the Thule branded racks are of a universal fit while the BMW sold racks are designed for each individual vehicle.

Because of this I personally use the ones from BMW. I feel more comfortable that a bolt on design is more secure, and less likely to damage my expensive car. I bought mine from http://www.yourBMWpartsStore.com The price was discounted and I didn't get crushed with excessive shipping charges.
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Go with the BMW one. Even tho I had thule ones in past and they been great, OE is always best.
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It is true that Thule makes the racks for BMW, but the Thule branded racks are of a universal fit while the BMW sold racks are designed for each individual vehicle.
On the E46, Thule racks attach to the car in the same manner as the OEM racks (photo). The major difference between the OEM racks and Thule racks is that Thule's method of attaching accessories to the crossbar is more secure, and the variety of available accessories is far broader.

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On the E46, Thule racks attach to the car in the same manner as the OEM racks (photo). The major difference between the OEM racks and Thule racks is that Thule's method of attaching accessories to the crossbar is more secure, and the variety of available accessories is far broader.
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