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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 01-04-2013, 06:52 PM
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Best way to carry bikes with X5 x50i?

I see that the hitch is kind of a PIA for the X5, especially the M-Sport....I also see that there is a $600 option for a BMW tow hook bike rack for 2.....best to just get the cross bars and go roof rack? I'd love to think that I could get 2 bikes on the back or the top and my daughters 2 24" bikes in the back but that doesnt look likely.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:17 PM
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The rear mounted carrier is probably the easiest but most expensive, if you don't have a hitch. I use cross bars and a roof racks and don't have any issues. If you 6" or so, it should work for you.

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:42 AM
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Just don't forget they are up there when you drive into the garage!
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Just don't forget they are up there when you drive into the garage!
That's why I haven't bothered with a roof mounted bike rack on my X3. I actually have the crossbars and a surfboard carrier, but I know one day I will forget and drive underneath a drive through, ATM, awning, etc....and cause damage to both my bike and the vehicle.

That, and I don't to lift a 18kg bike that high, I'll probably lose my balance and fall over.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:16 AM
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I've always used a roof rack on all of my SUVs. IMO, I think it looks the best and keeps the bikes out of the way. It's not as easy to mount/dismount and you have to remember that they're up there before getting into the garage.

But my bikes are lightweight (14-20 lbs) and I always park outside to unload after a ride. If you have Wal-Mart type bikes, which can be upwards of 40 lbs, it could be a PIA to lift them over the roof. That's where a hitch rack would come in handy.

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Anyone purchased the cross bars for an M-Sport? Seems like they have totally different rails.
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:19 PM
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I grabbed this today as it said fit my X5 as well as my wife's van. Looking at my car today (yes, still googley-eyed) it seems that the top straps have to go over that extended piece above rear windshield. Anyone used on of these on there X5?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o00_s00_i00
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