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The next generation 5 Series, chassis code G30, arrives at dealers in February 2017. Looking like a scaled down 7 Series and riding on the CLAR platform, the new 5 Series will have a focus on lightweight and sporty performance. Engines options will come from BMW's new B family for the 530 and 540 and a turbocharged V8 for the M550i. Read more about the 2017 5 Series

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Old 07-02-2019, 04:55 AM
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Roof Mounted Bike Rack

I am looking to put a roof mounted bike carrier on my car to carry two hybrid bikes. I see BMW sells the roof attachment base bars along with the rails. I'm wondering what may work best, buy the BMW base bars and Thule rails or should I stick with all BMW?

I want to make it as simple as possible to attach the bars and rails (assume they are also easy to remove) along with securely attaching the bikes as quickly as possible.

I saw some dated posts but am looking for any updated positive/negative experiences.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:54 AM
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I got a full Thule setup and couldn't be happier, it is extremely stable and easy to install and remove. I have used for ski and bike racks and Thule box as well.
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Great, good to know. Thank you.
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I went with Yakima. I had Thule on my 3er but Yak before that. Also a great system and easy to install and de-install. These days I'm carrying only bikes and I remove it completely during the off-season. It is designed so the crossbars can unlock and detach from the mount points, which remain bolted to the car. The mount points have rubber feet which left very faint scuff marks on the roof, probably from a day where the racks and car were exposed to a lot of wind buffeting. You barely see them unless you have OwnerVision with Defect Enhancement, which makes them mildly annoying.
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Probably goes without saying but be very careful when carrying bicycles on a roof rack of any kind. It is very easy to forget they are there which can lead to disaster if you enter a garage with them. I know two people who have done this and the damage to the bikes, the rack, the car and the garage was considerable.
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Yes,, I am very careful when I have my racks mounted. Thirty years of skiing, snowboarding, mountain and road biking from Moab to Seattle have provided some very good lessons.
The 3 was the only car on which I used a rear-mount luggage rack. It worked well as a rack, but the hassle of accessing the trunk, storing the rack and worry over obscuring the taillights made my decision to go back to roofing it on my current car. Plus, it was a three-bike rack and I REALLY worried about the weight of the unladen rack on the hinge mechanism.
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probably goes without saying but be very careful when carrying bicycles on a roof rack of any kind. It is very easy to forget they are there which can lead to disaster if you enter a garage with them. I know two people who have done this and the damage to the bikes, the rack, the car and the garage was considerable.
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