In Reply to: No(more) posted by Gilbert on April 14, 1999 at 10:51:58:
: Almost positive Thule doesn't make BMW racks. The load bars are completely different. Thule trays, boxs, mounts, will not fit on the BMW load bars(they're too big). In most cases (like E46, Jetta/Golf) Thule mimmicks the OEM rack in mounting. Many European manufacturers build cars that accomodate racks. (Have you seen the Boxster roof rack??)
I remember a discussion between thule and yakima racks and that you can get an adaptor for Yakima crossbars (oval x-section) to be able to use a Thule bike carrier since Thule uses rectangle x-sectioned crossbars. I've never seen the BMW OEM rack so don't know if the crossbar is smaller than a thule but wonder if enough of you can talk to Thule (or yakima) and convince them to make an adaptor so you guys can put a bike,kayak,box,etc with the OEM roof rack by using thule, et al. carriers with the OEM rack...