In Reply to: Bike Racks posted by simon on May 10, 1999 at 10:27:03:
: I just purchased the bmw profile 2000 rack this weekend. Prices are different for coupe vs sedan. Mine is a sedan and list is $280, BMWCCA Discount $250. I got mine for $234.00 (They returned my phone call and quoted that price over my voicemail. When I went to pick it up, the guy didn't believe that someone would quote that price and I had to have him listem to my voicemail as proof. He acted like I was robbing him). This is only for the base rack and not the bike attachment. It installs really nicely on hooks that are already on the car. It doesn't touch the paint and the only way someone can steel it is if they open your doors. I used it this weekend to cary a sailboard and it worked great, no real wind noise unless the sunroof was open. Driving to work today, however, with just the bare racks, they were vibrating and humming between 65 and 80 m/hr. So I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. The other racks (yakima and thule) are probably less expensive but they rest on top of your roof potentialy damaging the paint. If you only want it for bikes, best solution would probably be to get a trunk mounted rack. They are much cheaper and easier to put on/take off when needed. Although, trunk racks could pose a greater risk to paint damage if the bikes are moving around against your trunk?
I'd be interested to know what other people's experience with roof racks is?