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    Which rack for a Saab?

    I have a question for Saab owners with a bike rack on the roof:

    Which is better to use, the Saab brand rack, or a nice third party rack (I'm looking at Thule, right now)? Please elaborate on why you like or dislike one or the other.

    Thanks for your time.

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    Is it a car that looks nice?

    Quote Originally Posted by pavakah
    I have a question for Saab owners with a bike rack on the roof:

    Which is better to use, the Saab brand rack, or a nice third party rack (I'm looking at Thule, right now)? Please elaborate on why you like or dislike one or the other.

    Thanks for your time.
    Wanna keep it that way?

    Hitch rack FTW

    Unless your Saab has roof rails (you didn't mention which Saab you have) roof racks will jack up the finish, not to mention make a bunch of noise and suck more gas.

    Other than that, I'll bet the Saab factory rack is a Thule. One other difference is that factory racks are usually less adaptable to other cars, and are harder to get replacement small parts for. I had a VW GTi factory rack, and I lost one of the rubber feet and VW wanted to sell me a whole new rack system to the tune of $400. Luckily, I found the foot again.

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    I had the Saab factory rack - looks very Thule like - except the feet are Saab specific. Pins fit into holes behind the rubber gasket above the doors. No impact on the paint and stronger than any other roof rack feet out there.

    That said, you'll never use the sun roof if you use the roof rack. Go with a hitch.
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    the saab oem rack is made by thule.

    what year and model is your saab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hado_pv
    I had the Saab factory rack - looks very Thule like - except the feet are Saab specific. Pins fit into holes behind the rubber gasket above the doors. No impact on the paint and stronger than any other roof rack feet out there.

    That said, you'll never use the sun roof if you use the roof rack. Go with a hitch.
    Why would the rack discourage me from using the sun roof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cracksandracks.com
    the saab oem rack is made by thule.

    what year and model is your saab?
    Yes, I noticed this after posting, however there are still significant differences between the official Saab base rack and the after market models from Thule, not least of which is price.

    I have a 2000 SE 4-door hatchback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavakah
    Yes, I noticed this after posting, however there are still significant differences between the official Saab base rack and the after market models from Thule, not least of which is price.

    I have a 2000 SE 4-door hatchback.
    there wouldn't be any reason you couldn't use your sunroof. it may be noisy without a fairing, but nothing would interfere with it.

    not exactly sure what model you have...a 9-3 or 9-5, but regardless, that will use the thule 480 traverse rack system or the 480R rack system.
    these mount in between the front doors and create a solid foundation for anything. consider a fairing to help reduce some wind noise - it will help.

    i'm not so sure what the saab bars look like, whether they are the aero bars (like the 480r) or rectangular steel. historically, they are the rectangular steel and the biggest difference that i recall is that they are shorter crossbars, which will inhibit you from loading more stuff on the rack. if you're only looking for a couple of bikes, either will fit fine.

    however, if you're thinking of fork mount bike racks, then consider that using the aero bars requires additional adapters. so in addition to the aero bars costing more, you're going to be in it for adapters too.
    this is why we push people towards the rectangular steel crossbars from thule when carrying bikes (most of the time).

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    Well, it won't discourage sunroof use as much...

    Quote Originally Posted by pavakah
    Why would the rack discourage me from using the sun roof?
    ... as discouraging you from driving over 35 mph with a roof rack with the sunroof open, especially with a bike on there... unless you're stone deaf. If you aren't you will be soon. Even with a fairing, its loud once you get a bike up there.... not to mention the 3-5 mpg gas mileage hit with no bikes up there... with bikes... more, a lot more.

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