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    Volvo dies, new car issue.

    I've been happily chugging away (what better way to describe driving a 240?) in my Volvo for quite a time now. 209,000 miles on a car is just something.

    Anyway, through a rapid sequence of events, I deem the old girl to be near the end of the cost/return on investment curve. The puddle of DOT fluid under her in the middle of a blown intersection was the final blow.

    It had to go.

    So, for the first time in 26 years, I have a new car. I bought a freakin Saturn Ion. Not THE car that I would have set out to buy, but in the same vein as the Volvo, seems practical. I"m going to miss the heated seats though...

    Until I tried to get a fit kit to mount my ever trusty Yakima roof rack. No go. Don't make clips. Something about the replacable trim piece over the doors. So much for practicality...

    So, for roof racks, I have the choice of Thule and Saris. They also make nice hitch mounted racks (wheel on tray styles, NOT the hang-em by the TT variety).

    Either way I go, I'll be starting from scratch.

    So, entire roof system? Or have a hitch installed and say...a Thule T2?

    What are your preferences and why?

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    I prefer the hitch mounted racks for a couple reasons

    1. Don't have to take off tires. The better ones mount both the F and R Tire and have a bar that grabs the downtube.
    2. Don't have to lift bike over head. Not a big deal with an ION and a light XC bike, but if you ever get a F250 and a 50 lb DH bike its another story.
    3. No worries about smashing the bikes on Low overpasses/parking garage entrances.
    4. No decrease in fuel econemy due to the bad areodynamics of having the bike on top of the car.
    5. Bikes are better proteced from road debre behind then on the roof.

    Cons of hitch racks

    1. Obstruction of rear view.
    2. Looks silly to leave the rack on all the time.
    3. Impeads truck function.
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    I aways have a Thule/Yakima Fit kit book when shopping for cars...

    Gotta have priorities!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IndecentExposure
    I aways have a Thule/Yakima Fit kit book when shopping for cars...

    Gotta have priorities!
    Yeah, I hear you.

    I ordered up a set of thule feet/bars/fit kit. My current yakima trays will fit. Problem solved...

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