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    1. Member Rdeuce's Avatar
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      09-17-2011 11:06 AM #1
      Anyone know if roof rack options are avaiable from the dealer? Pre installed rails to add a roof mounted bike rack specifically...?

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      09-17-2011 01:35 PM #2
      nothing yet.....

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      09-18-2011 08:55 AM #3
      Nothing from Thule yet either, but Yakima claims to be able to configure a kit for it

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      10-10-2011 03:51 PM #4
      I have inquired with Thule and will post their reply when it comes. I need one too. Had a factory rack for my '07 jetta and want the same aero bars so as not to have to buy new fork mount bike racks.

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      10-10-2011 08:20 PM #5
      Please keep me posted. Ordered my tdi last week and am anxious to find a roof mounted bike rack

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      10-11-2011 01:09 AM #6
      There is one coming from VW very soon

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      10-11-2011 10:47 AM #7
      Will the VW version be able to be retro fitted to cars already purchased. Kinda a dumb question but just curious...

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      10-11-2011 10:06 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by iPinch View Post
      There is one coming from VW very soon
      Post the part number when you find out more.

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      10-20-2011 05:26 PM #9
      any updates on this?

    10. 10-21-2011 03:49 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      Anyone know if roof rack options are avaiable from the dealer? Pre installed rails to add a roof mounted bike rack specifically...?
      Im sorry to let you know that VW will not be making roof rack options for the 2012 Passats.

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      10-21-2011 03:58 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul@KefferVW View Post
      Im sorry to let you know that VW will not be making roof rack options for the 2012 Passats.
      Thanks for the update! Hopefully Thule or Yakima will. I already have a whole set of Thule racks for my old car and I hope I can use most of it on a new rack for the Passat.

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      11-29-2011 10:47 PM #12
      This is what the owner's manual says about roof racks (in the "Transporting" chapter, page 151 in my owner's manual):

      Roof rack
      For technical reasons, the vehicle body is not designed to carry a roof rack. Never mount a roof rack on your vehicle. Mounting a roof rack will do considerable damage to the vehicle.
      It goes on to give 2 similar warnings to try to convince us that they are really serious about not putting a roof rack on the Passat. It definitely succeeded in making me nervous. Anyone have any thoughts about this? Is it just CYA language because they didn't test the car with any roof racks? Or is there something to this?

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      12-01-2011 06:50 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by miff View Post
      Roof rack
      For technical reasons, the vehicle body is not designed to carry a roof rack. Never mount a roof rack on your vehicle. Mounting a roof rack will do considerable damage to the vehicle.
      WTF?

    14. 12-01-2011 10:53 PM #14
      Don't see any mounting points for roof rack. Maybe that's why.

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      12-02-2011 08:58 AM #15
      I remember reading/hearing something about the roof being laser welded. Maybe that has something to do with it over a conventional weld?

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      12-02-2011 09:18 AM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by mknieri View Post
      I remember reading/hearing something about the roof being laser welded. Maybe that has something to do with it over a conventional weld?
      I think VW have always laser weld roofs

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      12-03-2011 12:10 PM #17
      I would expect something from Thule or Yakima before to much longer. as confirmed by Paul already, VW will not be offering a roof rack on this car.

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      12-03-2011 01:18 PM #18
      I just looked on Yakima's website and they have base rack systems fitting 2012 Passats. FYI

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      12-03-2011 07:39 PM #19
      askaVWsalesguy posted this about roof rack on 2012 Passat

      OFFICIAL: VW WILL NOT OFFER A ROOF RACK OPTION FOR NEW PASSAT
      SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2011 AT 1:24PM


      OK folks you can stop lurking around your local VW parts department. VW has officially said that they will not offer an accessory roof rack option for the 2012 Passat. The owners manual goes as far as discouraging the practice and advices not to install and after market roof rack on the car. If you look in your owners manual on page 151 it states the following:

      For technical reasons, the vehicle body is NOT designed to carry a roof rack. Never mount a roof rack on your vehicle. Mounting a roof rack will do considerable damage to the vehicle.



      That is not to say that the roof of the Passat is weak. Remember that the Passat won a top safety pick award that takes roof strength into consideration. As a matter of fact the Passat is the only car in its segment that has a laser welded roof. In the mean time please send all letters of hate and discontent to volktalk@vw.com

    20. 12-03-2011 08:56 PM #20
      Just curious, how about the Euro Passat B7? Same thing?

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      12-05-2011 06:41 PM #21
      looks like a trunk mount is the only option.

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      12-08-2011 08:37 PM #22
      I ordered a base rack, roof mount system from Yakima. I'll keep you all posted on fitment etc when I get around to putting it on. I guess I am going against the owners manual...

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      12-08-2011 10:19 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      I ordered a base rack, roof mount system from Yakima. I'll keep you all posted on fitment etc when I get around to putting it on. I guess I am going against the owners manual...
      Yakima has one compatible with the B7? I hope Thule has it as well bc I already have a bunch of parts from my last car, hopefully I'll be able to use some of those parts.

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      12-09-2011 08:26 AM #24
      I checked Thule first and they didn't have options for B7 but I am sure they will eventually.

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      12-26-2011 03:15 PM #25
      bump

      Anything yet?

      Heh-LOOOOOOOOOOOOW?????

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      12-28-2011 10:46 AM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post
      bump

      Anything yet?

      Heh-LOOOOOOOOOOOOW?????
      Checked Thule today and nothing yet

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      12-28-2011 11:20 AM #27
      Yeah....I checked too....

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      12-28-2011 11:25 AM #28
      Yakima's website shows the ability to order one..... Q Towers?

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      12-30-2011 04:43 PM #29
      nothing yet
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnyR32 View Post
      IMO the best place for mounting a euro plate is in the trash.

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      01-01-2012 09:15 AM #30
      Ordered and received a Yakima set up. As soon as I get around to installing it I will post pix.

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      01-01-2012 09:19 AM #31
      Check this out: http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/assets/c...ccessories.pdf. ... I thought VW said nothing on the roof

    32. 01-01-2012 09:42 AM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      Check this out: http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/assets/c...ccessories.pdf. ... I thought VW said nothing on the roof
      That's for the European Passat.

    33. 01-02-2012 12:01 AM #33
      The part numbers listed lead me to believe that the euro passat is only a face lift. To my knowledge the us made passat is not being exported, and is a design on its own.

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      01-02-2012 01:47 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      Ordered and received a Yakima set up. As soon as I get around to installing it I will post pix.
      Seriously....How long does it really take to install roof racks already???

      Its been more than 24 hours Sir.....



      Heh-loooooooooooooo???


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      01-03-2012 12:37 PM #35
      I know I have just been plain lazy on the roof rack install. I thought the same thing of the Euro Passat accessory catalog... that the car pictured may be a B6 w/a facelift but it looks identical to the B7 (rear photo shot)...

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