Looks great! It's scary to think they didn't make one bc the roof is not strong enough to hold it.
20,592 lb peak force.
"To measure roof strength, a metal plate is pushed against one corner of a vehicle's roof at a constant speed. The maximum force sustained by the roof before 5 inches of crush is compared to the vehicle's weight to find the strength-to-weight ratio. This is a good assessment of vehicle structural protection in rollover crashes."
http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post74709632). It's not just that VW is not making a roof rack for the Passat, they are warning us to not use any roof rack on the Passat. I am quite puzzled by this and I still wonder if there is any legitimate reason for them to warn us against putting on a roof rack, or if it's just a CYA because they didn't want to test any roof racks.
Most VW models (GTIs, Golfs and previous body style Jettas) had a hole manufactured into the inside of the frame of the roof (where the door closes). The hole is covered by a plastic screw-like cap that simply needed to be "backed out" prior to installing the front cross bars of an OEM rack.
The NA B7, unfortunately, is devoid of this design feature. As a result, VVOA is adamantly against a roof rack of ANY kind.......at least for now I suppose.
I wouldn't be surprised if the mysterious hole mysteriously appears for '13.
Agreed. I am not trying o sell the Yakima system or anything but compare the mounting points between the 2 pictured system. The Yakima rack does not mount or rest on top of the roof's sheet metal but more on the structural edge of the roof line. Seems stronger to me.
Dropped about 3-4 mpg btw.
u can preorder set form thule for 2012 vw passat it willbe available in march as foot kit with rubbers is in production now
In an effort to avoid starting a whole new thread, maybe you can attempt to answer a concern of mine regarding the Yakima setup.
What are the chances of me being able to get away with using the VW OEM bike carriers with the the Yakima cylindrical bars? The OEM bike carrier has two different options: 1) the type that has the hex bolts that slide into the OEM bars or 2) the "clamping" type setup that I have successfully used with a Honda Odyssey rack system.
Am I to ASSume that if clamped properly (front and rear), it won't matter if its a cylindrical, rectangular, or square bar?
Thanks in advance.....
My set up is a clamp on and the Yakima bars are cylindrical. I don't see why your OEM bike carriers wouldn't work with the cylindrical Yakima bar. If it doesn't work, the bike carriers aren't to pricey. Does that help answer your question? If not reply back to the thread
I'm waiting for someone to post that they took their Passat in for one of the free oil changes while the car was fitted with a rack, and the service manager hands them an invoice for the maintenance with a note at the bottom informing them that their warranty is void.
It just can't happen like that...... Hypothetically speaking, if your A/C stopped working, the warranty CANNOT be denied due to the presence of a roof rack.....APR software......tinted windows.....20" alloy wheels......leopard-skin seat covers.....unless the specific dealer can PROVE the modification in question caused the failure.
I guess the chinese don't ski, bike, or surf haha! They made a car meant to not have racks... yikes! Although I doubt it would void the warranty as it just states not to overload the roof; Not anything about voiding the warranty just because you put something aftermarket on the roof. Then every car with a thule would have a voided warranty..
My point was merely that at some point somebody who never heard the term "Moss Magnuson" will get their weenie pulled by some big fish in a dixie cup service writer, and that, as we all know here is wrong on several levels. It happens and will continue to happen.
I have about a dozen VW dealerships within an hour of me, and they range from a world class store that the factory would be pleased to represent them in Wolfsburg to a couple so slimy that "stealership" would be a legitimate complement. Having lived here almost 20 years, nothing posted on vortex surprises me as far as how customers are treated.
Now ...let's rack 'em up...
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