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      02-07-2012 09:26 AM #71
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post
      Not a chance Sir.

      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.

      Jus' sayin'......
      I agree completely...and appreciate your response knowing you work at one of the best dealers in the US.

      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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      02-14-2012 11:34 PM #72
      Well....I did it!..... I ordered the Yakima rack....FINALLY.

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      02-15-2012 06:11 PM #73
      Quote Originally Posted by jsmyle1%... View Post
      Well....I did it!..... I ordered the Yakima rack....FINALLY.
      As I am told ALL the time, It's not true without pictures!

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      02-15-2012 09:17 PM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Bud@DeanMcCraryImports View Post
      As I am told ALL the time, It's not true without pictures!
      Wanna see the order??........Oooooooh-kay....

      Austin Canoe & Kayak
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      We are happy to inform you that #XXXXXXXXXX has been shipped.
      We have shipped your order via UPS and you may track your order at http://www.ups.com or by using tracking number(s) below.

      UPS estimates your order will take 3 business days to arrive. This is an estimate provided by UPS based on your shipping destination. Actual transit time may vary. Blah...blah....blah..


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      Dear JSmyle:

      Thank you for shopping at Jenson USA!

      This note is an acknowledgement of the following order:

      Order #: XXXXXXXX
      Order date: Feb 11, 2012 at 7:22 AM
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      Estimated shipping date: Feb 13, 2012
      Estimated delivery date: Feb 21, 2012




      Yakima Fairing 44" (RA299Z03 44) $69.00

      Yakima Cross Bar(Pair), 58" (RA299Z04 58) $70.00

      Yakima Q-Tower Black, 4 Pack (RA298Z64BLK 4) $159.00


      Subtotal: $298.00
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      Order Total: $298.00


      You asked for pics!

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      02-18-2012 08:22 AM #75
      I thought the 58 crossbars were too long. I have one 48 and one 58 (cut to 52ish).

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      02-19-2012 08:21 AM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      I thought the 58 crossbars were too long. I have one 48 and one 58 (cut to 52ish).
      It's always better to have a bit TOO much than to not have enough.

      I plan on cutting to size.....no worries. I just remember you stating that the sizes you chose were snug.

      "The 48 in cross bar worked perfect in the rear but is about 2 inches short up front. I would order one 58 inch bar for the front and cut it to size. 48 for the rear is fine. Overall, being short up front doesn't hurt anything except I maxed out the width for the front bar and cannot put the end cap on. In addition, I would probably add a half inch to the width measurement (driver base to passenger base measurement) in the front. I added 5/8 in to the rear width measuremtn so the pad was 100/% covered on the vehicle."

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      02-27-2012 11:27 PM #77

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      02-29-2012 02:43 PM #78

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      03-03-2012 09:49 AM #79
      Did you follow the Yakima measurements for the Q tower placement?

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      03-04-2012 07:39 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      Did you follow the Yakima measurements for the Q tower placement?
      I used Yakima's measurements as a "guide" but some modifications were called for to accomodate the sunroof and fairing.

      So far so good though.

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      03-06-2012 08:55 AM #81
      Me too. The rear measurement was too narrow. I ended up getting a wider faring then my original pictured. much better fit. Have you noticed a dip in gas mileage?

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      03-06-2012 08:40 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by Rdeuce View Post
      Me too. The rear measurement was too narrow. I ended up getting a wider faring then my original pictured. much better fit. Have you noticed a dip in gas mileage?
      With respect to the gas mileage, its hard to tell so far since its been so windy the past few days. Although, Friday night (no wind), I saw 30 mpg at the end of a 25-mile drive cruising at 60-65 with on bike carrier mounted.

      Today, with the wind....AND two bikes....I saw 24-25 mpg at the end of the same 25-mile drive.

      The mileage may suffer a bit, but DAMN I look GWOOOOOOOD!!!

      On a side note, I was able to resolve my issue of utilizing my OEM Barracuda bike carrier on the Yakima bars!

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      03-07-2012 09:15 AM #83
      Yeah I noticed a small dip in gas mileage as well. I wonder if the drag from a trunk mounted systems is any better/worse? Oh well, I am happy with it. When I mount my Rocketbox Pro 11 I'll post some pix. It's a monster tho.

    14. 05-07-2012 12:27 PM #84
      Hello All:

      I just bought a 2012 TDI and had no idea of VW's position in regard to the roof rack. I am an avid kayaker so the roof rack is essential. I've read your posts and notice that there are not that many people who have gone ahead and actually put a rack on their car. And there are few current posts. I am wondering now that it is spring whether more people have put racks on their cars and anyone has had any problems. I am considering the Thule aerodynamic rack if anyone has any opinions on those. I thank you a head of time for your responses.

      Best,

      Tetty

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      05-07-2012 04:40 PM #85
      I'm just about to take delivery on a TDI SEL as well and this is the very first I've heard about this. We had asked about roof racks was told it's no problem. To find this out now is perfect timing as I have not signed for the car yet.

      Time to get with my wife and decide if this kills the deal or not.

      Are people using after market roof racks? If so, was any roof damage caused as a result?

      Thanks in advance!

    16. 05-07-2012 06:01 PM #86
      Hi:

      If you read through these pages, there are people who have put after market racks on their cars. I just don't know how many. After reading these posts, I'm just beginning to think it may be possible. I'm hoping more people will reply. It's a shame because this car is so amazing. It's my 3rd Passat and this is the nicest car I've ever had!

      Let's hope this works out.

      Best,

      Tetty

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      05-07-2012 07:47 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Tetty View Post
      Hi:

      If you read through these pages, there are people who have put after market racks on their cars. I just don't know how many. After reading these posts, I'm just beginning to think it may be possible. I'm hoping more people will reply. It's a shame because this car is so amazing. It's my 3rd Passat and this is the nicest car I've ever had!

      Let's hope this works out.

      Best,

      Tetty
      Well....since I'm one of the resident pick-sha hose (sp), I guess I should respond to the roof rack concerns.

      My roof hasn't buckled....My warranty hasn't been voided...Wind noise has increased....Fuel consumption has decreased....The clarity of the bluetooth has decreased slightly....The "COOL FACTOR" has increased significantly.

      I love it.....

    18. 05-07-2012 09:01 PM #88
      Hi JSymlie1%;

      Thank you so much for your input. Feeling better. If I may, by how much has your fuel economy gone down? What exactly do you have on your roof? Just the rack or more?

      Many thanks,

      T

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      05-08-2012 09:06 PM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by Tetty View Post
      Hi JSymlie1%;

      Thank you so much for your input. Feeling better. If I may, by how much has your fuel economy gone down? What exactly do you have on your roof? Just the rack or more?

      Many thanks,

      T
      The reduction in fuel economy really does depends on many factors: ambient temperature, wind, stuff on the roof, driving style, application of the throttle.

      On my way home from work today (40-mile commute) with lower temps due to rainfall and just the bike carriers on the rack, I averaged 58 mph on the Florida Turnpike.....and got 28 mpg!! Go figure???

      Most mornings, I'll get 24-25 mpg.

      When I happen to be carrying the mountain bike, I could care less what the fuel consumption is. I'm goin' riding damnit!!! My environmental footprint on the trails more than makes up for what fuel mileage I lose!!

      Stop being a weiner....whiner....whatever.... Just get the frickin' roof rack already.....AND POST PICTURES!!!!

      BTW, welcome to the 'Tex...

    20. 05-08-2012 09:34 PM #90
      Hi Again Smylie:

      Thanks for your input and confidence. I will get the rack (the new aerodynamic rack looks really cool). I love my VW'b. It's my 5th one, but first TDI. When you say you got 28 mpg is that averaging highway and city? I've only had my car 10 days so I have no idea what I'll do. I'm hoping to average in the 40's. I live in W. Mass and there's a lot of back road driving.

      Thanks again for your input.

      T

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      05-08-2012 09:44 PM #91
      The 28 mpg was 75% highway.

      Enjoy the TDI....especially the back-road driving. Here in Florida, we have on and off ramps to look forward to.....Whoopy!!!

      Like fine wine, your TDI will get better with age. By default, you'll get great mileage.

      Just don't drive it like a V6 or a GTI.... As the other "Geeky" TDI owners will attest, drive like you've got an egg between your right foot and the diesel pedal. Roll on the throttle whenever possible and, by ALL means, NEVER get close to the redline!!

      Spirited driving can be had without ever using much of the right pedal. Don't use the left one much either....

      I did a 400-mile trip in the launch edition TDI SEL Premium a while back and averaged 45 mpg....and I wasn't exactly adhering to the above advice.

    22. 05-08-2012 10:30 PM #92
      Hey JSmylie:

      Appreciate all the advice. Don't get too hot down there. Really, thanks for your help and advice.

      Many thanks,

      Tetty

    23. 05-23-2012 04:32 PM #93
      A dealer told me he had a part number for a rack a few weeks ago. He couldn't tell me when it would be available. I'm not fully convinced that I wasn't being lied to but perhaps VW will be making a rack after all.

    24. 05-23-2012 05:01 PM #94
      I have bought a Thule roof rack. My local store contacted Thule. He said that Thule does their own research and it is fine to put a roof rack on the 2012 Passat. Mine is going up Friday!




      Quote Originally Posted by armundo View Post
      A dealer told me he had a part number for a rack a few weeks ago. He couldn't tell me when it would be available. I'm not fully convinced that I wasn't being lied to but perhaps VW will be making a rack after all.

    25. 06-17-2012 09:29 PM #95
      Quote Originally Posted by Tetty View Post
      I have bought a Thule roof rack. My local store contacted Thule. He said that Thule does their own research and it is fine to put a roof rack on the 2012 Passat. Mine is going up Friday!
      So how is the Thule rack? II am planning to order a rack and I am interested in the AeroBlade load bars. I am not sure which company to go with. I am going to put 2 kayaks on my roof :-)

      Any advise is greatly appreciated!
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    26. 06-18-2012 11:27 AM #96
      Thank you for your reply. I got the same information and just put one up on my car and had 2 kayaks on over the weekend. Went great. It's Thule Areobar and it looks great too.

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      06-18-2012 11:48 AM #97
      Any pictures of the Thule??

    28. 06-18-2012 11:54 AM #98
      I have a Mac and I'm new to it. I can't figure out how to upload pictures. I can email a photo from my iphone but that would require getting your personal email info@#^?

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      06-18-2012 12:17 PM #99
      Sadly I refused delivery of the 2012 TDI SEL I ordered due to the roof rack issue.

      Unfortunately I have terrible luck with cars (one examples is - I have had the misfortune of buying a new car driving it off the lot only to be towed back a mile down the road...it was ultimately replaced under the lemon law but was a year of hell) and if something were to go wrong with the roof or door structures of the 2012 Passat due to the installation of a roof rack there is no recourse.

      We had repeatedly asked about a roof rack and the VW sales person's answer was always the same, while VW doesn't offer one there are aftermarket ones. Not once did he ever mention that VW explicitly states in the manual that they do not support a roof rack on the 2012 Passat.

      So after the months of waiting and actually seeing the car get delivered to the dealer, I told them no factory support for a roof rack then no sale. I crossed over to the over side of the showroom and purchased an BMW X3 which does support a roof rack. I do wish the Passat supported the roof rack as that was the car I really wanted.

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    31. 06-20-2012 06:48 PM #101
      So as you can see from above, I can just make do in taking my front wheel off but that doesn't help when I need to bikes.
      I've never had a roof rack before and had a substandard experience with trunk carriers before (it was a Yakima actually too).
      I guess it's all about Thule or Yakima. Those aero bars from Thule look cool but the whole package is $200+ more than Yakima. Is it a matter of personal taste or is the build quality and mpg that good?

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      06-21-2012 10:16 PM #102
      I'm not too sure if I like the way it looks on the Passat. I don't necessarily need it with the seats being able to fold down and tons of trunk space. It looked great on my old Saab, but I had a Thule. Does anyone have one with a Thule fairing yet? Maybe I just don't like the Yakima fairing...


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      06-22-2012 05:19 PM #103
      Here is a link for the Thule Aeroblade system on the Passat.

      http://rackattackmississauga.wordpre...tdi-roof-rack/
      Last edited by Alpinestars1963; 06-22-2012 at 05:22 PM.

    34. 06-22-2012 07:02 PM #104
      Keep in mind load rating for roof racks are 100 pounds for the Yakima and 110 for Thule. Looks like I am going to get a Yakima trailer because the 2 kayaks(56 pounds each) I'm interested in exceed the load rating with the rack and mounting hardware.
      Current: 2012 VW Passat TDI SEL Premium is used for Off-Road Use Only
      Previous: '07 VW GTI 2.0T, '07 BMW K1200LT, '00 VW Golf 1.8T (4DRGTI), '92 GTI 2.0 16V, '04(2) Nissan Altima, '83 Rabbit GTI, '85 Golf GTI, '86 cabrio, '91 GTI 2.0 16V, '93 Passat VR6 and a couple others that I won't mention.
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    35. 06-25-2012 04:51 PM #105
      So I went with the Aero Blades...
      Please excuse the dirty car


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