225xe Roof Rails - not standard equipment!!

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225xe Roof Rails - not standard equipment!!

Post by RedlineDrifter » Mon May 29, 2017 4:04 pm

Ordered my 225xe in Dec '16 expecting this 'activity vehicle' to come fitted with roof rails as standard (like my 1-series) and didn't realise that they were in fact an option (£140).
Car arrived in Apr '17 and I realised my mistake so I requested a quote from the dealer to retrofit which came out at an eye watering £1000!
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Looks like I'll be going down the generic bike rack route then ☹️ probably a saris or something..
Really annoying too, as I had already bought the genuine BMW roof rack bars and bike holders when I got my 1-series, and although I knew the roof rack bars wouldn't fit the 2-series, the bike holders certainly would fit as they're a generic fitment.

**Please be aware everyone, roof rails is an option on the 225xe!!!**



- Red

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225xe Roof Rails - not standard equipment!!

Post by RedlineDrifter » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:22 am

Here is the generic rack I went for in the end;

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It's called a Saris Gran Fondo for those that are interested..


And, for the sake of contrast, here is a pic of my 1er with the full BMW bike rack option kit which I had hoped to use on the 2er;

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Re: 225xe Roof Rails - not standard equipment!!

Post by MathieuBMW » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:56 am

Hi,

My name is Mathieu and I'm a BMW salesman in Belgium.

Your bike rack system for the BMW 225xe can be very interesting to propose to our customers.

I just wanted to check with your what's your feedback after some use of this system.

May I asked you how long you are using this system, how often and if you had any negative remarks about this system?
Especially about that plastic spoiler on top of the boot, wich I heard it can be damage after some use of a bike rack like this.

I would be so helpfull for us.

Thank you in advance for your reaction.

Regards,

Mathieu

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225xe Roof Rails - not standard equipment!!

Post by RedlineDrifter » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:11 am

Hi Mathieu,

Ok - so after some use here is my feedback;

Negative points;
- rack is only strapped to the car and not locked to the car
- unless you use your own bike lock, the bikes are only strapped to the rack and not locked to the rack
- rack and bikes have to be removed to open the boot :(
- even though they are fully secure the bikes do wobble around when on the move which is a bit unnerving!
- the top straps can leave some minor marks on the plastic spoiler paint work
- there are two exposed metal bolts that can rub on the paint work if the bike rack hasn't been fitted correctly

However after a bit of sticky rubber tape in the right places there was no more marks or damage :)

The plastic spoiler is strong enough to support the rack with two alloy framed mountain bikes, it's only protection from strap marks that's needed.

Positive points;
- rack is well constructed from quality materials
- easy to assemble
- rack is really quick to fit to the car
- bikes are really quick to fit and remove from the rack
- no need for an additional number plate as required by most generic bike racks because there is a gap between the bikes when fitted
- doesn't obscure view through rear view mirror
- reasonably priced
- looks really trick and pro :)


Moral of the story though; if you want to carry bikes on a 225xe (or any 2-series active tourer) without any compromise, spec roof rails in the option list and avoid generic bike racks altogether!

Hope this helps :)


- Red

Sat & Sun: '16 F21 M135i
Mon - Fri: '17 F45 225xe M Sport
F21 M135I LCI

- "Sideways is the way forwards"

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Re: 225xe Roof Rails - not standard equipment!!

Post by MathieuBMW » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:40 am

Thank you so much for you feedback.

I give it true to a customer of mine who is looking for a good bike rack for his new 225xe.

I hope you're enjoying yours and I wish you a lot of driving pleasure.

Regards,

Mathieu

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