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Old 02-23-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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So I got a 20% discount from my dealership on accessories. I used it on the crossbars and got them for $180.00. I have to say, they really added a nice touch to my VUE. I'll post pictures soon. Wondering if anyone has installed these and if they noticed a decrease in fuel economy/wind noise. Surprisingly I haven't noticed either since installing them.
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FYI, I meant to say decrease in fuel economy, and more wind noise...
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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This is what they look like.
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Old 02-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #4
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I didn't get the roof racks nor the crossbars.

My other vehicle came equipped with both and I probably have only used them twice in 5 years.
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:49 PM   #5
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I have the rails but not the crossbars. I don't think I would use them enough (or at all) to justify purchasing but it's cool that you were able to get them at a discount. I wouldn't think the crossbars alone would affect fuel economy much if at all....and since you say you haven't noticed any changes then I would think it's safe to say that it doesn't.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:34 PM   #6
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I bought the Thule Crossroad 450 risers, locks and square crossbars from a local ski shop. With a Black Friday (after Thanksgiving) discount, I paid $144. I already had an assortment of Thule specific accessories (kayak, bike, ski box and snowboard) so it was an obvious choice. I have all the locks on all the accessories keyed alike so I don't forget the right key.

The Thule bars are so easy to remove, I just store them in the garage when I get back. My opinion, racks are for utility, not for show.

Yours look nice though, I must admit.

I do have some minor wind noise with the Thule rack, and with the big Mountaineer ski box, I have a low whistle.

Gas mileage is only decreased slightly (1-2 mpg) when I use the big ski box, but my Vue has never had great gas mileage anyway. YMMV

If anyone is considering the big Mountaineer ski box...I have to unscrew the antenna to put the box on and XM still works. If the crossbars are spaced the proper width for the box, it just barely fits so that I can open the tailgate.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:53 PM   #7
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I agree, they are for utility, not show. I got them because my commute will involve driving to the train station, then taking my bike with me, then from the train station to work. Carrying my bike inside proved to be a bad idea for my interior and plastic inside. This will be much easier. Although I must admit, I love the cargo space, I fit a large capacity washing machine, and dryer (one at a time of course) with no problem, hatch closed. Hmmm I should have took a picture of that.
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Old 02-25-2009, 05:08 PM   #8
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Let's see you get 12' long lumber inside and close the tailgate. Or have room for 7 passengers. Or fit both the washer & dryer inside with the tailgate closed. Or get 27-28 mpg with four people and luggage at 70 mph and the AC on a long trip. That's why I bought a Freestyle/Taurus X instead of the Vue (I have an Aura also). Much more room inside and better mpg. BUT, I DO like the smaller size and styling of the Vue, so I will re-visit when (and if) they start selling the two-mode Hybrid. Too bad the accessory crossbars are not more stylish, and fit between the sidebars - just my opinion. I have a fold-down 2-bike rack that inserts into the 1.5" receiver hitch on my Freestyle. I don't want to risk dropping my bike and damaging the bike or my SUV. And I am getting too old to lift that high to place the bike on a roof rack anyway. Best luck.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:46 PM   #9
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Anyone got any experience with any other aftermarket crossbars? I have to get a snowboard rack (thinking about the thule 91725 rack) but the some of the crossbars / mounts I see cost more then the rack. E-bay has a set for $68 but I figure they are cheap.
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Old 03-07-2009, 06:26 PM   #10
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I saw a homemade rack with u bolts and 1" square aluminum stock on instructables.com

http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-...ord-Freestyle/

The other day, I saw a Jeep with 2" PVC bolted to the roof rack. He had 90 elbows on the corners, PVC sticking up and holding his snowboards. I don't know if he had reinforced the PVC at all, but I would hate to have it crack on me at 70 MPH.

There are some other interesting ideas on instructables.com, too. Search the site.

I still like my Thule gear, though.
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