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    Default Roof Rack for 06 Mazda3?

    Hi all,

    Currently looking to do without the Saris trunk-mounted rack that has served me dearly for four years. The relative PITA it has become to load anything in the trunk is informing my decision to upgrade. Because the strips on either side of the roof lack any sort of mounting hardware (they are solid gaskets, it appears), I am hoping that there is still an option for me. Any recommendations, dear VS?
     

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    Default Re: Roof Rack for 06 Mazda3?

    sedan or hatch? but Yakima or Thule should have you covered.
     

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    Default Re: Roof Rack for 06 Mazda3?

    Is the car equipped with a receiver for a hitch? I ask because I went through the same journey and I found that behind the car is favorable to on top of the car.

    The price of adding a receiver and buying a rack was comparable to a good roof rack and I don't have to heave 30lb mountain bikes over my head.
     

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    Yakima now calls it their BaseLine system. That's what I ran for the hot minute I had an 06 3 hatch.
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    Default Re: Roof Rack for 06 Mazda3?

    Both Yakima and Thule have fit forms. You enter your car's info, and they spit out the fit. Some fits are more straightforward than other fits, but most cars can be fit with a roof rack. For either maker, cost with two bike racks is in the $800-1000 price range. Both are high quality rack systems. I recommend getting the most aerodynamic model available for your car, plus adding on a fairing to reduce wind noise and a negative affect on gas mileage.

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    Also REI is a good place to order roof racks from because the purchase is large enough to contribute a nice dividend to your end of year total, which effectively gives you a bit of a price break.
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    Default Re: Roof Rack for 06 Mazda3?

    Thanks everyone for your answers! Fairly sure that my sedan is not equipped with a hitch receiver but will look into it. If not, then I’ll be going with either a Yakima or Thule rack.
     

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    my SO and I have been very happy with our two-bike SeaSucker rack. Buy once, cry once. Enjoy easy installation/operation/removal.
     

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    The frequency the rack is utilized is also a pretty compelling factor for choices.
    Leaving a rack mounted on the roof does impact noise volume and fuel mileage.
     

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