Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Nevada
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IF you've already made up your mind, ignore this--I've never used Thule cartop racks, but I have two trunk-mount Thules that have worked great for years.
For cartop carry-age, though, it's hard to beat yakima. I've had mine on four (or is it five?) different cars with just Q-Tower changes, gone tens of thousands of miles at high speeds and over all kinds of roads from interstates to rocks with up to four bikes, and I've never had a slip or a wobble. Even on a Civic coupe, where the towers can only be about 19 inches apart, it worked great.
Not cheap, though. I got the crossbars free from a friend and my LBS-owner buddy got me the towers at his cost, but I still have about $600 in it.