I finally got my Thule Raceway 9003
that I ordered in April. Apparently, Thule was slow in sending them, so it took a long time to get here.
I really only had two options for bike racks: 1- roof mount or 2- trunk mount. My main driver is a 91 Civic, which I cannot find any receiver hitches for. They do make a ball mount receiver (not 1" square, but just a tongue with a hole in it for the ball mount), but unfortunately on this side of the Atlantic, we don't really have any ball mount options. That left me with the two aforementioned choices.
I have a Thule roof rack. Trouble is if I accidentally drive into my carport, it'll rip the bike(s) off the roof of my car. Trust me, I've done it once, and that was enough.
One time, I was driving 60 MPH +/- down the freeway and the downtube clamp fell off. My bike fell over onto my roof, scratched the car's paint up, and I nearly lost my bike. Then came the Thule Raceway 9003...
I haven't actually used it yet, but it's much sturdier than I expected. It comes with built in locks, I can open my trunk with it installed (though it's heavy and the trunk won't stay open unless I'm holding it open), there's no aerodynamic/MPG penalty, and I can drive into my carport. It was harder to get it out of the box than to mount it to my car. I think I found the perfect rack, if there is such a thing.
While it took nearly 3 months to get here, I don't blame ORS. In fact, I got such a good deal through them, in hindsight I wouldn't do it any differently. Besides, because it was a manufacturer's delay (according to ORS), it would have taken this long anywhere I ordered it.
Some have said trunk racks result in minor scuffs under where the pads contact the paint. Other than this potential drawback, I don't see any others.