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Audi Roof Racks – A3 Base Carrier Bars

Jul 2

I was showing a new Audi A3 Quattro and my client asked me what I thought of the A4 Avant compared to the A3 Quattro. I stopped and thought about the question for a second and asked, “what will you be using the Audi for?” The response was simply: “a daily driver.” Knowing the A3 and A4 drive very different I sent the customer out on a test drive in the area so he could drive both cars. When the client got back I asked him which Audi he preferred and he proclaimed his love for the A3 Quattro and its quick shifting S-Tronic transmission. So I figure the decision is made, and in the same breath he says: “if only it was a little bigger for those times when I need extra room for luggage…” Well, since I figure I should move along with the story, I pointed out the option of the base carrier bars available for the A3 and the optional attachments for just about any application. Knowing he liked the A3, and it would suit his city driving purposes better then that of the A4 Avant he chose the A3 with the optional roof rack. To make a long story short, I think it is very important to explore your options when getting a vehicle and the fine balance between versatility and fun and how both can be achieved with simple solutions.

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My name is Henrique and I just got an Audi A3 2010. I am looking for the rack bars and need your assistance. I just wonder if with the factory bars, you can open the sun roof> I read that the Thule bars, you can’t. I would like to call you to ask more questions if possible.

Thanks a lot!

From Henrique Valle on November 9th, 2009

I have these bars and they are VERY noisy at speeds above 40MPH… A real nuisance.
But yes the roof can open.

From Pierre Sardain on June 7th, 2011

Make sure the black rubber weatherstrip is inserted along the top of the roof rail, if it is not they will whistle. As you can see in this picture the the rubber weather strips had not been installed.

From Scott Mitchell on June 7th, 2011

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