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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 05-02-2014, 09:54 AM   #1
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FYI if you are looking at Thule roof rack

I just ordered a pair of Thule Aeroblade Edge (Flush Mount) crossbars for my 2003 M3, and while they look great, I did find that the front one was too long for the mounting points.

I followed Thule's fit guide and selected "3 series coupe '00-'05." It said I needed 2 7602 bars (medium), however the 7602 is about a half inch too big for the front, so I had to replace it with a 7601 (small).

I am curious why it didn't fit, is there some difference in the roof design between the M3 and the normal 3-series?

Figured I'd throw this out there in case anyone is looking at these cross bars, they do look great on the car, much more sleek and low profile than most other options, however the fit guide from Thule appears to be incorrect. You will need 1 7602 (medium) and 1 7601 (small).

I will update this once the new size comes in to confirm that it does work.


I received the 7601 (small) size this weekend and installed it with no problems. So to confirm you need either 1 small and 1 medium, or 2 smalls if it bothers you having 2 different sizes.

The bars look nice and work great, however I do get a subtle but very annoying whistle at 65+ speeds, which is odd considering these are supposed to be very quiet bars. I was expecting some wind noise, but the whistle is a problem that I will look into finding the source of.

Anyway here are some pics of my car with the rack installed and ready to go with a bike attached!

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Old 05-02-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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How much weight is it rated for? The reason I ask is that I watched a guy at the track a week ago load four wheels on a Cayman roof rack.

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Old 05-02-2014, 10:01 AM   #3
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User manual says to not exceed 165 lbs.
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