With other people's experience in mind who's gotten some ideas about a nice basket or rack for the top of this car. I like a nice rack 😗
So here's the thing about roof racks. There are no options for "bolt-on" racks when it comes to these box cars. Toyota never incorporated roof rack anchor points into the roof of these cars. BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and more have roof rack anchor points pre installed in all their cars and roof rack manufacturers have catered to these vehicles by designing racks to fit those specific cars and also designed the racks to eliminate wind noise, eliminate potential damage to the roof tops and eliminate the need to have multiple attachment mechanisms for the rack accessories.
But not Scion. Scion owners are stuck with the only option of buying a crappy-over priced "universal clamp-on" style roof rack which is not specifically designed for our cars. No biggie, but what this "universal rack" thing means is that the rack wasn't designed to eliminate wind howling past the bars on these cars, it wasn't designed for ease of installation, it wasn't designed for reliability.
Racks for these box cars are LITERALLY a "one size-fits all" design......buy the rack, buy the universal clamps. Put it on the Scion and deal with the universal problems.
For the Scion, the universal clamps intrude upon the weather seals which (when installed) will allow rain water and wind noise to become a negative issue.
Yakima is the worst and most expensive amongst the big name, big $$$ rack companies.....I mean, just imagine paying $300+ for a rack and when the rack arrives, 80% of the rack is a basic metal pipe you could buy at a local hardware store for $20.
Thule Racks is another big-name brand next to Yakima.....but even those racks are no better than Yakima......but I guess the Thule rectangle bars are slightly nicer to look at than the round Yakima pipes.
Scion xB 1st-Gen Owners Lounge - Anybody ever install OEM roof racks from another manufacturer onto xB - I want to install a roof rack on my 2005 xB. The problem is I hate the way all the clamp on after market racks look. They are big, they are bulky, they clamp onto the section where the rubber...www.scionlife.com