Recommendations for the bike carrier rack for Accord 2003

Discussion in 'Accord' started by RK, Jun 16, 2004.

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    RK Guest

    I need a recommendations for the bike carrier rack for my accord 2003.
    I know the followings are my choices in the order of preference.

    1)Hitch mount: I believe this is the best option as the rack is mounted on
    the hitch. But I do not know where to get it installed specifically in
    Toronto, Mississauga area (pricing information also appreciated). Any one
    has any comments on this option. Does Honda dealers do this job?
    2) On the trunk: I have read people mentioning about the truck and paint
    damages so I am reluctant towards this option
    3) On the roof: I do not think I want this as it looks scary option

    Any feedback on this will the appreciated


    RK, Jun 16, 2004
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    Hugh Graham Guest

    I have a 2004 4 dr accord, and I went with a hitch mount. I had u-haul
    install it and it cost about $100 US.

    I then got a thule 2 bike rack

    This setup works quite well and the bikes a very stable. I also added the
    zip stick
    This also works quitel nicely.

    Something to keep in mind, my accord, and I'm guessing your to, is rated for
    1,000 lbs. It is not reccommended to carry more than 2 bikes on a reciever
    hitch rated for 1,000lbs. When you move the bike's weight away from the
    hitch, it begins to cantilever, and effectively increases the wieght of the
    bike beyon their abslolute weight.

    I also looked at the roof and the trunk, the roof one woudl be a pain to
    take on and off and you have decreased gas mileage, the trunk one is just a
    scratch waiting to happen.

    Good luck,

    Hugh Graham
    Hugh Graham, Jun 16, 2004
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    G-Man Guest

    This one from Draw-Tite is excellent! I hauled three bikes, it was sturdy,
    and no scratches on the car or bikes. But make sure you secure all moving
    parts win bungee cords, etc.

    G-Man, Jun 17, 2004
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    buzz Guest

    I replaced a 94 Jetta with a 2003 Accord. Had a Thule roof rack, two
    fork mounts, a small ski box and a fairing which was great for the
    Jetta, so I just bought new feet and bars for the Accord. I could get
    two bikes and the box on at the same time.

    Bottom line: stay away from it. Poor fit, short bar if you buy the one
    they recommend. Now i can only get one bike and the box, or two bikes.
    The only upside is security with the locks and the bikes/box are very
    secure on the roof rack.

    If I had it to do over again I think I would go with a hitch mount.

    As an aside, I don't care for the Accord much. Very little trunk room,
    the folding back seat doesn't give you much as the connecting opening is
    so small. Not much fun to drive either (compared to the Jetta).

    buzz, Jun 19, 2004
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    Cosmin N. Guest

    I can't help but wonder why did you buy the Accord then?

    I know what you mean about Jettas, they were fun to drive. I've always
    had Hondas, but all my friends had at one point or another a Jetta or
    Golf, ranged from an 85 Golf to a 97 Jetta TDI, with many models in
    between. I drove them once in a while and I learnt how to drive stick on
    an 89 Jetta. But compared to my old 94 Accord EXR (auto transmission)
    they were worse handling, slower, and far less reliable even at the same
    mileage. However, because all the VWs I drove had a manual transmission,
    they were more fun to drive than my Accord sometimes.

    In short, I think you are being unfair to the Accord, because you could
    have found out all those shortcomings you mentioned during a test drive.
    And there was a reason you decided to buy it over a new Jetta...

    Cosmin N., Jun 19, 2004
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    buzz Guest

    Hi Cosmin,

    You're absolutely right. I was having a lot of mechanical problems with
    the Jetta and I went with the Honda as a reaction. I wanted a dependable
    car and I'm sure the Honda will be dependable. I didn't pay attention
    to the other things that are so evident now, but I understand from other
    forums and reviews that the redesign in 2003 was meant to emphasize the
    Accord as a sedan and it lost some handling/driving ability.

    The trunk never registered with me until I tried to fit something into

    My Thule rack just doesn't seem to fit correctly even though I've been
    able to get it on and it seems secure.


    buzz, Jun 20, 2004
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    RK Guest

    Thanks Hugh for the feedback.

    I think I will have to go with something similar to your set up.
    One more question on the u-haul hitch, do you know which particular unit you
    got it installed ? (part # 24730 or # 24995)
    Just to be sure


    RK, Jun 20, 2004
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    Hugh Graham Guest

    Not sure of the part number, but my hitch is the kind that needs to be
    bolted to the wheel well in the trunk. this actually results in a fairly
    unobtrusive hitch. You do not have the big cross member as you would with
    the kind of hitch that attaches to the holes in the unibody.

    Hugh Graham, Jun 21, 2004
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