Roof Rack Compatibile with 2017 VW Passat for Cargo Box or Bike Rack

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I have a 2017 VW Passat R-Line I do not have a sun roof and there is nothing on the roof. I want to install a Thule Aero Roof Rack system so I can mount a cargo box or bike rack, but the VW owners manual says not to mount a roof rack. I contacted VW and they said the VW Passat from 2012 to present was not designed to hold a roof rack and that is why they say not to mount one. Can I still mount a roof rack and should I? I know lots of companies make an after market rack for this model vehicle. Thank you.

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The choice is really yours. There are roof racks that are a fit for your 2017 VW Passat and we currently carry models from 5 companies for your vehicle. Because VW didn't design it for a roof rack, you will be operating outside of their recommendation.

If you choose to move forward with a rack, I suggest the Thule WingBar Evo Crossbars - Aluminum - 53" - Qty 2 # TH711420, Evo Clamp Feet # TH710501, and Fit Kit # TH145185. This is a custom fit for your vehicle. You may also be interested in the Thule One-Key System Lock Cylinders - Qty 4 # TH450400 to deter theft. This rack is rated for 165 lbs, but your vehicle is not rated for roof capacity, so you will need to use your own judgment.

For a roof box, the Thule Force XXL Rooftop Cargo Box - 22 cu ft - AeroSkin Black # TH6359B is a great option. We have a video of this fit on a 2014 Passat. For a bike carrier, the Thule UpRide Roof Bike Rack - Wheel Mount # TH599000 is a popular option. For locks you can get the matching locks like # TH450800 for all your components or you can get the # TH450200 for just the bike rack.

If you choose to go with a hitch instead, I recommend the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" # 24880. This can be used with Class I accessories like a bike rack like the Thule Doubletrack Platform-Style 2 Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Hitch Mount # TH9054 or a cargo carrier like the 17x46 Curt Cargo Carrier for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Steel - 500 lbs # C18145.

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