Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2009 Pontiac Vibe

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I have a 2009 Pontiac Vibe will this fit Do i have to worry about scratches on my car Is it easy to install I mean can I do it also is a securing device so it would be stolen from my vehicle

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I checked with Thule and the Gateway 2 Trunk Mounted Bike Carrier # TH9006XT that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2009 Pontiac Vibe. I have linked you to a demonstration video featuring the Gateway bike rack.

The best way to prevent theft of a trunk mounted bike rack is to have it installed only when you are transporting bikes and then remove it when you are parked and are away from your vehicle. Any time an accessory like a bike rack is in direct contact with a painted portion of the vehicle, the potential for scratching the finish can exist. This risk can be minimized to a large degree by ensuring that the portions of the rack and vehicle that touch each other are perfectly clean and free of grit.

Although the Gateway is fairly easy to install, the Thule Raceway, part # TH9001PRO would be much easier to install and remove. The Raceway uses 4 ratcheting cables to install to the vehicle, instead of the 6 straps used by other racks. Two of the cables are lockable to secure the rack to the vehicle and the rack features an integrated cable lock to secure the bikes to the rack. The locks will indeed deter theft, but keep in mind a determined thief can defeat just about any lock.

To completely remove the risk of scratching, installing a receiver hitch and using a hitch mounted bike rack would be your best bet. For a hitch I would recommend the Curt Hitch # 12228 if you do not have a GT Vibe or a Curt Hitch # 12221 if you do have a GT model. I attached installation instructions for both hitches for you to examine.

For a bike rack I attached a link to all of the different racks that would work for you. Check out the Thule Helium Aero Pro Aluminum 2 Bike Carrier # TH9042PRO, which has a locking hitch pin as well as a locking cable that secures the bikes to the rack to help deter theft. I attached a review video for this rack also.

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