2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Will You Ever Use These Cargo Rails?

March 29, 2012

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Seriously? Are you going to use these fancy cargo compartment rails? They seem like a hassle with little payoff. And dirt, debris, and who-knows-what could fall in there and jam them.

I checked the BMW accessory site, and the depicted use is pretty lame, like strapping down a toy car. I would think you're just going to toss it in there and block it with something else. And a strap to keep a suitcase from sliding around? I didn't realize this was an issue.

Another staffer said he has used used them for a bike and a tool box, using motorcycle tie-downs. And also with luggage, but not using the $177 BMW luggage compartment lashing straps.

Do any of you use these cargo rails? What do the rest of you think?

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 4,950 miles

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