I used them on a 2008 Impreza (my car before the WRX) and I did not like them.Im waiting for my subaru to get in and was wondering if anyone has had experience with the factory roof bars. I like the look of them. Are they quality? I will really only use it for bikes.
That's insane! I have none of those issues at allI used them on a 2008 Impreza (my car before the WRX) and I did not like them.
1. They were not easy to install. It takes a good amount of time to get the holes lined up. I ended up taking it to the dealer, and it took them a while to get in on as well. So don't plan on taking it off and on as you need it.
2. The rack would not stay secure to the roof. I had to keep tightening them and it would only stay secure for a week or two before I had to re-tighten them.
3. I had Thule accessories from an older Thule rack and they did not fit the subaru aero bars well (especially my kayak racks - they were not secure and fit at weird angles).
I ended up selling them and buying a Thule base system. The Thule is a better constructed and secure rack. Also, all my attachments (bike, kayak, etc) are thule so there isn't any fit issues.
... That's been my experience. Hope it helps.