BMW 3 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 3: Roof-mounted luggage rack

General information

Roof racks are available as special accessories.

Roof drip rail with flaps

Things to remember when driving

The fixing points are located in the roof drip rail above the doors.

Fold the cover outward.


Follow the installation instructions of the roof rack.

Be sure that adequate clearance is maintained for tilting and opening the glass sunroof.


Because roof-mounted luggage racks raise the vehicle's center of gravity when loaded, they have a major effect on vehicle handling and steering response.

Therefore, note the following when loading and driving:

  • Do not exceed the approved roof/axle loads and the approved gross vehicle weight.
  • Be sure that adequate clearance is maintained for tilting and opening the glass sunroof.
  • Distribute the roof load uniformly.
  • The roof load should not extend past the loading area.
  • Always place the heaviest pieces on the bottom.
  • Secure the roof luggage firmly, for instance using ratchet straps.
  • Do not let objects project into the opening path of the trunk lid.
  • Drive cautiously and avoid sudden acceleration and braking maneuvers. Take corners gently.

Driving on racetracks

Higher mechanical and thermal loads during racetrack operation lead to increased wear. This wear is not covered by the warranty. The vehicle is not designed for use in motor sports competition.

Have vehicle checked by a dealer's service center or another qualified service center or repair shop before and after driving on a racetrack.


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