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Call your dealer, they are in stock at mine and I picked some up this weekend. There are 2 programs running right now that help with price. 15% off via Visa gift card and 20% off an accessory purchase from VW. The 20% off code was emailed to me from VW HQ when I bought the car.
 

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Picked these up end of July for $130. They seem solid and well constructed.

Looks nice, you have a photo you can share?
 

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The VW ones are nicer than third party and very strong. I have had them on Touareg, Tiguan and Altrack and they never failed to perform. I carried 30 2x4s strapped down once and though they flexed a slight bit under the over weight, they bounced back when unloaded.

Saving a few bucks for an inferior product, both in performance and looks, doesn’t make sense to me.
 

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The VW ones are nicer than third party and very strong. I have had them on Touareg, Tiguan and Altrack and they never failed to perform. I carried 30 2x4s strapped down once and though they flexed a slight bit under the over weight, they bounced back when unloaded.

Saving a few bucks for an inferior product, both in performance and looks, doesn’t make sense to me.
As long as the roof bounces back too you're good. 😀
 

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Those VW panoramic sunroofs are very strong. I had all kinds of stuff tied down directly on the roof, held between the base carrier bars and rails.

Anyway the base carrier bars are very strong. They would never snap, as they aren’t made of cheap brittle metals. But they are elastic enough to bend a little and bounce back, not deform plastically and stay that way.

I overloaded them routinely to pick up materials to build 3 houses. As the owner/gc I would get various products that we ran short of or I had special ordered. The VW base carrier bars could hold a room’s worth of flooring, boxes of siding, furniture, 2x4s and 4x4s and 4x6s, trim and mouldings and whatever else you wanted to throw at it.

And if you ended up damaging the rubber inserts, they are replaceable. I had one set of bars for 7 years, parked in the sun for 4 of them, and only had to replace the rubber once.
 

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Those VW panoramic sunroofs are very strong. I had all kinds of stuff tied down directly on the roof, held between the base carrier bars and rails.

Anyway the base carrier bars are very strong. They would never snap, as they aren’t made of cheap brittle metals. But they are elastic enough to bend a little and bounce back, not deform plastically and stay that way.

I overloaded them routinely to pick up materials to build 3 houses. As the owner/gc I would get various products that we ran short of or I had special ordered. The VW base carrier bars could hold a room’s worth of flooring, boxes of siding, furniture, 2x4s and 4x4s and 4x6s, trim and mouldings and whatever else you wanted to throw at it.

And if you ended up damaging the rubber inserts, they are replaceable. I had one set of bars for 7 years, parked in the sun for 4 of them, and only had to replace the rubber once.
Pretty impressive. I might see if I can pick some up for those larger purchases at Home Depot. :)
I did manage 10 2x4s in my GTI once, with the hatch closed!
 

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The VW crossbars have rubber surfaces that don’t damage things like a surfboard but you could always use a beach towel as an extra layer of protection. I always used a towel to protect furniture and other items I would carry on top of my VWs
 

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Yes they clamp on. They seem to be of high quality and should last a long time. They look awesome on the car. View attachment 253
Which bars do you have mounted on your Taos? I have looked for the OEM base carrier bars, only finding the model (Part Number: 2GJ071151) that Volkswagen says are "for silver rails only", and just like your Taos, I have the black rails.
 

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I have that part number installed on my Taos. I believe everyone has the black roof rails running the length of the roof. The base carrier bars are silver with black attachment points.
 

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Does anyone own or has anyone used any cargo boxes on top of the VW OEM base carrier bars (Part Number: 2GJ071151) ?

Looking at the VW OEM Cargo Box Carrier options, but would also like to consider some of the Yakima cargo boxes - just not sure about compatibility.
 

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For anyone who has installed the OEM base carrier bars, have you gone through a car wash with the bars attached? The literature says to remove the bars before going through a car wash--i'm not really wanting to do this every time.
 

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For anyone who has installed the OEM base carrier bars, have you gone through a car wash with the bars attached? The literature says to remove the bars before going through a car wash--i'm not really wanting to do this every time.
What happens is tragic. The top of your car does not get clean under the bars.

Seriously, the car wash will also tell you to fold in your mirrors, remove roof racks, spoilers, antennas, pinstripes… well not pinstripes.

It’s CYA language. I had cross bars on 2 tiguans, a Touareg and an Alltrack. Went through numerous car washes. And not once did the area under the base carrier bars get properly cleaned.
 

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Was there ever any damage to the bars? That is my main concern
No.

These are very strong and near indestructible. See further above for the level of abuse I put them through...
Anyway the base carrier bars are very strong. They would never snap, as they aren’t made of cheap brittle metals. But they are elastic enough to bend a little and bounce back, not deform plastically and stay that way.

I overloaded them routinely to pick up materials to build 3 houses. As the owner/gc I would get various products that we ran short of or I had special ordered. The VW base carrier bars could hold a room’s worth of flooring, boxes of siding, furniture, 2x4s and 4x4s and 4x6s, trim and mouldings and whatever else you wanted to throw at it.

And if you ended up damaging the rubber inserts, they are replaceable. I had one set of bars for 7 years, parked in the sun for 4 of them, and only had to replace the rubber once.
 
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