I have two of the TieRods and two Thule Echelons on top of my VW factory accessory crossbars. I've used the Echelons for about 3 years. The Tierods are about 2months old but have seen alot of use already this summer. The Tierod is without a doubt a far superior rack. It installs/adjusts positions/removes in under two minutes. Use a cordless driver to turn the hexbolt. There's no rattle (like the Thule) and the bikes are rock solid. I highly recommend the tierod over the Thule Echelon.
2007 VW Passat Wagon 4motion