We recently purchased our 9003 Thule bike rack and are very pleased with it. We have just driven 1300 miles with it on our Ford Escape and did not have a single a problem. The rack and bikes were very stable; the bikes loaded and unloaded very easily. I very dutifully cleaned the surfaces especially after driving on some gravel roads, and not a single scratch. There are only two slight negatives: (1) Rather expensive, but this is one time we got what we paid for; and (2) at 36 pounds it is rather heavy; however, the bikes load and unload so easily that it more than evens out. Very pleased!
2009 Ford Escape