These feet were designed to match BMW's roof anchor system, and work well enough. Why not five stars? By their design, the single bolt that attaches the pad to the car's roof, is blind, and the threaded part on the car was obviously welded onto the lower layer of the roof, resulting in post under the mounting spot. By virtue of the Yakima design, the installer must feel for the post with the mounting bolt, and the bolt wants to go everywhere but in the threaded hole, making the installation, for this one aspect, more troublesome than it otherwise would be. Also, the plastic of the feet, while tough, would be no problem for a determined thief to cut quickly and remove the bars. Kudos to Yakima for including all the necessary hardware and providing a clear matrix for what hardware is required for what model cars, and tool is included. I dare say, this system design is much easier to use than the Thule complement, in terms of installing and removing the bars on a routine basis.
2011 BMW 3 Series 4dr