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Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good I bought this bike rack because I was planning on biking RAGBRAI. So far, that's the only time it's been used, as I tend to commute by bike, so no need to transport. The directions were easy enough to follow, so putting it on my car wasn't a hassle. The first trip it went about 725 miles roundtrip. It stayed tight. On the way home we had to stop a couple times because straps just wouldn't stay tight. I don't know if it was user error with where they were placed on the car. I'll have to see on the next trip or two it does. But for the price, it seems solid and the pieces seem like they will last (rubber instead of plastic).
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great solid bike rack It took me about an hour to install it the first time...might want to do this when you're not in a hurry to leave to catch a ferry and it's pouring rain as I was. However, after figuring it out the first time, it's on and off the car in minutes and holds the bikes nice and securely, feels very solid and long lasting. Also, be careful when installing the anti-sway carriages as I put them on in the wrong place (the instruction booklet was a bit confusing), and it was difficult to remove one to get it on the correct side for putting the bikes on.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unfortunate Purchase We needed a rack for three bikes and this one came highly recommended for a 2016 Honda Accord Sedan. One bike hauled 100 miles not a problem. Three bikes hauled 20 miles BIG problem!!! Damaged the trunk lid and ruined the plastic cladding on the bumper. The protective foam pads tore as well. REI returned it but we are looking at a big car repair bill.
Date published: 2016-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Quality, Easy to assemble I bought this few weeks back after doing few weeks of research. The rack is sturdy and efficient for aluminum or equivalent build material.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Complete Fail I bought this from REI a while ago. Poorly engineered from top to bottom. Base of the rack is narrow and unsteady, the clips a round and loosely "attach" to the car and the slightest jostle will cause the clip to slide down from or across the spot where they were originally anchored. The result is a bike rack hanging from two clips and resting on a narrow 10" base. With every bump and turn you hold your breath wondering what horrific result you will encounter. Don't buy this rack. The saris rack is infinitely superior.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great customer service I bought this rack after originally buying a roof rack. I hated the roof rack from the get go. They had to install it backwards, it whistled horribly and was difficult to use on my SUV even though I'm 5'11". After trying to deal with it for 2 months, I went back to REI to see if they could do anything. I was thrilled to find out I could simply return it without any restocking fee so I got this rack instead. While I haven't really used it yet I have set it up which was pretty easy. It isn't light but therefore seems sturdy.
Date published: 2014-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Bike Rack This trunk bike rack is rock solid and holds are two bikes snug and secure. Have used other trunk racks over the years but found this Thule Gateway 3 to be by far the best I have owned. Delivers a reliable and sturdy base platform on which the bikes go and then securely holds everything in place. It was easy to put on and is easy to take off the back of our car. Very glad I purchased this rack.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quick Setup - Box to Trunk After reading the setup instructions, this trunk rack was pretty easy to get dialed in & loaded up with a couple bikes. As others have mentioned, buying a 3 bike rack to carry 2 bike makes life easier. I've only used the rack once, but the product seems durable.
Date published: 2017-06-21
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Questions & Answers

Can this Thule back rack be stolen off your car? Do the latches go into the trunk prohibiting people from stealing it? Or are the latches just attached to the corners of the trunk?

Asked by: touindisguise
Yes, the rack can be stolen from your car if the straps are cut (which will render the rack useless until the straps are replaced). We recommend when you park to go for a ride that you remove and collapse the rack and stow it in your trunk.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-04

Will this rack fit a Mitsubishi Outlander? And .... will it carry a Diamondback Overdrive Sport 29er ?

Asked by: captspeedie
As of May 2017, this trunk rack only fits Outlanders from 2014-2017. The rack will fit your bicycle model.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-30

Does this fit a 2015 Subaru Outback?

Asked by: dbllt02
​This rack is compatible with a 2015 Subaru Outback.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-03-23

Can this rack fit on a 2015 Ford Escape?

Asked by: Bookgirl211
Thule does not list the Gateway 3 Bike Trunk Rack as compatible with your vehicle in their fit guide. If you'd like to look up compatibility for other bike racks, click below: https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-30

Will this bike rack fit on the back of a 428xi BMW? 

Asked by: Nancym
​This trunk rack is not compatible with a 2014-2017 BMW 4 series.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-26

Will this rack fit a Honda Insight 2013?

Asked by: roro
​According to Thule's Fit Guide, the Gateway 3 Bike Trunk Rack will fit your 2013 Honda Insight.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-21

Will this fit a 2017 A4 sedan?

Asked by: Wendy
​This trunk rack is compatible with a 2017 Audi A4 sedan.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-12

Will this bike rack fit a 2006 Acura RL sedan or a 2003 Acura coupe?

Asked by: Jay B
This rack is compatible with a 2006 Acura RL. For your 2003 Acura, we recommend entering the exact model into Thule's Fit Guide to determine proper compatibility. https://www.rei.com/ThuleFitGuide
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-18
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