Roof rack “Profil 2000” for the BMW 3 Series saloon (E46/4) and BMW 5 Series saloon (E39)

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BMW Installation Instructions

If fitting is done in the workshop, the installation instructions are to be handed to the customer.



  1. Open roof-drain moulding flap
  2. Clean rain channel
  3. Stick on protective film
  4. Use of the special key
  5. Use of the mounting aid
  6. Basic adjustment of the roof rack
  7. Mount the roof rack
  8. Put on cover strip
  9. Mount carrying superstructure

Parts kit

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a Roof rack (2x)
b Cover strip (2x)
c Special key (1x)
d Safety pas s (1x)
e Mounting aid (1x)
f Protective film (8x)
g Cleaning cloth (1x)
h Roof-drain moulding opener (1x)
i Installation instructions (1x)

The working steps and safety advice enumerated in these installation instructions for basic adjustment, fitting and demounting as well as handling of the roof rack must be unconditionally complied with.
The roof rack is so constructed that with proper fitting and operation no damage can result to the vehicle.

BMW accepts no liability for damage which occurs as a result of not following the work sequence and safety instructions. In addition, any warranty claim against BMW AG is extinguished in the event of improper fitting and
handling which diverges from the fitting and operating instructions.

Notes on safety

BMW 3 Series saloon (E46/4):
The permitted roof load of 75 kg may not be exceeded. (Weight of both carriers 4.3 kg plus superstructure, plus actual load)

BMW 5 Series saloon (E39):
The permitted roof load of 100 kg may not be exceeded. (Weight of both carriers 4.3 kg plus superstructure, plus actual load)

Before each journey all screw fittings and connections on the base carrier and superstructure must be checked to make sure they are firmly seated and should be tightened as necessary.

! It is especially important to check and, if necessary, tighten the screw fittings between roof rack and vehicle roof at regular intervals during longer journeys, at most every 1,000 km. The screw fittings must be checked in particular on bad stretches of road and checked again every two hours.

Note that vehicle handling changes according to the load being transported.
As far as possible avoid sudden braking, acceleration from rest and fast cornering.

When a load is being transported on the roof, speed has to be adjusted to actual conditions such as state of the roads, road surface, cross-wind conditions, general traffic conditions, etc. We recommend the advisory speed.

Distribute pieces of luggage evenly, keep the centre of gravity as low as possible and secure transported items with suitable straps to stop them from slipping.

The legal regulations for motor vehicle construction and use are to be complied with for roof transportation, and country-specific regulations must be observed.

General notes

Before mounting the roof rack for the first time, the protective film must be affixed in order to prevent
damage to the rain channel. Also a basic adjustment of the roof rack must be made in order to match the support feet to the width of the vehicle.

Mounting of the roof rack should be done with the help of another person.

Keep the enclosed “safety pass” with the letter code in a safe place to enable the ordering of a further coded special key from your BMW dealer, if the original one is lost.

Do not go through the car wash with the roof-rack carriers mounted.

When the roof rack is not being used, it should be taken off the vehicle for reasons of fuel economy and because of an increase in noise.

1. Open roof-drain moulding flap

In the following illus trations , the roof-drain moulding shown is that of the E46/4. In the E46/4 there are two fixed links in the roof-drain moulding recess which are not there in the E39. Fitting of the roof rack for the E39 remains identic al and follows the same logical  sequence.

Before the roof rack is mounted, the four flaps in the roof-drain moulding on the vehicle must be opened.

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Insert the s upplied roof-drain moulding opener (h) into the recess (2) of the roof-drain moulding flap (1). The roof-drain moulding flap (1) can now be opened by pressing the roof-drain moulding opener (h) backwards in the direction of the arrow.

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Draw out the roof-drain moulding opener, and open up roof-drain moulding flap (1) in direction of the arrow entirely, until it engages.

2. Clean rain channel

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Using the supplied cleaning cloth (g), clean out the dirt from the rain channel (1) to ensure secure adhesion of the protective film.

3. Stick on protective film

Wait about 5 minutes after cleaning the rain channel before sticking the film into the rain channel.

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Pull off paper protection (1) from the adhesive area (2) of the protective film.

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Position the roof-drain moulding opener (h) in the rain channel in such a way that the protective film cannot slip under the roof-drain moulding. Push the protective film (f) under the link piece (2) of the roof-drain moulding flap and stick the protective film (f) flat in the rain channel so that the rising plate edge is covered in the long itudinal direction.

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Care should be taken to see that the protective film (f) is not stuck over the sealed area (1) of the threaded nut.

Note on working m ethod: The best working temperature for protective film lies at over 20°C . If this working temperature cannot be maintained, it is recommended that the roof rack is left fitted to the roof for approximately 24 hours (s ee s ec tion 7).

4. Use of the special key

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The special key has two functions . When the handle is taken off, the offset screw key (2) is used as a hexagon socket-screw key (Allen key) to tighten the hexagon socket-screws on the support legs. The offset screw key (2) must be put on the handle (1) and locked into place (see arrow) in order to tighten the coded screws. When the basic adjustment of the carriers has been done, the handle remains mounted on the offset screw key.

The special key has in addition a positioning aid in the form of an incised arrow (3). This arrow is also on the coded screws. When these arrows are in alignment, the special key can be put on the coded screws accurately.

5. Use of the mounting aid

The mounting aid supplied protects the vehicle roof when the roof rack is fitted by one person only.

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Put the supplied mounting aid (e) on the support foot (1) of the roof rack in the direction of the arrow.

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Having put the protected roof-rack support foot (1) on the roof of the vehicle, you can now mount the roof rack on your own without difficulty.

6. Basic adjustment of the roof rack

Basic adjustment is shown for the front carrier.
Please proceed in a similar way in the same sequence of operations for the rear carrier.

There is a sticker on the inside of the support legs which identifies exactly the relevant mounting location on the vehicle.

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Loosen the socket-head screws (1) with the supplied special key (c) on both sides until the support feet (2) can be moved easily.

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Insert the carrier bridge with support feet (1) carefully into the roof-rack recesses (2) in the roofdrain moulding.

Take care to see that the support foot (1) runs parallel to the plate edge (3) in the rain channel (see close-up detail).

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Screw the coded screws (1) down lightly with the supplied special key (c). Move the carrier bridge (a) until it stands symmetrically over the roof.

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Now tighten the hexagon socket screws (1) with the supplied special key (c). Remove the roof rack from the roof again and tighten the hexagon socket screws finally.

7. Mount the roof rack

Mounting is shown on the front carrier. Please proceed in a similar way in the same sequence of operations for mounting the rear carrier bridge.

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As described in section 1, open up the roof-drain moulding flap (1) using the supplied drain moulding opener. Place the carrier bridge (a) on carefully and tighten the coded screws (2) with the supplied special key (c).

Always make sure that the spring washer is present under the screw head. Never screw down without the spring washer in place. Replace a missing spring washer immediately.

8. Put on cover strip

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Press cover strip (b) into the carrier (a).

The cover strip protects the carrier from dirt.

9. Mount carrying superstructure

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To mount carrying superstructures remove the covering strips and open the covering caps (1) as shown in the illustration. Slide the carrying superstructure into the profiled bars of the carrier (a). After securing the carrying superstructure, close the covering caps (1).

Please observe the relevant installation instructions for mounting and securing the carrying superstructure.

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