1 - Not as far as I'm awareThe FE does not have rood rails.
Q1 - Are there (hidden) mounting locations, so that a rack (maybe made by Thule in the future for example) may be installed without the use of the rails?
Q2 - Can rails be purchased later and installed on the FE?
Wow, my mind is blown at what lengths people will go to in order to save a buck. At the average usage of 12K miles per year increasing your gas mileage from 51 to 52 would be a savings of 4.52 gallons per year. So if gas averaged $3 per gallon a savings of $13.56 per year. At what point to you even recoup the cost of the special tool and the fabrication of a side mirror cover not to mention taking a dremel to a new car.Ok. And was that worth the 1 MPG savings?
Where are you located? I have a "generic" SportRack from my Fusion. It had no rails. Thos one clamps to the door openings very well. If you arent too far for cheap shipping, it might be worth trying.Hi, I am the original poster. My wife bought the FE (a year ago) over the LX because she wanted the old-fashion key (loves the car - hates the touch screen). We had asked the dealer if rails could be added later and they said yes. Apparently this is not so. I pulled the trim strips from the roof (where the rails would be) and there are no studs or nuts on the roof. I had thought there would be. Unless someone has a better idea I guess I will have to find a "strap on" rack - if possible. Or make my own bar mounts and drill and tap into the roof under the trim - but I doubt there is a good place (thick and strong enough area) to do this well. Any suggestions? thanks! PS I want a 2-bar rack for general haulage of lumber, etc.
Actually, in my case I drive about 24k miles a year. I'm saving about $1200 a year on gas based on today's prices (and they're creeping upwards), so over 100k miles, I'll save $4800, maybe even a bit more. I generally only keep cars until about 100k miles, but I might keep this longer. $100 a month is actually real money.On a strictly math based approach, it is difficult to justify the purchase of a hybrid at all. They cost roughly $3,000 more, and that buys a lot of gas at today's prices. You are going to go crazy if you consider the return on cost of everything you buy. What is the return for buying a BMW versus a Volkswagen? Zero to negative dollars for sure on the cost of transportation.
Ok, I think you misunderstood. That $1200 per year IS the premium in my case. So after 100k miles I've saved $5000 in gas over my previous car. That's well above the cost difference between a similarly optioned Kona and the Niro (since we don't get the Stonic and all). I think the price difference is around $2000-$3000. So if the fuel cost delta at that point really was $2000, then you're right, the fuel savings wouldn't cover the cost difference. That would be for the "average" driver doing 12-15k.I don't object to your thought process in the slightest, however it is also rational to say if you have an accident at 100,000 miles and five miles and total your car, you probably have not saved money. Yes, you have saved perhaps as much as $2,000 in fuel costs (I'm subtracting the premium for the hybrid capability), but your insurance is not going to pay much to replace your car.
That is why a lot of folks reject green when there is a higher capital cost upfront with the future unknown. Not me, I upgraded the insulation, tightness, furnace, and windows in my house for the long term payoff. Of course, houses don't usually crash into each other or lose value.