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June 6, 2009

Luggage rack on the Indigo Marina, and six people in one car.

Filed under: vehicles — Tags: , , — neosurya @ 17:10

The Marina can take a luggage rack on the top; I was looking for information on this and very few of the dealers around Bangalore happened to know compatible models. The concorde dealer went as far to say that the marina does not take a luggage rack, and the roof rails are not load-bearing. The manual mentioned (I believe page 51) that the rails could take a load of 75 kilos, and a couple of dealers from Koramangala gave quotes from 4 to 5 K.

I installed an aluminium luggage carrier manufactured by Century from “Auto Planet”, address: 703/4, 6th B Crs, Behind BDA Complex Koramangala, phone:  25521266. Spoke with the proprietor Kumar who priced it at 4.6K.The luggage rack was installed on roof rails using standard u-shaped clamps. Some other dealers gave quotes for the “hiker” brand. An authorized rep from hiker happened to be at Auto planet, delivering a set of fittings for an Innova. He explained that hiker would not officially support a clamp for a Marina. Some dealers may install after market fittings, but they may not work, he insisted.

The first trip with it was good; however, the rack vibrates at low rpms when it does not have luggage on it. I believe the clamps need to have rubber bushes.

BTW, I was able to fit in 6 adults into my marina. We padded the trunk of our marina with pillows and one of us took turns on the 600 Kms trip. Pretty soon, the trunk became the most sought-after spot as it allowed one to sleep comfortably. The extra load makes the mudflaps touch the road when you go over bumps, but it is not all that bad. Need to examine if it has some serious side effects.


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  1. […] were six people; and we went by my indigo marina. We stayed at an estate stay; the price was Rs 1500 per room per night assuming double occupancy. […]

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