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I had a Real Nice Thule Roof Rack on my BMW Sport Coupe but I DON'T want that for my Mercedes. In my Opinion, it wouldn't look right. If anyone could HELP me with this, it would be much appreciated. Thank You ALL ahead of time.
 

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Same Here- Installed a Curt hitch for my Thule bike rack

I had a Real Nice Thule Roof Rack on my BMW Sport Coupe but I DON'T want that for my Mercedes. In my Opinion, it wouldn't look right. If anyone could HELP me with this, it would be much appreciated. Thank You ALL ahead of time.
I installed a Curt 1 1/4" receiver hitch so I could use my Thule bike rack. Ended up having to install it by myself and it was a bit tough but got it done. I did initially go to a Curt re-seller to try and have them install it and when they saw my car was a 45 AMG they said no way. Reason? Well since Curt had not installed this on a the 45, (only certified it for the 250) they would not touch it. Since you have a 250 I'd find a local Curt re-seller and have them do it and save the pain of personally installing it.

Here is the hitch used- https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/mercedes-benz/cla-class/2017/C12163.html
 

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The 45 and 250 have the same chassis and the 250 may have slight paneling variances between fwd and awd ... so whats the big deal with the installation? The anchor points seem the same?
 

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The 45 and 250 have the same chassis and the 250 may have slight paneling variances between fwd and awd ... so whats the big deal with the installation? The anchor points seem the same?
You’re correct the steel bumpers four mounting points on each end that the hitch bolts to are exactly the same on the 250 and 45. Of course, the gloss black lower valance is different and I had to carefully trim a section where the receiver portion of the hitch protruded.
 

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You’re correct the steel bumpers four mounting points on each end that the hitch bolts to are exactly the same on the 250 and 45. Of course, the gloss black lower valance is different and I had to carefully trim a section where the receiver portion of the hitch protruded.
... figures ...
 

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This is REALLY HELPFUL. Thank you Guys for Chiming in. I really appreciate it. My family has a CnC Plasma Steel Cutting Machine and I thought I was gonna have to do some Serious Fabrication and Welding. They (etrailer) told Me that "Yes, for my 2015 Mercedes CLA250 they have the Curt hitch part # C12163 which is a confirmed fit and would work well". This is a Class II hitch with a 1-1/4 inch opening and a 3,500 lb trailer towing capacity. I asked him if it would fit my 2015 CLA 250 with the AMG body kit and suspension etc....and he said "NO". If all I have to do is take it to the Body Shop and get the back lower valance notched or something???.......I will pay for the Body Work and respray...if that's all it takes. As long as it has Holes for Screws and I have Metal, I'm HAPPY. Thanks again for Chiming in You GUYS. I ABSOLUTELY have to make a rear trailer hitch work. My Fat-Ass needs to ride my Mountain Bike and Road Bike RELIGIOUSLY. Peace...... :D
 

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You’re correct the steel bumpers four mounting points on each end that the hitch bolts to are exactly the same on the 250 and 45. Of course, the gloss black lower valance is different and I had to carefully trim a section where the receiver portion of the hitch protruded.
Awesome. Thank You.
 

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I can confirm Curt 12163 hitch will fit a 2014 CLA 250. Just clears the sensor plugs. If you have a bumper trim similar to mine pictured, you will have to remove the entire bumper, and note there are three plastic and one metal nut on each side of the bumper crease going from the wheel to the tail lights. They are quite difficult to reach.
 

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I know this is old but go with a curt and in the event you want to pull a jetski get the euro ball instead of the standard curt one as the euro receiver is a one piece curved tube that follows the contour of the bumper and raises the ball height so you can raise the hitch high enough to level the trailer to take the weight off of the hitch and onto the trailer axle. I had one of these on my Passat and it pulled my seadoo RXT/X 260 supercharged ski with no problems. You can even get a wiring kit that’s vehicle specific and they have one for the CLA.
 
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