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I need some help ordering my first ever Jeep Wrangler

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I went to the dealer today and test drove several 2015 Jeep Wranglers. I test drove a few sport, Rubicon Unlimited and some with hard top and soft top. I was not sold on any of the colors, so I might order one this week.

My question is why would anyone pick the hardtop vs the soft top? I noticed while driving a similar isolation from the outside comparing both the hard and soft. The one thing that i noticed was the weight of the hardtop is considerable to remove the posterior section on my own. This compared to the soft which was a breeze to remove and to place. I was just wondering if I am missing something here.

I love the look of the wheels on the Rubicon and the black fenders as well. They had a Sport at the dealership that had 17k in upgrades that could be discounted considerably according to the dealer. This jeep looked amazing! It was raised 2'' with wider tires, and many other goodies but was not crazy with the color. The question here is .....
Would it be worth to get a sport and upgrade it using the dealer ordering system to get a better looking Jeep than going for the Rubicon? Sorry for the new-be questions, I am new to the world of Jeep Wrangler.
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Re: I need some help ordering my first ever Jeep Wrangler

Hard top v Soft top: The advice I was given was that the hard top was less expensive to order with the Jeep than to purchase afterward. If I wasn't happy, or decided I was t going to use the Hard top, it would be easy to sell. The soft top was easy and inexpensive to purchase afterward, and at better quality than stock. Take that for what it's worth

I also like the idea of the hard top in case it snowed--the roof wouldn't sag. My Jeep will be garage kept except for every third day when I work, but it was enough to sway me to decide to order the hard top.

Rubicon v Sport: I opted for the Rubicon because of the better hardware, my increased satisfaction with the outward appearance, and the availability of navigation. The Nav will be nice to have when out of town on beach vacations. If the nav was available on the Willys...it would have been a very tough choice. I believe the resLe to be better on the Rubicon also.

Just my .02 cents. YMMV
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I like the security, look, and "feel" of the hardtop... Plus, up until recently, the quality of the soft was poor.

People rave about the aftermarket of the Jeep and how it's bigger than any other vehicle... You know, that can be viewed the other way too: There's a LOT one must do to a Jeep out of the factory just to even make it look cool, not to mention performance upgrades... A stock Jeep off the lot is just weak sauce. My point? It's an expensive decision to change your top after the fact, and you'll pay for that increased quality.
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Re: I need some help ordering my first ever Jeep Wrangler

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Hard top v Soft top: The advice I was given was that the hard top was less expensive to order with the Jeep than to purchase afterward. If I wasn't happy, or decided I was t going to use the Hard top, it would be easy to sell. The soft top was easy and inexpensive to purchase afterward, and at better quality than stock. Take that for what it's worth

I also like the idea of the hard top in case it snowed--the roof wouldn't sag. My Jeep will be garage kept except for every third day when I work, but it was enough to sway me to decide to order the hard top.

Rubicon v Sport: I opted for the Rubicon because of the better hardware, my increased satisfaction with the outward appearance, and the availability of navigation. The Nav will be nice to have when out of town on beach vacations. If the nav was available on the Willys...it would have been a very tough choice. I believe the resLe to be better on the Rubicon also.

Just my .02 cents. YMMV
Thank you for your input. I am clearly aware of these points, and I agree with you 100%. I just want to know if their is something missing in my thinking process.
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I like the security, look, and "feel" of the hardtop... Plus, up until recently, the quality of the soft was poor.

People rave about the aftermarket of the Jeep and how it's bigger than any other vehicle... You know, that can be viewed the other way too: There's a LOT one must do to a Jeep out of the factory just to even make it look cool, not to mention performance upgrades... A stock Jeep off the lot is just weak sauce. My point? It's an expensive decision to change your top after the fact, and you'll pay for that increased quality.
So, I am noticing more hardtop buyers than soft top? How is it dealing with removal and placement of this heavy hardtop?
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So, I am noticing more hardtop buyers than soft top? How is it dealing with removal and placement of this heavy hardtop?
It sucks, especially if you're referring to removing all 3 pieces...!

The only reason why I'd want a soft top is because it's easier to flip it back one section at a stop light really quick (or flip it back on in a storm)... The freedom panels are more of a pain in the ass than that... But it doesn't matter to me because I've been over the novelty of being "topless" for a long time now.
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How is it dealing with removal and placement of this heavy hardtop?
Those who are concerned over the weight (no sober beer buddies to help lift? ), put a simple hoist in their garage to lift the hardtop on and off.
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Those who are concerned over the weight (no sober beer buddies to help lift? ), put a simple hoist in their garage to lift the hardtop on and off.
I do not mind placing a hoist in the garage if it's simple to purchase and to install. Is there something to carry in the jeep to cover it, in case of a sudden rain storm? I live in Florida, so you know how it could be in the summer.
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The hoist idea worked well for me in New Jersey, but I only did a seasonal conversion: hard top in the winter and soft top in spring, summer and fall. It would be a PITA to go soft-hard-soft on a regular basis even with an beautiful assistant.

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Re: I need some help ordering my first ever Jeep Wrangler

I took delivery of my 2015 2 door rubicon hydro blue. I'll give you a couple of my rationale when considering the options you're discussing.

Hard vs soft top: I live in the Chicago area so initially I was leaning hard top for the same reasons others have mentioned. Security and best for weather. Then, I considered the unique quality a soft top wrangler provides. It's the only off road capable, full convertible. And it looks great with the top down. I live in a condo building with heated indoor parking. This prevents me from having any place to put the hard top if I was able to take it off. Then when it's off, I would have to hope it doesn't rain. This is an issue with me. I love putting the top down. And if I don't have much time, I can flip the "sunrider" feature of the soft top back in just 30 seconds revealing a huge open roof. Removing the panels on the hard top is cumbersome and on a 2 door, takes up a lot of room. The premium sort top is a thick nice canvas cover. I got the tinted windows as well and that dark window makes for a great contrasty look on the rubicon.

I went with the rubicon because if I sell it, I will always sell before a sport. I also know it's designed for most off road situations. I'm not a rock climbing kind of guy and this thing will do most every other kind of off road driving. I'd rather pay for the good off road upgrades from the factory than pay for a bunch of aftermarket stuff. That's personal preference though.

I also went with the rubicon so I could get heated seats and the nav. If I didn't get the nav, I'd have a garmin sitting in the corner of the windshield and there aren't many square inches to spare on the windshield. I also wanted the new alpine system. It's leaps and bounds better than the premium stereo offered in the 2014.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck! I love my jeep.


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I took delivery of my 2015 2 door rubicon hydro blue. I'll give you a couple of my rationale when considering the options you're discussing.

Hard vs soft top: I live in the Chicago area so initially I was leaning hard top for the same reasons others have mentioned. Security and best for weather. Then, I considered the unique quality a soft top wrangler provides. It's the only off road capable, full convertible. And it looks great with the top down. I live in a condo building with heated indoor parking. This prevents me from having any place to put the hard top if I was able to take it off. Then when it's off, I would have to hope it doesn't rain. This is an issue with me. I love putting the top down. And if I don't have much time, I can flip the "sunrider" feature of the soft top back in just 30 seconds revealing a huge open roof. Removing the panels on the hard top is cumbersome and on a 2 door, takes up a lot of room. The premium sort top is a thick nice canvas cover. I got the tinted windows as well and that dark window makes for a great contrasty look on the rubicon.

I went with the rubicon because if I sell it, I will always sell before a sport. I also know it's designed for most off road situations. I'm not a rock climbing kind of guy and this thing will do most every other kind of off road driving. I'd rather pay for the good off road upgrades from the factory than pay for a bunch of aftermarket stuff. That's personal preference though.

I also went with the rubicon so I could get heated seats and the nav. If I didn't get the nav, I'd have a garmin sitting in the corner of the windshield and there aren't many square inches to spare on the windshield. I also wanted the new alpine system. It's leaps and bounds better than the premium stereo offered in the 2014.

Just my 2 cents. Good luck! I love my jeep.


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Thank you for your response. It was very helpful. I am going back and forth between colors and hard top and soft top. One of the colors that I love is the Hydro blue, could you post a few pictures of your Jeep. I am sure it's a beauty!

I live in Florida, soon the summer we get lots of rain so I might get the combo soft and hard top. What do you think?
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If in Florida, I would bet the soft top would be perfect because of how fast it is to flip back the sunrider top. It takes seconds to flip it back if a rain could shows up. The hard top would be great for a brutal winter climate and if you have space to store it in the summer (which I don't)

I love the blue. It's a great color especially with the contrast of the black fenders and bumpers.

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