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Jeep newbie needs some advice....

Hi everyone. I am close to ordering my first Jeep, an Unlimited Sahara. It will rarely be off-road and even then it will only be the beach. It will be used mostly during spring-fall. Really just a nice weather toy for the family and I. One thing I wanted to get an opinion from all of you on is what kind of top to get. I was going to order the dual-top option because I like the look of the body - colored hard top, but I'm pretty sure once the premium soft top is on it ain't coming off. Plus it seems like some folks are having issues with water leaks between the Freedom top panels. I had a terrible time with a leaky Ford Bronco a long time ago and I don't want to relive that.

So do you think I can get by in the Northeast with just the Premium soft top based on my intended use? Do people use the soft top all year long? If I had to use it in cold weather, snow, etc. from time to time will the soft top be ok for that?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Old 09-10-2014, 03:06 PM
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I live near Cleveland and a soft top does fine all year long. We actually sold our hard top because we never used it.
We use our Wrangler mostly as a three season car because the winter salt corrosion is absurd, but the top does just fine when we do use it in the snow.
Mostly though it's down, and is only there as rain insurance!

There are plenty of good aftermarket soft top options as well. Bestop makes one of sailcloth which is quite durable.
The main thing is to keep them maintained - get soft top conditioner/protectant and never wipe the plastic windows when they're dry or with paper towels. T shirt cloth or microfiber, wet, with mild soap. Never roll or fold the windows when it's cold out.

We've also got full hard doors which is great because you've got real glass windows which is a bonus at the drive thru, but you can still take the doors off in summer. Just remember to relocate your mirrors.

No soft top will last forever, though.

Congratulations on your first Jeep! Be sure to post pics when you get it so we can all drool over it lol
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Re: Jeep newbie needs some advice....

I am waiting on the delivery of Jeep #6. The 5 previous have all been ordered with softtop only. For most of that time we lived in Connecticut so we had some pretty cold weather each winter. They were all garage kept so that might have mitigated the impact to some degree but I never felt the need to buy the hard top due to cold. Road noise is an issue if you spend a lot of time 50+ mph / daily driver. That improved dramatically when I got my current Jeep (2012 JKR). We live in the South now and for the new one (2015 JKUR HR) My biggest concern is security. If you are out on errands with just the softtop, there is no way to secure things. We live a bit far out and it is at least 25 miles to major stores / Doctors / etc, so we tend to have a list going and who ever has to make the trek picks up stuff. With this one I'll keep the hardtop on and put a Hoister in the garage for those times I want to feel the wind...

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