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Old 06-13-2010, 10:58 PM   #1
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Question for soft top owners

I used to have a jeep for a while but it turned out that the frame was almost completely rusted threw before I bought it and I never checked it was a complete impulse buy I always wanted a jeep and there it was sitting infront of me on 35 inch tires with a 4 inch lift I just couldn't turn it down. It was a soft top and I would take the doors off and the top down and it was love. However I had to sell it because I couldn't pay for the welding I only got to drive it during the summer. I'm looking to buy a new one perferably a soft top and the question I have to ask is with a soft top does it get uncomfortably cold in the winter and if so is there anything I can buy or do to the soft top to make it better insulated? I would buy a hard top to go on it but I have no where to store it during the summer. I'm brand new to this forum this is my first post please don't hate on me for my impulse buy

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Dependson where you are and what you call cold, but 2 winters in VA and i can't complain... the heater is a blow tourch. As far as insulating, Bestop sells a insulating liner for the softtops

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Either the insulated soft top or you can always find a cheap hard top to put on.
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Old 06-13-2010, 11:47 PM   #4
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You'll be fine with a softie unless you are in Antarctica. I run one year round and even tho we have several weeks in a row of single digit temps here I never suffered from being cold. And I am part lizard, I like to be warm.. The heaters on Jeeps are amazing, and the interior is so small, that they warm up in no time.
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Wow thank you so much everyone has been telling me that it will be an ice box in the winter and I live in ohio. Now to just find one from a dealer under 8 grand lol
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They must not be Jeep owners Actually the Wrangler is my third convertible, and all of them were fine in the winter, heat wise......... Well, as long as the top is up. Top down is another story!

Try to find one from a private party, you'll not pay as much.
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What they said^^^

Ohio isn't exactly known for its warm winters...and this year was no exception...spent much of this past winter below zero. If I started my Jeep before I went out, it was fine from the get go...if I fired it up, let it idle, for a minute to get the fluids flowing and then drove off, my heater was putting out warm air before I got into town...and I only live about 2-3 miles from the city limits on a highway.
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Welcome to the forum. You will be fine with the soft top year round. We have at least 2 members here that I know of from Ohio who have sold their hard tops. I plan on selling mine in the fall. As far as the impulse buy, we don't hate and as a rule we don't flame members. One piece of advice though, try to buy as close to stock as possible and modify it yourself.
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Wow thank you so much everyone has been telling me that it will be an ice box in the winter and I live in ohio. Now to just find one from a dealer under 8 grand lol
It will be an ice box when you first get in it, as will just about any vehicle. Once the heat kicks in you will be looking for a way out. I have never had mine on "full blast." It would be unbearable.
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Lack of heat with a soft top was a concern for us when we were considering a Jeep back in '94.

Previous Jeep was a rag top CJ5. That was a cold bugger. NO heater to speak of and the 304 took forever to spit out even tepid air.

Wife & I were apprehensive about being an ice box in the winter, so we waited until a 10 degree January day, test drove a Wrangler. Thing heated up quickly. We grabbed one.

Driver and passenger are fine. The back seat doesn't truly get warm, but enough air gets back there to keep kids from complaining too loudly (.....and then you can just turn the radio up to drown out their belly-achin').

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