I've been looking at buying a 2007 jeep wrangler for a while now and I think I found the one I want to buy the only thing is is that it comes with a soft top. I don't know hardly anything about jeeps, all I know is it seems like a good deal but I was hoping to buy a hardtop for the winter. I've looked online for the three peice hardtop and they seem to be about 2500, if this is the case I wont be able to afford one right away and was just wondering how the soft tops do in the winter. If they don't fare too well I may start looking at other jeeps that come with hardtops. Any information would be appreciated.
Where do you live and how much snow do you usually get? If you're worried about being cold, stop worrying because Jeep heaters are notoriously hot. If you're worried about snow caving it in, then that depends on how much snow you get. We got hit (Baltimore) with a ton of snow last winter, and I never had an issue. It is recommended that you brush it off every few inches, but some people say they don't brush it off in the middle of the night at all. Also, some people have put boards across the bars parallel to the sound bar, under the top, to keep it from caving in. I wouldn't worry about the soft top too much.
Another thing to think about is do you have somewhere to store the hard top in the summer?
Another thing is, I'm not sure my Jeep (2010 JKU w/ soft top) has the ability to work the rear defroster and windshield wiper. Not positive, but that may be something you would need to install/have installed.
I actually hadnt thought of that (that the wiring may not be done for the back). I suppose it's not too much of an issue to me because I have an F 150 currently and theres no wiper or anything in the back. Basically I have two options at the moment:
1. a 2007 silver sahara with power and all that jazz but with a soft top for 16k, private sale
2. a 2007 steel blue x with power and a hard top for 17,400 dealership (warranty)
both have about the same miles but I like the look of the first better and I wouldn't have to take out any loan. For the second I would have to take out a small loan but it has a hard top. Honestly the hardtop isn't all that important to me as long as its fine in the winter. I live in MA so theres not all that much snow.
Thanks none of my friends know anything about jeeps or care to listen to me try and buy one, so thanks,
And where do you put the washer fluid for the rear? Does it use the same as the front?
Our 08 JKU was soft top only when we bought it. I bought a new freedom top and wiring kit, the wiring kit is a pretty easy install for the average DIY people. After installing wiring, new switch on the column, heater switches and washer pump with splitter ( that's how u get fluid to rear, hose is in wiring harness ) you have to have he dealership update your computer. Took less than a day by myself to install everything, then another 50 bucks to the dealer.