Originally Posted by mikemass
ah-ha... You are right. i just went to the jeep web site to build one. I must have been thinking of just the hard top. That makes me feel better. But okay. Now i have to ask: "Why won't a jeep dealer sell me one new for $995?" Is there any after market ones worth looking at or is used my best bet?
The reason the option is cheaper when buying new is because they are giving you a credit for the soft top and giving you the hard top only. When you order the dual top option, you are essentially upgrading to the premium top and buying a hardtop outright:
$0 - standard soft top in price
$400 - difference in price to replace your standard top with the premium one
$995 - difference in price to remove soft top and replace with hard top
$2195 - difference in price to replace standard top with premium top and add a hard top.