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Old 12-24-2011, 07:18 PM   #31
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I was sold on the hard top...in fact, had to have...then I found a rubi at the dealer with everything I wanted but the hard top...after test driving I was amazed with how quiet it was even at 70...been soft toppin it since September and I'm so happy I went with it...it's still quiet, warm, fun to take up and down, and doesn't have any leak issues.

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Old 12-24-2011, 07:39 PM   #32
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my 05 had soft. like stated, its just screams jeep. 07 had a soft top. first year for the JK. never could stop it from leaking on top of the door handles. (very common leak). and it was noisy. had to put a pool noodle above the sound bar to stop the damn flapping at hi way speeds. i said if i ever did it again, it would be hard top. owned a 12 for a week now. love the hard top.

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Old 12-24-2011, 08:47 PM   #33
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Perhaps the 2012's have a better soft top? Guess I'm gonna have to drive each and see what it's like.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:27 PM   #34
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My softtop is being replaced with a hardtop next week. The softtop is nice if you have a garage. Iíve heard itís a pain if its snows hard and its easy access for criminals. My softop was also very loud when I drove over 60. Didnít bother me, I just turned up Barbara Streisand. Iím not even going into the leaking issue. If I ever get another Wrangler it will be leak tested on the lot before I sign anything.

Good luck! I was leak proof for a few months that i knew of. Then, Bam! Leak mainly on drivers side floor. One inch under my floor mat the other day! I, tried a few things and decided to live with it. i just pulled the all the carpet and pugs and plan to have it linex'd the first of the year. It's is a Jeep! And, with multiple top options, it is bound to leak.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:31 PM   #35
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In my opinion, and ONLY my opinion, the freedom top gives you the best of both worlds. I own a soft top sports car (motorized top though) and love it. However, there is nothing like a hardtop for 90% of driving time. The freedom top allows you to pop off two panels, and you have sunshine, or pop them back in and it feels like a normal car. If you live in a sunny state (ie Cali or Florida) then the softtop could be for you, however, for me, living in NY, the freedom top was the clear choice. Oh, and mine doesn't leak either.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:34 PM   #36
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In my opinion, and ONLY my opinion, the freedom top gives you the best of both worlds. I own a soft top sports car (motorized top though) and love it. However, there is nothing like a hardtop for 90% of driving time. The freedom top allows you to pop off two panels, and you have sunshine, or pop them back in and it feels like a normal car. If you live in a sunny state (ie Cali or Florida) then the softtop could be for you, however, for me, living in NY, the freedom top was the clear choice. Oh, and mine doesn't leak either.
I'm in MN and couldn't agree more-the removable panels were a selling pt for my wife too-who always wants a convertible/pano roof in the garage.
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I'm in MN and couldn't agree more-the removable panels were a selling pt for my wife too-who always wants a convertible/pano roof in the garage.
The best part is, they fit inside the Jeep, so you can put them back on when you park or if there is a nasty storm on the way. Honestly, best of both worlds without any major drawbacks.

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