I use mine year round, but NORCAL winters are pretty mild... Wife and I do go up into the sierra's in the winter camping, no problem.. Let the snow build up on it, then when somebody follows to close, smack it with your hand and cover their windshield
I run a soft top year round here in NJ. Just clean all the snow off the vehicle. In fact it's the law here for all vehicles even 18 wheelers. If you do what mwashburn suggest you will most likely get sued. We have many many lawyers here looking for work.
Retired my 94 YJ 4cyl 5spd @ 200K
Now in a 04 TJ 4cyl 5spd CV @120K+
Both as a commuter vehicle in NW, NJ
April 2012.downsized and now a 99er.
Run a soft top in CT, just got the jeep in December. Very very surprised about how well heat is held in the jeep with the soft top. I see no issues, with year round soft top. Save money, get other upgrades.
Here in the northern most part of Michigan (near the Canadian border) we get very cold winters. Both of my Jeeps seem to have great heaters and soft tops. On days when the temps are in single digit (farenheit), you notice it a little, but I have managed to get by without a hard top. I should mention that both of my tops are air tight and minimize any breezes making it into the cab.
I had a 95 YJ with a soft top through 4 ugly minnesota winters. No issues. Toasty warm. Something I had to teach my now ex wife though. Keep the blower fan on and adjust temp with the temp control. You want to keep a positive pressure in the cab. Keeps cold air out.
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Hi all, thanks for sharing your experiences. Based on this thread I picked up my Unlimited with Premiuim Soft Top over the weekend and took the wife and kids skiing in it. Top performed great. Very little wind buffetting at high speed (unlike my old 95 Wrangler) and even 20 degrees F outside the cabin was warm enough to not need a jacket and we had to turn the heat down.
Hello all. Just picked up a used 06 Rubicon. I am heading up to Canada in a few weeks, will be 600 miles north of the border for several years. Based on this thread, I will not buy a hard top just yet. Thanks.
My Jeep came with a hard top. I rarely use it. I put in on last winter for the first time in 3 years. But, my Jeep is parked in the garage every night.
The soft top and heater will do fine in the winter. Like mentioned, keep the snow from piling up on it.
Obviously, a soft top will need replacing sooner if it is left out in the elements 24/7.
Also, if your plastic windows are in good shape, don't use the brush to remove any built-up snow/ice....they scratch easy enough as it is!!!
X2 Had a soft top the first year and I was always warm, the only reason I went to a hard top was to plow snow I was always trying to clean the slush off the back window. You'll screw it up in a hurry with a snow brush.