Was wondering if the hard top is really needed for southern OH weather. We have the snow and cold, but nothing more than 10"...and that is once every few years. I have drove convertibles in winter and it never seemed that big of deal. But I have read a few people say they are a necessity for any winter climate.
Just looking for imput on people who have a soft top and if they wished they had got the hard top. Or for people who have done it both ways and which way is better.
I have found two Jeeps I like at two different dealerships and the top is the only difference...that and 2 grand.
04-26-2009 08:24 PM
I am in Indiana and just about to buy as well. After driving the hard top, I realized for me, having some place to store the hard top and not being able to take it on/off by myself, I am going with the soft top only.
I can't comment on the winter weather performance yet!
04-26-2009 09:07 PM
Ive been through winters and snow with my 06 and a soft top and had no problems keeping warm. The JK heaters will keep you toasty with the soft top.
04-26-2009 09:47 PM
Here was my logic for my Jeep.
A NEW Hardtop costs about $2500 New. Even a used hardtop is hard to come by because they are hard to ship, etc...
A NEW Softtop from the dealer is $1,600. That said, you can look on craigs list, ebay or even here, and get a NEW soft top for $600 bucks or maybe a little more. Certainly you can find one under a grand.
I went with the hardtop, for this reason, and bought my soft top from Ebay (brand New) for $600. If you want both, go this route.
Storage is a PAIN for the hardtop though. If you dont have the room, just rock the soft top
04-26-2009 10:46 PM
I had an 04 Rubicon for 2 winters in Toledo. the first winter I had the hard top and sold it and just used the soft top the second winter. I can say that there really is no diffrence. It was nice not having to find a place to store the hard top since I lived in an apartment. Soft top should be just fine for you i would think.
04-27-2009 07:28 AM
Great, thanks for all the replies!
04-27-2009 08:01 AM
Agreed- we're up in upstate NY, and are running a softtop. The JK heater is on some serious juicew- it'll still keep me warm on a 50 degree day topless :) Ask me how I know ;) Mark W.
04-27-2009 09:54 AM
Do you have a garage?
04-27-2009 04:15 PM
Yeah, space would not be an issue. I found the wheeled storage carts on Quadratec and I have good size garage. I am just trying to save as much money and not buy things on it I do not need or that I can upgrade later with something better.