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Old 07-14-2015, 07:02 AM
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Red face Considering first Wrangler - leak issues?

Hello. I've always wanted a Jeep Wrangler and seriously considering a 2015 Unlimited. I'm a bit nervous after reading about a lot of issues of water leaking in through the freedom tops or doors. How big of an issue is this? I have had Camaro's with t-tops in the past and one had occasional leaks while the other never leaked a drop for the 8+ yrs I had it. I know its not the same thing, but its the only thing I can compare it to! LOL

Please advise. Any other advise is greatly appreciated. I'm looking at a Sahara by the way.

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I do not think it is a huge issue. They sell a lit of wranglers every year and you hear about a few. Make sure you learn to put the panels on properly, keep your seals in good shape and you you not have an issue. What color are you going with?

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My 2010 JKU never had a leak and my 2013 JKU has not had any leaks. I have the soft top on for summer and the hard top during the winter, BTW.

I have also read on the forum about those who have had leaks and am convinced that it can happen that a vehicle has a defect however some of the time it appears to be from not properly seating the freedom tops.

Perhaps asking the dealership to let you sit in the one you are considering purchasing while someone sprays it with a pressure washer might ease your mind - can't hurt to ask.

Leak issues aside, it is a known fact that red Jeeps cannot go uphill and this should be uppermost in your mind when choosing yours! Upload some pics when you get your Jeep.
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You get may get leaks if you do not put the roofs on properly, the odd leak I got was a bit of dripping from the front doors, on the rare occasion that it did happen I took the opportunity to use the water to clean the inside of Jeep, dash dust, coffee residue etc, speaking of leaks the sun roof in my old Prelude leaked more.

Keep some paper towels in the jeep if it start to leak just jam it in where the leak is and problem solved.
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It's not a big issue to be honest. I would not let that stop me from buying a Jeep!
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Take all the problems you read about with a grain of salt and get what you want. You only read about a hand full of problems and never hear from the thousands and thousands of jeepers with no issues. I'd be willing to bet most freedom panel & soft top leaks are due to improper installation or worn out seals in older models.
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I have 40k on my 2015 and zero leaks through torrential downpours or powerwashing.
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Take all the problems you read about with a grain of salt and get what you want. You only read about a hand full of problems and never hear from the thousands and thousands of jeepers with no issues. I'd be willing to bet most freedom panel & soft top leaks are due to improper installation or worn out seals in older models.
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I have an 09 unlimited with a soft top and it doesn't leak at all.
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I do not think it is a huge issue. They sell a lit of wranglers every year and you hear about a few. Make sure you learn to put the panels on properly, keep your seals in good shape and you you not have an issue. What color are you going with?
This is the key. The one leak (Small) that i had was due to user error
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After reading this forum for over a year I too had a similar hesitation about buying a Jeep. Finally I came to the conclusion that A) usually the few with issues post looking for a resolution and B) it appeared that most issues (as stated) is user error.
While I've only had my Willys for a little over a month, so far no leaks with either top during rain storms. Having said that i do take meticulous care with installing my tops as has been posted in these forums numerous times - this site is an very valuable resource!

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I've had my 2013 for a month. It was certified pre owned so it came with the warranty. I'm glad it did, as it has leaked every time it has poured. I have brought it to the dealer 4 times and they have replaced multiple seals, so I'm hoping they fixed it now but havent had any rain. So, since you are looking at buy new I wouldn't hesitate.

I have had the front panels off a few times on the really nice days. They have been installed properly and the problem was recreated by the dealer, they reported that they removed and installed them to insure proper installation.

But, get what you want. If you happen to get one that has a leak, warranties are there for a reason.
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Additionally, if it does leak, the interior is splash resistant, the fabrics are water-safe, and there are drains built into the floor by design.
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Ours leaks from the passenger side. But, they are removable tops. That is an open invitation for water. So we deal with it. I actually just did another patch job (butyl tape and electrical tape) last night and it poured. Not a drop today! So I'm happy today. It does involve putting the tops on exactly correct, but I haven't figured that specific sequence yet. But you can remove the carpeting, unplug the hole for airflow, and it dries out. So no harm done.
All in all, water on the floor and down the dash is tolerable because I get to drive a Jeep
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I have a 2015 JKU and absolutely LOVE the new top! (Compared to my '02 version). Only a couple hundred miles on it so far although no leaking issues with the top. Put it back on correctly and you should be good to go!

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I have a 2015 JKUR hardtop and the weekend I picked her up from the dealership, we took her up to Northern CA. On our return to So Cal we hit a downpour of biblical proportions...No leaks.

I've taken the freedom top off several times since then and taken the jeep for a wash...No leaks. Just be sure the tops are on correctly and none of the seals are pinched and you're good to go. Don't let that prevent you from the joy of owning a Wrangler.

Here's a video on how to remove the Freedom Top.
https://youtu.be/0OlJ8sdmCd4
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Haven't put on the soft top on my 1 month old 2015 JKU, but the freedom panels have been removed many times and I don't have the soundbar screws in, went through the car wash a few times and zero leaks, also rained heavily a few times too and same zero leaks, seems there are more seals on the 2015 than my 2007 JK.
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Haven't put on the soft top on my 1 month old 2015 JKU, but the freedom panels have been removed many times and I don't have the soundbar screws in, went through the car wash a few times and zero leaks, also rained heavily a few times too and same zero leaks, seems there are more seals on the 2015 than my 2007 JK.
Same here. Big storms here the last couple of days, no leaks (despite a number of the foam tape seals being bunched/torn from the factory).
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Thanks for all the replys. They do say when a customer is happy they may tell 5 people about it, but when something goes wrong they tell 25 people! LOL I will take it with a grain of salt. Even the guy at the dealership said they seemed to have some problems with the 2011 model leaking, but no issues since then.

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