Is standard soft top a deal breaker?

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Hey guys,
I’ve been searching around for months and finally found a rubicon that has all the features I want except it has a standard soft top. I live in PA so I will obviously be driving in winter. I do have a garage so it won’t be sitting outside in the snow all the time. My question is, is the standard soft top a deal breaker? Will it survive PA winters?

thanks for any advice you may have. This will be my first Jeep.





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Hey guys,
I’ve been searching around for months and finally found a rubicon that has all the features I want except it has a standard soft top. I live in PA so I will obviously be driving in winter. I do have a garage so it won’t be sitting outside in the snow all the time. My question is, is the standard soft top a deal breaker? Will it survive PA winters?

thanks for any advice you may have. This will be my first Jeep.
Bias: I own Dual Tops, which means my soft top is not only premium, but I don't use it in winter.

I did use my Bestop Sunrider in place of the Freedom Panels and the rear portion of my hard top last winter and it was fine: then again we had no snow where I live.

Technically, Kevin @Notorious I believe is correct, but soft top use in winter snow comes with the caveat that the snow not be removed from the top (premium or basic,) especially the windows, by physical methods over interior heat..be that generated by the vehicle (and Wranglers are known for strong heating systems) or an space heater connected to home A/C and placed in the vehicle prior to driving off to melt the snow. Windows can easily crack or scratch if such things are attempted.

Seeing out the back window, while I recommend, may not prevent the vehicle from being street legal given the dual side mirrors. You can also turn on the rear view camera for about 8 second intervals as per factory features, or have it run continually with purchase of a JL Tazer.
 

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I have the standard soft top and it's been through 2 West Michigan winters (plenty of lake effect snow) and have had no issues. I actually think the standard soft top looks better.
 

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Only problem with a soft top is cleaning snow/ice off, especially windows. You have a garage so if the rest is what you want and a good deal, go for it!

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A soft top may not be a deal breaker if you live in California, Nevada or Arizona, but it should be a deal breaker in a state that gets its share of winter.

The soft top does not have a rear wiper/washer or a defogger. Trying to see through the back curtain in the rain is pointless. Don’t ask how I know.

I wouldn’t do it if I were you. Chances are you will get that Rubicon and in six months realize you need a hardtop. Your dealer will quote you $2,000-$3,000. You then check Craigslist only to find out that people want a LOT of money for their used, scratched up top, and they live far; no one wants to ship you a top. And then you need to buy the switches for the rear wiper and defogger, and pass the electrical wiring and the fluid line for the squirter.

Also, lifting the rear glass hatch is much easier and convenient than unclipping, unzipping and pulling up the rear curtain. Especially, when you have your hands busy with groceries.

And then there’s the element of security. Or lack thereof...

Yes, you can probably live with a soft top in PA. But the fact that you are on here asking the question suggests that you will regret it once winter comes.
 
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My Jeep only came with a soft top and I survived a PA winter with it with no problems at all. I bought a hard top because I wanted a Rhino-Rack Pioneer Platform and rtt, but if those weren't things I was planning on buying, I would probably still be rocking the soft top year round. I have a garage also. Let me know if you have any questions.
 
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Last time with our JK we bought it with a hardtop and added the soft. This time on the JL we ordered only soft. The premium soft top is worth it to me and may be a dealbreaker.
 

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YJ, TJ, now the JL. All soft tops all central Ohio winters, all parked outside. Not a big deal, back curtain can suck once you get to about 0. I prefer the standard over the premium personally. 100% recommend using the Bestop Care kit 5 or 6 times a year, say March - Oct
 

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