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Unread 07-15-2013, 04:32 AM   #16
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My freedom top leaks. My YJs soft top leaked. Even the doors on my XJs leaked. It happens

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Unread 08-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #17
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So I traded in my 2007 Sahara JK that never had a leak in the 3 way freedom top. That roof was on and off a hundred times - Great Jeep. I went for the 2013 Sahara Unlimited - Rugged Brown with Saddle Tan as the kids were getting older and single dad with kids needs room. So back to the leaks - Bought June 27 2013 and payed a good chunk of change for this brand new jeep. Today, August 1st 2013 I wake up to a puddle in the sunglass holder, water dripping down the Nav Console. I parked the Jeep on a 15% incline over night and we had rain but not a huge down pour. Cleaned the water up before leaving for work. I get to the first red light and apply the brakes and a nice stream of water comes down through the join of the front panels. Drive by the dealer on the way to work and they say i have to wait for there weather proofing guy next week to look at it. I assume like others i will need new seals. Not impressed with the service lady i dealt with either. Looks like a wet weekend ahead so towel will be going in the jeep!
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Unread 08-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #18
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Wet

Roger,
Every now and then mine will leak some water as you described. I re-seat the panels and it is fine. I have an 08 JKU.
Probably just a bad seal on yours since you've had one before and know what to look for.
I had a big leak at the back window when it was new... new seal under warranty and that has held up fine.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 07:18 AM   #19
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It really sucks to have a brand new Jeep leak. People say that Jeeps just leak..maybe old ones, but brand new ones should NOT leak. I didn't order and pay $40,000+ for my Jeep to leak. I had my Jeep to the dealership to fix the leak in the Freedom top. They said these leaking tops were going to be the death of them because they had a large number on the lot to be fixed. Anyway, The dealership took it in one of their bays and ran water over it for about 20 minutes, but couldn't get it to leak. I told them when driving down the road or in a car wash my Jeep would not leak. It only leaked AFTER it sat in my driveway which was on an incline. They sent me on my way and said to bring it back if it leaked again. I was not happy. I was back the next week. I told them they need to duplicate my case...have Jeep on incline, run water on it, then back down the incline to turn around and go down the incline and then drive on level ground. They have a place behind their dealership where they could duplicate my issue so then they went out back and duplicated the issue, the Jeep leaked. They found the factory had twisted the seal which is why my Jeep was leaking. They replaced the seal. It has been a little over two months since they replaced the seal and it hasn't leaked and we have had lots of rain. I wouldn't tolerate the rude service lady either. I am not sure what she is talking about "weather proofing" person. i didn't have any weather proofing person look at my Jeep. Go above her or even give her a bad write up if Jeep contacts you about your new Jeep. Keep after them...I know it is inconvenient, but you have too. Good Luck.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #20
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i notice every now and then if we get a very heavy rain that I will have one or two drips of water fall from right above the rearview mirror.. never amounts to anything so I haven't bothered getting it looked at.


I do understand the frusteration though, as You wouldn't expect something brand new to leak! If it gets worse i'll probably take it back and have it looked at if reseating the panels doesnt fix it.
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Unread 08-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #21
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I find it unacceptable for a new Jeep to leak.
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The whole "its a jeep they leak" arguement is bs if you ask me. I dont care what the vehicle is, no one pays $30k + to drive something that water leaks into period.
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For a person to say it is a Jeep so expect it to leak is BS. Anyone who pays $30K+ and has the new Jeep leak needs to be hounding the dealership to get it fixed.
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I haven't been to the dealership since I've owned the Jeep simply because I don't have time, but I find a leaky roof on a +30K vehicle unacceptable. "It's a Jeep" is not an excuse!

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Unread 10-12-2014, 02:45 PM   #22
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I just purchased a 2015 Rubicon and noticed the roof was leaking during the first rain 3 days after buying it. When you pay that much for a vehicle I don't expect stupid problems like a leak. I took it back to the dealer and they replaced the roof seals. Still seeing water on the Nav, dash, and shifters. I have gotten stupid comments from the dealer asking if I'm parking on an incline or under a roof. Really!! Shouldn't matter if I park under a waterfall. It should not be leaking! I did not buy a new vehicle to buy into problems. So far I have put more mileage on the vehicle driving it too and from the dealer's. Going back to the dealer tomorrow so we'll see what happens. So far I'm not impressed!
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Unread 10-12-2014, 06:47 PM   #23
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I will bet most of you will not own a Jeep long. No offense, just a hunch. I love the design of the freedom 3 part tops. But face it, there is a reason NO one does the "T" or panel top anymore, they leak, in the end no matter. To many parts with seals. In the end will leak. K.I.S.S. theory.

Why I like the idea of the front panels. They make the best Bikini top I have ever had. Since that is all I run, no hard doors, no hard top. Some soft 2 part doors as needed and a rear soft window as needed. Soft doors leak always have, since 1941. Jeeps never came with carpet. I removed those when it was new.

I have a few trash bags. one for the steering wheel and a few for the seats if it gets real bad. Ever get caught in a thunder storm topless .
I'm with Doc,with jeeps being the MUST HAVE vehicle right now,I bet most wont own them long.Just means more used one's for us true jeepers to choose from when the next must have craze starts.
As far as I payed 30+ thousand and it leaks,I feel for ya.But the MUST HAVE craze is why we are paying more to begin with.
For the true DIEHARD jeepers out there sorry for the rant!!
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Unread 10-19-2014, 03:32 AM   #24
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I have the same problem, only different location. Mine is leaking at the screw bolt on the drivers side, and at both driver and passenger side doors, I have taken my Jeep into the dealership 5 times and everytime they replace the seals with no luck. I have been fighting with Chrysler Care to get a resolution. there is nothing to do except keep adding foam to fill the gaps and cross your fingers to hope it gets fixed.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 01:00 PM   #25
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I ditched the hardtop all together; but, I never had any leaks on the hardtop. Once a year I would clean the rubber seals & coat them with silicone.

I now use a BestTop Black Twill Supertop NX. New & improved water drip channels. No leaks. And, it only cost $350 (after selling my hard top on CL for $1,100.
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Unread 10-20-2014, 07:36 PM   #26
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My Jeep roof did not leak for one year after dealer replaced the top seals. Now the roof is leaking again in the same place and is running into the tray on the dash and on the radio and navigation system. I have never opened or removed the top since I purchased it about 16 months ago. Today I dropped it at the Jeep dealership to have it fixed AGAIN. Seems to me, by reading chats and posts ,that Jeep would be or should be concerned about the numerous leak complaints and come up with a resolution. Does anyone know if the radio and navigation will get ruined if it gets wet? I don't know anything about it.
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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:17 PM   #27
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My Jeep roof did not leak for one year after dealer replaced the top seals. Now the roof is leaking again in the same place and is running into the tray on the dash and on the radio and navigation system. I have never opened or removed the top since I purchased it about 16 months ago. Today I dropped it at the Jeep dealership to have it fixed AGAIN. Seems to me, by reading chats and posts ,that Jeep would be or should be concerned about the numerous leak complaints and come up with a resolution. Does anyone know if the radio and navigation will get ruined if it gets wet? I don't know anything about it.
I have the same top and it has never leaked. I would take a video of it and send it to their corporate office. Dealers never want to fix these problems. The radio and Nav may get damaged if its turned on while wet. So dry it as much as possible before turning it on.
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Unread 10-21-2014, 11:59 PM   #28
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I forgot I commented on this thread almost 2 years ago. I didn't recognize my own comment until half way through it.

Update- My top still leaks. It only happens after parking on my steep driveway and a hard rain. The cold waterfall it get on my shoulder at the first stop sign really sucks though. I opened the thread today hoping for a solution after this happened last week at 7am on my way to work in a suit. Still doesn't bother me enough to take it to the dealer though. I'd still rather have the Freedom panels than not have them.

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Unread 10-23-2014, 10:55 AM   #29
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I have great respect for Chrysler. They manufacture cars like the Government operates: "Yes, we build substandard cars; yes, we have built substandard cars for a long time; we fully intend to continue to build substandard cars; and **** you!" You gotta love'em! It may rain more on me in my Jeep than on my Harley, but I live in Washington so I'm always wet anyway.
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Unread 10-26-2014, 09:00 AM   #30
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There is a little tap on either side of the top. If it's tucked in you're going to get wet.
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