Until the mid '90s, the Ford Bronco was famous for being a rough-and-tumble off-road vehicle that had been tackling trails and fording streams since the 1960s. It was also one of the first sport-utility vehicles: a versatile truck then described by Ford as being able to "serve as a family sedan, sports roadster, snowplow or farm and civil defense vehicle." Made from 1966-'77, the original Ford Bronco was essentially a compact two-door SUV best suited for off-roading duties like a Jeep CJ, but not towing. By the time the 1970s rolled around, however, it became greatly outclassed by the full-size Chevy Blazer, which prompted Ford to switch the Bronco to a larger body style as well. Nevertheless, the original compact Bronco remains a favorite among off-road enthusiasts. For 1978, the Bronco grew up, adopting the "indestructible" F-Series platform to bump it into full-size territory. But this Bronco is rare, for it was redesigned once again for 1980 along with the F-Series. Although changes were made over the years to the powertrain, body styling and interior, this third-generation Bronco essentially lasted until it was put out to pasture in 1996.
My vehicle is awesome! It handles like a tank, and drives over all types of terrain like one. It sounds like a beast, and nobody parks next to me in the parking lot. It has a lot of space for my cargo, and for passengers. It preforms very well! I have the 351 Windsor V8 engine and that truck can really take off!! For a big Bronco anyway.
Pasadena Hills, Florida
While owning a 1988 Ford Bronco I found it was a fantastic vehicle for my style. I loved the ability to customize it. I installed a 6 inch suspension lift and size 35 Super Swamper Boggers for tires. With this the truck could literally go anywhere. The rear seat was removable which made the space in the back immense. The gas mileage was fair for the size and weight of the vehicle. With a 302 v6 engine I got roughly about 22mpg. I don't have issues with the truck often but when I do it can be quite pricey to repair. I've found the biggest issues are with the fuel pumps. The Bronco typically have two pumps. One on the inside of the tank and one on the frame of the vehicle. I've replaced both. Great vehicle over all.
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