Ford Bronco II Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.0
8 Reviews
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.3
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.5
Fuel Economy
3.5
Reliability
3.8

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1989 Ford Bronco II - Fun Vehicle.

Jac
Williamsburg, Virginia
Overall
5.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
5.0
I loved the ride height of this vehicle, it was just a ton of fun to ride around. Very cheap as well, pretty good gas mileage, about twenty miles to the gallon and had a huge gas tank of 20 gallons. Great four wheel drive as well, super fun to off road. It had a reputation for flipping over but this was incredibly unwarranted, it was not made to drive like a sports car, it was always very stable for me. I once drove up on a snow bank to park when that was the only spot left in the lot, so it was very useful in that way. Could also seat four very comfortably.
Story
Drove it up what felt like a 45 degree incline, was so fun.
Pros
Cheap to work on, you could get under the car without jacking it up to work on it. I loved the ride height, I could see everything. It was also pretty short which made it very easy to park and get around. Because the car was nice and boxy the sound was great. And it shared a lot of parts with the Ford ranger, like headlights, and the mechanical parts, which made the parts a lot cheaper
Cons
They're getting old and harder to find. Shame Ford doesn't bring them back

1990 Ford Bronco II - One problem after another

Dalton
Vancouver, Washington
Overall
2.0
Value
1.0
Performance
2.0
Style
1.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
Given that this is a 25 year old vehicle I expected to have to do a little maintenance here and there. I did not expect to be gambling on whether or not I'd need a tow truck to get home every time I started it and went somewhere. To begin with, it's ugly. But, I'm a disabled vet and very poor so looks are last on my list of importance. Soon after purchasing the alternator and battery both needed replaced. We went ahead and replaced all plugs and wires at that time. Air conditioner was disconnected. After connecting it, it started to die at random times. Sometimes while driving down the road. Once it would die it would need to sit for a couple of hours before it would start again. If just making a quick trip to the store you could not turn it off unless you were expecting to be there fo... (more)
Story
Taking my daughter and a friend up to Mt. Hood during the winter to play in the snow was very fun. Push button four wheel drive and doing cookies in the empty parking lot in the snow was a blast!!
Pros
All is not terrible though. Being a disabled vet, I've been unable to work. Which at times has left me homeless. I know from experience that sleeping in that old broken in bronco is very comfortable. Seats fold down and even with my few possessions there is room for me in there. It's 4 wheel drive so it's great in the pacific northwest during the winter. And when it's cold out, it gets me to the VA and back with no problems..... Usually.
Cons
Very unreliable in all but the shortest trips. Hot days you have to do any short trips early in the morning when its cool. One of the ugliest vehicles ever made.

1988 Ford Bronco II - Want a Jeep but don't wanna spend the money?

Adam
Hesperia, California
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
2.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
So I had a Bronco II, the limited edition one by Eddie Bauer. Granted, I didn't get it new, but I did get in in good condition. I saw no obvious issues and heard no obvious issues for the first few months. But come summer time, I realized there were issues, and come winter time, there were different issues. It was a very nice cost alternative to a Jeep, and it can do anything a normal stock Jeep will do without add ons.
Story
So, my first day of band camp, before high school started, it was 110 degrees outside. Me and my friend had spent all day outside. It was hard, scary, intimidating work. When my dad came to pick us up we made it down the road, but the first corner the power steering went out and we needed to run back to the high school and get kids to help us push the car out of the road to call AAA. From the ... (more)
Pros
This car did decent on gas mileage. It was by no means a gas guzzler, but for being a short, stocky car, I wanted it to do a little better. It sat four people comfortably inside, and the rear was comfortable to get groceries coming home. The rack on top made up for a lack of storage space inside. It sat up high and had good clearance for bad weather areas in both hot and cold climates.
Cons
The mechanics of this car were a bit of a pain. Granted the car was pushing 15 years when I got it, and I didn't know the mechanic work before purchasing. The power steering was a recurring problem I'd fix in the summer, and then need to tinker again with in the winter. Also, the hydraulics in the back lift gate would go out, and I needed vice grips to keep the tailgate in place.

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