1982 Ford Bronco 351 from Australia and New Zealand


I'm sorry I sold it really. Buyer beware due to age and cost of fuel!


New engine put in the vehicle soon after purchasing it (I knew it would need them as it was so old).

After the new engine, the transmission blew up... that cost me far too much too replace.

Put the vehicle on LPG... averaged about 10-15 mpg. Not expensive to run at the time... would be more so now of course.

They need good wet weather tires, as they can be skittish in the wet.

I query the strength of the cabin in a roll over and the potential for a roll over due to it being kind of top heavy.

Rear seats were lap seat belts only.

General Comments:

I do not believe that my family would have left our previous residence had it not been for this truck. I estimate that in moving house it did some 50 fully laden trips of various kinds.

The Bronco is, simply, a beast of burden. Expensive to run but reliable when restored properly.

My kids loved it. Great view from the back, and until recently had believed we had owned a "TONKA MONSTER TRUCK".

As a 4WD it was THE ultimate. This surprised me actually, it would go ANYWHERE. I do mean ANYWHERE.

A great vehicle if you can justify costs of running and the harm to the environment.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th September, 2008

1982 Ford Bronco Lariet inline 6 to a 351m from North America


Ford will never make another SUV as respectable as the Bronco

General Comments:

I had no true problems with my Bronco. I used and abused the in-line 6 that originally came in it. I replaced it however; I put a 351m in it from my '79 when I totaled it. It has to be the runninest vehicle I have ever owned. The other day, I raced one of my friends in his Grand-Am and we were neck and neck until I hit 3rd. I ran in second until I hit 80mph. It also handles better and turns sharper than any full-sized truck or SUV I have ever ridden in - that is, for its year.

With the exception of the oil leaks, lack of A/C, and the really bad gas mileage, it has to be the best vehicle I have owned... it and the '79 Bronco are killer off-road vehicles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd July, 2007

1982 Ford Bronco Base 300 Straight Six from North America


Nickel and dime you to death


Where should I start! Everything on this Bronco has been replaced or upgraded by me. Engine spun a bearing at 176000, seats were shredded, leaked oil from almost every gasket on the engine, springs and shocks were worn, hubs were shot, every brake component was replaced by me.

General Comments:

If you want a good mud truck or tow rig then get a Bronco. Otherwise they are pretty much worthless. Mine gets piss poor mileage for a 6 cylinder and drives like a dump truck. Engine noise is almost unbearable because of the lack of Overdrive. Driving on the freeway is taking your life into your own hands.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th March, 2006

13th Mar 2006, 14:57

Actually, I bought it because my dad's 1970 Bronco runs like a champ with well over 200,000 miles. I have spent more money keeping the Bronco in shape than I have restoring my 1973 Dodge Charger.

13th Mar 2006, 15:27

I can't believe that this guy is outraged that his 25-year-old beater spun a bearing at 176,000 miles! He should be proud that he got his use out of a cheap car. There is no such thing as being nickel and dimed to death. Maybe he would rather just write the $450 check every month for a car payment.