1983 Ford Bronco Reviews

1983 Ford Bronco XL 5.0 V8 Carb. from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Carb. Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.3 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

I don't recommend for winter driving

Faults:

It was the most cold-blooded truck I've ever seen. I hated sitting in it every winter morning for 10 minutes with my foot on the gas for it to warm up. And it would STILL die out at stop signs. This was after being tuned up with a new module and everything. The carburetor was rebuilt before I bought it and still wasn't worth anything. It had an extremely rough ride and a lot of play in the wheel. The gas mileage EVEN WITH THE 302 was only 12-14 in 2wd and 8-11 in 4wd. Loud whining noise during acceleration. No weight in the back so very bad handling in 2wd, but with some added sandbags it's OK.

General Comments:

Regretted wasting money on it. It would be 10 times better if it was fuel injected, like my old '86 F150. I have to give it the compliment of ALWAYS starting even if I had to hold the gas for it to run. Gas mileage is ridiculous even for a 4X4 truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2008

1983 Ford Bronco 300 Ci (4.9L) from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 300 Ci (4.9L) Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles

Summary:

It's a great toy

Faults:

Repaired Tailgate Motor.

Replaced AC Compressor.

A little blow by, but what do you expect with 210,000 miles.

General Comments:

This truck has tremendous torque.

This truck cannot compete in any 0 to 60 trials, but it will pull.

Can't wait to rebuild the motor. Expect to get close to 300hp.

I bought the truck off the original owner. He set the truck up very nice.

300ci

4spd overdrive

3.55 gears.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th October, 2007

1983 Ford Bronco XLT 302 V8 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 302 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Blazer

Summary:

Toughest truck around

Faults:

Seats wore out.

Engine blew (my fault)

Tailgate rust.

General Comments:

This truck is the best ever it'll go through anything anywhere.

Even before the 6" suspension and 3" body lift it went everywhere now with 9" more of clearance and 39" super swampers, can't stop it.

The best part is the removable top (till a mid summer day storm)

It is more reliable then anything else I've driven and the 302 motor in it is unbreakable.

I had a 87 k-5 and the bronco out performs out looks and outgoes it in every way possible the only thing they have in common is poor gas mileage and a removable top.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2005

1983 Ford Bronco XLT 351 W from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 351 W Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

A great off road truck, and a great on the road truck. Good all around.

Faults:

Interior cracking badly.

Seats are worn out.

Carburetor caught fire once.

Left leaf spring broke and pinched the gas line. Had to replace both.

Rear Window doesn't always role up, because it is not in line with the door.

Rear window rattles sometimes.

Hub didn't lock onetime and I had to replace the four wheel drive chain.

Small amounts of rust on the bottom of the tailgate and the back fenders.

Sinks easily in mud.

General Comments:

Overall, the Ford Bronco has been a good truck and I plan to get anther one soon.

Its 4x4 capabilities are great, but it is still good on the roads.

OK gas mileage, with a Tornado system on the carburetor.

Always been a good truck on and off the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2004

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews