1985 Ford Bronco Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1985 Ford Bronco XLT 5.8 4V H.O. from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.8 4V H.O. Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired101000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

It's a beast!

Faults:

It's currently leaking oil severely.

The fuel guage doesn't work.

The rear end is rusting away.

General Comments:

I love this truck and I will never get rid of it. It has never left me stranded anywhere. It has a lot of power and is very quick for it's size. You can't find something these days built as solid as this with as much room in it. My biggest complaint is the gas mileage. I get roughly 10 miles to the gallon. Yea!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2004

1985 Ford Bronco 300 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 300 6 cylinder Automatic
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance160000 miles

Summary:

It serves it's purpose

Faults:

This vehicle has been pretty dependable.

I've had to replace a brake caliper.

I've replaced the hubs because the 4wheel drive stopped working.

The paint is chipping up in the driver's side front.

I have some front end trouble.

The driver's seat is very worn.

It's fairly good on gas considering the size of the vehicle.

The air conditioning does not work. The compressor has been out in it since

I bought it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th July, 2002

4th Nov 2002, 18:18

It sounds like you are stereotyping all '85 Broncos because of your experience. From where I'm sitting, you a mistake and bought something that had been thrashed around. If you would have looked it over and thought about it, you could have predicted every single problem you've had with it.

1985 Ford Bronco XLT 5.8 Liter 351 HO from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 5.8 Liter 351 HO Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance550000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

An extremely reliable, extremely powerful vehicle

Faults:

This will be the third tailgate installed because they rust out at a rather fast rate.

Ammeter doesn't work.

Fuel gauge is halfway off accuracy.

Air conditioner evaporator went south back in 92.

Rear axle making loud vibrations.

Heat riser on exhaust system replaced numerous times before finally bypassing it with a straight pipe.

The original water pump is starting to malfunction.

The brake proportioning valve needs replacement.

Paint has not held up well.

General Comments:

The truck has had only one owner...me!

This proves one thing... if you don't beat on the truck, it gives decades of reliable service.

Each statement is the truth, and nothing falls short of the truth.

The original radial air condition compressor still works great!

All pollution control equipment has been taken off the vehicle. (All that back pressure is no good for the engine)

Runs like a bear and the original C6 transmission was never taken apart. It shifts with no hesitation after 550,000+ miles.

New carburetor helped fuel economy and mixture.

Transfer case was never taken apart. Only major work done to 4 wheel drive was installing new Warn locking hubs.

Compound low gear pulls through everything.

Power everything! (windows, locks, etc.)

Original radio is still in place.

Upholstery is in mint condition because it was always covered with sheepskin on the seats and good mats on the floor.

Spare tire is mounted inside the truck, not on the tailgate, which makes for an ugly appearance.

On a quarter mile, it beat a newer Bronco and a whole lot of 302 mustangs!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2002

2nd Aug 2002, 06:54

I also own a 1985 Bronco, and like you said, be nice to her and she will be great forever. My Family drove it off the showroom floor, and even through a couple hurricanes, numerous snow-storms and almost 18 years of salty roads, the paint is not too bad. Of course the tailgate and the fenders are now bondo instead of metal. All items listed on yours sound exactly the same as ours, and it is very true about beating up on the newer Broncos!

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 9 reviews