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1990 Ford Bronco Eddie Bauer 5.8L 351w from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.8L 351w Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired117000 miles
Most recent distance124000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

Built Ford Tough!

Faults:

Replaced throttle body due to blow by brought into the air-box from the ventilation hose.

Cleaned out air intake system previous to the throttle body. (oil sitting in the tube)

Relocated the ventilation hose down to the frame.

Replaced tailgate cables.

Rewired tailgate window.

Replaced idle air control valve.

Replaced 4x4 shifter bushings.

Replaced the recalled tire Firestone Radial ATX with a Wilderness.

Replaced the recalled ignition switch.

There is a very annoying squeaking chirping noise from behind the dash.

Rear fenders are rusting out.

The electrical system has something funny going on if too many electrical items are on the volts drops.

The Driver seat has started to tear and the arm rest is broken.

General Comments:

The tuck has all the power I need.

I love the suspension.

Switched from 235 75 15 to 30 9.5 15 Lamans A/T's.

Besides the drivers seat the interior is perfect.

I love my truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2003

20th Oct 2004, 16:26

I also have experienced an intermittent rattle or chirping sound from behind the dash of my 1990 Bronco. At 110,000 miles by 2004, I have had no transmission or major engine troubles. I love it's tight turning radius and superior side and rear visibility. The paint is just now beginning to wear off sharp surfaces. Only a few rust spots at bottom of the tailgate--keep those drain holes clear. I have replaced some moving parts-all window gears, wiper pump, and emission system components. My Bronco will be hard to replace.

19th May 2005, 12:37

I had a 1990 Bronco and I loved it!!! I too experienced that chirping sound. At 125,000 miles I blew the u-joint off and had to go to salvage yard to avoid high cost of replacement. The body was in near perfect condition until a little rust on the tailgate. I replaced the rear-main seal, valve seals, oil-pan seal, and the transmission seal. All after I rolled 145,000. Not bad considering I was 19 and drove that truck like, well, like a teenager with heavy foot and a need for off road. I also replaced the tires for 32 X 10.50. I miss my beast dearly...

1990 Ford Bronco Eddie Baurer 5.8 liter 351 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.8 liter 351 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carford tempo

Summary:

Better off buying something else

Faults:

I have replaced the brakes about every 4 to 5 thousand miles. ($300.00) City driving is real hard on these broncos.

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Replace starter 5 times. Needs excellent baterry with high cranking amps to start engine.

Replaced the fuel pump located in the gas tank 4 times. $ (400.00)

Brake lights work sometimes. Tail lights leak and have moss growing in them.

Replace back tailgate window. ($450.00)

Power locks have been replace. ($550.00)

Key to start car stuck in ignition twice because of faulty parts. ($490.00)

Replaced transmission. I used the bronco to tow a light boat. These broncos do not have transmission coolers on them and will overheat and break with not much usage. ($2300.00)

Had to repaint the whole truck due to fords bad paint and primer at manufacturing.

General Comments:

Nice ride when all is working. But what a waste a money.

Very under powered and won't stop well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th February, 2003

17th May 2003, 22:17

Your assessment of the 1990 Bronco is right on the money. Mine is the same model without the Eddie Bauer and has had most of the same problems. Nice truck to drive, but it's a money pit.

3rd Feb 2013, 18:44

The brakes may be due to a heavy driver's foot, so that sounds like operator error.

Much like any car, you can run into money pits. You have to choose your vehicle wisely.

The transmission is a well built one. Most should know to put a tranny cooler on one before doing any kind of serious, or even semi serious towing, as yours had high mileage.

It saddens me to hear that you would not buy another Bronco. They are great vehicles. Mine has her issues, but when you buy the replacement parts, it really helps to not go cheap. A little more money in the beginning means a lot less in the long run.

It sounds to me that you should buy yourself a Toyota with a 100,000 mile warranty, so you will not have to put a little money into something every once in a while, and if we see you on the trails, don't worry about your hate for Broncos; we will still pull you out of those ditches little buddy.

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews