1996 Ford Bronco XLT 5.8 Windsor V8 from North America
Over a quarter million miles and still goin' strong
Wheel bearings at 257k miles (original 1996 bearings).
Steering input gear seal at 255k miles.
Front coils were broke when purchased, replaced with lift springs.
Rust... Rust everywhere...
Passenger's lockout hub (destroyed when wheel bearing went).
Vehicle speed sensor.
PSOM poops out every once in a while. Hit select and it jumps back to life.
Driver's seat was broke (back hit the back seat) when purchased.
Power steering lines, brake lines.
Driver's rotor exploded at 256k miles.
Radius arm bushings.
Ball joints at 257k miles.
Broke the passenger's mirror off out in the woods.
Although it seems like there's been a lot wrong with this truck, I actually don't mind wrenchin' on it. I bought it for $900 off an old teacher of mine and drove it home. The 351 is a pretty snotty little motor, and I'm 100% impressed by it. I love the truck! I beat the ever loving crap out of it, and it just keeps goin' like nothing happened! I raced a few Chevies with 350's and 5.3's in em and they can't keep up!
Most of the stuff that's gone wrong was just general maintenance stuff that was expected to go. It's a beast and it's never left me stranded, even though I haven't driven it much. It's got almost all the available options that year, except limited slip, and it needs limited slip in the worst way... I've been stuck a couple times where it could've really come in handy.
All in all, it's a bomb, but it's my bomb and I wouldn't trade it for anything else because it's just way too much fun... until it gets thirsty again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st January, 2013