1985 Ford Bronco XLT from North America - Comments

24th Aug 2003, 19:41

The 85 broncos have weak rear ends!!!1.

28th Sep 2003, 19:25

I have a 1985 full size bronco for sale. I bought it a year and a half ago. it was kept in a garage and never taken off road. It is a cherry. I have bought a suburban for the growing family and this makes 4 cars and only 2 drivers. If not for the gas mileage (About 9 or 10 mpg) I would keep it. I like the Bronco better than any car I have ever owned. I will miss her.

25th Jul 2004, 14:11

I have an '85 Bronco, and while it might not beat a V-8 Mustang, it does "Get-Up-And-Go". Of course I can watch the fuel guage drop when I get on the gas, but the power is there when I need it and it has never left me stranded on the sometimes soft-sanded beach I like to fish on. Low-end pulling power and high-performance quickness on the highway... My '85 Bronco XLT is the best vehicle I have ever owned (At least it's the funnest!). That's my 2 cents!

15th Nov 2004, 07:56

I have a 1985 bronco and I have had it for almost 20years and I just put in a new engine and it still runs great. I take it out in the mud and snow and hurricanes. whatever the world can throw at that bronco it takes it and throws it back ten times harder.

20th Oct 2008, 08:21

My friend had just recently bought an '85 Bronco. He bought for $500, the thing is at least 90% rust because we live in CT. I am helping to restore it, but we've only managed to replace one fender, both bumpers, the tailgate, and the 2 front seats. The engine is a 302, with the FI from an '87 Bronco... I gotta say, with 260,000 + miles, this thing still runs like a bull!!!

28th Jan 2009, 09:43

I had an 85 XLT about 12 years ago, I loved the thing. Currently own a 94 Eddie B. (that has the same mileage the 85 had then)

Both have 5.8L (351W). I don't think my 85 would out-perform my 94, if anything the 94 is a little smoother & more responsive due to the fuel injection.

But, it was 12 years ago... It's not like I drove one right after another.

21st Jul 2009, 12:35

I have an 1985 full size XLT Bronco that I got for graduation, and it's the best thing since Novocaine LOL. The only problem I've had with it is the GAS LOL. It's bad, but it has a built 302 in it with headers with true dual 1 chamberflow masters and 33-12.50 tires, and it has taken me everywhere I needed to go including swamps, through the Chattahoochee river, mud holes and big mud holes, but the only down part to them is that the tranny doesn't have overdrive.

30th Aug 2010, 21:52

I have a 1985 Eddie Bauer edition XLT Bronco. I just bought it in February 2010. It's my first car.

It's been one heck of a vehicle. The only bad part is it came from Virginia, so the frame and fender wells are covered in rust.

It has 33x12.50.r15s on it and it'll go anywhere. I've had to replace numerous parts on it because the people before me didn't take care of it.

It gets roughly 8-9 MPG. It has the 5.8L H.O. 4V motor with a new Edelbrock 600 CFM carb, flowmaster cat-back system. I couldn't imagine driving anything else.

I can honestly say that it is the most fun vehicle in the world to own and drive.

22nd Feb 2011, 20:02

I just purchased a 1985 XLT. It is in awesome condition with only 78000 original miles.

For its age, everything still works. It has power everything with a 3 in lift and 33 in tires. The bigger tires works the OD too hard so I drive it in D only.

I love to drive this thing and plan to keep it forever. It does have the start of typical fender and tail gate rust but the inside is perfect.

You can't go wrong with a 351 Windsor with after market fuel injection. I love my new Bronco and happy this is my daily driver and a new addition to our family. I hope gas stays below 3.50 a gallon.

12th Jun 2011, 21:07

You sure it is not 178000 or even 278000 mile? I have a 86 250 that says 14000 mile but I know for a fact it has 214000.

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