1984 Ford Bronco II Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1984 Ford Bronco II Base 2.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 kilometres
Most recent distance179000 kilometres

Summary:

Excellent

Faults:

My Bronco II was well used when I first got it. The 2.8 V6 was previously tuned up by someone who had no idea how solid lifters work and they did not have enough valve lash. Two exhaust valves were burnt out and this required head replacement (used $150cdn).

When I replaced the heads I also put a new gasket set in, here's a tip - throw out the cheap cardboard intake gasket you get with the kit and go buy a good one. The cardboard one only lasted 1 1/2 months on mine.

Had a spun cam bearing at about 170,000km and in turn lost oil pressure to the driver's side rocker shafts.

Carburater has problem of freezing up in cold weather if you don't add methyl hydrate to your gas. Fuel economy is severely compromised when this happens.

General Comments:

Although most of these problems were a result of lack of maintenance/abuse/neglect, I believe that Ford could have put a more durable and powerful engine in these vehicles.

Since I acquired this vehicle it has been quite dependable considering the severe off-highway driving I have subjected it to.

Other than the engine and anemic on-highway performance, the rest of the vehicle is great. It has excellent ride characteristics off-road and very comfortable seats and driving position.

I only wish that it was made like the full size Bronco - with a removable top.

On-highway, power inferiority complex.

Off-highway, go anywhere superiority.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2002

1984 Ford Bronco II 2.8 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.7 / 10
Distance when acquired50755 miles
Most recent distance98800 miles

Summary:

A good little truck despite the quirks

Faults:

Power valve went out (1996).

Replaced valve covers twice (1995 and 2000).

Replaced heating core (1995).

Voluntarily had the carburetor rebuilt (1996).

Replaced ERG valve (2000).

Had tie rods replaced (1995 for one and 1997 or 98 for the other).

Had the rear portion of the drive shaft replaced (2000).

General Comments:

This truck can turn on a dime and since it is narrow and short, can fit well in tight places.

I bought this truck in 1995 and it is my first vehicle. The man who sold me the truck had a father who died and the truck had belonged to him. The truck had 50,755 miles on it, but I later concluded that they were hard miles as the truck had pulled a trailer.

The tires were dry rotted when I got it from the months that it had most likely sat after it's owners death.

The only real thing I hate about this truck is the fact that everytime it is cold and rainy, my truck stalls out and I have a hard time getting it restarted. I fight with it a long time sometimes before I get it running. This problem only happens when it is cold and rainy or damp outside. It could be warm and rainy and the truck will not give me problems.

This truck does perform well in snow and is worth its weight in gold to me during snowstorms. When other people were sliding all over the place, my little truck just plowed ahead. The only thing is, I do dread winter because of the stalling problem.

All in all, I do love my Bronco II and would buy another one. I do believe that the problems I had with the truck are not because it's a bad truck. I just bought a truck that had sat in disuse after its owner passed away and since its owner had been elderly, had probably not been driven very often or very far.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2001

27th Aug 2001, 19:22

For the stalling problem in damp weather, I found on my 84 that moisture condenses in the distributor cap. Try replacing the cap, rotor and spark plug wires.

12th Sep 2001, 18:55

I also had trouble with cold weather stalling, but I found that the accelerator pump arm had come loose. Also check the presets on the choke actuator arm and accelerator pump. If you are in real cold weather turn the choke heater assembly a little to keep the choke in longer, but not too much.

9th Dec 2005, 13:49

About your cold/damp weather stalling. In the early 80's, Ford used what they called an air cleaner motor. This is located in the air cleaner snorkel. When the carburetor needs warm air, this motor (or valve) opens, cutting off the cold outside air and letting in warm air from the exhaust manifold. If your motor is missing, broken, or no longer has the tube hooked up from the air cleaner motor to the exhaust manifold, your vehicle will stall at slow speeds or stops. The reason it won't re-start right away is the carburetor is froze up. Give it ten minutes for the heat of the engine to thaw it and it starts again. o.k.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 14 reviews