1985 Ford Bronco II Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1985 Ford Bronco II 2.8 V-6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 V-6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carDodge Shadow

Summary:

A great, dependable vehicle that lives up to the name sports utility vehicle

Faults:

Needed a new carburetor when I bought it.

General Comments:

Converted the air conditioning to R-134 and it works well.

I don't take it off-road, even though it is a four-wheel-drive, but it is dependable during storms and I live on a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, so we get storms.

Other than the carburetor, I have had no problems, but I still need to check some of the sensors to get it to run perfectly. Right now, it only gets 14 miles per gallon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st August, 2001

1985 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired360000 kilometres
Most recent distance395000 kilometres
Previous carFord Ranger '85

Summary:

The best little truck on four wheels

Faults:

Well at the 385,000k mark the clutch started slipping and it won't pass emmisions so I put a rebuilt engine and clutch in.

The original engine lasted 385,000k and still runs, just not as nice as the rebuilt.

Did the ball joints at 380,000k.

But still no rust and looking good.

General Comments:

When I bought this truck I was surprised at just what this little thing could do.

Great truck, goes anywhere, never been stuck, pulled people out of some of the places I have been through. I pulled 2 Blazers out last month in one hole.

Tough little truck and it won't die.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2001

21st Aug 2001, 14:27

I bought my '85 B-II on Jan 2, 2001, with 108,000 miles on it for $900. I put in another $1,000, including tires, a new carburetor and some other items that had worn with the years and now I drive it everywhere. I don't like having the last carburetted V-6 engine, preferring fuel injection, but despite the quirks that come with a carb hooked up to a 16-year-old computer and sensors just as old, I love it. As a news reporter on a Florida barrier island, I have to get out when the winds and water are high and I feel much safer in this vehicle than any other I have owned, plus the air conditioner still works and I recently converted it to R-134. If I won the lotto tomorrow, she would have a few new parts (including a stereo) and that's all. I would, of course, buy my wife a new car but my Bronco II (which I nicknamed "Elway II," after the best Bronco ever) is the one I will probably own when I die of old age. No Buick for this old man.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 10 reviews