1986 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9 V6 from North America
I will own a Bronco II till I die
Drive shaft broke from over sized tires and too much throttle; cheaper style CV drive shaft replaced with much tougher joint style from a junk yard for about $20.
Clutch went out 3 times, again from way too much throttle. Pretty easy fixes for a do it your-self-er.
Front window leaked during heavy rains, just poured silicone in it and sealed it up.
A/C had a hole in one of the lines before I got it, so I ripped it out to help with the engine temperature. Bronco IIs are known for over heating.
Had some rust in the firewall.
At 350,000 miles I had a spark plug fall apart and blow a hole in one of the pistons, and scraped up the cylinder wall.
I love this truck, handled great on the road and off. Cheap to fix and easy to work on.
Tons of modifications to make it even better. Bigger and better parts can be installed with ease, such as a 4.0L engine's clutch and flywheel; bolts right up and offers a lot more gripping power, bigger axles swap in.
This truck was an awesome all around small SUV. I will own one till I can't drive it any more.
The Bronco IIs don't go without their own faults, but I feel that with the ease of working on them, the availability and cheapness of parts, both stock and more off-road specific, they make an excellent choice for a smaller SUV that is rugged enough for mud/sand/snow/rocks/etc... but still comfortable enough to travel long distances.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th May, 2009
13th Mar 2010, 21:58
Just wondering what Ford vehicle would have the mentioned 4.0 liter engine to acquire the beefier clutch and flywheel. I have a 86 Bronco II with 2.9 4 speed. Thanks.
22nd Mar 2010, 12:39
The first generation Explorer 4.0 OHV engine will fit right into a BII or Ranger. I have upgraded my 86 BII with an Explorer 5spd transmission that is stronger and bolts right in.