1988 Ford Bronco II XLT / 4x4 2.9 V6 from North America


Comfortable and easy to drive



General Comments:

I bought this Bronco to tow behind my motorhome, because it was light weight at 3400 lbs.

I replaced all the hoses and belts, and the radiator just to be safe.

The more I drive it, the more I like it. It goes anywhere: Pismo Ca. dunes, riverbeds and mountain trails.

It has a Posi. rear so I rarely have to use 4 wheel drive, and it turns very short.

It doesn't have a lot of power, but it's enough, and I get 14 MPG around town

and about 19 on the freeway. It is all original upholstery and paint, and is in nice condition.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th June, 2015

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 4X4 2.9 V6 from North America


A great vehicle


Replaced valve cover gaskets.

Replaced heater core twice in 24 years.

Replaced rear main seal in 2014.

One small worn place on the side of the driver's seat.

Repainted in 2013 - original color, blue and silver.

General Comments:

I bought it new in 1988, a great vehicle.

It gets 20 to 23 MPG city/highway combined.

It does not use a drop of oil. I use Valvoline synthetic 10W30.

In snow & on icy roads, it goes when nothing else does.

It now qualifies as an antique.

No complaints on the service and durability of the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2014

20th Jun 2014, 16:48

I owned an original Bronco (the small Jeep-like one). It had a pick-up bed rather than the full cap. It was a very nice little vehicle; unfortunately it liked to rust out.

I always thought the Bronco II's were nice little SUVs, but I am amazed that you've kept one for 26 years. Good going!

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9L from North America


Worth fixing and loving it


The previous owner neglected it mechanically.

I had to replace the fuel pump and strainer.

Replaced the ECU.

Replaced the rear drive shaft.

Replaced the water pump, and had to do some rewiring.

Shocks are bad; have to be replaced.

Transmission is starting to make a noise I don't like.

General Comments:

Mainly the problems I have had with this car are electrical.

They are infamous for blown head gaskets, but I have had no problem at all with 171,000 miles; none rebuilt.

Compared to my previous truck, this Bronco is really light, and for a 2.9 V6, it's really good in the sand. I've gone up hills without the 4x4 on, and with it on, it kicks ass even more. I've driven it on road trips of 5 hours without any problems.

I've done a lot of mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic work on it, and I gotta say it's paid itself back.

I love this truck. I plan on keeping it, rebuilding the engine completely, putting in a new transmission, suspension etc. It's worth keeping. One day it will be my kid's truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2012

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 4X4 2.9L from North America


Super truck with too many problems


Water pump replaced X3

Engine replaced

Major transmission repair

TFI module replaced

Fuel pressure regulator replaced

E brake cable assemblies X2

ECU module X2

Ignition wiring harness

Muffler/tail pipe X2

Gas tank/low pressure fuel pump

Rotted brake line

Rear shock mount/ shocks

MAF sensor

O2 sensor

Heater core

Front U joint

A/C condenser

General Comments:

I grew very attached to this truck, it fit like a glove.

But the problems were overwhelming and many times I wanted to drive it off a cliff. I took care of it but it gave me grief, you could say it was a love/hate relationship.

I finally retired it when the second engine developed a head leak, possibly a cracked head and the heavy-duty bars leaks stopped working. If it had been more reliable I would have kept it to the grave.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd July, 2008

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9L from North America


Great little 4x4!


Battery, clutch, power steering line, fuel sensing system, heater core.

General Comments:

Owned my Bronco II for 20 years now and it has always been my old reliable horse. Wish Ford still made them so I could buy another!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2008