1988 Ford Bronco II Reviews

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

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance217500 miles

Summary:

A great vehicle

Faults:

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

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.9L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired167000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles
Previous carChevrolet C10

Summary:

Worth fixing and loving it

Faults:

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

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.9L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carFord Granada

Summary:

Super truck with too many problems

Faults:

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

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.9L Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Scirocco

Summary:

Great little 4x4!

Faults:

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

1988 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer 2.9L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.9L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired225000 kilometres
Most recent distance289000 kilometres

Summary:

One of the best vehicles I ever owned... without a doubt

Faults:

I had the front rotors turned and new tires on this truck in the time that we owned it. I also had to change one of the automatic hubs.

General Comments:

This truck was one of the best vehicles I ever owned. We bought it 2nd hand with 225,000km on it. We brought our first daughter home from the hospital in it.

I was a bit hesitant at first, due to the high km's, but the price was good and the previous owners had obviously taken care of it. I looked underneath and didn't see any oil leaks or stains. My first thought was, "they just had it detailed." But none the less, there was very little rust and the interior was MINT. So we bought it. As it turned out, the truck really didn't have any leaks.

One of the first things I noticed was the fuel economy. It was great. 32MPG on the highway and 22MPG in town.

The only drawback to this truck came when our second daughter was born. On the passenger side, the seat folded all the way to the dash and made it really easy to get the car seat in the holder (which stayed in the vehicle). But on the drivers side, the seat only went forward a little bit making it very hard to manoeuver a car seat into the back. Not bad for me, but hard for my wife. Good for 1 child, but not 2.

So we sold it. I actually know the guy I sold it to and talked to him in October '06. He said he's had no problems with it and it now has 362,000KM!!! But I see it every now and again and it has a fair amount of rust around the front and rear fenders.

Looking back now, that truck was a great vehicle. Reliable, comfortable, go anywhere (it was a push button 4X4). One of my best vehicles. EVER.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2007

11th Apr 2014, 22:40

Not once has a Bronco 2 ever gotten 32 MPG, sorry.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 50 reviews