1988 Ford Bronco II Reviews - Page 10 of 14

1988 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Summary:

A great vehicle which I hope to have for many years to come.

Faults:

Driver's seat has tilted to the inner side as my father, who owned the car before me, would lean back on that side when getting into the car.

Have had the battery die without warning when lights have not been left on. Had it jumped, worked fine.

Alternator needs to be replaced, is still the original item. Has worn very well and is to be expected this far into the car's life.

4WD right axle is rusted through.

Shocks are leaking, though it is not highly noticeable.

Have had to have the transmission replaced.

The bracket which hold my spare tire onto the back has started to pull away from the main body of the rear door.

General Comments:

I've loved this truck ever since I started driving it when it still belonged to my parents. Very dependable.

Even with the warning that "this vehicle may tip" the Bronco II handles very well, driving more like a car than a truck. Very nice for twisty residential streets.

Driver vision is wonderful in this vehicle. With the large side windows and built in headrests there are no major blind-spots.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd December, 2002

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired245000 miles
Most recent distance255000 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Great 4X4 for anything!

Faults:

Rebuilt engine

Rebuilt transmission

Replaced all brake parts (lines too)

Replaced fan clutch

Replaced fan pulley (broke during engine removal)

Replaced all U-joints

Replaced rear drive shaft

Replaced exhaust system

Repaired headlight wiring system

New paint job

New tires.

General Comments:

Runs like a champ!

After rebuilding almost every part (my idea BTW), this truck is unstoppable.

Although it cost a lot initially to fix and upgrade, it is well worth it and will last another 200000 I'm sure!

I still own the Crown Victoria and use both equally as daily drivers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2002

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance160200 miles

Summary:

A very reliable woods buggy or every day driver

Faults:

I had to replace my head gaskets when I first bought the vehicle. I replaced the water pump and many other parts.

General Comments:

This truck is very reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2002

1988 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired155000 miles
Most recent distance228000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Rusty, but Trusty

Faults:

Rebuilt engine at 90,000 miles.

Replaced 02 sensor at 155,000 miles.

Replaced fuel shut off switch at 215,000 miles.

Repaired gas tank holes (rust).

Replaced the drive shaft at 205,000 miles.

General Comments:

Great car for how much I paid.

Always runs when I need it too.

Never gets stuck, even in the worst of everything.

Roomy backseat ;-)

Tows like a mule.

For the $600 I've put into it, including purchase, this SUV rocks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2002

30th Oct 2004, 11:01

Hi Steve, I have an `88 bronco 11 that I love also! But as you stated "Rusty, but Trusty". Do you know of anybody that makes tubs, or quarter panels for these? Any information on this subject will be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks! Mike, Alpena michigan, Just north of Detroits salt mines...

18th Jan 2007, 12:37

I too own an 88 Bronco II that now is perilously close to crossing 300,000 miles. I bought it new and to date I have replaced;

Approx. 4 or 5 clutches over its life.

Threw a rod at 140K, so replaced the engine. The new engine heads were cracked, but replaced under warranty, though the labor cost me as I self-installed it.

Gas tank sender broke early on, but I never ran out as a result. I always knew exactly how many miles I could go before I was on fumes. Eventually fixed it when the price came down on them.

Driver seat back broke... I see that a lot in junk yards.

Replaced the tranny finally after 260K.

The usual... mufflers, starters, water pump, brakes etc.

Still have the original fuel injectors, alternator, and 4 wheel drive. Just did the tie rods for the first time.

Over all, an excellent vehicle with a below average owner (me), but it takes all of my abuse and more. The second motor is needing to be rebuilt at 288k miles as it is leaking oil. I am still trying to decide whether to put some money into rebuilding the motor and run it for another 150k... do you think that FORD will give me a new car if I do? ;^)

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 49 reviews