1988 Ford Bronco II Reviews - Page 14 of 14

1988 Ford Bronco II XL 2.9 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired161000 miles
Most recent distance181000 miles
Previous carNissan Truck

Summary:

Tough, fun, reliable SUV

Faults:

I have only done what comes natural for a 12 year old vehicle. Replaced the clutch, shocks, brakes etc. I can't complain at all on this tough little SUV.

General Comments:

I have had great luck with this Bronco. I found out it has a remanufactured engine in it with only 50,000 miles. This is a great on/off road vehicle. I only wish Ford still made this sort of breed of vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2000

1988 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer 2.9L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
Engine and transmission 2.9L V6
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10

Faults:

In the past 6 months: new shift rod, new dipstick holder (rusted off), new thermostat.

General Comments:

MPG = 14 (on 89 octane)

Good looking car, I love the way it handles (great for a truck). Incredible off-road capabilities (this was when they actually built trucks to go off-road, instead of toting around the kids and the family dog).

Service (Scarsdale Ford Service) is very bad. Nothing like Honda dealer service, where they are friendly, accomodating, and they do the job fast, well, efficiently, and with great value.

Don't buy a one of these used unless you want to put about 500-1000 dollars in it a year to keep it running (assuming you take care of the body & engine) and that's only on repairs.

Otherwise, it's the perfect car for me and the interior is comfortable and spacious for a small, light truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd September, 1999

11th Oct 2001, 22:49

$1000? What are you doing, Gold plating it?

19th Sep 2003, 12:15

Hey, if you're still taking it to a Ford Dealership for service, plan to get abused.

If you live in NY, that $1000 is small compared to the insurance for a new car, not to mention the lost interest/gains on the money you could have had put in investments, but instead bought a new car.

Let's face it, it's an '88 you're driving. Cars wear out and things break. Bought my pop a 2002 Escape and spent over $1200 the first year - I won't even get into the lost days of work or the cost of my time.

Ride a bike - take the bus or train - it's much cheaper.

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