1989 Ford Bronco II Reviews - Page 2 of 9

1989 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.9L V6 Automatic
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance127000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

A Diamond in the Rough

Faults:

Things gone wrong...

First, the starter went out after about 6 months.

Second, the water pump started to leak and soon after, the leak turned into a gaping river of engine coolant. This happened a little after a year.

Third, the radiator started to crack near the upper radiator hose. As time went on, the crack started to get bigger and eventually I had to replace the radiator. Got the radiator from radiator.com for like 60 or 70 bucks! Oh and the upper radiator hose blew.

Other than the mechanical problems, the A/C doesn't work, driver's door does not open from the inside, the emergency brake doesn't work, and the springs on the back door don't hold when it's open.

General Comments:

Although the car sounds like a beater, it gets me from point A to B. I bought the car for 1500 two years ago, and it was well worth it.

This is my first truck, and I absolutely love the fact that going over curbs won't ruin the front axles. My last car was a Honda Civic, and I went over a curb at 30mph and broke the front axle.

The Bronco II has had its ups and downs, but for a 16 year old car that still runs, I would say that it's a great truck.

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

Review Date: 13th March, 2006

16th Aug 2010, 20:27

My 89 Bronco II has 330,000 miles on her. 89 and later are great rigs especially since they don't have the rust issue like the previous years.

1989 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer 4x4 2.9L 177 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.9L 177 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired116320 miles
Most recent distance165320 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Reliable Little Truck!

Faults:

A/C has leaks.

Minor seal leak.

Hood and Roof paint have peeled off.

General Comments:

I drive 50 miles R/T to work and another 20 miles R/T to school. I never expected this SUV would be this reliable. I got this from a local used car dealer and got it for only $900. According to the dealer, there was a problem in the transmission and that it makes a loud noise when the SUV was in first or second gear. I still bought the SUV because I knew it wasn't the transmission, instead it was the catalytic cover that was loose. Because it's a 17 year old SUV, all it needs is a little care and a little attention. I have replaced the belts, the lubricants, filters, etc. Shockingly, when I replaced the spark plugs, I found out that the wires were still the original 1989 Ford wires and so was the cap/rotor for the distributor. Wow! The 4x4 is still working properly and this SUV just makes me a happy Ford-man each time I see Honda, Toyota, Chevy, Nissan or even Mercedes stranded on the freeway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th February, 2006

1989 Ford Bronco II 2.9 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2.9 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance225500 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Love it and I don't want to part with it

Faults:

The only problem I have had is with the hydraulic clutch. The clutch has been replaced 3 times. Every clutch has lasted about 3 years. I have been driving a standard transmission for 35 years. My prior Bronco II traveled 198,000 miles on the original clutch.

Water pump replaced at 225,000 miles, original pump.

Fuel pump and gas tank replaced at 215,000 miles, both original.

Radiator replaced at 195,000 miles, original radiator.

Back area is now starting to rust at 225,000 miles.

General Comments:

This has got to be the greatest vehicle produced by Ford. I paid 7000 for it in 1996 and have averaged under 1000.00 per year for the last 9 years in repair costs. This includes tires, battery, oil changes and all routine maintenance.

Gas mileage still averages at 24 mpg.

Not the best ride, but has never left me stranded a remote road when looking for a hiking trail-head.

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

Review Date: 4th May, 2005

3rd Jun 2011, 08:21

I bought my 1989 Bronco II six years ago for $500. The engine had 238,000 miles on it. I had this engine overhauled and it now has 22,000 miles of new wear. The clutch assembly was also replaced as well as a few other components (brakes, tires, etc.) With 260,000 miles total on the vehicle, the transfer case finally broke at the point of connection to the rear drive shaft. In lieu of the obvious miles recorded, the Bronco II has really proven itself to me, and may be one of the best vehicles Ford ever made.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 45 reviews