1989 Ford Bronco II Reviews - Page 5 of 9

1989 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired300 miles
Most recent distance259400 miles
Previous carChevrolet C10

Faults:

I have had this car for over 13 years so most of the routine minor stuff has been changed out, including the engine and the transmission; however, the body and the interior remain in great condition. I had over 240,000 miles on the original engine and over 230,000 on the transmission before I changed those items out.

General Comments:

This is not a perfect vehicle, but it is a great vehicle.

I couldn't stand to part with it when I wore out the original engine after over 240,000 miles, so I decided it was worth the investment to replace the engine to keep this fine vehicle on the road.

It is extremely agile, easy to park and quite comfortable.

I consider it a safe vehicle, the window design, that wraps around the vehicle with little obstruction on the sides, helps to ensure safe driving.

The seats, what can I say, they are so comfortable, like my favorite recliner.

I have a couple late model vehicles, but they just don't seem to provide the level of comfort that the old Bronco II provides.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2003

13th Jul 2003, 09:51

Oh no, go ahead and work on it! I mentioned it might be time to trade my '89 Bronc when the engine started knocking (243,000 miles), but my mechanic told me to just drop another one in it and it would probably go for another five or six years at least! I love my truck and plan to do just that.

25th Jun 2004, 01:05

What's up!! I just purchased a 2WD 89 Bronco 2 XLT for 650 dollars. Turned out the engine was a gonner. Borrowed 3000 dollars from my boss for all parts and labor. This baby has nice paint, no rust, not one dent, nice rims, new tires. But I was a little worried that I should have got a newer car. But after hearing all these good reviews, I'm feeling a bit better. Thanks dudes!!! Ride on Bronco, ride on!!!

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

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9L V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance167000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Coolest truck ever!

Faults:

In thirteen years, remarkably few things have gone wrong.

Only one real breakdown when the oil pressure gage sending unit blew out at about 80,000 miles(costs only a few dollars).

Original Firestone tires kept getting leaks from small nail punctures, so switched to Good Year with no problems since.

Replaced the battery a few times.

Replaced the starter and clutch once.

Replaced the alternator twice.

Replaced the valve cover gaskets once.

General Comments:

My all-time favorite vehicle.

It's still a great-looking truck and incredibly fun to drive.

I love the 5-speed manual transmission. Very smooth. It's the original and I've had no problems with it.

Seats are still comfortable. I like them better than the huge motorized seats Explorers come with these days.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th March, 2003

1989 Ford Bronco II XLT 2x4 2.9 LTR from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.9 LTR Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance143000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Faults:

No failures of any kind.

Thermal fan clutch had to be replaced at 142900 miles and that's all.

Performed regular oil changes at 3 -4 thousand each. (Castrol 10W30)

This vehicle is driven hard and uses low octane fuel. (Phillips 66)

Average mileage per day - 50 miles.

Average mileage - 20 miles / Gallon.

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

Review Date: 17th February, 2003

1989 Ford Bronco II XLT 2.9 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.9 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired98000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Mighty Max

Summary:

The best vehicle ever produced

Faults:

The clutch went out, I had it repaired by the dealer at cost.

The C-V drive-shaft has broken twice, once due to dealer incompetence when repairing the clutch.

The alternator failed, resulting in a "Found on round dead" situation.

Wind shield leak due to stereo system modifications.

Minor brake failures, non-dangerous.

It was stolen, but that was my fault for leaving the keys in it. I'd like to thank the Myrtle Beach P.D. for returning it more or less unharmed.

General Comments:

The Ford Bronco II XLT Model is a marvel of engineering. With the 2.9 liter fuel injected engine, acceleration remains quick while fuel economy is maintained. With proper aftermarket tires, wheels and shocks installed, the Twin I-beam front suspension allows for tight cornering at mid-range speeds with manageable control. The experienced driver can definitely have a home inside the spacious four passenger cabin.

Steering wheel tilt, intermediate wiper settings, electric door locks and windows, air conditioning, hydraulic clutch, rear anti-lock brakes and other such high tech features make the XLT a luxurious, affordable, and powerful passenger vehicle.

Four the other part of the population, the tight ratio warn transfer case powered four-wheel drive system teamed up with the Ford signature suspension system make for a very unique vehicle. Safer, softer, and more versatile than Jeeps, the Bronco II was definitely a breed of its own.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2002

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