By RRH on Monday, September 23, 2013
I owned and sold this car
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Reason: Tree fell on it.
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Great 4x4. Top comes off. Comfy. Lots of power!"
Cons: "Sucks down gas. Low hanging skid plates."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The Bronco is one of those SUVs that can do just about everything, and fill practically every niche that there is. It can tow things. It can haul cargo in the bed, if you take the top off. Leave the top on the haul people or valuables. You can plow snow with it. It's a great summer car with the fiberglass top off and a soft top on. It's got the luxuries that vehicles like Jeep forgo: air conditioning, plush interiors, comfortable captain's chairs. The electronically locking hubs, however, were weak, and if you tried to plow you'd almost instantly blow them out. For that reason, I installed manually locking hubs on mine. Also, in the push-buttom 4x4 models, the transfer case skid plate hangs very, very low, at least six inches lower than a manual transfer case's skid plating. Either way, though... this is the type of truck that reminds you that you're driving a TRUCK. It's big, wide and powerful, yet still manages to adhere to a smaller wheelbase. The Ford 351 V8 is pretty well indestructible, and the 302 (5.0) is almost as good. A heavy duty Dana 44 front axle and the Ford 8.8 rear end give a solid foundation and ensure that you don't bust an axle, even with 35-inch tires. BW1356 transfer case is a beast. Alas, my Bronco was killed when Hurricane Sandy dropped an oak tree on her."
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