Re: Want to get a bronco
Cons? Terrible gas mileage (11-17mpg), abysmal interior acoustics (can be improved with sound matting), loud, poor ergonomics, rust-prone, and all other problems typically associated with Ford quality. Trailering capability is decent at around 5k lbs., except when you are comparing it to full-length pickup performance. Any original parts in rubber or soft vinyl are probably in need of replacement, especially window and door gaskets, some interior trim parts, etc. Not a great primary car for higher mileage drivers.
Pros? Great design, roomy, versatile, easily customized, easy to repair and find parts for, removable top. Change oil without lifting the vehicle. Large backseat area and decent storage area. Several engine and transmission options are available for true tailoring to your needs. Wonderful vehicle for kids, dogs, and weekends.
I have owned four Broncos and currently have a 1994 XLT with 5.8 and 4 X 4 and 200k+ miles. It cost around 4 grand and about 3 more grand to get it back into decent shape. Be careful when purchasing any vehicle with over 12-15k miles per year as you can quickly get into engine ($3k) or transmission ($2k) replacement issues. The most common safety mistake people make is not realizing that really fat, wide tires are terrible for snow, and that original equipment is usually thinner tires for good reason; they are the best for snow and ice. Think of the best winter tire as an ice skate; a sharp, thin carver, never fails to cut and track. The bigger, fatter, wider tires are okay for the rest of the year.
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