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The Six Secret Stuff You Don't Know About the Ford Bronco II

  • Goofy movie blunders are part of the Ford Bronco II's history. In the original horror classic, Saw, the character Zep is involved in a car chase. In that car chase, he drives a Ford Bronco II. When he later arrives at the warehouse in the movie, it magically becomes an F-150! Though Hollywood is known for its amusing continuity errors, this takes the cake because the two are clearly very distinct vehicles.

  • The Ford Bronco II was the compact version of the very popular Bronco, and one of the last compact SUVs made by Ford for a long time. When the Bronco II was eventually replaced with the larger Ford Explorer, Ford would stay out of the compact SUV game for a whole decade until the Ford Escape was introduced.

  • During the production of the Ford Bronco II, the National Highway Traffic Safety administration heavily investigated the compact SUV. At the time, rollovers were a very real fear in SUVs, especially the smaller one which were thought less likely to be able to handle the balance of having a high center of gravity. Turns out that the Bronco II balances out as well as a full-sized SUV does.

  • The Ford Bronco II is also a TV star! It features prominently in the spin-off series to Happy Endings: Happy Rides. It is a big, red-colored truck in the same layout and design as when it first came out in 1984. Oddly enough, it is not included in the opening montage of the cars that the characters are supposed to have owned at some point in their lives.

  • The Ford Bronco II's most famous experience that you probably missed is in the Daniel Craig hit Quantum of Solace. The SUV stolen by James Bond and, as he drove off, he contacted his handlers at MI6 in London requesting information on Dominic Green-the villain of that Bond hit.

  • It's difficult to tell the Ford Bronco II apart from its bigger brother, especially from afar or if they aren't beside one another to reference size. The clue lies in the front. In the original Bronco, the lights up front wrap around the sides of the truck slightly. In the Bronco II, the headlights are just up front, and the turning indicators are split-one below the headlights, the other to the side of the truck!

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  • Problems with the Ford Bronco II: The Top Two 17 January 2013

    The great thing about the Ford Bronco II was that it was an innovative design. In an age and era where trucks and SUVs were simply getting bigger and bigger every time, the Bronco II dared to be smaller. It was the first American compact SUV ever made. While it met with a great deal of success, it had to overcome a lot of hurdles-the least of which were public fears that it couldn't carry its own weight and might tip over! It managed to fight through those rough times with grace and ease-eventually coming out on top with so little to be criticized for. Here are the two most problems that any owner or would-be owner should be aware of.


    Fuel system failure

    In a few 1986 and 87 Ford Bronco IIs, it was found that the spring-lock fuel line coupling did not always engage properly. This opened up the system to dangerous fuel leaks that could, at best, result in a loss of precious fuel or, at worst, might be a fire hazard unto itself. For the 1986 model, the problem was traced to the nylon fuel lines that were installed on the fuel-return side of the fuel-pressure regulator-they we found to be especially prone to cracking.

    As rare as the manifestation of these problems were, affected owners were lucky enough that the solutions to them required simple fixes to the system-retainer clips and rubber hoses-that immediately nullified the problems. Still, certain dealers offered to help cover the replacements for affected customers.


    Slippery seat belts

    Another odd problem was with the seat belt system installed in the earlier 1984 Ford Bronco II-it proved to be far too fragile. Consumers reported that, in heavy braking conditions, the seat belts tended to snap off or break, negating their protective function. It completely failed to comply with the strict requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 210-which was created in a time when safety on the road was gaining a lot of traction in the American consciousness.

    The severity of the problem necessitated a recall by the NHTSA in the year following its release. Even if a purchased 1984 Bronco II still exhibits this weakness, technology today is more than sufficient to be able to reinforce them without running to the dealers.