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.
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.
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.