3rd Generation (1983—1986) Bronco Problems

This generations ranks 20th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (42%), electrical (28%), and the drivetrain (14%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Front Axel Broke 1 complaints at an average of 4,000 miles in the 1984 Ford Bronco.
  2. Stalls 1 complaints at an average of 23,500 miles in the 1986 Ford Bronco.
  3. Smoke Coming Out of Exhaust 1 complaints at an average of 40,000 miles in the 1984 Ford Bronco.

What Bronco Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1984 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1986 2 1 18 0.91
1985 1 1 17 0.21
1984 3 4 10 1.55
1983 1 2 7 0.14

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