4th Generation (1987—1991) Bronco Problems

This generations ranks 30th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (33%), electrical (22%), and the brakes (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Ignition Module Malfunctions 1 complaints at an average of 105,000 miles in the 1989 Ford Bronco.
  2. Transmission Toasted 1 complaints at an average of 101,000 miles in the 1991 Ford Bronco.
  3. A/C Stopped Working 1 complaints at an average of 110,000 miles in the 1991 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 1991 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1991 7 2 48 2.99
1990 7 1 43 0.45
1989 1 2 31 1.73
1988 3 1 21 0.34
1987 0 1 18 0.0

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