How I Got My Bronco
MAY
02

In November of 2011, I decided that it was time for me to stop depending on my moms 2008 Ford Escape and get my own vehicle, so i cashed some savings bonds, and went to a used car lot dealer. Immediately i noticed a used Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, and tried talking with the dealer about it. They rejected me because my down payment of $500 wasn’t enough on a $4000 car. With $500 cash burning a hole in my pocket, I decided to look on craigslist for used cop cars, older crown vics, some older ford trucks, and came across a listing for a 87 Bronco for $900 the listing said it was in running condition, but needed a battery and gas. I called the guy and got him to go down to my price so we agreed on a date to meet up and trade. When i got there the truck started almost immediately, we looked around, I knew it was going to need work but i didn’t know how much. I went around the block to fill up the tank. At the gas station, after i filled up the tank, it refused to start, so i took a walk around to try and see what was wrong, little did i know that it had been sitting for more than 2 years and i got old gas into my engine and my tank had an small rust hole so the new gas i put in was leaking out, so i pushed it away from the pump into a parking spot directly in front of me. I called my dad he got AAA to tow it, but we needed to call the fire department to clear the truck for towing. in the end i needed a new tank, lines, all 5 tires, passenger window, front drive shaft, power steering pump, water pump, a few radiator lines, ect valve, new paint. But it was all worth it. I love my Ford Bronco, I’ve been saving up since then, and i’m planning to get the new 2013 Ford Fusion when i can afford the down payment.

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john m keep the bronco, it's already a classic. and cheaper than buying new. i believe in fixing them and restoring them. at today's prices it's cheaper to keep the old one's going.
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This story about the Ford Bronco was great
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Jarold S Enjoy the Bronco. I have an 86 Bronco and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Excellent trucks. Good find.
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First of all, I have been "Ford" since I was a little kid -- decided at age 11 that I was moving to Dearborn to work for Ford as soon as I could, and I did in '66; retired in '96.    I've had 3 Mustangs, 2 Broncos, 2 Escorts, and then bought a 1986 Ranger.  I am on my 10th Ranger now -- a 2011 4x4 Supercab like the first 9.  I did not know you were discontinuing them, so waited too long to order one to my specs.   My dealer had to find me an '11, but could only find an automatic; I hate automatics.   But more than that, I hate that Ford discontinued the Rangers and also that they have discontinued offering manual transmissions in everything but a few small cars. I loved all my 4x4 Rangers; they always got me through deep snow out here in Colorado.   I camp in my Ranger under a camper shell.   My two shelties ride in the  back behind my front seats, but they could use more room.   I want Ford to make the larger 4-door Ranger available in the United States.   I am strongly thinking about going to a Tacoma if Ford doesn't announce the Ranger is coming back (my Ford dealer also sells Toyotas, but  I hope I do not have to go that route, as I am against Americans buying imports, but I will to get what I need).   I do not want a larger truck, and I want a 5-speed manual (you don't offer stick shifts in F-Series trucks anymore).   I was on-track to buy a 2013 Escape until you stopped putting 5-speed manuals in them.   Even so, I need a truck with a bed, not a mini-van or similar with too many seats (I only need one seat -- for myself).    I am not the only distraught Ranger owner who is now without a new vehicle to buy.    I like to get a new truck every couple years, so I'm overdue to trade right now, but for what?   A crossover or car would do me no good whatsoever -- except for transportation.   My Rangers, outfitted in the bed for camping, have been my mini-RV's -- I do not need a "suburban" mini van or car.   Please bring the Ranger back.  For the first time in my life, Ford makes no new vehicles that suit me, and I'm not alone.   Ranger owners everywhere mourn that you killed the Ranger here in the States.    How can you make a truck available overseas that we want and not offer it here!?    Well, this is my idea, but it's more than an idea - it's a plea to bring back the only vehicle I can be happy with in the  Ford line.    
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