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Old 05-10-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Wrangler vs Bronco

Looking at getting a Wrangler for some light offroading (trails and such) and as a run around town vehicle. Certainly mid 90s or newer. Then its hits me how much the Wranglers really have held their resale value over the mid 90s for Bronco.
See my requirements for the Wrangler are:
6 cyl;
Hard Top;
and AC would be nice.
Something like that if I am lucky ends up at $5500 or more.
Then look at a mid 90s Bronco.
8 cyl 302 or 351 usually - (more HP and at least as good MPG as the Jeep 4.0);
Hard Top;
Most have AC if not all.
Price on that is $3000-$3500 if you really want to spend some cash.

So, I know this is a biased crowd of course, but on paper the Bronco is a great buy! Sure its larger than the Wrangler, but for trail running and a run around town vehicle, it seems to make more sense, mainly because they are nearly half the cost.

(Of course the first Gen of Bronco are more comparable to the Wrangler is size; but they are out of my price range.)

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Old 05-11-2012, 01:21 PM   #2
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They're just completely different vehicles. I could dig having an Eddie Bauer edition from the last couple of years of production with all the improvements, but it certainly wouldn't replace my Wrangler.

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Old 05-11-2012, 01:24 PM   #3
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Had a friend that had a built Bronco, it was very capable on the trails... V8, stronger diff's...
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Old 05-11-2012, 01:53 PM   #4
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I love the old bobtail Broncos, and IH Scouts. I'd love to have one of each parked next to my CJ!
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:38 PM   #5
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I used to have an 85 Bronco before having kids. 351 Windsor and I put so much work into her. I loved that bronco. It had a tight flywheel and ate like five starters in the two years I drove it. I could do the work on that Bronco myself just like the Jeep. That was my first offroad experience driving too. Takes me back

But I love my Jeep more
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:47 PM   #6

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Broncos are cool and nice. I like the wrangler suspension and build better and they are stock a smaller and more agile machine. I have always loved bronco's though.
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:56 AM   #7
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If a full size Bronco meets your needs & budget then go for it. I have always liked them, I owned one for a few years when I was younger, a '79 I think. One thing that really bugged me was that when I removed the top, I was still basically inside the cab area & whoever was in the back seat was in a topless vehicle.
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:27 AM   #8
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i had a 91 f150 with 6 inch lift and35 it had a fuel injected 300 straight 6 and loved that motor, i cld do more things than some of the other trucks couldnt do but the one thing about the ford was the dana 44 front twin i beam axle....stamped housing and always bent them...

You'll have that on the big jobs
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