really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
98,800 miles

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problem #5

Jul 092008

Bronco 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Bronco. Sparks were dripping below the driver's side of the vehicle. The contact's neighbor attempted to extinguish the fire with the garden hose, but was unsuccessful. Eventually, several neighbors were able to extinguish the flames with garden hoses and fire extinguishers. The flames appeared from the driver's side wheel and inside the passenger compartment. The police and fire departments were called to the scene and a report was filed. The fire department continued to extinguish the fire inside the vehicle. They also disconnected the battery in fear that it may cause an electrical fire. The vehicle was deemed as destroyed by the insurance company. The cause of the failure was unknown. The current and failure mileages were less than 130,000. Updated 4/28/09 updated 04/30/09. Updated 12/08/09. Updated 12/10/09.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 102008


  • 140,000 miles
Drove 1996 Ford Bronco 3 blocks and parked it in closed up garage. Came back a few days later and found it burnt up. Fire burnt under hood and dash. It scorched the vehicle parked next to it and damaged inside of garage.

- Golden Valley, AZ, USA

problem #3

Jan 122005

Bronco 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles
1996 Ford Bronco, burned to the ground / a total loss. In the middle of the night. I was having no problems with the vehicle that I knew of. I had a fuel pump put in 4 months prior from my mechanic. The fire started up front in the engine compartment, and moved towards the rear. Everything was in some form of melted and or just ashes.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #2

Sep 082004

Bronco 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
At approximately 2am on September 8, 2004, I received a call from my neighbor informing me that my 1996 Ford Bronco was on fire. When I ran outside, there were flames "shooting" several feet into the air. The source of the fire was the front of the vehicle, in the engine compartment. The front tires had blown from the heat and the fire had melted the dash and was into the passenger compartment. The fire dept was called and were able to extinguish the blaze within a few minutes of their arrival. However, the vehicle was a total loss (I have digital pictures). The fire seems to have started on the drivers side in the engine compartment since that was the area where the fire was the hottest. (the lead wheel weights actually melted) since then I have heard quite a few stories of similar occurrences with with Ford Bronco, Explorer, and F150 pick ups of model years ranging from 1996 through 2002. One of the common elements in a significant number of these events, according to a recent article in the local newspaper, is that the cruise control on the vehicles that burnt had failed. That was true with my vehicle. The cruise control had not worked for the last 6 months or so. My vehicle had been parked for approximately 18 hours prior to this event.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 062001

Bronco 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle would not go forward. Consumer stated transmission went out. Dealer contacted. Cruise control and door locks are inoperative. Emergency brake light stays illuminated. Front end is out of alignment and pulls to the left. Head lights will not shut off. Thermostat, radiator, radiator cap, and water pump were replaced. The struts that hold the back window and door did not hold, springs for the back door are inoperative. Transmission needed adjustment, ball in transmission failed, vehicle will not shift into 4-wheel drive, and universal joint was replaced. Driver side seat belt inoperative. Electrical switch that adjusts the driver seat shorted out and caught fire in the engine compartment, ground cable on the battery broke causing computer to be inoperative, starter switch, solenoid, lock cylinder, circuit breaker, and tem sensor were replaced. Air conditioner failed and vents do not work.

- Horseshoe Bend, ID, USA