really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 10
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,138 miles

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problem #12

May 302012


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Bronco. While parked, the contact noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The contact attempted to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher but was unable to control the fire. The fire department reported to the scene and a report was filed. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 05V388000 (vehicle speed control) but was advised by the manufacturer that the VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure was 180,000.

- Fallon, NV, USA

problem #11

Mar 262010


  • 209,650 miles
1996 Ford Bronco caught fire over weekend while my family and I were driving home. Monday Ford had it towed into the local dealership to repair and now, three days later they are telling me that they will not repair it since I knew about the problem. I argued that I had no idea and they say that they mailed me a card at the end of 2007. The vehicle is at the dealership and they want me to come pay cash for the reapairs. Please help.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #10

Jul 192008


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Bronco. While the vehicle was parked in a lot, it suddenly caught fire. Flames and smoke appeared from the hood of the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire and a report was filed. The vehicle has not yet been repaired. Through numerous research, the contact discovered NHTSA campaign id number 05V388000 (vehicle speed control). He called the manufacturer and they acknowledged the defect and stated that they would investigate to determine if the fire was linked to the recall. The contact believes that he should have received a recall notice. The current and failure mileages were 136,000.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Nov 152008


  • miles
My vehicle was parked in the yard for several hours, and I was working in my shop about 30 feet away. I started smelling burning plastic, and I thought that the neighbors were burning trash. When the odor became stronger, I looked out the door of my shop. There was smoke pouring out from under the hood, and from the front of the grille. I ran and got the garden house, and stuck it in the wheelwell, in a hole that had burned through the inner fender. Once the fire seemed nearly out, I opened the hood to finish quenching the flames.

- Defuniak Springs, FL, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Jun 202008


  • 160,000 miles
I was driving, came home at 11pm, at 11:30pm the horn was blowing on my 1996 Ford Bronco, went outside to find it had completely burned in a fire - sitting in my driveway, not running, keys out of the vehicle. Had to call fire company to extinguish, police were here also - did some internet searching to find this is a major issue, was recommended to report to you.

- East Berlin, PA, USA

problem #5

Oct 262007

Bronco 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Bronco. The vehicle caught fire after being parked for 20 minutes. The vehicle had previously been driven for 30 minutes and the cruise control was not activated. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The fire department stated that the cause of the fire was electrical. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 07V336000 (vehicle speed control). The current and failure mileages were 120,000. Updated 11/26/07

- Wheat Ridge , CO, USA

problem #4

Jun 152005

Bronco 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 210,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Bronco. On June 15, 2005, the vehicle began to smoke and then caught fire while parked. The contact extinguished the fire. The manufacturer confirmed that safety recall # 05V388000 (vehicle speed control). The majority of the engine compartment suffered fire damage (master cylinder, engine wiring harnesses, plastic fender, and the chrome plating on the grill peeled). The engine size was unknown. The current mileage is 225,000 and failure mileage was 210,000.

- Suffolk, VA, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Oct 152000

Bronco 4WD

  • miles
Throttle got stuck, and vehicle kept accelerating. Brakes failed to slow vehicle down.

- Granada Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 071998

Bronco 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer started vehicle, put gear into drive and vehicle suddenly accelerated, consumer stepped on brakes harder, breaking the brake line. Driver unable to control vehicle, resulted in crash.

- Confluence, PA, USA