Published on October 26th, 2017 | by BajaBusta0
1988 Ford Bronco XLT Test Drive
For 1988, the 5.8 liter V-8 has been converted from carburetion to fuel injection and now all engines offered in the Ford Bronco are fuel injected. The 4.9 liter V-8 remains standard with the 5 and 5.8 liter V-8s optional.
There was a new 5-speed manual for Ford trucks in `88, but initially it wasn’t offered in the big Bronco. The four wheel drive Bronco was built on a 104.7 inch wheelbase and is 180.5 inches long overall. It had the size to hold a family of 5 with room to roam for the kids. There was plenty of space to store luggage and still give the kids leg stretching room. The seats were wide, cloth covered, and comfortable. But the full size Bronco had marginal road holding manners. Added power is great if you feel you have the horses under control. The Bronco sat high and that meant a high center of gravity. You don`t want to take corners too fast or too tight because you don`t feel as if you have the lateral stability to keep the tires glued to the road.
The problems with the big Bronco are similar to those owners of big vans had to put up with—uneasy road holding ability, poor mileage, shaky handling, turning, cornering, and parking–things that sent so many people into mini vans instead.But the big Bronco wasn’t for everybody. For the adventuresome it`s fine. For construction workers it`s ideal. If you need to pull a trailer, it`s good. But if you need a vehicle for everyday commuting the questionable lateral stability and lackluster fuel economy of the machine didn’t compare with that of the smaller Bronco II.