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1984-1990 Ford Bronco II is a complement, not a replacement

Based on the smaller Ranger pickup, the Bronco II offered rugged SUV stuff in a more compact package.

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The Bronco II was never meant to be a replacement for its bigger sibling.

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Derived directly from the smaller Ranger pickup and packing dimensions closer to the first-generation Bronco, the Bronco II was meant to compete with a new class of utility vehicles.

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Four-wheel drive was again standard, although rear-wheel drive was made available in 1986.

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In addition to borrowing looks and body parts from the Ranger, the Bronco II also yoinked its powertrain.

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Early Bronco II models rocked a 2.8-liter V6 with 115 hp, growing to 2.9 liters and 140 hp in the 1986 model year.

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A turbodiesel was at one point available, but it wasn't that good and most people simply skipped over it.

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The Bronco II died to make room for the Ford Explorer, but before that happened it was dogged with safety-related controversies.

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Specifically, the vehicle was believed to be prone to rollovers, so lawsuits followed Ford well into the 1990s.

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Ford doesn't have the cleanest history when it comes to cars (or executives) with II in the name.

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