Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I'm looking to buy a 1986 Ford Bronco II for $500. The transmission's shot, is it worth it?

asked by on

I'm looking at a 1986 Ford Bronco II listed for $500. I don't know if buying it and then replacing the transmission would be worth the money, given I can find a Bronco II in similar condition for roughly $3000. Is it worth getting the $500 Bronco and replacing or repairing its transmission? The post says the "Transmission is shot".

My car has 171000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Before I would make the purchase of the vehicle I would recommend first locating a replacement transmission for the vehicle. Then you will know how much the part will cost and then just need to get pricing on replacement clutch assembly and the labor to do all the work. You may find it very hard to locate a replacement manual transmission and even harder to find repair parts for the insides of the transmission. You are talking about a vehicle that is 30 years old.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  • Home
  • Questions
  • I'm looking to buy a 1986 Ford Bronco II for $500. The transmission's shot, is it worth it?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: What is the cause of 1st gear engaging problem (noise)? 1999 toyota Land Cruiser

Hello - there are several possible problem that could cause the transmission noises and occasional lack of motion created by engaging 1st gear. The clutch may have failed, both creating problems engaging 1st gear, or failing to lock up when...

Q: Abs brake sensor goes on and off.Pulled over in taffic & told me all of my brake lights are not working. Bulbs are new& has fluid?

Odds are, the brake light switch is faulty. In modern vehicles, it serves more functions than just turning the brake lights on when you apply the brake pedal. The brake light switch is typically the first thing to tell the...

Q: Car in limp mode, check engine light on

In this case you should have an experienced technician look at the vehicle. Limp mode is usually a term used for a vehicle with an automatic transmission which stays in second gear when certain faults arises. A certified technician, like...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...