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I bet you that currently you could put 5 of any of the members of this forum... in a group at a met an greet with 95 jeep owners and I could pick them out with no problem. Once these nice shinny new Broncos come out we will be in for it. At least when someone buys a 20+ year old vehicle they probably understand some of the basics. I'm afraid we are going to get a ton of folks who couldn't find the oil dipstick on a FSB... let alone actually change their own oil. I know it is great for the Brand.. and I do love my Bronco.... but the first time I pass a new Bronco painted pink or purple with a " silly boy Broncos are for girls" bumper sticker I'm going to hurl.
 

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Not even close. This is as close of a rendering as you're gonna get.

 

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People who have more money than sense like soccer moms and owners of corporations. The initial order rush will drive the price up beyond sticker then when they get bored they will become trade ins. Same for the Gladiator, insane first production prices for the yuppie crowd that just have to have one. Who will be driving the new Bronco, people you never see as they do not blend well with commoners.
 

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same thing happened back in 02 when the new mini cooper came out
all the yuppies who knew nothing about the original 59-2000 mini scooped them up because they were "trendy"
the local bmw mini dealer was surprized when a few of us showed up at the dealership and with our classic minis to check out the new overgrown overpriced not so mini as
the sales man didn't even know there was a classic mini

im guessing a good percentage of the new think called bronco will be the same way ,just buying it because it is trendy or looks kinda cool and have to be the first to have one to make up for a small :chili:
 

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Same thing that happened when the 2002 Thunderbird appeared on the market. You could not touch one for anything close to the sticker price.
 

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I have been struggling with the decision to get a new one. I daily drive the 1996 and I absolutely love it everyday. Ice cold air, shifting gears, running 80 miles per hour down the interstate. I'm not a big new car guy. I enjoy squeezing every bit I can out of what I drive......I could really care less what others think of my ride. Whenever i look at them parked beside each other there is this little craving to see a brand new black 2020 Bronco parked right in line with them.





 

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1st gen owners said the same thing when the fullsize appeared, 2nd gen owners said the same thing when the TTB appeared. Some need to realize, its not being produced for us. Its being made to compete with Jeep....in whatever capacity buyers deem fit. Whether that be its "trendy-ness", its offroad capability, its old school heritage, etc. And to complain about its price point (which we dont even know yet, but its a good guess at a baseline of mid-30's) is being a little near-sighted IMO. The last Eddie Bauer sold was pretty much $30k. That will have been 25 years ago when the new Bronco is available for purchase. Its a pretty safe assumption that you can expect a $10k price increase in a vehicle with twice the engineering, twice the safety features, twice the technology, twice the creature comforts, twice the power, and likely.....twice the capability (on & offroad, *fingers crossed solid axle*). Furthermore, 25 years of inflation.

Will it replace any other Bronco produced? Nope. But damn if I don't applaud Ford for trying. Ford has been pretty stagnant with innovation comparatively speaking, in my eyes at least. I'm not a Chrysler fan but they seem to be brain storming all sorts of new segments, in several of their brands independently and doing pretty well. This is a big swing for Ford. So, I do hope plenty of "yuppies" buy them. And what is a "yuppie" BTW? Is it a person who buys a new car that's different than your reason for buying a car??? I pose this question...what would you rather have, a "yuppie" buying a foreign made luxury car or an American made 4x4? I mean, I dont understand the problem here...WHO CARES why they buy it? So long as they do, Ford will continue to invest into further production and better engineering. Maybe we'll see a Raptor version or some other cool extreme off road version if it does well. But for that type of innovation to happen, the market has to be more than just us old Bronco purists. More importantly, if and when those "yuppies" and/or soccer moms get tired of them, that just means more in the used market for us. This will hopefully bring new buyers to the market which increases the value of ours. Thats a good thing. Nay, thats a GREAT thing. I've been screaming this for what feels like years. Falls on deaf ears sometimes.

Jeep is so popular because so many DIFFERENT people drive them for DIFFERENT reasons. Much like Harley Davidson now-a-days. Your dentist or local attorney can now be caught carving mountains on the weekend with other like minded enthusiasts. There is no connotation or stigma attached to it. The love of riding is simply understood among all walks of life. I personally see the same dynamic with Jeep owners on the trails/streets/shows. I often find myself envious of that camaraderie because that isn't always there for Bronco owners. Nonetheless, the point is that type of popularity and attraction to like-minded activities (with the vehicle) breeds new friendships. New friendships result in new experiences, which can lead to new interests, new connections and other networking opportunities that has the potential to broaden our horizons. Isn't that what we all want?

There will always be a "cool factor" that can never be recreated when it comes to an original. We'll still be a niche group of Bronco owners, that wont change. There will just be new blood. You can bet there will certainly be coupe/sedan enthusiasts whom may have never owned a 4x4 vehicle before. They're going to be exposed to a whole new world of adventuring, exploring, offroading, etc. They may have not even realized the recent popularity of the original Broncos were the catalyst for the new one. They will be able to see us FSB'ers still out here thriving and growing. Wont it be awesome to be able to share knowledge, stories, and good times with a fellow Bronco owner? Whether it be a first-time 6th gen Bronco owner or an original 1st gen owner!?!? If you can't tell yet, I think so...:shrug

Put me down for 1 Ford. :ford I personally haven't found a Bronco I wouldn't own. And yes, even that one random one with candy paint on 28's that every state seems to have. :thumbup
 

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My concern is I really like the stigma of Bronco's being that Big, Tough, Workhorse. I was in the military working on the Humvees before they were offered to the public. They were one badass ride. We beat the crap out of these things and they took everything we dished out and more. I thought they would carry over the attitude into the private market. I think they totally got it wrong and sissified the brand. I no longer think of the Hummer of this badass capable rig that would totally run your ass over. I think of a shinny chromed out H2 running 24" rims......Kind of the same thing as a Escalade.

Jeep does a good job walking the line between tough and pretty. I guess that is why they are successful in the market.
 

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Jeep does a good job walking the line between tough and pretty. I guess that is why they are successful in the market.
Yep. All the gals at the Post Office my lil' lady works at, love theirs. :goodfinge
 

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I still have the first issue I bought of Bronco Driver back in 2005. They had a cool write up for a 1996 Bronco.... and that is how I found this site.
 

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Engineering wise I bet it’s full independent suspension like a late model Explorer, guess what no lifts for those over 2”. This will not be a SD platform so expect a watered down drivetrain and suspension, might look cool but more than likely strut and coil with links.
 
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