Ford Bronco Owners Complain Of Hardtop Quality Issues

The Ford Bronco is arguably one of, if not the hottest automotive commodity right now. Unfortunately, the new off-roader just can’t catch a break it seems. Despite its overwhelmingly positive reception, the Blue Oval’s new off-roader has been down on its luck since long before the first models even rolled off the production line. Now, new owners have lodged complaints regarding the quality of the hardtops on certain Bronco models.

The Ford Bronco seems cursed

A four-door grey soft-top Ford Bronco on the production line in Michigan
Ford’s Bronco on the assembly line | Jeff Kowalsky via Getty Images

Ever since the production of the new Bronco was delayed earlier this year, the new SUV has been on the back foot. Now, there’s another issue. Forum users on the Bronco 6G forums have reported that their hardtops are already experiencing issues. Thankfully, no news is good news with the soft top. For now, those appear to be unaffected. However, time will tell, as the Ford Bronco is still so new.

Now about the hardtop. Owners on the forums have reported something called “delaminating” on panels of the hardtop. If you’ve ever seen an old car with a vinyl roof you’ll know what I’m talking about. Basically, owners are reporting that a protective coating on the exterior is beginning to wear. More concerningly, there are also owners reporting that the headliner is beginning to detach from the hardtop.

These issues dilute what is otherwise a great SUV

A four-door grey soft-top Ford Bronco on the production line in Michigan
Ford’s Bronco on the assembly line | Jeff Kowalsky via Getty Images

So, with that said, if you’ve got your sights set on a Ford Bronco, maybe wait for the issue to be fixed, or order a hardtop. However, these issues are relatively minor and are sure to be subject to warranty as soon as it reaches Ford’s ears. That’s good news, obviously, because the Ford Bronco is an astoundingly good SUV and off-roader. Reviews about the new off-roader keep rolling in and they all have good things to say.

Folks in the media have praised the SUV for its great looks and thoughtful design. The Blue Oval’s new baby excels in that last category (you can read about that below). Additionally, it has the off-road chops that owners of the new model will inevitably expect. A quick look through the rest of the forum shows that the boots on the ground are very pleased with the model, hardtop issues aside.

Ford has time to fix things up

A four-door blue hardtop Ford Bronco on the production line in Michigan
Ford’s Bronco on the assembly line | Jeff Kowalsky via Getty Images

Thankfully, Ford has time to patch things up. Frankly, issues like these are somewhat common during the first year of a vehicle’s production. New tooling at the factory has to be calibrated, etcetera. Add to that the cornucopia of misfortunes endured by the Bronco, and it’s no surprise owners have some foibles that Ford needs to address.

If you’re a new owner, don’t worry, there’s sure to be a fix on the way. For now, it’s best prospective buyers wait until demand calms down. New models are fetching an absurd premium on the used market right now, and we don’t want you caught up in all that.

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