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I have been to Big Bend a few times (I have a place in SE New Mexico). The trip from Alpine to BB is awesome, about halfway there is the Little Burro store, Lajitas and Terlingua are great! Terlingua ghost town is home of the World Chili Cookoff. Fort Davis, Marfa, Marathon, Presidio, are all really cool places down there, like stepping back in time. Lajitas is between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, the mayor is a goat named Clay Henry that drinks beer!

My trips were made in a Ford Raptor, and an F-150 4x4. I will be revisiting the whole area with my Bronco. I ordered my Bronco from Great Lakes Ford in Muskegon, MI. I will be taking it on parts of Route 66 on my trip back down to Roswell, NM.
We definitely had a blast. I wish we had more time to explore Lajitas and Terlingua for a day, BBRSP for at least a day, etc.
that first night we camped in the upper Madeira campground past Lajitas.
driving that road out of Lajitas in pitch black night was downright scary. Several times we topped a hill and saw no road ahead of us.
Now reading your input I understand the “Mayor” and “thirsty goat” T shirts. 😂
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This is such an amazing story, driving your Bronco is the absolute best way to enjoy some of the most beautiful places in Texas. Terlingua is such a cool ghost town with an amazing bar and cemetery filled with lots of history! The views during sunrise and sunset will change your life. Enjoy your rig, and hope to see you out in the wild with my family and Bronco one day!

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Awesome to see you take the Bronco straight out from the dealer and make some memories with the family!
Love the story and love the adventures!
 

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I have this facial expression I make when peeps (like my dentist, who makes $$$ and drives a 2002 Suburban with 220k miles while his wife has a new car de jour every 2 years) ask me on their second question, (the first is usually how much?) what kind of MPG does it get??!!
WTF.
Did you not hear me say the NEW BRONCO?
That's like getting hitched to a hot smart woman and someone asks "does she eat expensive food?
Some people don't get it.
 
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I have this facial expression I make when peeps (like my dentist, who makes $$$ and drives a 2002 Suburban with 220k miles while his wife has a new car de jour every 2 years) ask me on their second question, (the first is usually how much?) what kind of MPG does it get??!!
WTF.
Did you not hear me say the NEW BRONCO?
That's like getting hitched to a hot woman and someone asks "does she eat expensive food?
Some people don't get it.
Yeah it likes it better on the 2 lanes between 35 and 60 mph zones around me. Up to 18.2 now.
I’m half wondering if the cruise didn’t make it worse, trying to maintain 80 all the time.
I knew it would get better in everyday use scenarios.
 

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Yeah it likes it better on the 2 lanes between 35 and 60 mph zones around me. Up to 18.2 now.
I’m half wondering if the cruise didn’t make it worse, trying to maintain 80 all the time.
I knew it would get better in everyday use scenarios.
I think engine break in might help a little. Getting rid of the source of these ridiculous gas prices (Lets go Brandon!) will also help. I think of MPG this way: I spent all this money and this is not a vehicle I use for making money like an 18 wheeler. 1000's of miles a week with additional 2 mpg would add up.
But at 4$ a gallon its $8 a fill up for 2 mpg less. That's about $8 a week for me. I can handle $8 a week for this truck. Pick the right gas station maybe only $7.
 

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Rented a 2020 Wrangler here in NC, drove it straight through all the way to Sewell in Odessa, TX.
Picked up our new BL Tuesday AM, headed south to Big Bend Ranch State Park, after a brief refuel in Alpine.

We camped out under the stars there in BBRSP the first night, got up, packed back up, headed out to Big Bend National Park to ride some trails.

We left the pavement and headed on our first off-road adventure down Glen Springs Rd, stopped briefly many times to switch drivers, take pics, do some light exploring on foot.

Rode it all the way to the end, checked out a few side trails at the far south end of River Rd, checked out the Village and the border crossing.

Headed back out, rode some more, checked out many more stops.
Headed back out to Terlingua, found a cool border-lands vibe bar and grille, slept like a rock.

The next day we took mainly 2 lane backroads back diagonal across TX, avoided interstates. It was really cool to watch the landscape and vegetation change as we did so.
Booked it on back to NC, logging about 2300 miles in 4 days.
Average MPG with the cruise set on 80 was about 14.4.

For about the first 30 minutes we kept it between 7-17mph. By the end I was throwing dust up behind me at over 55 on the sandy/Rocky River Rd. It handled it better, rode better, was amazing off-road at those speeds, drifting around curves, soaking up the dips and bumps. Had I aired down it would have been even smoother.

the good:
-plenty of power
-amazing ride and handling
-zone lighting comes in REALLY handy.
-no hint of mechanical or electrical issues.
-no squeaks, rattles, issues at all.

the bad:
-below 65 was better mileage but taking long trips at highway speed is going to have you stopping for gas frequently and drain that wallet.
-The prop-up rear soft top is handy, but is still a bit of a PITA to use. Quicker than a zip-out window like a Jeep. having to use both hands to open is a pain unless you open one side, easily sit it back down so it doesn’t latch, unlatch the other side.
-the passenger areas can get crampt quickly with trip stuff (blankets, pillows, drinks, snacks).
-the CarPlay was finicky at times.
-wind noise (to be expected)
-a bit more room under ANY of the seats would be super handy and nice to have to store some stuff on trips like FA kits, Recovery gear, etc.
-rear compartment plastics scuff very easily. Be prepared for this surprise.

observations:
-The soft top just kind of sits there on top of the roll cage, latched in front, you can put your whole hand up into the Bronco, allows for 98% of the wind noise vs just because it’s a soft top wind noise (I’ve owned ST Jeeps).
-The dash layout is good, got used to the gauge setup, and no, no one uses the regular speedo.
-Shifter is amazing in ergonomic design.
-Door panel tops are also at the perfect height.
-HVAC will blow you out of the seat at times. Very hot heat, very cold AC, hurricane-force power.
-auto dim lights were a cool novelty at first, quickly disabled it.
-as expected, the windshield is a bug magnet. Expect to clean it at every fill up.
-seats were nice, supportive, much better than the Jeep rental. (As was everything else).
-lots of little quirks and “figuring out” of features, like an adventure all on its own.
-at the car wash, (back to observation #1), spraying it off and even up at the seal showed no leaks.
-power seemed lacking on takeoff (I didn’t tach it up because of break in time), but rolling power is nice.
-upper dash is a great design, plenty of areas to store some items, and they don’t slide around and stay in the compartments.

recommendations:
-get the dash imprint decals from StickerFab. They really add a nice touch. Also invest in the door entry protection.
-Dual zone controls are priceless if you and your passenger have different ideas on what a comfortable traveling temp is.
-invest in some PPF (I have the armor version ordered from XPel). This is for at least the doors from the body line down.

https://www.xpel.com/ARMOR-Protection-Film

-Get out there. Get off pavement. See things you never could have/would have. Make memories. Take that trip. Pack that tent. Just do it. Your soul will thank you.


long story, but overall and abundantly happy. As many say, they are worth the wait, worth the struggle, worth the stress. You do tend to forget it all once you hit that Start button the first time.
SAS pkg handles things like a dream.
Y’all are gonna love them.
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Great great awesome great story!

I grew up in Odessa. Been four wheeling & camping in Big Bend multiple times (Tacoma, J-10 pickup) - those are the backcountry roads the Bronco was built for! You picked a good time of the year for Big Bend.
 

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Love love LOVE Big Bend / Terlingua. I've been going there for years and always rent a jeep when I go.

Can't wait to take my BadSquatch down there, air down the tires, and do Black Gap road all the way to Mariscal Mine.

If anyone's interested, I have a first time visitors / hiking guide if you're headed down. It's a 5-6 day guide with what hikes to check out, what you should bring and pack, and things to be aware of. Just DM me.
 
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I have been to Big Bend a few times (I have a place in SE New Mexico). The trip from Alpine to BB is awesome, about halfway there is the Little Burro store, Lajitas and Terlingua are great! Terlingua ghost town is home of the World Chili Cookoff. Fort Davis, Marfa, Marathon, Presidio, are all really cool places down there, like stepping back in time. Lajitas is between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park, the mayor is a goat named Clay Henry that drinks beer!

My trips were made in a Ford Raptor, and an F-150 4x4. I will be revisiting the whole area with my Bronco. I ordered my Bronco from Great Lakes Ford in Muskegon, MI. I will be taking it on parts of Route 66 on my trip back down to Roswell, NM.
I did get one of their shirts. Trying to support the locals and all…
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Love love LOVE Big Bend / Terlingua. I've been going there for years and always rent a jeep when I go.

Can't wait to take my BadSquatch down there, air down the tires, and do Black Gap road all the way to Mariscal Mine.

If anyone's interested, I have a first time visitors / hiking guide if you're headed down. It's a 5-6 day guide with what hikes to check out, what you should bring and pack, and things to be aware of. Just DM me.
Very interested. Even though it’s 23-25 hours away (depending on fuel/food/rest stops), I’m 100% ready to go back, spend a week down there exploring more.
We didn’t get to do Black Gap, Old Ore, or Old Maverick this time, even though I had planned to.
 
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A few updates since bringing her home.
just when the household thought the Bronco mania was done and they didn’t have to hear about it…
Already planning a trip to Uwharrie Saturday as well, get a little mud on the tires. Brad Paisley would be proud.
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A few updates since bringing her home.
just when the household thought the Bronco mania was done and they didn’t have to hear about it…
Already planning a trip to Uwharrie Saturday as well, get a little mud on the tires. Brad Paisley would be proud.
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Tell us about the lights and the hood decal.
 
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