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[Solved][VIDEO] Bronco with 9k Miles Completely Died in the Middle of the Road. Inspection showed it was 100% OK a month ago

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Just this week I made a post about about how the 4x4 system died while I was off-roading on an easy trail. Unfortunately things just got worse with this vehicle.

I have a used Bronco Wildtrak I bought 3 months ago with 8K miles which now has 9K miles and it died in the middle of the road. I left home to go get tacos 2 miles from home, there were no error alerts and a full tank of gas. On my way back I got a message about a front camera error, then the big center screen turned off and all the buttons below it were not functioning and the only thing that was lit was the speedometer screen behind the steering wheel. When I got to a red light the car shutdown and turned into a brick! Like a REAL BRICK, it won't start, the external lights went off I hopped out and couldn't open the doors again because of no power. The emergency lights didn't blink when I pressed the remote. I was able to get back in using the physical key. However I couldn't open the trunk to get my tools since it won't open and I never saw a key hole to use the physical key. I was stuck and frustrated with cars hunking behind me and all this was at night.

I popped the hood to check the battery terminals to see if they were lose but as far as I could tell with my hands they were tight. I couldn't take them off and put on again to try to reset the car because as earlier stated my tools were in the locked trunk and the vehicle was now a brick with no electronics working. In my frustration I slammed the hood and the car restarted. I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP. SLAMMING THE HOOD IS WHAT GOT IT WORKING AGAIN. Here's a video of the brick on the road after things looked safe for me to film.

May be someone hacked this car and was messing with me or may be this Bronco is the WORST AND MOST EXPENSIVE car I have ever bought. A month ago I had taken this Bronco to the dealership because of a faulty O2 sensor which was replaced and afterwards they inspected the car and everything was OK including the battery.

UPDATE:

Thanks for all the help, finally found the issue was the positive terminal and had it replaced.

The Bronco died again but this time it was infront of my house so I was more patient with it. Instead of slamiing the hood, which "fixed" it last time, I opened it and began randomly tapping various spots untill I hit the positive terminal and it started again. The bolts on it were as tight as they could be but when I pulled it it came right off the battery. Took it to the dealership and they noticed the issue with the positive terminal was that the ring was larger than expected so even when the bolt was its tightest it was still loose. The swapped it out and its been more than a month now without it dying or any other weird errors.
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'tis the season!
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PS: Really sorry to hear about this! I hope you can figure out a solution quickly. 🙏
 
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Ford Bronco [Solved][VIDEO] Bronco with 9k Miles Completely Died in the Middle of the Road. Inspection showed it was 100% OK a month ago 1701062345287


PS: Really sorry to hear about this! I hope you can figure out a solution quickly. 🙏
Thanks, I needed the laugh. I for sure have a solution. I'm trading it. This is my first Ford and so far its been hell. Someone said in my previous thread that people like me should stick to Hondas and Subarus. They were trolling but I'll take their advice.
 

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Just this week I made a post about about how the 4x4 system died while I was off-roading on an easy trail. Unfortunately things just got worse with this vehicle.

I have a used Bronco Wildtrak I bought 3 months ago with 8K miles which now has 9K miles and it died in the middle of the road. I left home to go get tacos 2 miles from home, there were no error alerts and a full tank of gas. On my way back I got a message about a front camera error, then the big center screen turned off and all the buttons below it were not functioning and the only thing that was lit was the speedometer screen behind the steering wheel. When I got to a red light the car shutdown and turned into a brick! Like a REAL BRICK, it won't start, the external lights went off I hopped out and couldn't open the doors again because of no power. The emergency lights didn't blink when I pressed the remote. I was able to get back in using the physical key. However I couldn't open the trunk to get my tools since it won't open and I never saw a key hole to use the physical key. I was stuck and frustrated with cars hunking behind me and all this was at night.

I popped the hood to check the battery terminals to see if they were lose but as far as I could tell with my hands they were tight. I couldn't take them off and put on again to try to reset the car because as earlier stated my tools were in the locked trunk and the vehicle was now a brick with no electronics working. In my frustration I slammed the hood and the car restarted. I'M NOT MAKING THIS UP. SLAMMING THE HOOD IS WHAT GOT IT WORKING AGAIN. Here's a video of the brick on the road after things looked safe for me to film.

May be someone hacked this car and was messing with me or may be this Bronco is the WORST AND MOST EXPENSIVE car I have ever bought. A month ago I had taken this Bronco to the dealership because of a faulty O2 sensor which was replaced and afterwards they inspected the car and everything was OK including the battery.
Check those three screws inside the under-hood fuse box because they can apparently cause all sorts of intermittent issues like this when they're loose.
 

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time to start looking for a third party black box installed by the original dealer for immobilizing the vehicle for the repo guy!
 

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Thanks, I needed the laugh. I for sure have a solution. I'm trading it. This is my first Ford and so far its been hell. Someone said in my previous thread that people like me should stick to Hondas and Subarus. They were trolling but I'll take their advice.
In that case, I'd highly recommend checking out the new Tacomas or Land Cruisers instead of Subaru and Honda. Toyota dependability is real.

If my Bronco ever goes tits-up like yours, that's the direction I would go (back to) without hesitation. Good luck, man! 🍻
 
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Yep, I'm going to lean in the direction of @VoltageDrop post, the loose fuse box. It has been the culprit behind many gremlins that spawned many threads here.

Man, sorry that this is happening to you. I hope this shit gets straightened out very easily for ya, there are really great trucks.

Otherwise, yep, 4Runner it is!!!
 
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In that case, I'd highly recommend checking out the new Tacomas or Land Rovers instead of Subaru and Honda. Toyota dependability is real.

If my Bronco ever goes tits-up like yours, that's the direction I would go (back to) without hesitation. Good luck, man! 🍻
Land Cruiser!
 

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Otherwise, yep, 4Runner it is!!!
Was also stranded in the desert due to a fuel pump and it about died on a left turn...4Runner it is.

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Sucks ass to lose the power, 4.70, 35's, Front locker, and convertable; but also lost the anxiety of an untrustworthy vehicle.
 

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It is a FORD, found on road dead... lol Yeah, sounds like an electrical issue. When you hit the hood, it seems to have made the bad spot connect again. English cars used to be notoriously bad at this kind of thing. Maybe they still are? 🤷‍♂️

If you really want to get rid of your Bronco, look at the Suburus with the extra ground clearance. You could do a whole lot with those, and they are pretty good cars. The Rivian trucks also seem to do well off road, too.
 

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And if you want to treat yourself consider the new 2024 Lexus GX once they are available in a few months. I hear the waitlists at dealerships are already ridiculous.
The new Lexus GX is really nice, and apparently very capable, but it falls into the category of "don't want to get this thing dirty" IMO. I just swapped a truck in that category for my Bronco -- a GMC Sierra AT4 -- so there's no chance I'd personally go back to something I want to keep clean all the time.

The new Land Cruiser, on the other hand... definitely badass.

That said, I'm in love with my Bronco right now - fingers crossed that it stays healthy.
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