After going through a Bronco forum that covered certain hardtop issues that Bronco owners face, we realized that there are quite a lot on the list. If you are about to purchase a Ford Bronco or you are already an existing user, you should be aware of some of these issues in case a time comes when you ever have to face them.
So, keep reading this article for more information on the different Ford Bronco hardtop issues that most Bronco owners face.
Ford Bronco Hardtop Issues According to the Forum Thread
According to the Ford Bronco forum thread, there were different complaints of Bronco owners having to deal with MIC hardtop cracks. After a couple of complaints, Ford stated that the hardtop cracks are considered normal and a poll was taken on the Bronco forum.
The poll question stated that people think cracks in a $60k truck should be considered normal and 1.5 percent of people voted yes while the remaining 98.5 percent voted no. A Bronco owner, he claimed that he bought a Bronco in November 2022 and it was the worst one in terms of build quality (he had four other Fords before the Bronco).
According to him, the Bronco he purchased came from the factory with many paint defects on the lower part of the body alongside cracks in the MIC hardtop. He came across two cracks around the window on both sides of the truck and with the fact that the truck only had 4k miles at the time the complaint was written, he wondered what the truck would look like in the next five years.
He requested to open a warranty claim in November 2022 and it was approved in February 2023. The truck was repainted, which took about a month, and the Bronco owner also complained about the cracks in the MIC hardtop to the dealership in case there was something they could do about it. The response he received stated that Ford considered the cracks in the MIC hardtop as normal and all he could do was monitor it in case it worsens.
Another Bronco owner on the forum stated that Ford denied covering the cracking on his vehicle on two tries. After reading the Bronco forum where some people stated that Ford was covering the cracks on their Bronco, he tried submitting a complaint for the first time and his dealership denied it because Ford had sent back every hardtop complaint they had submitted.
Other Bronco Hardtop Issues
As of August 2022, Bronco buyers were extremely disappointed with the state in which their hardtops came in – both the two and four-door. Due to the fact that Ford got all of its hardtops from Webasto, every model was affected and almost every Bronco owner had to deal with one problem or the other.
Some Bronco drivers complained about how they could see and had to deal with fiberglass strands on the hardtop which was probably a result of a poor or faulty lamination process. The lamination process did not seal the fiberglass strands properly and fully inside the roof body and most drivers considered this a problem.
Another issue that was complained about is the poor overall finish of the Bronco hardtops that drivers had to deal with. Some Bronco hardtops were defective in the sense that they changed appearance when exposed to extreme humidity and water (high humidity and heavy rains) instead of having a uniformly smooth surface, the plastic hardtops got a discolored surface – they became a honeycomb pattern – which was quite undesirable.
Another problem that Bronco drivers noticed was that it was not up to a month after purchases that the headliners started to separate from the roof of their Bronco. And it becomes extremely difficult and frustrating for these hard-top owners to replace their roofs.
As of February 2023, the owner of a 2022 Bronco complained of a very severe crack he had to deal with due to the extreme temperatures in New England. Many Bronco drivers have had to deal with hardtop cracks, but this one was overboard. The truck was parked outdoors, and the cold caused a huge crack to form on the back side of the hard plastic roof.
There is no information on whether other Bronco drivers have suffered this degree of cracking of their hardtop due to the extreme temperatures. The temperature, where the Bronco driver in question lives, was only -9 degrees Fahrenheit and rose to 50 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. A complaint about the cracked hardtop was sent to Ford, and a representative responded that they tested to -40 degrees and had never seen such an incident before.
Their solution to the problem was for the Bronco driver in question to take his Bronco to his dealership so he could order a new replacement top free of charge. Ford also reached out to him, saying that they would get directly involved if his dealership did not want to approve the warranty claim.
Written above are some of the hardtop issues and problems most Bronco owners have faced after purchasing their vehicle. After reading through about two Bronco forums, we could see that most Bronco owners could relate to some common complaints like the hardtop scratches which is a common issue. We hope this article has been able to answer your question about the different Ford Bronco hardtop issues.