After always wanting a Bronco, I finally purchased one outright for $5,000. It had 140,000 miles on it. I've now owned it for one year and 3 months and the only maintenance I've done is an oil change. It is the best running vehicle I have ever owned, and I will never part with it. Gas mileage is awful, but the other benefits outweigh it tremendously. I drive down the road with my children and I feel safe. That alone is worth paying extra for gas. I love my Bronco.
With 33 inch mudders, my truck has a physical presence that turns heads everywhere. The body and design of this vehicle is downright intimidating, and I smile every time I look at it.
I would love for gas prices to decrease, but that's no fault of my truck. I do wish that I had a bit more horsepower, though. The truck feels heavy every time I hit the gas. Again, the good far outweighs the bad.