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Ford Aerostar, Van
#1 of 527 Nobody talks about Aerostars anymore
Jan 19, 1998 (7:34 am)
I used to own a '91 Ford Aerostar, extended
length. Unfortunately, we bought it only three
years ago, and shortly afterwards all the magazines
mentioned that 1991 was a lemon model year. Was
it ever! We also got rooked by a dealer that has a
reputation in Westchester. What did we know? We
were just a couple of cynical city-slickers,
waiting to be hosed. The truck was sold to us with
a bad battery, balding tires and a leaky power
steering hose. I blew the power steering motor
driving it back to the dealer. Try driving THAT
for a while! During the next year and a half we
had the transmission done twice, the AC done twice
(that blew on our way down to Florida), the exhaust
system replaced, the brake shoes, cylander, and
some other stuff I can't remember. For some stupid
reason, I just loved the van. It had so much
room! I could put a double stroller and two
bicycles in the back with no problem. All I wanted
was a new or used Aerostar. Once it was
discontinued, my husband refused to allow me to buy
one. We now have a '98 Grand Cravan SE, and all
I can do is think of the Aerostar. Somebody
please tell me how your van is doing!!! I'm just
sick with reading (just now, mind you) about the
reliability problems with the Grand Caravan
#2 of 527 suzyq
Jan 19, 1998 (8:28 pm)
We also used to have an '89 Aerostar (Eddie Baur) and loved it. It wasn't an extended version, but that but have been even better. We bought it used and had it for four years. We also had alot of a/c problems along with various electrical problems. We never had transmission problems and after reading some of the information in these conferences I think it was because we had the towing package on it.
We, regretfully, gave it up almost two years ago, because the electrical problems really started to worry us about how much longer the van had. Now we want to get another mini-van, but are very discouraged with the reliability of them. I don't know what we will end up with, but we are really considering a full size van at this point.
Our kids (we have 3) still pine for our Aerostar. They really loved the way the two bench seats would lay flat. I miss it too, but not the trouble we had with it. I have been praying we will end up with the right van or mini-van.
#3 of 527 jboater
Jan 20, 1998 (9:45 pm)
If a full size van is a consideration, please read my post in topic #26. My '97 Ford/Coachmen now has 1100 miles on it and my opinion remains unchanged.
#4 of 527 geh--1992 aerostar
Feb 12, 1998 (7:15 pm)
I am looking at a '92 Aerostar Eddie Bauer extended van. It has 154,000 miles. owner says
never any major problems. He has changed the refridgerant over to new type. It has lots of room, with the two captain chairs in rear and bench seat way back. Also has LED dashboard.
I have been seeing on TSB a/c, tran, brake promlems. Are these isolated cases?
Anybody have any advice for this peticular year.
He is asking $5500.00
Thanks for your help..
#5 of 527 goon
Feb 13, 1998 (7:34 am)
I bought a 91 Aerostar awd. The van has been quite reliable. It now has 90000 miles on it and still looks brand new. I have replaced the water pump 2 times in a year. It has the towing package and 4.0 liter motor. I have worried about the tranny eventually going, but I understand that with awd they are a little more reliable.
After being in an Astro I would take the aerostar any day.
It has a nice ride and feel and isn't so tinny.
Anybody have any insight as to what repairs (major) I can anticipate with this vehicle in the near future?
#6 of 527 eel
Mar 05, 1998 (4:03 pm)
I have a 96 windstar. I am thinking of trading it for a new 97 aerostar,regular length with sport pkg. I want the rear wheel drive in order to tow a small rv. Is this a good van?
#7 of 527 raddad
May 14, 1998 (4:26 am)
we really like the roomy aerostar, with electronic 4wd, but upon looking for one, used, the dealers say the 4wd isn't reliable and gets costly to repair. Am looking for any yr, xlt 4wd. can anyone tell us if they've experienced any trouble.
May 30, 1998 (1:05 am)
I just purchased a used 90 Aerostar with 102K, Eddie Bauer 4wd, ext length. A lot of normal stuff needed to be replaced mostly front end stuff. I found out it had trasmission worked on but I dont know to what extent. Not sure what other major promlems it has had..I like it so far. The kids like it too. How many people out there that has excessive miles on the clock? And what eles can I expect to go wrong with this van.
#9 of 527 isotope
May 30, 1998 (1:48 am)
My 1989 Aerostar has 136,000 miles on it. I bought it used four years ago and have put over $3500 in repairs. If these haven't been worked on you can expect them to fail?
Repairs in past 12 months:
Air conditioning: Major Expensive Repair
Brakes: Entire system, including rotors,
calipers and master cylinder ($1000).
Fuel Pump: Expensive repair.
Universal Joints: Inexpensive repair (Under $150)
Power Windows: not yet repaired
Fuel Gauge: not yet repaired
The van seems to run just fine. I bought it at 65,000 miles, and have always changed the oil and filter every 3000 miles.
I have a question for anyone else out there. How many miles can I expect to get on the 3.0 engine?
May 30, 1998 (1:55 am)
Oh, I forgot:
About 18 months ago I had to replace the power steering. That was expensive too.
But I agree with what others have said. I really like my Aerostar and all the room it has. I can fit two full-size bikes upright in the back of my extended van. You can't do that with any other van. I wish they still made it.
good luck with your van. Just set aside about $100/month for repairs and you'll do fine.