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#148 of 527 Replacement for the Aerostar
Feb 28, 2001 (11:08 am)
My 1990 XLT Ext Aerostar has been virtually bullet proof. It has 179,000 miles and still going strong. Used it for towing, hauling home improvement material, hauling kids to practice and even a cross-country vacation. We bought it new in 89 and have never pampered it. Although, I did perform regular scheduled maintenance and repaired what would be considered normal wear items. But now the rust is finally taking it's toll (Northeast). We will eventually have to replace the Aerostar, but don't want a "mini van". The only other option is a GM's Astro/Safari or a full size van. Not at all excited about GM products and the full size vans would be too cumbersome for our life style. Does anyone now if Ford has plans to introduce a van to fill the niche between mini van and full size van?
#149 of 527 1993 AEROSTAR XLT EXTENDED 3.0
Mar 28, 2001 (3:22 am)
I currently own and drive this vehicle daily. It has 118,000 miles and I have owned it for about 4 years. It's had its share of problems but nothing major and it has never left me stranded.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this vehicle. If your interested in buying one, here are some things you might consider: *The 3.0 is a very durable motor but not powerful or economical. It uses oil and only God knows where it goes. *The Aerostar aint pretty to look at and most are rear wheel drive only so you should be able to get a good deal no matter what. *Avoid models earlier than 92 unless you want a leaky rust bucket. *Transmission can be a weak link so find one that was treated with care (was serviced and not used for regular heavy towing) Look for a transmission cooler mounted in front of the radiator. *Keep an eye on the motor oil pan. Mine has a tendency to bubble and rust. The best thing about the Aerostar is that it is very heavy duty (for a "minivan"). Its actually more like a truck. Whether your hauling kids or sheets of plywood, the aerostar handles both with ease. Good luck!
#150 of 527 Leaky Aerostar
Mar 31, 2001 (5:12 am)
We have a '93 4.0 Aero star Extended that we purchased about a month ago. We fixed pretty much all that was mechanically wrong. Although we know the AC/Heat will be needing work, it seems to be a pretty good vehicle.
Well, we hadn't had rain in our area for a long time, until yesterday. We discovered that the van leaks along the drivers side. It showed no evidence of leaking when we bought it. The funny thing is that it seems to be leaking on the drivers side door (the carpet there on the edge is wet). It also leaks from the 2 rear windows on the driver's side. It's kind of a rolling drip on the inside. Has anyone else had this problem?
I was wondering if maybe there is some sort of drain tube that might be clogged? Or am I stuck with replacing window seals??
#151 of 527 The Aerostar is a great van!
Apr 25, 2001 (9:56 am)
I just picked up a 1997 Aerostar XLT with 28,000 original miles. The van belonged to an older couple that barely used it and had it garaged. It pretty much looks overall like it came out of the dealer. I really like it considering all the negatives you hear about the Aerostar. It's relatively big but at the same time its small enough to call it a minivan. I am quite pleased with it in all respects and I feel like my family is protected in it when we travel. For whoever is interested in buying a mid-sized van, dont overlook the Aerostar. Regards, Flyer172!
#152 of 527 1993 Ford Aerostar
May 05, 2001 (6:38 pm)
I have a 1993 Ford Aerostar XLT van with 235,000 miles! I live in New England and the winters can be tough as it was this past winter. I have changed the oil every ten to fifteen thousand miles. I purchased the van almost new from the dealer. It was used as rental. I bought it the end of 1993 with 15,000 miles. It has been a great mini van. I tried the others, none of them even was close. I am 6' 4" tall, so I needed the leg room. That seems to be a problem with mini vans and some automobiles today, no leg room to stretch your legs out. Same original transmission and engine. Other than the usual replacement of brakes, tires, plugs and oil, the van has been good for us. I have used the van for both pleasure and work. I highly recommend the Ford Aerostar.
May 05, 2001 (7:05 pm)
Good deal! Are you using "regular" dead dino oil in it or synthetic?
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#154 of 527 Steering wheel shimmy
May 10, 2001 (5:27 pm)
I have a '91 Aero sport with 90k miles. Its run well and is practically a new van.
But it has this steering wheel shimmy from 50 mph up and intensifies through 75+. The only thing not replaced so far is the ball joints and tie rod ends.
Have any one out there had a similiar problem? My dealer says everything is OK. Yea, right. Let him put his kids in there.
Any input appreciated.
#155 of 527 Aerostar's are great! If you're a mechanic...
May 10, 2001 (8:06 pm)
My family bought a new '88 Aerostar in January of that year. From the get go we had problems, like stalling out and not starting while the drive out tag was still in the window, but we loved it nonetheless. We took it on several vacations, and I drove it all through high school (I was pretty popular being able to haul 7+ people!). The engine (3.0) seems to be amazing, although everything else around it falls apart. We maintained it rather anally... oil changes every 3k religiously, always checking the fluids, anything we could do. It still decided to go through 3 transmissions, with the O/D having gone out long ago in the present one. Blower motor, wiper motor (2x), brakes and rotors out the ying yang, fuel pumps (3), exhaust, tie rods, several a/c recharges (finally had the O-rings replaced about 5 yrs ago, and STILL blows cold with no recharges since), and about 3 heater cores. The engine, on the other hand, has had no repairs... completely original and runs strong with 176,000 on the odo now. Even with all of the nickel and diming, we still love it, and its still on the road every day. I have no doubt it'll go well into the 200k's. Well, hopefully since everything surrounding the engine is either new or repaired.
#156 of 527 Buying a Used Aerostar
May 17, 2001 (4:38 am)
I'm looking at a 97 AWD Extended Aerostar. Its in great shape with 53K miles. Two thing bother me about its performance. I drove it on a stretch of freeway at 75 mph and got some vibration in the steering wheel. I could also see the rest of the van vibrating. Not a major vibe. But, just enough to bug me on a trip. No vibe at lower mph. Also, at idle, there is a slight miss in the engine after its been warmed up. Any ideas?
May 19, 2001 (2:16 am)
Dcomps: I asked about this a few messages back on my '91 with 91K miles. Your situation could be anywhere from the rubber up to the steering wheel. It will take time and a logical place to start and just begin.
I started with the rubber and made sure it was balanced, eventually had to replace the rotors, bearings, balance, alignment. I had the dealer check the ball joints and arms to "OK" but i still suspect its either them or the rack itself.
Only problem is they just had to put in the 4th alternator after it caught fire. ther is a 12/12 warrrantee on Ford parts but with 10 months/14K on this alternator they refused right up to Dearborn to assist with replacement despite a TSB and a dozen NHTSA reports of exactly this fire hazard.
POINT: Nice van, but it's discontinued, out of warrantee, and Ford won't back you up. I love my Aerostar depsite all the other work. But like like a family dog, once it bites your little girls face, better get rid of it. And this possible van is beginning to growl.
I'm looking for a 2000+ Odyssea replacement.
Have a nice day!