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#183 of 527 1994 Ford Aerostar
Mar 16, 2002 (11:30 am)
Does anyone know if I should be looking for something specific to go wrong with my sweet 94 Aerostar at 133k? Please e-mail me if you do! I want my daugther to drive it this fall so if anyone knows of a weak link - please let me know!
These vans are tough, I have my 94 Aerostar with the standard 3.0 Liter V6, automatic transmission. She has 133,000 miles with all original parts. I have changed all the filters on a regular basis and plan on driving it til she drops. Too bad they don't make these girls anymore! Not bad fuel economy either for a baby V6 - plus, I have heard horror stories about Dodge and Plymouth Caravans where they self-destruct at 100,000 miles - transmission/engine issues.
Lovin the beast in NH!
#184 of 527 93 Aerostar
Mar 26, 2002 (7:09 pm)
Our 93 XLT Extended 3.0 Has been great. Replaced A/C compressor with new style in 1999. Still gets 22 MPG at 75MPH on trips. The inflatable lumbar support on both front seats make 500-600 mile trips no problem. Currently has 210,000 miles.
#185 of 527 93 Aerostar electrical problems HELP Please!!
Apr 16, 2002 (9:43 pm)
Im wondering if anyone knows why after driving for maybe 2 solid hours on a trip, the clock/radio light comes on? Then I get to my destination and after a few starts its gone again, until the drive back. Very strange, because if it was wiring it would happen at different times. Plus cigarette lighter wont work, cell phone you know,, checked fuses. IT's at the shop as we speak for a new ac compressor. A thousand bucks seems like the average amount Ive read on here. But I am going to go for it, because I do love how this van moves on my 4 hour trips back and forth from CT to ME. Thanks all.
#186 of 527 Engine runs hot when going uphill
Apr 23, 2002 (6:22 pm)
I am a newbie to this message board.
I own a 1993 Ford Aerostar 4.0L V6 AWD.
It runs fine except when going up hills if the
outside temp is above about 65F. Depending on
the steepness and length of the hill the engine
temp will get steadily hotter eventually to the point when it will overheat (I have not allowed this to happen so far).
I have changed all of the fluids, and flushed out the cooling system and installed new coolant.
It is strange as the engine temp is fine on the flat, even on really hot days. So I am assuming that it is the extra load the engine is under going uphill. Surely this should not happen unless the van is fully loaded and the external temp is really hot?
Any help would be most appreciated as I really like the van and it is otherwise mechanically sound.
#187 of 527 89 Aerostar Traded in
Apr 26, 2002 (11:45 am)
I just had to read through some of the posts on this particular board for Aerostars to see the feelings of other Aerostar owners. After having mine for almost 6 years (bought it in '96 with 56,xxx miles) and traded it in last night. I just have to say that aside from the typical maintenance (brakes, etc.) it was a pretty darn good vehicle. The last few months, the power steering began leaking, the exhaust pipe was going to have to be replaced, and who know what else would have had to be done, it was time to let it go. It was pretty much mechanically sound, got me where I needed to go, but it didn't look nice anymore; rusting like crazy on the bottom. But then, living in WI with all the salt they throw on the highways, doesn't help.
Oh yes, and like the other posts; my A/C had been history for the past 4 yrs. It didn't bother me tho' - I don't find much of a need for it unless it's like near 90-degrees and it's terribly humid.
Good luck to all of those who still have theirs. Let's face it, though - every make of automobile will have its lemons.
May 06, 2002 (9:38 pm)
We have a 93 xlt with electronic 4 wheel drive. The air was serviced a couple of years ago and worrks great. I have had to do the front brakes once. It has 138,000 miles on it and it is much more reliable than the 96 voyger we bought to replace it. The Aerostar does have a thumping that sounds like a wheel bearing ?? but the voyger has a anti theft system (Panic button on key fob) that will not reset so it just sits until I can figure what is wrong. "back to driving old faithful.
#189 of 527 markscarr
May 12, 2002 (6:37 pm)
Hope you already had yours fixed, but my 91 Aerostar had a bad clutch on the cooling fan. You might have that checked, as well as obviously, the thermostat...
#190 of 527 Love My Aerostar
May 15, 2002 (5:35 am)
I have a 95 Aerostar with 184,000 nearly trouble free miles. Only trouble has been in the rear transfer case, serpentine belt tensioner, and very troublesome power steering (ever since I hit that darn deer last year). Dual A/C still works great (knock on wood). The only vehicle I have ever owned that I could say was better was my old Duster, which I drove 331,000 miles, and refused to die even then. Somebody at Ford needs their rear-end kicked for deciding to discontinue this wonderful vehicle. There is no alternative out there. No one in my house is less than 6 feet tall, and we are too uncomfortable in the Astro, not to mention that they are rough and crude compared to the Aerostar. Guess I'll drive this one till it drops, and then look for another Aerostar with less than 100,000 miles.
May 15, 2002 (10:58 am)
How in the world can one do service on an Aerostar's engine if there's no room under the hood?
#192 of 527 93 Aerostar
May 15, 2002 (2:22 pm)
We have a 93 Aerostar that we bought used w/44k miles on it at the end of 1997 (4 days after Christmas). It has held up well but has been in the shop more often than my 92 Acclaim (purchased new). In the past 3 years I've replaced the radiator(leaking), cooling fan clutch, front rotors (warped), sparkplug wires (twice), exhaust(including the $90 flex pipe), water pump (twice), front tie rods, and the clockspring.
Shortly after we took it home I had to return it because it was missing, leaking radiator and pinion seal was blown. All that was covered under warrantee. Except now the pinion seal is blown again so that will need to be fixed at my cost.
All in all it hasn't been a bad vehicle but it is difficult to work on - no space in the engine compartment! Mine has the 3.0L V6 so it has a little more room than the ones with the 4.0L but it is still tight quarters. We took a vacation to New Orleans and back through Georgia to Virginia (home) and then on to western Pa. without major problems. I was disappointed with my gas mileage. Carrying family of six with the a/c on, luggage on roof and averaging 70 mph I averaged just over 17 mpg hwy. I thought I'd at least get 21-22 mpg. Any thoughts? I've sinced changed plugs (using platinum Autolites), and changed sparkplug wires. Before and after the trip my wife averages about 19-20 mpg combined city/hwy. It now has over 159k miles. I like it because it hauls all 6 of us with no problems - however the quality has been less than I expected. Simply been in the shop a bit more than I like.