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Ford Aerostar, Van
Jul 19, 2004 (5:59 pm)
I currently own a 1990 Ford Aerostar XLT with about 154,000 miles. Within the past few months, the whole exterior of the van is rusting and breaking off. For example, part of the van under the driver's side door fell off because of rust. Is anyone else having rust trouble?
The rear sliding door has not been closing completely shut. When you shut the door, it is slightly ajar. This problem has been occuring for many years. The only way to resolve this issue is to place your hand on the rear of the sliding door and apply the correct amount of pressure while closing it.
Also, the A/C and heat have not worked correctly for about five years. I have taken it into the Ford dealer to be checked, but they did not fix the problem. It sounds like the fan is running, but no air is blowing out of the vents.
#224 of 527 Rusting & A/C
Jul 20, 2004 (4:11 pm)
I had all of your problems and more. It was a '92. For 2 years ago, I gave up and decided to lease a new Windstar, and the difference was incredible! (At that time ('02) there still wasn't the '04 Sienna and Quest, just the Odyssey to pay top dollar and wait 5-6 months).
1990 MY is almost 15 (!) years old, and 154,000 miles is pretty much, although many Aerostars are running great for more than 200K miles. (OK, not great, but still acceptable!)
Maybe it's time to think of a new(er) one!
#225 of 527 Re: Rusting & A/C [samnoe]
Jul 23, 2004 (8:35 am)
Thanks for your response. A new van definitely sounds like a good idea, with all the problems the old Aerostar van has. I'm thinking of the new Freestar or the Odyssey. I might go with the Odyssey, because it has more that I want and can be cheaper than the Freestar. I rented a Freestar SEL van a few weeks ago, which MSRP is $30,140, and I still can't figure why it's cost is so high. Thanks again for your suggestions.
Jul 24, 2004 (9:40 pm)
If you get an '04 Odyssey now (the next month) you can have a steal deal, they're very cheap now, since the new '05 models arrive in September. And they have better reliability than Ford, plus more refined engine with more power and better fuel economy.
On the other hand, the Freestar is much better than any Ford van, and most customers confirms that. But since sales are very slow, you can get very big rebates - up to $7,000 at many dealers!
So if you like that SEL model which have a MSRP of $30K, you can take advantage of these large rebate deals and have it (at some dealers) for just about $23K.
The main advantage I can see to go with Ford, is that you're used to Ford style. For many people it does not make a big difference, but for many other people it could. If you're used to a column shifter, headlights on the dashboard, and wiper controls at the stalk on the left side of the steering wheel, you'll like the Freestar. On most imported models, the wiper controls is on the right side, and headlamps on the left stalk.
Aug 05, 2004 (8:50 am)
From what I've heard from my bud's son who assembles the FreeStar, it is a piece of junk. He works for Visteon in Detroit and said a lot of the parts did not fit together.
The Odyssey's are good but have transmission issues that Honda is currently addressing. I have a '99 that had the tranny replaced at 78K with a rebuilt. Fortunately Honda picked up the cost in full. The transmissions have been warrantied to 100K. So if my new one goes bad I'm SOL.
#228 of 527 Re: isotope [isotope]
Nov 13, 2004 (5:14 pm)
I bought my 89 Aerostar new and it has 172,000 miles on it. The only thing that ever went wrong was a stuck thermostat. Changed the oil every 3K with Mobil 1 Oil. And transmission every 30K. Aside from brakes and tires, no problems. It's always been garaged. And it does not burn oil...yet.
#229 of 527 FORD builds tough trucks...but unreliable cars
Nov 13, 2004 (7:06 pm)
Ford F-150 BEST selling vehicle in America. The Aerostar was a truck whereas Windstar was Taurus based (with all the problems of the Taurus).
Ford FWD vehicles are about as bad as Ford trucks are good. If you buy a Ford, make sure it is a truck.
#230 of 527 Repair.
Dec 08, 2004 (3:29 pm)
Anyone know or have experience with having to have the rear differential, an LSD, repaired or rebuilt?
#231 of 527 '95 Aerostar 3.0 Transmission
Dec 28, 2004 (2:13 am)
I am having my tranny rebuilt on my '95 Aerostar. I am having a rebuilt Ford tranny installed comes with 36K mileage warranty (so I should be good for 2 years).
My mileage is about 176K.
Is this typical of the '95s (mileage wise)? The mechanic said the pump was bad (transmission). Am also getting the rear brakes and new master cylinder (I think its the original??). Have to bring my car to another shop, recently put on a new rack and pinion and there is PS fluid all over the place (mechanic said the Rack and pinion was binding and showed me where the leak was). I will give the other shop a hard time (I am not paying a dime since it's supposed to be under warranty,12 month/12000).
I just got my alternator replaced last Thanksgiving and have been good on the maintenance. I just hope nothing else needs repaired as I am putting some major money into the vehicle, but I figure it beats car payments for the next 4 - 5 years.
Please post your opinions.
#232 of 527 Re: '95 Aerostar 3.0 Transmission [steinbrecher]
Dec 29, 2004 (2:20 am)
Just got my vehicle back last night. So far so good with the transmission. The shifting is smoth (nice). Brought it back to the other shop for the rack and pinion to be fixed (mechanic said a clip broke). I said I don't care what you have to do just make it right (no money out of my pocket). I'll bring some PS with me just to make sure as the other mechanic said to get it fixed ASAP otherwise the PS pump would go due to lack of PS fluid. Will have to watch the Master cylinder (maybe next week get it replaced, will get pricing).