Last post on Oct 05, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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Ford Aerostar, Van
Jul 17, 2010 (7:21 pm)
hi i have a ford aerostar 1993 eddie bauer and i need the two captain seats do you know were i can bought them??
#7 of 15 Engine size?
Jul 13, 2011 (7:23 pm)
I was just given a 1995 ford Aerostar XLT van with Electronic four wheel drive and A/C.
How do I tell which engine size it has?
#8 of 15 Re: Engine size? [tcj3]
Feb 10, 2012 (2:19 pm)
I believe the E4WD Aerostars only came in 4.0L
#9 of 15 my third Aerostar
May 24, 2012 (5:31 pm)
I purchased a "shorty" XL 3 litre Aerostar back in 1986 when they first came out, brand new! it lasted until 1999 when I traded it for a used 1992 shorty XL 3 litre which lasted until March this year. I only sold it because a total moron mechanic damaged the otherwise perfect rocker panels by raising the van incorrectly instead of raising it by its jacking points. what a moron!
I started looking for an Extended 4 litre XLT that didn't have damaged rocker panels, I travelled all over the state looking for one and all of them had (you guessed it) damaged rocker panels, or they were Northern vehicles rusted out, or were trashed. (Ford did not anticipate this problem of moronic mechanics who don't have any respect for customer's vehicles).
a week ago I found a 1997 (the last year Aerostars were made), XLT 4 litre Extended with intact paint, body, and NO damaged rocker panels. YEE HAW! However, the interior is not perfect (I'm very picky), so I am restoring it to perfection, buying used parts in perfect condition to get it in like-new condition inside. My Third Aerostar ! Yes I'm very happy thank you.
I also looked at every other minivan you can imagine by GM and every one was a total dissapointment, so I set my sights on another Aerostar. Take for example, the Chevy Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, and Pontiac Montana, all from GM, (the same vehicle with different trim levels and branding); those are terribly unreliable and deffective vehicles straight from the factory. They burn head gaskets, intake gaskets, and their transmissions break. (go ahead and do your own research, I sure did).
Ford is one big moron too, for discontinuing the Aerostar and replacing it with the terribly unreliable Windstar and Freestar minivans. Nobody wants them, car dealers don't want them, I sure don't want them. Clearly, all the money that Ford has does not buy them any intelligence. Instead of refining the Aerostar, making it even better, they chicken out of the Aerostar and end up producing a piece of garbage like the Windstar and Freestar. Sure, GM is also a moron for producing garbage like the Venture, Silhouette, and Montana. The Astro is the General Motors exception, but it is so ugly, I passed on it. Chrysler is simply, unreliable, so I didn't even consider any Chrysler minivan. (to be fair, Chrysler is making some very interesting body styles, but the beautiful bodies are one thing, it's what is inside that counts, and Chrysler's record is one of unreliability and almost zero longevity).
I'm sticking with the Aerostar, it is one simple vehicle, it does what it is supposed to do, and when it breaks down, I fix it. (all cars break down, they are mechanical). Better an old, simple vehicle than a new one full of gizmos and twenty thousand digital unreliable sensors, no way Jose, Not interesado, thank you no thank you. I'll stick with ANALOG, digital sucks.
Nice to meet you all! Enjoy your Aerostars and if they break down, fix them, or somebody else will !!
#10 of 15 Re: Aerostar performance and seats [pure1]
May 25, 2012 (1:51 am)
the 3.0 litre is powerful by itself, (200 hp), needs nothing, but the Aerostar was not designed to be a racer! You might install a K & N Air filter, it will let more air into the engine and give you a sense of more horsepower.
The captain chairs might fit but I haven't tried it.
Oct 05, 2012 (6:26 am)
I am looking at at 1989 Ford Aerostar XLT...I can't get a book price because it is a year too old...it has 153000 and is looks to be in pretty good condition...the asking price is $750 obo.... I really only have $500 in my pocket.....suggestions/advice???????? Going to look at it Sunday. I have had a minivan before and really on need it for going around town and occasionally making a 20mi round trip to drop my step grandson off.
#12 of 15 Re: Help Please [ddbelle1]
Oct 05, 2012 (7:16 am)
1989 is old. 23 years old. My suggestion is to inspect it IN PERSON and take it for a drive, ask questions like "what does not work?", look at the dash, are any WARNING lights ON? (Check Engine Light, ABS light, etc.). Listen for any rattles, muffler blown sounds, high-pitched whinning from the rear (meaning a bad transmission or rear axle); Test the Brakes, does it brake fine? Does it steer fine? Look at the TEMPERATURE gauge, is the engine running at NORMAL TEMP? (needle should be between the R and the M). Are the tires decent? if the tires are good for 6 or more months you got your money's worth.
$500.00 is a fair price to pay for a 1989 assuming it runs ok, has no major issues to repair, is not a junker or rusted through, is mostly clean and in good shape inside, and the transmission shifts fine.
If the a/c does not work, (no cold air), then that is an issue that you can't complain about for $500.00. Concentrate on testing the HEATER, you will need it in the coming weeks.
If you drive it and it is 90% good, FIRST ask Seller if he has CLEAR TITLE IN HIS/HER NAME, if yes, offer $500.00 cash; If seller refuses, walk away. It is not worth more than $500.
If seller tells you the TITLE is in someone else's name, or if he/she has NO CLEAR TITLE, WALK AWAY, do not get yourself involved in TITLE PROBLEMS. You must obtain from the Seller, and have Clear Title, to register any vehicle in your name. No Title? Don't Buy. If you buy any vehicle without getting a TITLE, you could get involved in a serious LEGAL problem. What if someone is trying to sell you a vehicle that does not belong to them? Scams happen! If seller tells you he/she will "send you the Title in 30 days", say "Thank you but I can't do that". WALK AWAY.
when buying any used car, always verify Seller's ID, ask for his/her Driver's License and compare it to the name on the TITLE of the vehicle.
Let's say he shows you CLEAR TITLE, and his/her Driver's License matches the name on the title: Now look at the vehicle's VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the Title, and go to the lower front of the windshield, driver's side, and compare the number on the rivetted plate to the number on the Title, do they match?
In what State are you located? Newer Aerostar are selling for reasonable prices all around the country.
Good luck! let us know what happens.
#13 of 15 clarification of CLEAR TITLE
Oct 05, 2012 (7:06 am)
"CLEAR TITLE" means that there are no LIENS on the vehicle or the TITLE.
look at the Title, and look at the section where it says: "REGISTERED LIEN HOLDER", or "LIEN":
Does it show any Dealer's name? any person's name? if yes, then someone has a LIEN on that vehicle, meaning that the owner of the vehicle owes money on the vehicle. NOT GOOD. You could end up owing money. If there is a LIEN on the Title, you need to verify the lien has been satisfied, otherwise you could be responsible for any money owed on the vehicle.
#14 of 15 Re: Help Please [jose_m]
Oct 05, 2012 (8:11 am)
Thank you for your response.
I am in Oregon. I have done my research. We are going to look at the car on Sunday....
He took the car in partial trade for a boat he sold. He has the title and has been driving it back and forth to work.
There is really not a lot available through private parties at the $500 mark...people want WAY too much for CRAP....or have their vehicles priced at retail...not realistic.....they are NOT willing to negotiate.
I need a car, but it needs to run.....
#15 of 15 Re: Help Please [ddbelle1]
Oct 05, 2012 (10:27 am)
For soe reason Vancouver BC is a better place to buy an Aerostar...