1990 Ford Aerostar 3.0L V6 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - A Great Piece of Junk

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A Great Piece of Junk
By RustBucket88 on


1990 Ford Aerostar XL 3dr Minivan


What an indestructible piece of junk! It has 160,000 miles. It has rust through the body, none of the accessories work, the interior is torn up, the paint is peeling and the suspension is shot, but it just keeps going. It needed a new transmisson, but that was due to the previous owner's neglect. We drive it like we hate it. It needs a quart of oil every 500 miles and always needs coolant, but we maintain it and it keeps going. The only other items repaired were a broken brake caliper and door latch. This vehicle is used for dump runs, driving off road and is driven hard on the highway, but it keeps going. The gas mileage is terrible (less than 15 mpg), but it isn't driven economically.

Favorite Features

Indestructibility. This vehice is a garbage truck, off-roader and people-hauler all in one. It looks like a roach but never fails or leaves us stranded. It is also relatively comfortable. Its boxy shape is also good for hauling junk.

Suggested Improvements

Power. 135 hp 3.0V-6 does not move 2+ tons of vehicle very well. It needs full throttle most of the time and sounds like it's going to blow up, but it doesn't. It will, however, maintain 90+ mph on flat stretches of highway quite easily. Traction is poor on wet roads. Tires spin too readily.
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