1993 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer 3dr Ext Minivan AWD
I bought my 93 with 158,000, I reluctantly gave it to my daughter to drive to Fairbanks, Alaska, laden with her and husband's personal stuff, on the roof and packed into the bay. They slept on top of the whole thing. In short, they put an additional 7,000 mi. on and arrived safely in Fairbanks. I didn't fix the AC compressor.., figured she didn't need it in Alaska. She had to change the oil to match the Alaska environments and she got a warning from a mechanic that they may need some front end ball joints and tie rods(the Alcan had some 'potholes'). Otherwise, I told her to never sell it, I would rather fly up and drive it back to Los Angeles.
Powerful 6 cyl. Great towning ability. Lots of cargo room. I kept the rear seat in the garage and used the back to sleep with a mattress and bag when camping. Better then a wet and windy tent. It will turn over even on the worse, cold and miserable days and get you where only a horse would go.
Start making them again and update. I'll keep buying them. I'm looking to buy me another AWD. Their out there and I am serious. Better an Aerostar then some of those other pretend workhorses. Won't go near a chevy mini AWD van. I can trust the Aerostar to wake up and get me to where I mean to be.
I bought this van cheap, and for the most part it has been very useful for people carrying and hauling. But I have had many electrical problems, starting with headlights that only worked intermittently; turned out that was a faulty wiring harness at the switch. Then the items operated from the steering column failed one-by-one (air bag light staying on, cruise control stopped working, same with horn, turn signals, wipers). I had the "clockspring" replaced and all work fine now. Then the driver's side door window failed gradually; replaced switch and motor. Now, there has been a series of ignition system failures that are stumping my auto electrician. When will it end!
Aerostar XL 4.0 with front & rear ac. Purchased with 125000 miles, wrecked with 259,790. Excellent foot room driver/passengers. Rapid rear and middle bench seat removal for hauling cargo. Battery, pass headlignt, tail lightbulbs, air/oil/trans/fuel filters easy to change. Filler neck for fuel is beside drivers door,(excellent location for security) Fuel mileage 23mpg at sustained 70mph Fuel mileage 16mpg in town stop n go. Excellent acceleration at all speeds. Excellent load capacity. Minor points of iritation; Alternator is right below oil filler neck. Have to guard aginst drips. Driver side headlight bulb requires tools time and care in changing. Ignition switchproblem
Being a rear wheel drive, makes the weight distribution front to rear with smaller turning radius justification enough. However, opening the driver door and simply sliding the right, into the seat did away with back and sprained ankle pain I suffered in other vehicle designs.
Aerostar mini van no longer in production. Bring it back.
Our XLT 2WD Extended - best all-around vehicle we've ever owned (out of 16). Invaluable as people mover with 7 seats as well as a cargo hauler with the seats out. We have moved tons of furniture and computers in it this way. We have used it to move kids off to summer camp in NC (from northern VA) as well as to college and home again over many years. Without it, would have had to rent a moving truck/van at a cost that would have paid for 20 percent of the new cost of the van itself. We even moved an upright baby grand piano in this baby! The interior height is sooo much better than what you find in other minivans. Very reliable. Low cost to operate. City/hwy avg of 18 mpg. Ford - Bring it back!
Flexibility w/quad captains seats and rear bench/bed configuration is wonderful! We take out rear/mid seats and haul lots of cargo while seating 2 people. Add one captains seat amidships for 3rd person - 2nd captains seat to add a 4th. This still leaves lots of cargo volume. Flat floor and low load height is invaluable.
The location of horn 'buttons' should be ILLEGAL! Too hard to find when needed immediately - when driver makes unexpected move into your lane. Front floor cupholder - has to be Fords worst! Changing headlights, dash, & radio bulbs - make easier. Add motorized venting rearmost side window and a sunroof.
Great van to own and drive around the place. Very comfortable to sit in the driver's seat. Only problem is with the ignition switch that has problems with the ears where you have to line it up just right to get the key in to start the vehicle. 3.0 engine has an excellent track record, which makes this a much better and reliable van than the sorry 3.8 liter V6 that Ford put out for the Windstar. That Windstar was a failure and disgrace to the FORD name. Ford should bring Aerostar back with a few improvements. The best thing about it is: you guessed it "REAR WHEEL DRIVE" -- that is music to the ears of mechanics and people like me that are not big fans of front wheel drive! GREAT VEHICLE!
Good radio. trouble free transmission, nicely laid out dash, roof rack, easy to change battery, comfortable seats, great handling, plenty of room, fold down read seats makes it easy to carry lots of things without taking out the seats, good paint characteristics, easy to wax.
Ford's design of the seals for the air conditioning needs improvements. GM and Chrysler have them beat on the reliability of air conditioning. Problems with the brakes -- you have to get FORD brake pads to get trouble free service. Flimsy design of power window switches. More lighting for interior of van.