I bought this vehicle to use for a courier service. I have put 10k on it since the purchase over 2 months ago. Was doing pretty good, then the transmission went. Such are the joys of a used vehicle without maintenance records! If you need a cheap minivan that's cheap to maintain, these are still a good purchase. Just look out for body rust (especially along the seams on the roof), electrical problems (power windows and locks) and transmission noises/leaks are bad news in this van. Braking is good, but these vans are known for chewing up front pads/rotors, since the front brakes do all the braking. The AWD (also known as E4WD) version can be expensive to fix.
Ride is a good mix of truck and car, better when loaded. Economy from 3.0 V6 (19 mpg in 50/50 mix of city and highway). Excellent view outside. Can fit a lot inside, floor is completely flat when seats are removed. Simple, cheap, RWD truck-based mechanicals.
The Aerostar died in 1997 due to the rise of SUVs, the general disdain for owning a minivan and the cost for Ford to bring a 1980's design up to date. Too bad, the Aerostar is good for hauling people and things places. I'd much rather have an updated Aerostar over the Windstar (uh, er... Freestar).
Van has 271,000 miles on it. Still drives well, extremely reliable. Only minor repairs. Nothing exciting about the design, but very practical with lots of storage. Gas milage is very good, considering it is a box.
Storage, fuel mileage, and dependibility.
Door panels, and side door system is cheaply constructed.
Purchased my Aerostar as an in-between vehicle. Recently had family addition and needed room for family of five. This was a quick purchase without much thought. Have had to make several repairs since owning but have grown to love the vehicle. Replaced front axle, lower control joints, brakes, resealed windows, thermostat, water pump, shift control cable, middle bench seat, third door panel and radio. Even after all that it still cheaper than purchasing a newer van. With the exception of a pesky oil/transmission leak, which I will take care of soon, we have come to appreciate the van, especially the full time all wheel drive.
It drives and rides like a truck. My wife and I like that. We also own a Ford Explorer. The passenger bench seats are extremely confortable, plus the integrated child seats are a big plus. Full time all wheel drive.
Suggestion, if Ford still made them, would be to make working under the hood a little easier. Too cramped, can't get tools and hands in, must use various tool extensions and have small hands. Better gas mileage with all wheel drive. As long as the roads are bare and dry, mpg is as listed.
1993 Ford Aerostar Minivan Eddie Bauer 3dr Minivan
I ALWAYS THOUGHT VANS WERE FOR EDERLY
PEOPLE!UNTIL I BOUGHT THIS ONE I LOVE
IT I CAN TAKE MY WHOLE FAMILY PLACES
WITHOUT WORRING WHO WILL RIDE WHERE.WE
HAVE BEEN TO TEXAS,MEXICO AND SEVERAL
TRIPS TO THE BEACH WE LIVE IN THE
PIEDMONT OF N.C.IT HAD 92000 MILES ON
IT WHEN WE BOUGHT IT A FORMER OAKLAND
RAIDERS PLAYER HAD IT BUT NOW THE
PITTSBURGH STEELERS TAG SHINES ON FRONT
AND BACK(I,M JUST A FAN)BUT I WOULD BUY
ANOTHER JUST LIKE IT I LOVE THE COLOR
INSIDE AND OUT
YEAH IM A 38YR NANA BUT I LOOK
GREAT IN MY EDDIEBAUER EDITION
SEATS FOLD TO MAKE FULL BED OR CAN TAKE
OUT, LOTS OF ROOM FOR MY FAMILY, PULLED
A16FT CAMPER WITH NO PROBLEMS ,CAN FIT
ALL MY YARDSALE BUYS, LOVE THE STEREO
AND THE EQUALIZER, GOOD GAS
MILEAGE ,VERY DEPENDABLE TO ME
NONE IF I HAD TO CHOOSE ONE SOMETIMES I
WISHED IT HAD A DRIVER SIDE DOOR IN THE
BACK BUT THATS ONLY WHEN MY
GRANDCHILDREN RIDE AND I HAVE TO GO
AROUND TO LET THEM OUT!!!!!!!!WOULDNT
CHANGE A THING