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Ford Aerostar Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 155 hp @ 4000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

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  • What's New for 1996

    Smoother shifting transmission debuts, along with revised air conditioning controls and a new radio with visible controls. Solar-tinted…

 
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  Average Consumer Rating (4 total reviews)


The beast

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan AWD

Owned the 96 XLT AWD EXT for over 5 yrs, miles 136,000. Kids call it the beast in the snow. Seats pop in and out with ease for hauling and sleeping. Great for camping and traveling. 26 mpg on hwy., 21-23 loaded to the MAX, never sags.One major problem with a head replacement at 90,000. Side door does not work properly anymore, had to remove panel for usage. Hauls more firewood, even with the seats in than two loads in a Chevy S-10. Guess who had the last laugh that day. I need a new one now!




Not so fortunate as others

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan AWD

Look out for used ones with leaking head gaskets. Typical problem for these. I liked the size and how it ran and even got about 20 mpg on the highway. But the upkeep is too high. Spent $3000 in 30000 miles. And now it is not running at all because of a head gasket which will cost $1000 to fix. And it only has 110000 miles on it. Why can't they make a minivan that is reliable?




200,000 and still going

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan AWD

This is my second Aerostar, and I've had it for 10 years and 182,000 miles. Counting my first one, I've been driving Aerostars for 18 years. Even though this one now has 200,000 miles, last month I packed the family in it and took a 1,500 mile round trip, much of which was in national forests in northern Wisconsin and the Michigan U.P. where cell phone signals do not exist, so I still trust it. At 165,000 miles, my 4.0 V6 dropped a valve so I had a Jasper re-man installed and have been very happy with it, too. Now that this Aero has 200,000 miles, I sometimes kick myself for selling the first one when it had "only" 110,000 miles. Dang.



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 13
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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Full 1996 Ford Aerostar Review

What's New for 1996

Smoother shifting transmission debuts, along with revised air conditioning controls and a new radio with visible controls. Solar-tinted glass is standard.

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walterchan
walterchan
08-20-2003
My dad currently drives the 1996 Ford Aerostar extended-length XLT 4.0L V6 RWD. Purchased it new in September 28, 1996. It now has 110,000 miles and, besides the general maintanence, it has been a ver...


mountainwizard
mountainwizard
01-25-2009
I have not seen or heard of a factory 15" wheel for any of the Aerostars. I do know that you can find the factory offset @ the tirerack.com web pages. I am running factory alloys from a 1995 Must...


flgramps
flgramps
04-03-2007
Also is it my imagination or is my Aerostar luxurious as compared to the upholstery fabric, cushioning, and general interior of the Caravan? It really seemed bare bones even though the Aerostar was ...