by william2233 on Sep 25, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan
In the years I've owned this van, bought for wife. Went thru two sets of front disk brakes at 31,000 and 62,000 miles. Had too rebuild transmission at 80,000 miles thru Ammco transmissions, then again at Macy's transmission at about 100,000 miles. went out again at 150,000 mile junked it.
by Van on May 20, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan
Love it! Have owned for 12 years, and have not experienced even a single problem. 3L engine is a bit wimpy, but willing to give up squeeling tires for good fuel economy. 4-speed auto. transmission is wonderfully smooth. Has never been tuned in 50,000+ miles, but pops right off on first try in sub- zero weather.
by greg on Dec 29, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan
We have 2 96 Aeros. One shortie, one cargo. Both are very reliable and run and handle great. No major problems in either one. We use them for our commute and business. Also have an 89 Eddie Bauer, very comfy. The Bauer is so well made and sturdy. A friend has several that are almost at 300K miles, and loves them. We rotate ours, and they all perform well. Will buy another one or two soon. They are inexpensive to buy, and are very reliable. They aren't hot looking (the Bauer is nice, though), but they are a lot of vehicle for the money - and - they are paid for!
by Aeroman1 on Oct 21, 2006 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan
This van I consider to be one of the lowest maintenance & highest reliability vehicles that I have owned. I drove it 235000 kms on 1 set of plugs. It starts in temps from +30 to - 30 *c, I have had 9 passengers + full camping equipment & loaded 15 foot fiberglass boat & trailer on a 1000km round trip, the van never missed a beat! The v6 Vulcan engine is incredible, I think it will outlast my next vehicle too ( Ford Escape). It has achieved almost 40 kms/imperial gallon on a highway run. Look after this van & I reckon it will look after you. Smashing vehicle, if I could get a new one I would def buy one.
by JM Preston on Jun 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan
This van has traveled the Western US
and Canada from Anchorage to the Baja
and in weather from -60 F on the Alaska
Highway to 111 F in the Utah desert.
It has lived in Anchorage, Seattle, and
San Jose. Other than a problem with
the oil pan gasket leaking twice and
Ford standing by their faulty repair
($500) there has only been routine
Interior storage is excellent and it
hauls large and heavy loads. We packed
it to the max for the move from Seattle
to San Jose and it didn't sag down in
Great gas mileage for a truck at 24 -
25 mpg. Paint has held up very well
with minimal waxing (every couple of
years when I remember).
by GGARR on Dec 2, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan
The Aerostar van has been extremly
reliable. Other than oil changes and
tires I did nothing to it for the first
100k miles. It has never left me
stranded. Normal wear of brakes, and
wipers, and a battery after 100k.
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