1996 Ford Aerostar Consumer Review: At 162,000 miles it is going s

1996 Ford Aerostar - Consumer Review

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At 162,000 miles it is going strong!
By JM Preston on


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 maintenance. 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 the back. 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).

Best Features

Ability to haul heavy loads, room for camping gear and mountain bikes, room for two to sleep comfortably in the back with the seats removed. Minimal maintenance.

Worst Features

Front wheel or real 4 wheel drive, bigger tires for more clearance on dirt roads. The new Freestar seems to be taking care of this.
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