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1997 Ford Aerostar Minivan


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Ford Aerostar Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 152 hp @ 4250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 13/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Ford Aerostar

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Inexpensive. All-wheel drive layout allows for greater stability in all driving conditions. Rear drive models boast excellent towing capacity.

  • Cons

    Dated design, dated interior, dated chassis.

  • What's New for 1997

    Ford's aging minivan gets a five-speed automatic transmission this year. The sound system is upgraded and the seats are restyled as…

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (24 total reviews)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best car i've ever had!

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar 3dr Cargo Minivan

It's a Mini Van, but I say car. To bad Ford doesn't have the foresight, or hindsight to keep building these. I guess they last too long, and are just too reliable to be manufactured by an American Car company. Very Efficient, Very Comfortable, and extremely reliable. It's the greatest and most versatile vehicle I've ever owned. Bigger than other mini-vans. It's a car. No, it's a van. Wait it's a truck. It's just a great, great vehicle. No matter what you're planning on buying, check out at least one good condition Aerostar.

Why don't they build this

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan

Bought new. Excellent mpg/20+ avg for 12 yrs. Lot's of rattles. Huge space. I'm 6'5" and have no problem getting in or out, excellent driving position. A/C's still work fine. Parts are getting harder to find. Great on highway at less than 70. More, like 80, and get excessive wind noise. But for normal driving around town and up to 65 mph or so, is absolutely great. Starts every time. Would buy a new one if it were available.

Good vehicle

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Minivan

My van has been a blessing to me as I am disabled and it was given with an electric lift. The only problem is I think Ford was stingy on the gas pedal and wish I could get closer to the pedals. I would also wish that the seat belts were made for shorter persons. It's a little hard getting into the front seat from the back area where I keep my electric wheelchair especially when I broke my left ankle. The back seat is difficult to take out when we need more room. On the whole I am very happy with the van just wish the lift could have been put in the back rather than the side as parking can be a problem. I give it a high rating.

Gas Mileage


  • 13
  • cty
  • 17
  • highway
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Full 1997 Ford Aerostar Review

What's New for 1997

Ford's aging minivan gets a five-speed automatic transmission this year. The sound system is upgraded and the seats are restyled as well.

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