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1997 Ford Aerostar Minivan

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Ford Aerostar Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Ford Aerostar

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  • 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 well.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 22
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



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.




People mover

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan

Sturdy vehicle. Large V6 is a must. Dual A/C is a must on EXT. Very durable. After 130,000 miles steering was tighter than Chevy sedan and Yukon. Comfortably seats 7 Adults. Ext Allows luggage room for our 6 person family and cooler etc.




Best van made

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan

This is my second Aerostar, 1st on had 250k. These are perfect if you need something with a lot of room that can go from a work van to a family van. They are extremely reliable. They are not stylish and today's vans have a lot more amenities. I had a Windstar that I had leased and planned to replace the Aerostar with, but the Aero is a much better van. The best part is they are so cheap to purchase. I will keep this van for as long as it will go.




Best work horse van ever

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan

I have over 178,000 miles on ours and it still runs and drives great. Never a problem and the AC both front and back still work like new. We got it used and i have never had to fix anything on it. Used up two sets of tires. This is one amazing van. It just keeps going and going we love it. Best van I have ever had and I have had vans all my life.



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Best van ever owned

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan

This van is the best van we have ever bought. We have owned other makes and the Ford Aerostar is the only one that has lasted us. I would not change it out for any other many van now made. The Ford Aerostar was the greatest minivan made. Its a shame that they stopped making it and came up with the Ford Windstar then the Freestar, which are garbage.




Solid 97 aerostar

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Vehicle: 1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 3dr Ext Minivan

Other than a thermostat replacement, new brakes, and tires, this van has been trouble free for me for over 5 years.



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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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Talk About The 1997 Aerostar

1997 Ford Aerostar Discussions See all Started By

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...


jose_m
jose_m
05-25-2012
I purchased a "shorty" XL 3 litre Aerostar back in 1986 when they first came out, brand new! it lasted until 1999 when I traded it for a used 1992 shorty XL 3 litre which lasted until Marc...


frey44
frey44
09-29-2002
^ 1993-2002 3.0L (Vulcan) Aerostar/Ranger,...



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