The only reason I do not have my Aerostar today is because some guy, angry at his wife, totaled it while parked in front of my house. That V6 engine was bulletproof. Buy using only synthetic oil, the engine took a licking and kept on ticking (215000 miles at death) At start up I would hear a ticking sound, but as the engine warmed up the ticking went away and it never interfered with the performance. I loved the interior design. I had to replace the transmission and AC at 70K, but my extended warranty covered that beast. It was absolutely a blast and pleasure to drive on long trips.
Engine performance and power, extremely comfortable driving conditions, interior and exterior design, roomy (enough room where four kids did not touch one another). Great fuel economy. Bulletproof engine. If I could find one in decent condition, I'll buy it in a heart beat.
Ensure creature comfort systems are reliable as the engine and Ford should bring the Aerostar back on the market.
Bought van used with 70k miles and it's now at 168k & running strong. Bought it to replace a 1995 Plymouth Voyager after it was totaled & the biggest difference noticed was all the extra room. We had 4 kids at the time & van is huge with extra big cargo area & storage even under seats. Lots of headroom. Can comfortably haul from kids to couches. Engine & transmission mechanically sound with only routine maintenance; light oil usage only problem. 3.0L V-6 not enough power & it strains when accelerating but rides smooth once going. Gas mileage good at 17 city, 25 hwy. Seats have thick cushions instead of thin like new vans we've rented. We've kept van as spare because no new van is as roomy. We wish this model was still made!
Room, room and more room. Dual air & stereo, electric lumbar support, ability to tow, firm but cushioned seats, headroom, legroom, sound mechanics.
Needed bigger engine standard and cup holders. Second set of spark plugs needs special tool to replace. Overhead storage would have been nice. Very back windows don't open but middle slide back. Needed inside handles to help children get into van.
1991 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer 3dr Ext Minivan AWD
This beast now has 185,000 miles; the only problem I've had is an engine knock that gets better as the engine warms up (been knocking for a long time), and a wicked vibration under acceleration. Leaks a little oil but you know you can drive it any where. The AWD is great; it gets better traction than my Grand Cherokee. If the body would last as long as the engine I would keep it forever.
AWD is GREAT. Engine is bullet proof. Stereo is better than average. And my kids can sit way in the back. Peace and quiet.
Its a great vehicle for hauling...used
it in my furniture business. The
interior is giant! Lots of head room! I
bought it with 60k on it, and put
another 100k on it. Really fun to
drive,so roomy great if you're a tall
person. Only problems-I now have a tick
in engine!? Very hard to replace oil
filter yourself. Lots of power though
in 4.0 liter....As far as other
problems,just normal things.
Giant interior-8 foot from back of
seats to back. Tailhatch pistons just
keep working! Powerful motor, easy to
drive. Great mfg stereo.
Start making it again! Bigger engine
compartment. Lighter seats in back ( to
heavy to put in and out)