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

1996 Ford Aerostar - Consumer Review

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XLT Passenger Minivan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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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

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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