1987 Ford Aerostar Reviews

1987 Ford Aerostar LX 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired263000 miles
Most recent distance263000 miles


One mean indestructible machine


Upon driving down a busy road, the brakes suddenly decided to give out. My father was driving at the time, and as we approached a yellow light at least 20 feet ahead, I noticed he was pumping the brake pedal furiously. The emergency brake stopped us, but it turns out a faulty brake line leaked all of the fluid out.

This van was from New York, and there is much corrosion on the underside of the van, due to salt from roadways.

The fiberglass tailgate almost fell off after the replaced hydraulics wore the hinge down. Actually, the metal hinge was fine, but the bolts ripped out of the fiberglass.

One thing I really don't like about Aerostars, and most owners can agree, is the extremely brittle bumpers. Mine are thoroughly broken.

General Comments:

I have just acquired this van from my dad, who got another one, a 1991. The van currently has in excess of 250,000 miles! Despite this, the transmission and engine are in great shape, even though my dad used it to pull horse trailers.

Although the body is in bad shape, the interior is still in good condition. It is probably one of the most comfortable vehicles I have ever driven.

One of the things I love about Aerostars in the rear-wheel-drive. Not many minivans have this, excluding the Astro. It is great for pulling heavy loads, although the gas mileage is not so great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 30th May, 2004

1987 Ford Aerostar xt 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance190000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar


It is a good and dependable car.


With high mileage-we have had to fix and replace the fuel pump, starter, etc.

General Comments:

It is basically a new car. I wouldn't own any other.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th October, 2002

1987 Ford Aerostar 3.0, 6 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.0, 6 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 miles
Most recent distance125000 miles
Previous carJeep Wagoneer


A ride past my expectations


The digital display for the RPM's, gas readout, mileage, and speedometer did not light up until the van broke down.

The transmission started slipping, and finally went out 4 months after we bought it.

Reverse never caught right.

General Comments:

Overall I am in love with the Aerostar van. Other than its looks, the van was very good when traveling. We put over 2100 miles on it just during long trips and it did very well, except when the power steering belt broke. Other than that it is a very comfortable ride, and Ford should use the seat design more often.

This van is not intended for use anywhere near sand! It is easy to get stuck even in the smallest amount of sand. I call it a brick when I am anywhere near sand because it only sinks.

It is also not very good maneuvering through traffic, although the acceleration is way past my expectations for a van.

Mileage decent for a van. Depending on where we were, we got between 19 MPG and 25 MPG. I think it could do better.

A very comfortable and fun ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th August, 2001

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews