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1993 Ford Aerostar XL V6 4.0 gasoline from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V6 4.0 gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired89000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carChrysler Voyager

Summary:

A good van for the price

Faults:

The engine started loosing some oil since the beginning. 89000 miles: 1 quart per 3000 miles. 145000 miles: 1 quart per 100 miles!

The cooling system is not reliable, the temperature of the motor goes from regular to very hot in few seconds!!!

Air conditioning is not working.

The lights start blinking after half an hour of use it could be very dangerous at night.

General Comments:

Despite some problem I like this car. It is cheap, strong, powerful, very roomy and easy to handle. Honest gas/mileage. Honest towing capability.

The best Van if they had no high oil consumption.

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

Review Date: 16th December, 2004

1993 Ford Aerostar Eddie Bauer 4.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired119000 kilometres
Most recent distance157000 kilometres
Previous carFord Focus

Summary:

A great purchase for family on a budget

Faults:

Alternator seized

CV Joints wore out

Front wheel bearings needed replacing

Tie Rod needed replacing.

General Comments:

This van has been a really good buy. Overall, repairs that have been needed are because of general wear, not because of bad manufacturing and are fairly cheap. It's a great road trip van for the kids and the AWD makes it feel really safe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

1993 Ford Aerostar XLT 3.0L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired57000 kilometres
Most recent distance278000 kilometres
Previous carBuick Somerset

Summary:

Reliable and cost effective minivan!

Faults:

- The usual things, such as Brakes, Master Cylinder, Radiator, Blower.

- Driver seat starting to wear, but what do you expect after 278k.

- Rear door latch, replaced at 170k.

- Passenger side power window motor replaced at 140k.

General Comments:

- This Van has been highly reliable, nothing major has been done to the transmission, other than basic service every 60k.

- Motor has been great, it always starts on the first try, even in -20C temp.

- Tons of cargo space, especially if you take out the rear bench.

- I would definitly purchase another one of these vehicles, too bad they stopped making them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th January, 2004

1993 Ford Aerostar XLT V6 4.0 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 4.0 liter Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 miles
Most recent distance234000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

A very reliable vehicle that requires low cost maintenance

Faults:

Initially received van with inner tie rod, front shocks, and rotors bad. Replaced myself at about $175 for parts. A/C was not working when I took ownership. Decided to not repair A/C.

Alternator seized around 200,000 miles (alternators are expensive when broken down on road).

Front passenger side upper control arm bushing disintegrated (and was really noticed) around 205,000 miles. Ford wanted about $800 to replace control arm and perform an alignment. I went to local part store, bought bushings (about $4 X 2) and paid a guy to press the bushings after I removed the control arm. Repair required alignment.

Around 228,000 miles, the transmission started slipping, probably due to failure on my part to maintain fluid quality. This repair cost about $1,600.

General Comments:

I am very upset that Ford discontinued the manufacturing of this model. I would definitely replace this (if mine ever dies to the point that repair is outrageously expensive) with a newer model if they were still produced.

The interior is simplistic in my model. Very easy to locate all controls.

Wish the model had a rear ventilation system. With van fully loaded (7 passengers), the climate in the back can get rather warm.

Seats are not easy to remove without two people. Have used it to move my family and another friend's family and the van holds quite a bit of cargo with the seats out. Just really hate the effort for removing the seats.

The engine compartment is cramped, so I'm very happy that I've not had to do any major engine work.

Parts for this vehicle are readily available (both OE and after market).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2003

1993 Ford Aerostar XL 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired19 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles

Summary:

Overall good bargain

Faults:

Side door needing to be replaced at 45,000 miles. Transmission needed changing at 118,000 miles. Lots of hesitation at about 85,000 miles, needed new oxygen sensor to help hesitation. Rear left light burns out quickly. Head gasket blew at about 65,000 miles. Shocks terribly worn about 80,000 miles. Engine does not have enough power, 3.0 V6 is too weak.

General Comments:

Nice, comfortable ride. Very comfy seats. Engine runs well. Reliable van.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 20 reviews