1994 Ford Aerostar from North America
I love this van
Rusting bad on bottom panels.
Normal wear and tear.. replaced battery, starter, etc.
This van is very roomy. I have hauled a double bed inside of it.
This van runs very well in the winter; always surprises me!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th November, 2012
It has the best fold-down rear-bed (rear-seat) ever made in any mini-van ever.
In the most basic form, with the Mazda stick shift transmission, this van is amazing. The automatic had a predictable and 100% (or so it seems) failure rate in the automatics at about 140,000 miles, but the stick shift would go forever.
It's actually no different from the Ranger and the early Explorers... which it shares most all of its components. Our stick shift had only the ignition module fail ($30 fix) in years of ownership. And I bought it with over 175,000 miles, in near throw away condition. New brake rotors and brakes, new tires, and it ran like a dream.
We found later that the rear seat fold down bed was a secret Ford should have advertised better. It made for a lot of comfortable long distance drives. We'd go from San Francisco to Phoenix at the drop of a hat, never had a problem. And got an honest 26 MPG from the great 2.8 V6. Never had a problem except for the ignition module. Knowing what I know now, I would have replaced it before it failed.
What a great van! Built like a truck! Because it actually is a truck. If I ever find an old one with the basic 3.0 and a stick shift, I'd buy it in a second.