1994 Ford Aerostar XLT 4 L from North America
The roomiest minivan available
Power steering leaked.
Oil pan gasket leaked.
Lower ball joint wore out.
Muffler rusted. The catalytic converter is rusting out as well.
High oil consumption as the miles accumulated.
Transmission slips slightly at times. It was low on fluid because of a leak at the output end.
Shock absorbers. They are inexpensive to replace.
There was a safety recall related to electrical fires.
Fixed power steering leak with an additive.
Rear wiper linkage needs WD 40 on occasion.
Headlights are getting yellow and cloudy. I polished them with rubbing compound and got them clear again.
Ignition coil pack, cables and plugs were replaced to fix a rough idling and rough running engine.
I like the engine torque, the roomy interior and the relatively good fuel economy. It can hold a bicycle without having to remove a wheel.
The boys, 10 and 12 years old, started complaining about uncomfortable middle bench.
If standard maintenance is applied the vehicle is very reliable.
I wish it had better climate controls for the rear heat and air conditioning unit. The heat is to hot at the lowest setting and the air conditioning is to cold in the lowest setting. The blower for the rear unit is too loud.
There is a lot of wind noise particular in cross wind conditions.
The spark plugs are expensive to replace, but the original stainless steel muffler lasted very long.
I traded the vehicle in at 165000 miles for a 2003 Ford Windstar with quad captain seating. This vehicle offers much more creature comfort, riding comfort and performance. However, it may be more expensive, I am afraid.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd August, 2006