A dependable, practical, functional workhorse that also serves as the family car
The ignition switch on the column is wearing out and operates poorly. The water pump had to be relaced at 160,000 miles. Drivers seat cover is wearing badly. The rest of the interior has remained in good condition.
This van has been remarkable. It has a truck body and yet operates nicely as a functional car-like vehicle. With the two rear seats out, my Aero star has remarkable space for carrying lumber, cement blocks, etc. However the rear seats are heavy and a chore to remove and put back in.
It is a wonderful workhorse by day and at night serves as a family vehicle.
I've never had a better, more useful vehicle. The mileage is 20 - 25 mpg on the highway and the ride is comfortable. The captains seats in front are well built and comfortable. I am surprised how well this van operates in snow even though it is rear wheel drive. Previous real wheel drive vans that I owned were a hazard on icy roads, but not my Aerostar.
The paint job is not of the best quality and the lower body panels are beginning to rust badly. I plan to do some major body work soon and this vehicle is well worth it. I have never replaced a muffler or catalytic converter in over 180,000 miles. This is remarkable and speaks well of the stainless steel parts used on the exhaust system.
I also like the slab like appearance of the Aerostar and plan to get a 97 Eddie Bauer 4 wheel drive to replace my 94.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th July, 2004