A good vehicle despite costly maintenance
Cruise Control - Module replaced at 120000km.
Front Springs - one cracked near base so both were replaced at 160000km.
Air Conditioning - not sure what went wrong, but was repaired at about 190000km.
Front Boots - replaced at 200000km.
Mass Air Flow Assembly - Van was losing power so it was replaced and runs like new at 230000km.
Alternator bearing wore out twice and voltage regulator replaced once.
Ceased Coupling on one power transfer axle at about 230000km.
Tires wear around wheel rims. Probably due to the fact that the van is somewhat top heavy.
Both rear brake lights were burning out every few months one year we had it, but it mysteriously cleared up.
Rear windshield washer ceased working.
Front Hubs wore out and had to be replaced after 240000km.
Transmission Cooler was leaking and had to be replaced at about 220000km.
Engine light has come on a few times on steep hills. This might have been related to the Mass Air Flow Assembly not working properly.
Great utility vehicle for hauling around our 4 kids.
We like the electronic AWD for traction in the winter and at the lake. However we are disappointed that Ford did not offer AWD with their Winstar and FreeStar series.
We are disappointed at our high repair bills ($3000 last year) but the van is in good shape and equivalent new AWD Ford vehicles (Expedition) are too pricey to consider.
Most people we talk to love their Aerostar, but haven't done as many km's as we have.
It's generally sluggish to respond and quite heavy.
Gas consumption is fairly high.
It gets the job done and hopefully will last a couple more years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th February, 2004