1997 Ford Aerostar XLT 4.0L V6 from North America
A super family vehicle
Only thing to date has been a vibration of the air filter & hose in high humidity (35C +).
Might be blower motor.
Love to hear if anyone else has had a similar problem!
Also, have not been able to find out if the engine is equipped with a timing belt or timing chain.
Once again, any info would be appreciated.
Love the comfort, ride and performance.
It's got great power and seats my family very comforatably.
Plus, since it's an extended van, there's plenty of room behind back seat for storage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd July, 2002
19th Oct 2002, 17:09
It has a timing chain, but they have a tensioner that can make noise. Drive on that motor will last for ever.
1st Dec 2003, 09:45
To answer the reviewer's question of a timing chain or belt.. The 4 liter and 3 liter engines use a chain. They generally last the life of the van. Still, though, they should be changed every 300000 kilometers or every 10 years..
30th Jan 2004, 23:16
I have had the same air-filter box noise on my '97. A dealership told me quite a while back that this was due to some sort of vacuum leak, which they were unable to fix. I had an early '90's XLT that did the same thing. Both that one and my '97 are All-Wheel Drive, so not sure if this situation is limited to just those models or not.
As for the interior, I, too, have had a problem with various panel screws coming loose or falling out. They do need to be monitored from time to time and tightened accordingly.
Mine has 96XXX miles on it and I'm not the original owner. Luckily I've not had too many problems. However, my rear window washer pump will not work when it's very cold outside (appx. 30 degrees or less) ; the pump doesn't even make a sound. Had this problem on my other Aerostar as well. Didn't have checked out (yet) by a dealership.
Great van otherwise, and the AWD function is fabulous. I had a '92 Rear Wheel Drive and it, understandably, had terrible traction on wet pavement, let alone snow/ice, etc. But this is my 3rd Aerostar and I really can't see myself ever driving any other car. Too bad there's no cup holders for passengers in the rear seat (as someone else pointed out), nor is there a passenger side airbag (required for '98 models on up, which could be why Aerostar was discontinued in '97 so to avoid the additional cost/upgrade)