I have a 95 Aerostar which I bought new. 100,000 miles now and only problem is the key ignition switch looseness.
Ford has a recall on this. I just haven't taken care of it yet.
No rust. No mechanical problems.
So far, probably the best car I have ever owned. And that goes back a long way.
I've bought my 1989 Aerostar 3 years ago, the mileage was 176 000km and now it's 209 000km, and the only thing I changed is a radiator hose.
Last Summer I moved from Quebec to British Columbia, a 5248km ride full loaded and nothing went wrong with the van.
I like it and I think it's a good van. My brother has the same van, same year, and it goes well too.
My mom has a '90 Aerostar, she bought it back in '95 with 150,000kms, now it has 240,000kms and the only thing we've replaced so far is the alternator and a cracked u-joint.
It has a lot of rust and has been fixed 2 times already and it keeps coming back, we now have no bottom of the door jams.
It runs strong and its A/C still works, never re-charged or anything.
Overall this has been a great van. And it's pretty quick with the 3.0L V6 automatic, I beat a Escort GT with this monster of a van.
I have a 1993 Aerostar XLT. It had 174.0000 when I got it, it now has 208,0000, never any problem.
I had it painted July 2001, it's red but I changed the silver to white, added a GM Astro top mounted brake light. If you want a picture e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I think the white looks really good.
I have a 90 Aerostar with a 3.0 liter with 135K miles on it, still running strong. Initially had AC problems with it with while under warranty. Other than having to replace the water pump twice (did it myself to the cost of about $25 each time) and a set of U-joints, which is expect with a vehicle with that many miles on it I can't complain. If it wasn't for the fact that the body is rusting out from under it it drive it for another 12 years, recently I found a 94 that looks almost new, hope this one is as reliable as the old one. Too bad Ford stopped making these in 97 or I'd buy a new one.
I have a 93' Aerostar Extended Length XLT with 123,000 miles on it. I bought it new in the fall of 93' as Ford couldn't decide whether to proceed and make a 94' model. It runs great, doesn't burn oil. I have had to replace the radiator/water pump at 110,000 miles. Replaced the alternator myself at 120,000 miles. Body with no rust on it looks good as we live in Georgia. The AC went out on it last year and I'm unsure whether to sink the money $1400. My wife doesn't like anymore as it is the teal/gray combination. But when we go to lunch at my office we always seem to use it as it can hold 7 adults with comfort. We'll probably sell it later this year. Any takers? I'll email photo. Contact me at email@example.com.
I have a '93 extended Aerostar XLT I bought new in the summer of '93. This vehicle has been a real workhorse. It now has 95,000 miles and just replaced the transmission last month (after pulling a 2,300 lb. boat/trailer for the last 4 boating seasons). Replaced the water pump at 80,000 miles, but other than those 2 repairs, nothing. Still runs great.
All electronics still working except volume on radio tends to fade up and down at times.
There is one small spot of rust in the passenger door well, but that's not bad for 10 years in northern Ohio where roads are salted.
We bought our 91 Aerostar in 2001. It had 145K miles when bought. It is now over 220K. We have had to do minor repairs, but they have not been too unusual. The A/C went out 2 days after we bought it. Had to replace the full system. We knew it was bad when purchased. That was an additional $1000.
Other repairs have included everything in the cooling system except the radiator. Water pump twice in 6 months (second one covered under warranty). U-joints replaced.
The only major problem I have had has been the brakes. Since I have owned it, I am on my third set of rotors for the front. I have had each set turned twice and still develop a shake after just a few days. I have replaced all the pads and calipers. The rear brakes have been completely replaced twice, drums once. If not for the brakes, I would be highly thrilled about the van. But having spent 8 different repair sessions getting personal with the brakes has not been too fun.
It has a little rust at the bottom of the side panel under the gas fill nozzle. It has been owned in Missouri, Tennessee and now I bought it and brought it to Florida.
Travels nice. Obviously we have put a lot of miles on it (75K in just over 1 ½ years).
Normal maintenance. Tire replacements. Original engine and transmission. 3.0. Not extended.
I bought a 93 Aerostar new, it now has 280,000 km and has been used for everything from holiday's to moving to being used for my job. I have put in about $3000 worth of work, but just maintenance type stuff never any major malfunctions. My friends that laughed when I bought the van have replaced the vehicles they were driving because of poor performance and too many repairs.
93 Aerostar with 146,000. Generally have had good luck. Just had dealer convert a/c system to R-134 at a cost of $500.00, only to have the compressor freeze up. Have replaced slide and door jam at dealer. Starting to burn oil between oil changes (1 qt @5,000 miles.). Very comfortable vehicle for the family. Hope to get another 100,000 miles.
We've owned two Aerostar XLTs. While I've never taken the wheel of one, I can say that they are quite roomy and comfortable, on short or long trips. The rear audio control is a nice feature, too.
The Aerostar XLT's trunk is very spacious, too. I bought a Ms. Pac-Man cocktail arcade game a few years ago, and was able to fit it completely inside the trunk, without the need to adjust the rear seat. That hulking thing takes up more space than an average family's luggage, but it still fit! Very nice!