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    1. HLV-12

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      Greetings:

      I am the original owner of a 1994 Ford Aerostar. It is the XL model with the 3.0 V6 and a 5 speed stick transmission. Everything is original. I have put 198,547 miles on it so far. The van has spent it's entire life in the desert and has no rust. I still have the original exhaust system in it. I have had several people comment that it will be a classic someday and I have decided to keep it. It has been a remarkably reliable vehicle. I have had several batteries go out ,and recently, the starter finally quit. In all cases, I was out on the road and because it is a stick, I was able to pop the clutch and continue to the nearest parts store. The mileage is pretty good. I get 23-24 mpg at 65 mph with the A/C on.

      The 3.0 engine is not the most powerful. When freeway driving, the engine is really putting out the RPM's at 70 mph. I am not sure if it is the engine design or the gearing. While the engine may not have the most power, it makes up for that in long term reliability. I have not done any work on the engine, and still drive it every day. I do need to replace some plastic some interior parts. Does anyone know where they can be obtained?

      Best Regards;
      FV
       
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    3. Jose A.

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      for trim parts try salvage yards near you. These parts need to be looked at in person due to aging.

      I purchased one of the first Aerostar in early 1986, it was a 4-speed automatic but it had a floor shifter.

      it lasted me 13 years, and the 3.0 engine was awesome, lots of power. maybe you have a 2.3 liter instead of a 3.0 liter ??

      I'm on my 3rd Aerostar since 1986. There simply is no replacement for it.
      The Aerostar might not achieve "classic" status, but it sure is a "Treasured Vehicle" according to Ford's Customer Service Dept.
       
    4. aero-star

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      I am a Aerostar person for some reason I always liked the units and also the Econolines. You sit nice and high in those vans. I had new Ford vehicles over the years but always like used. Gives a person some tinkering and a lot of knowledge.
      I had a 1989 Ford Aerostar Standard Trans but given to my grand son in 1998 and lasted only a year.

      Bought an in perfect shape1996 Ford Aerostar 3.0L Aut. 2WD-C 254000 km (plain Joe) again in 2009 paid $ 1200.00 for it. Now has 339000 km on it and still in perfect shape. When retired you need a good hobby.........lol. So I bought 3 months a go a 1992 Aerostar 4.0L Aut. 2WD-LS 184000 km loaded and in clean shape for CAD 500.00. But it just had some lack of maintenance. Next day I picked up a 1995 Aerostar 4.0L Aut. E-4WD-LS 244000 km also lack of maintenance for CAD 400.00 (I thought for parts). Complaint; motor is running bit rough and no OD, RBS light, Brake light etc.. This owner said I have another 1994 Aerostar 4.0L Aut. E-4WD-C but the motor is toast but trans is good you can have it for FREE. Yes I had to pick that one up too a couple of days ago; on a dolly with the 1995 in front 200 km job. Yes it was freezing but the sun was shining ...lol. So next day battery in the 1994 and gas in the tank (has been sitting in his yard since June 2008) plugged the engine heater in. Put put, put, put,........battery dead. I heard no clanking sound thus other battery and whoops it was running. Bit rough but I can easily solve that problem. When I looked at the odometer; 161485 km. When I looked under the hood the Brake Combination Valve was gone. Mamma Mia where is the world coming too.

      Summary; The 1996 I spend about CAD 900.00 on parts for normal maintenance in the last few years. The 1992 I had to spend about CAD 800.00 on parts to repair all the minors due lack of maintenance. The 1995 CAD 900.00 on parts also due lack of maintenance. The 1994 probably need the MAF cleaned and the HEGO (OS2) sensor replaced. And it need the darn Brake Combination Valve they cut out. But that is also minor.

      Most people do away with vehicles because they are scared of the maintenance bill after it is not running good anymore. So they find another used one. A DIY mechanic can easily diagnose the problem with all the information what's out there. The 3 last ones even had the owners manual in it. The rocker panels I have to replace, but that is hobby work. With proper use and maintenance those Aerostars can last 500.000 km (300.000 miles) easily. So now I have a lot of KM/Miles ahead of me, just wonder do I need to accumulate another one for parts.......lol.
      I have another 1997 E-AWD I maintain for a elderly lady with only 89.000 km on it. Well it will be someday the 6th.
      I love the 4.0L engine the 3.0L has to work to hard and fuel economy is the same.
      My next project for 2014 is the Hydrogen fuel addition to bring the fuel consumption down. Yes running on gasoline and water (no water injection)
      I am raised on a farm and I was tinkering since I was 5,........... wow that's 63 years ago.
      Never have any one do my maintenance but myself. Vehicles, house, appliances, PC etc. you name it.
      So that's Aero-star
       
    5. Heavy User

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      I see this as a pretty dead topic, but I can't resist, bein an Aerostar Mega owner -- a 93 XLT Eddie Bauer w. 4.0 EAWD 178,000 with the stairs removed for clearance.

      I am a climber, hiker, skier, caver, shooter, mountaineer and especially most summer weekends, a Mtn biker. Me and my 2 closest Buds all have XLT's; usually using them in pairs as shuttles for about 4- 8 guys. Mine is dedicated to Major Abuse and saves the other guys from mangling their own overpriced rides into Serious Explorations Adventure Vehicles. The first guy bought his 92 in 94 and we got two more in the next few years as we learned just how standup they were in actual use.

      MONSTER rides in Idaho; I beat hell out of mine on horrendous roads through the deserts covered in inches of fine powdery lava ash looking for lava tubes, or deep snow in the mountains grinding up to backcountry tours in the blizzards or the miserable, insanely sticky mud that often forms here- abouts anytime in between those conditions. We find we can easily stuff 5 guys, five bikes, five packs, five or six dogs and an ice chest full of beer inside each one without causing too many problems, like having to remove bike wheels or stacking dogs. Most other trips are easier as the bikes are bulky and clumsy.

      Yeah, I want better ground clearance, but other than that, the Aerostar is a completely irreplaceable transport system. We guys often talk about buying something else as a shuttle vehicle, but WHAT? Nothing is even close outside of custom built vans that get comparatively stinking mileage. I treat mine like a 4 wheel drive, I am HARD on vehicles but with only minor consideration I have seen these machines jockied into outrageous places like they just belonged. Most guys are very happy to let us do their drive-ins (unless they want us to carry their gear so they can drive their dinky undersized 4wds. in with an extra guy or something) (cough-cough-Subaru-WHY?)

      You can easily buy AS XLT E4WD for under 1500 now, the junkyards are crushing them as being too old, I seen better ones than I got being parted out. Totally insane. Buy one just to abuse it, put it on snow in some parking lot and GUN it, its amazing predictable and responsive. You can do drifts and spins. (However, backing downhill on unpaved ice roads seems to confuse the traction control some ...)

      With the fold down seats mounted rear flat, two ice chests stuffed under them just inside the rear door, you got a platform for your napping, maybe using the fold down seat in the middle or some other arrangement it makes a easy impromptu inside sleeping camper for two or three people with storage under the seats.

      If you like the 4 Capt. chairs they are a good comfy ride too, but for four not five. SO FLEXIBLE! Holds you tight as the cabin slams side to side. Good arm grips and extra headroom in the back which is rare.

      Have FUN in this machine, its actually pretty easy to fix overall, except for the engine, which seem pretty strong, other than the little vacuum manifold that loses all its hoses every so often... learn what to fix permanently and you're through for the most part, just do the oil changes...

      Windstar stinks, they are in every junkyard, and look no where near as large, useful or sturdy. Are ANY of THEM 4wd? I will keep ragin on my poor Windy until parts are falling off and the DOT tears me away from its worn down cabin. NOTHING compares to it.


      Love My 'Star

      Rokjox.
       
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    6. Jose A.

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      the Windstar and then the Freestar are front-wheel drive, we can't even start to compare them to the Aerostar which is a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

      I for one will not buy a front-wheel drive anything, been there done that, and my experience was such that I swore I would never again put money in a front-wheel drive car or van.

      corporate bean-counters don't understand that there are millions of people who do not like engines mounted sideways in the engine bay, but they sure dictate to car designers how to design a vehicle.

      So I agree the Windstar sucks, even used car dealers don't want them because they know they are a bag of unresolvable problems.
       
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      The "E" series vans are still being produced basically unchanged over the years. It's a dirty shame Ford didn't continue the Aerostar along with the E series. I understand GM no longer produces the Astro vans series anymore either. Two huge mistakes the way I see it. I believe there's still a market for the smaller vans like these two fit. I wish I had the space to store a couple more for spares and parts before they're gone.
       
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      Wow it's getting spring in the rockies

      Well the Freebie 1994 E-AWD XLT (Tan/Brown)(164.000 km/100.000 mi) is not going for parts (see my earlier post Nov.2013). This Aerostar had been sitting idle since 2009 ++
      After cleaning the most common sensors, filters, oil and spark plugs (also O2 sensor replaced). Engine is running like a charm and the whole drive train runs perfect. Even the A/C was still working front and back. The brakes got tuned up and got the missing combination valve replaced. Has a clean interior replaced the back window which I got in the wrecking yard (used 1/4" Butyl Tape). Now I have to fix the rear-rocker panels because a no-brain er didn't know how to jack properly a Aerostar. After I blow all the dust out the chassis I will properly rust proof the coach. The winter tires are at 60%. Exterior paint in good condition and hardly any rust beside some on the rocker panels. When I opened the air filter a mice or squirrel had been housing there for a X number of years. Lucky all the vacuum hoses where still in tact. So far my investment has been Cad 350.00
      Rather have a vehicle that age which already had some crappy parts than a new vehicle nowadays which are even more made of crappier parts and are over priced to feed the shareholders. Humm... Henry Ford must be still turning in his grave. For most part all it takes some TLC and properly operating a vehicle to have long enjoyment from them. E-AWD is a must in snow area's and here in the Rocky Mountains we get plenty of it. When this project is completed I will find another Aerostar to keep me in shape.....lol.
       
    9. Jose A.

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      one reason Ford and GM discontinued the Aerostar and Astro is because of Front Wheel Drive versus Rear Wheel Drive.

      it is faster to install a complete Front wheel drive unit in a vehicle than a Rear wheel drive setup, so for the purpose of manufacturing, they call it "economy of manufacture".

      and we already know the result of that "economy", the Windstar and Freestar: terrible unreliable vehicles which not even used car dealers want to mess with.

      We also need to remember that both Ford and GM aren't run exactly by "smart people",
      in any case the opposite is true, stupid ceo's and bean counters who make stupid decisions based on beans, just look at the ignition switch scandal that GM created, are these people just plain corporate morons? Yes, stay thirsty my friends.
       
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      I've had a 96 Aerostar for about 10 years.
       
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      I picked up a red 93 model, extended, 4.0, 2WD about a year ago for $275. Its got 206,000 on the ticker as of today. I've maybe put 3k on it. My friend's grandfather was going to junk it. It needed brakes, and some suspension work. My green 95 broke the timing chain. Because of that and some collision damage, it became a parts donor for the 93.

      I really like the extended body and the 4.0. Once I got it running, I couldn't believe the power difference between the two. Its got alot of rust, but only in the rockers. Everything else is solid.

      My wife hates vans, and I cherish the fact that the 93 was our transportation on our wedding day!!:D
       
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      just bought anothet 97 ext. Aerostar AWD

      I must be out of my mind!! I can't find any parts for it, at least not many I can afford!!
       
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      Funny you should say that about the Windstar. I agree! I hated the design for one thing and the reason I never got Windstar was because it reminded me too much of the Caravan.

      Like the Caravan it was more like a car, down low and had no space int he cargo area. The Aerostar is more like a truck and having totaled one I can attest to the fact that it performed well in a side hit leaving none of us with injuries.

      Funny thing is when I go to the junkyard. I find few or no Aerostars but tons and tons of Windstars and Caravans!
       
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      How many people have owned THREE Aerostars? Me and who else? don-ohio :)^)
       
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      Original owner of a 1990 Eddie Bauer 3.0 "shorty". Parked a few years ago due to brake issues, too many other projects and not enough hours in the day . . .

      My wife says I have to get it fixed because it was her favorite vehicle to drive other than our Subaru SVX.
       
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      I am on my 4th Aerostar and my 4th Explorer is sitting in the front yard waiting for me to pull the engine to do the rear timing chain again! Right now I am driving my Dad's 99 Silverado LS Z71 shorty pick up and am actually liking it!

      After driving my Dad's truck since he passed away, I might have to renounce my membership in the Ford Forums!

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      I don't have one now, although I wish I still did, but my 2nd vehicle was a 1993 Aerostar. I was the envy of all my friends and frequently the designated driver in college because my vehicle could hold more people. That van had over 100,000 miles on it when I got it but O never had a lick of trouble out of it.
       
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      I drove a 1986 Aerostar and a 1996 Aerostar until they rained on the inside. Right now, the '96 is behind the shed. I'm keeping it as a spare for my 2005 Explorer. I just can't seem to trust a car with so many computers that can cause you to be F.O.R.D (Found On Road Dead), towed to a Stealership, and have it ransomed back to you for several hundred or a few thousand dollars. The only computers that worked when I bought it were the PCM and the ABS. The rest I disabled, one by one. Then I amputated the chime so it couldn't annoy me with constant nags about useless options that don't work. It took me months and a wiring diagram book to locate and kill a dozen broken microprocessors.:mad:
       
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      The '90 Eddie Bauer 3.0 "shorty" is still parked but I just picked up a '90 Eddie Bauer E4WD Extended with 142K miles on it for $300. It's even the same color as our original one!
       
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      i have two now.1991 extended xlt 4.0 and 1991 xl shorty 3.0/five speed.
       
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      Sweet, 5 speed, not many of those. I think my van is going to get converted.. another project for another day!
       
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      I'm on my third aerostar, all 91 4.0L extended vans that I converted to a 5 speed manual. First van I owned for 11 months, lady pulled out from a stop sign expecting me to yield to her. Impact sent her spinning 270 degrees and flying. Insurance let me keep it for $50 so I found an identical van, same exact color and swapped everything from the first van over. Owned that one 10 months till a lady rear ended me hard enough to fold the frame over the wheel wells. Insurance let me keep that one for $250. Current van has lasted 2 years, it is getting a supercharger that I bought from another forum member.
       
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      Once the toy box arrives in the mail I will start the build thread.
       
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