1st Generation (1986—1997) Aerostar Problems

Aerostar owners with a 1986—1997 model year have the most problems with the engine (35%), brakes (11%), and the electrical (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Won\'t Engage 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1987 Ford Aerostar.
  2. The Drum Is Stuck 1 complaints at an average of 107,000 miles in the 1996 Ford Aerostar.
  3. Engine Stalls 1 complaints at an average of 148,598 miles in the 1993 Ford Aerostar.

What Aerostar Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1996 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1997 1 5 107 0.1
1996 5 6 104 1.94
1995 2 7 82 0.36
1994 2 5 75 0.44
1993 3 4 74 0.67
1992 1 5 62 0.25
1991 1 4 48 0.26
1990 1 7 46 0.19
1989 0 6 34 0.0
1988 0 5 31 0.0
1987 1 5 28 0.35
1986 0 9 27 0.0

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