"I purchased the 4.0 XLT Extended AWD new in 1997 and recently traded it in for a smaller family vehicle since our children have grown. This by far has been the greatest vehicle that I have owned. The vehicle has a box look that provides excellent room. The original engine and transmission were sound even thought the vehicle had over 215,000 miles. Not a drop of oil on my concrete white driveway can be found. Since the vehicle is 12 years old and still runs well, the only flaw is the rust that developed on the floor near the doors. Excellent traction in the snow, 12 to 17 MPG average. I would by another tomorrow if Ford would build another."
"I have owned two Aerostar minivans. The Price new was considerably less than Chryslers. THe options were significantly better. When my first minivan was impaled by a driver running a red light the van was flipped and I walked away because the van took all the impact with a strong frame and crumple zones. Excellent reliable vehicle that has also been a great highway vehicle. Drive all day and still feel great with the lumbar support and great seats."