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Old 11-27-2005, 19:01   #1 (permalink)
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Good/Bad Features for Various Aerostars

Anyone else have any comments about any Aerostar features you like or not?

I am starting to notice a few differences btw my old 93 and my "new" 97. I
only am mentioning those things that are noticeably better in one or the
other - won't mention the incidental differences.

Also, I don't know if these are options that I'm talking about or not. I
only had these 2 models and haven't checked around that much.

#1 - Reclining back seats

Both rear seats in the 93 recline fully and make a half-way decent bed.
Also, they make a solid surface from front to rear with no open spaces. The
97 seats' backs fold forward on top of the seat and take up more vertical
space (about 4-inches more than the 93). On the other hand, in the 97, you
can still put things in the floor and access them from the side door, which
is more difficult with the fully-reclining versions. On the third hand, with
the 97, you have to lay a piece of plywood over the folded down seats if you
don't want thing falling through the cracks - not like the 93.

#2 - Rear dome light

The 93 light has a 3-way switch on it -- you can either turn it off, on when
the doors are open, or on all the time. The 97 has no switch - always on
with the doors open and control by the master switch on the instrument
cluster. I like the model with a switch because I carry a lot of stuff in
the back and don't want the whole thing lit up at night when I open the
door. Easy to change - I'm going to mount a push button switch near the
rear light. I don't care about having the 'always on' position on the
switch, so that should work fine.

#3 - Interior dome light switch

This is a negative for me on both models. Sometimes I don't want the
interior lights to come on when I open a door. As far as I can tell,
there's no way to turn them off - turning the light know counterclockwise
dims the instrument panel but not the interior lights.

Fred








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Old 11-27-2005, 21:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Good/Bad Features for Various Aerostars

Fred wrote:
> Anyone else have any comments about any Aerostar features you like or not?
>
> I am starting to notice a few differences btw my old 93 and my "new" 97. I
> only am mentioning those things that are noticeably better in one or the
> other - won't mention the incidental differences.
>
> Also, I don't know if these are options that I'm talking about or not. I
> only had these 2 models and haven't checked around that much.
>
> #1 - Reclining back seats
>
> Both rear seats in the 93 recline fully and make a half-way decent bed.
> Also, they make a solid surface from front to rear with no open spaces. The
> 97 seats' backs fold forward on top of the seat and take up more vertical
> space (about 4-inches more than the 93). On the other hand, in the 97, you
> can still put things in the floor and access them from the side door, which
> is more difficult with the fully-reclining versions. On the third hand, with
> the 97, you have to lay a piece of plywood over the folded down seats if you
> don't want thing falling through the cracks - not like the 93.


Your '93 - was it an Eddie Bauer? I thought the fully reclining seats
was on the Eddie Bauer only.

>
> #2 - Rear dome light
>
> The 93 light has a 3-way switch on it -- you can either turn it off, on when
> the doors are open, or on all the time. The 97 has no switch - always on
> with the doors open and control by the master switch on the instrument
> cluster. I like the model with a switch because I carry a lot of stuff in
> the back and don't want the whole thing lit up at night when I open the
> door. Easy to change - I'm going to mount a push button switch near the
> rear light. I don't care about having the 'always on' position on the
> switch, so that should work fine.


Light Group Option on the '93.

>
> #3 - Interior dome light switch
>
> This is a negative for me on both models. Sometimes I don't want the
> interior lights to come on when I open a door. As far as I can tell,
> there's no way to turn them off - turning the light know counterclockwise
> dims the instrument panel but not the interior lights.


Only police cars typically have the no-interior-lights option as you
desire.

Rob
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01   #3 (permalink)
nospam.clare.nce@sny.der.on.ca
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Re: Good/Bad Features for Various Aerostars

On Mon, 28 Nov 2005 02:42:59 GMT, "Fred"
<testing@testing1212mouse.com> wrote:

>Anyone else have any comments about any Aerostar features you like or not?
>
>I am starting to notice a few differences btw my old 93 and my "new" 97. I
>only am mentioning those things that are noticeably better in one or the
>other - won't mention the incidental differences.
>
>Also, I don't know if these are options that I'm talking about or not. I
>only had these 2 models and haven't checked around that much.
>
>#1 - Reclining back seats


You had a "Eddie Bauer" edition '93. They came with the reclining
seats.
>
>Both rear seats in the 93 recline fully and make a half-way decent bed.
>Also, they make a solid surface from front to rear with no open spaces. The
>97 seats' backs fold forward on top of the seat and take up more vertical
>space (about 4-inches more than the 93). On the other hand, in the 97, you
>can still put things in the floor and access them from the side door, which
>is more difficult with the fully-reclining versions. On the third hand, with
>the 97, you have to lay a piece of plywood over the folded down seats if you
>don't want thing falling through the cracks - not like the 93.
>
>#2 - Rear dome light


Again, I THINK that was part of the Bauer package.
>
>The 93 light has a 3-way switch on it -- you can either turn it off, on when
>the doors are open, or on all the time. The 97 has no switch - always on
>with the doors open and control by the master switch on the instrument
>cluster. I like the model with a switch because I carry a lot of stuff in
>the back and don't want the whole thing lit up at night when I open the
>door. Easy to change - I'm going to mount a push button switch near the
>rear light. I don't care about having the 'always on' position on the
>switch, so that should work fine.
>
>#3 - Interior dome light switch


Not an available option on Aerostar - but easy to add. Pontiac Tras
Sport has this function.
>
>This is a negative for me on both models. Sometimes I don't want the
>interior lights to come on when I open a door. As far as I can tell,
>there's no way to turn them off - turning the light know counterclockwise
>dims the instrument panel but not the interior lights.
>
>Fred
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01   #4 (permalink)
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On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 23:31:34 -0500, trainfan1
<lmsearing@usdatanet.net> wrote:

>Fred wrote:
>> Anyone else have any comments about any Aerostar features you like or not?
>>
>> I am starting to notice a few differences btw my old 93 and my "new" 97. I
>> only am mentioning those things that are noticeably better in one or the
>> other - won't mention the incidental differences.
>>
>> Also, I don't know if these are options that I'm talking about or not. I
>> only had these 2 models and haven't checked around that much.
>>
>> #1 - Reclining back seats
>>
>> Both rear seats in the 93 recline fully and make a half-way decent bed.
>> Also, they make a solid surface from front to rear with no open spaces. The
>> 97 seats' backs fold forward on top of the seat and take up more vertical
>> space (about 4-inches more than the 93). On the other hand, in the 97, you
>> can still put things in the floor and access them from the side door, which
>> is more difficult with the fully-reclining versions. On the third hand, with
>> the 97, you have to lay a piece of plywood over the folded down seats if you
>> don't want thing falling through the cracks - not like the 93.

>
>Your '93 - was it an Eddie Bauer? I thought the fully reclining seats
>was on the Eddie Bauer only.
>
>>
>> #2 - Rear dome light
>>
>> The 93 light has a 3-way switch on it -- you can either turn it off, on when
>> the doors are open, or on all the time. The 97 has no switch - always on
>> with the doors open and control by the master switch on the instrument
>> cluster. I like the model with a switch because I carry a lot of stuff in
>> the back and don't want the whole thing lit up at night when I open the
>> door. Easy to change - I'm going to mount a push button switch near the
>> rear light. I don't care about having the 'always on' position on the
>> switch, so that should work fine.

>
>Light Group Option on the '93.
>
>>
>> #3 - Interior dome light switch
>>
>> This is a negative for me on both models. Sometimes I don't want the
>> interior lights to come on when I open a door. As far as I can tell,
>> there's no way to turn them off - turning the light know counterclockwise
>> dims the instrument panel but not the interior lights.

>
>Only police cars typically have the no-interior-lights option as you
>desire.
>
>Rob



Not true. My '94 Trans Sport has it - and ALL vans should have.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01   #5 (permalink)
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"trainfan1" <lmsearing@usdatanet.net> wrote in message
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>
> Your '93 - was it an Eddie Bauer? I thought the fully reclining seats
> was on the Eddie Bauer only.


No, not an Eddie.



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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01   #6 (permalink)
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<nospam.clare.nce@sny.der.on.ca> wrote

> >#1 - Reclining back seats

>
> You had a "Eddie Bauer" edition '93. They came with the reclining
> seats.


Mine wasn't an Eddie edition -- std garden variety Aerostar. Must have been
an option for none-Eddie models that year.


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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01   #7 (permalink)
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> Only police cars typically have the no-interior-lights option as you
> desire.


Maybe true nowadays, but this was standard on most all older cars. My 93 was
the first car I ever owned without it.


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Old 11-28-2005, 14:01   #8 (permalink)
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nospam.clare.nce@sny.der.on.ca wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Nov 2005 23:31:34 -0500, trainfan1
> <lmsearing@usdatanet.net> wrote:
>
>
>>Fred wrote:
>>
>>>Anyone else have any comments about any Aerostar features you like or not?
>>>
>>>I am starting to notice a few differences btw my old 93 and my "new" 97. I
>>>only am mentioning those things that are noticeably better in one or the
>>>other - won't mention the incidental differences.
>>>
>>>Also, I don't know if these are options that I'm talking about or not. I
>>>only had these 2 models and haven't checked around that much.
>>>
>>>#1 - Reclining back seats
>>>
>>>Both rear seats in the 93 recline fully and make a half-way decent bed.
>>>Also, they make a solid surface from front to rear with no open spaces. The
>>>97 seats' backs fold forward on top of the seat and take up more vertical
>>>space (about 4-inches more than the 93). On the other hand, in the 97, you
>>>can still put things in the floor and access them from the side door, which
>>>is more difficult with the fully-reclining versions. On the third hand, with
>>>the 97, you have to lay a piece of plywood over the folded down seats if you
>>>don't want thing falling through the cracks - not like the 93.

>>
>>Your '93 - was it an Eddie Bauer? I thought the fully reclining seats
>>was on the Eddie Bauer only.
>>
>>
>>>#2 - Rear dome light
>>>
>>>The 93 light has a 3-way switch on it -- you can either turn it off, on when
>>>the doors are open, or on all the time. The 97 has no switch - always on
>>>with the doors open and control by the master switch on the instrument
>>>cluster. I like the model with a switch because I carry a lot of stuff in
>>>the back and don't want the whole thing lit up at night when I open the
>>>door. Easy to change - I'm going to mount a push button switch near the
>>>rear light. I don't care about having the 'always on' position on the
>>>switch, so that should work fine.

>>
>>Light Group Option on the '93.
>>
>>
>>>#3 - Interior dome light switch
>>>
>>>This is a negative for me on both models. Sometimes I don't want the
>>>interior lights to come on when I open a door. As far as I can tell,
>>>there's no way to turn them off - turning the light know counterclockwise
>>>dims the instrument panel but not the interior lights.

>>
>>Only police cars typically have the no-interior-lights option as you
>>desire.
>>
>>Rob

>
>
>
> Not true. My '94 Trans Sport has it - and ALL vans should have.


I should have been more specific - our Hondas & Nissans/Datsuns had this
feature too.

All the American cars we've had over the years -
Dodge/Chrysler/Ford/Mercury etc. I've had to take out the bulb in the
dome light to get the "feature".

Rob
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Old 11-29-2005, 06:01   #9 (permalink)
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I just have one '87 Aerostar. A friend gave it to me when the body was
starting to go at about 113K miles. It's now got 191K miles on it and
showing no signs of having any problems. I've read elsewhere the 3.0
V6 engine it has is extremely reliable so I'm putting that out here as
the feature I like.

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Old 11-30-2005, 02:01   #10 (permalink)
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Ditto here. My 93 with a 3.0 got 20+ mpg on the freeway and 18 around town.

A trouble point.... If you ever have a freeze plug leak, get rid of the car
or replace them all. I replaced freeze plugs one after another, overheating
each time, and eventually I'm thinking that repeated overheating caused my
3.0 major problems - the timing chain "stretched" and slipped off the gear
and then the head gasket blew. Previous owner didn't keep the coolant and
rust inhibitor up to snuff. Once one went, the rest went one after another.
And labor is high on replacing them due to where they are located.

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> I just have one '87 Aerostar. A friend gave it to me when the body was
> starting to go at about 113K miles. It's now got 191K miles on it and
> showing no signs of having any problems. I've read elsewhere the 3.0
> V6 engine it has is extremely reliable so I'm putting that out here as
> the feature I like.
>



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