Re: Good/Bad Features for Various Aerostars
On Mon, 28 Nov 2005 02:42:59 GMT, "Fred"
>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
>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.