Ford introduced the Aerostar in 1985 for the 1986 summer season. A dependable, new type of family vehicle which was an instant success with soccer moms everywhere. The ford engine initially used was a 2.3L Lima I4 engine.
Ford also included an upgrade for this engine, the 115 hp (86 kW) 2.8 L cologne v6 which provided all the power needed for car pooling and picking up the kids.
Another great thing about the Aerostar was that Ford made most of the parts interchangeable with the Ranger and the Explorer. Most parts, including the 2.8L Ford engine, which evolved to the 3.0L vulcan V6 are easily found since so many Rangers and Explorers were also made at this time.
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