6.1

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 miles

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problem #14

Oct 282007

Aerostar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 1996 Ford Aerostar. While driving 50 mph, the contact heard a loud roaring sound. She stopped the vehicle and noticed that the rear passenger wheel spokes failed. The wheel was replaced with a spare tire. There was no damage to the tire or vehicle. The wheel was inspected by the repair shop and they stated that the wheel was defective. The wheels were the original wheels for the vehicle. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 58,000.

- Hillsboro, MO, USA

problem #13

Mar 202006

Aerostar 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles
: the contact stated the front wheels on the vehicle cracked. This was noticed from a visual inspection by the contact. The manufacturer was alerted and stated the wheels cracked under stress from the vehicle.

- Paragould, AR, USA

problem #12

Apr 052002

Aerostar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Aluminium wheels have cracks in them. Dealer notified.

- Asheville, NC, USA

problem #11

Dec 202001

Aerostar

  • miles
The right front wheel has fatigue cracks around lug nut holes, chp suggest that we contact you, could be a safety issue.

- Springville, CA, USA

problem #10

Jan 012002

Aerostar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Three of original aluminum spoke wheels have broken across the spokes. Dealer/ manufacturer contacted.

- Riodell, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 292001

Aerostar

  • miles
Casting on alloy wheels failed. Of seven spokes on wheels three had broken. Wheels were falling off the axle. Contacted dealer, and Ford. Ford stated did not have a recall on alloy wheels. Dealer stated will not replace wheels unless under warranty.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012001

Aerostar

  • miles
Both front wheels have cracks in the Ford manufactured spook wheels. Ford contacted and had no explanation and stated it is my problem. One Ford mechanic contacted and 4 wheel shops contacted and stated it appears to be a design flaw. Ford representatives had no concern concerning safety issue. As of this date Ford will not accept any liablity.

- Petaluma, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 012001

Aerostar

  • miles
Three out of the four aluminium wheels on the axle of the car where cracking until consumer switched to steel wheels at his expense. Dealer was contacted for reimbursement, but refused to honor consumers request.

- Chewelah, WA, USA

problem #6

Apr 012001

Aerostar 4WD

  • miles
1. this is the second time that a wheel has deveolped a crack in one of its spokes. 2. a bolt that holds the frontside driver seatback in an upright position sheared off and allowed the seatback to move freely back and forth.

- Radford, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 271999

Aerostar

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle parked. Owner noticed 3 wheels were cracked/broken. Took vehicle to dealership to have wheels replaced. Mechanic gave no indication of what caused the wheels to be cracked or broken.

- Rockford, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 182000

Aerostar 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving heard loud clicking noise from left front wheel, discovered cracks in left wheel, replaced the wheel

- Los Lunas, NM, USA

problem #3

Nov 111999

Aerostar

  • miles
Aluminium wheels have a crack on the passengers side wheel.

- Huston, TX, USA

problem #2

Jan 132000

Aerostar 4WD

  • miles
During a brake inspection at a tire store, it was pointed out that the original aluminum wheels were cracked. Two of the large spokes on one wheel were cracked through. One other was cracked but not all the way through. I called wendle Ford who had sold me the car. They said it wasn't a warranty item and they had never heard of such a failure before. I took the car to the dealer ship to show them the cracked wheels. They then told me that I was the second person today (January 14, 2000) who had the same problem with cracked wheels on an Aerostar, but it still isn't a warranty or recall item and they would be happy to sell me new wheels. I don't believe wheels should be cracking after 3 years. This is also a safety concern. Luckily the problem was found before it caused an accident. I have to believe that this problem is widespread if 2 of us in one day at one dealership had the problem.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 091999

Aerostar 4WD

  • miles
Wheel rims failed. After feeling severe wobble at speed, driver pulled over and found the aluminum wheel rim on fr wheel was failing. 3 of 4 wheels showed severe fractures in spokes. Wheels are aluminum with 7 spokes. Wheel type 49 for 1996 areostars. Rf had 4 completely fractured spokes and 1 partial, wheel was out of alignment and ready to come off if driven further. This would have been a catastrophic failure and complete loss of vehicle control. Rr showed 1 spoke completely fractured and 2 partials. Lf showed 1 spoke partially fractured. Lr showed no defects. This vehicle is a family use, with some light towing and no abuse. No wheel defects were noted at prior Ford dealer service 42000 miles or by owner at 48500 miles. Wheel failures seem to be sudden. No road hazzards where involved. Ford dealer is holding failed rims.

- Otis Orchards, WA, USA