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.