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Mercury Sable Problems and Repair Histories

Don't infer Mercury Sable problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of Mercury Sable repairs by problem area

34% of the Mercury Sable repairs were to the engine, 8% to the transmission, 13% to the brakes, 23% to the suspension, 17% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 2% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 298 repairs.

Mercury Sable repair cost distribution

Of the Mercury Sable repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 12% cost less than $100, 49% between $100 and $499, 29% between $500 and $999, 9% between $1000 and $2499, and 1% more than $2500.

Chart based on 149 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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Repair costs are in local units.

2003 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 65000    
69000 570 evap canister replaced 
70000 80 Hood latch inoperative--lubed & adjusted. 
74000 500 R&R front brake pads & rotors Reattached loose heat shield. 
88000 276 replaced warped front rotors after only 8000 miles. 
89000 1140 Broken rear spring, leaking rear strut. Replaced spring, struts, strut mounts and sway bar links; 4 wheel alignment 
96000 295 replaced warped rotors 
98000 0 wheel cylinders were leaking; did a complete rear brake job (drum, shoes, wheel cylinders) 

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2003 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 103000    
103000 550 Brakes scraping, total replacement 
121000 400 Tie Rods replaced 
121700 150 Check engine light. Fuel evaporation problem solved with new cap.  Fan motor only worked on high. replaced resistor fixed problem. 
135000 1500 Tie rod, struts, Tires 
155000 295 Bad blower motor 
 
Mercury Sable in Illinois, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 58000    
60000 130 Original rear brakes needed replacing. Primary rear shoes worn out. 
101000 260 Lower passenger ball joint. Probably the result of a large pothole years earlier that destroyed a tire. Never noticed the problem until recently. 
105000 260 Hose/piping to AC dryer developed a leak requiring the replacement of the hose plus the evacuation of the system and re-charging with Freon and PAG 46 oil.  
116500 226 A broken wire between the body and the door panel cause all the windows to stop working. Drivers window was broken in the down position which required a more immediate repair during the Spring rainy season. 
120000 550 Complete failure of the fuel pump requiring a tow to safety and then to shop for R&R. 
126000 220 Replacement of rear strut assembly. Shock mount upper collar rusted causing a thumping sound. Also springs were replaced as part of the repair. Car sits better than before. Thumping more of an noise issue than safety issue at this point. 
130000  

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2002 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2009 124000    
126000 315 I replaced the front calipers and rotors and pads. 
131700 160 Engine had misfire and replaced coil pack fixed it. 
132500 223 Idle too high. Replaced air idle bypass valve. Replaced all pvc parts for continued high idle. Repair is now sucessful. High egr pressure sensor detected. Replaced egr pressure sensor valve. Repair was successful. 
133000 150 replaced tube outlet hose due to coolant leak. Repair is succesfful. 
140000 75 The panic alarm would go off at random and door ajar light would stay on and dome lights would sometimes stay on. The frt pass door ajar switch was replaced and that fixed the problem. 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 64000    
67000 600 Rear wheel brake cylinder had locked up. 
81000 30 Squeaky suspension. Asked mechanic to squirt grease with needle grease fitting into any rubber covers. Now silent. 
82000 17 Sudden intermittent no-start condition. Strong crank but no start. Replaced fuel pump relay. Problem recurred within a week. Waiting for it to recur to troubleshoot. 
 
Mercury Sable in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 63000    
67000 65 Window washer hoses leaking-replaced all. Door agar light on-Interior lights stay on. cleaned & Lubricate drivers door latch 
70000 1261 Ck eng lite on: Vacuum leaks at intake manifold. Replaced upper & lower gaskets and vacuum hoses Tach fluctuated-found/replaced IAC valve internal fault. Also NYS inspection 
72000 763 Oil pan leaking-Gasket N/G L/F axle seal leaking-replaced seal 
 
Mercury Sable in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 72000    
73000 100 Noticed transmissionwas leaking in Garage. Torque converter had "blown up" 
76000 45 Replace AC/Radio dash assembly. Replacement purchased at a wrecker and installed by shop. 
 

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2000 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 100000    
102000 767 A/C compressor failed. Dealer installed remanufactured unit, evacuated system and filled with refrigerant. 
110000 147 A/C would not cool. Shop found low refrigerant level, but could not find a leak. System evacuated and charged. Tracer dye left in system to assist mechanic if problem recurs. 
115000 0 Engine stalled, stumbled and had limited power after a 30-mile drive. Check Engine light did not come on. Problem cleared up en route to the dealer, and the shop was not able to replicate the problem. It has not recurred. 
120000 324 Replaced worn left front wheel bearing. Mechanic discovered problem on a previous service visit and stated that it didn't need immediate attention, so I chose a convenient time to have it fixed. Mechanic replaced an exhaust system clamp that had rusted and fallen off the car. He checked the exhaust system for leaks after installing the clamp. 
123000 249 I discovered a rotted rubber elbow in the PCV system that was leaking blowby gases near the HVAC fresh air intake. I bought a replacement part at the dealer and installed it myself. Engine sagged, stumbled and stalled immediately after refueling. This happened twice during April. Shop found a weak PCV hose that collapsed at high vacuum. I paid for replacement of the hose and the valve, and the problem has not recurred. 
125000 48 Car brought to shop with a grinding noise. Shop diagnosed problem as loose exhaust heat shields. Repair consisted of aligning shields, tightening nuts, and road-testing car to confirm that the problem was solved. 
129000 986 Intermittent hard starting traced to failing fuel pump. Pump and gauge sender unit replaced. Mechanic found a torn CV joint boot during inspection. Since the price was the same for a new OEM boot or a new aftermarket halfshaft, I had the halfshaft replaced. 
136000 75 Machined front brake rotors to eliminate vibration during braking at freeway speeds 
141000 982 Car suddenly developed a front-end clunk and grinding noise. Shop diagnosed the problem as a failing CV joint and replaced the halfshaft. While crawling under the car to inspect the CV joints, I found a large quantity of oil on the outside of the oil pan. Shop replaced the pan gasket, front main seal and an oil-soaked crankshaft damper. 
143000 1000 Car developed front-end noise and a slight steering wander. Ball joints, front struts and front stabilizer end links were replaced to correct the problem. 
146000 554 Water leaked into the front passenger footwell during a rainstorm. Shop replaced the RH cowl screen and installed a rain hat over the cabin air filter as described in a Ford TSB. Check Engine light came on with no drivability symptoms. The problem was an evaporative leak caused by a cracked and rusted fuel fill pipe. 
149000 0 Low Coolant sensor began giving false positive indications after 15 miles or so of driving. I unplugged the sensor to clear the light and will replace the degas bottle and sensor assembly myself at a later date. 
156000 70 PCV valve was leaking oil. Part replaced. Mechanic found and replaced frozen rear wheel cylinder. 
167000  
Mercury Sable in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
May 2008 61000    
68700 15 Rubber hose leading from PCV valve to the intake manifold had a split in it, causing multiple ODB codes and check engine light. Self-repaired w/ new part. 
76000 980 Broken rear coil springs (both). Replaced springs and sway bar links (one broken). Also replaced both front outer tie-rods. Full alignment and oil change. 
81000 350 Bad coil on cylinder #3 (coil-over-plug type) causing engine misfire and a CEL code after running very rough for a few days. Replaced single COP, along with new plugs and new boots for all cylinders. 
88300 800 CEL with occasional rough idle and rough at low RPM. Had to replace the head gasket due to a vacuum leak. 
98000 0 ABS issue, would cause indicator light to stay on. Caused ABS and Traction Control to not function when it occurred. Likely a failed sensor. 

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1999 Mercury Sable 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Mercury Sable in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 116000    
118000 400 Radiator leak. 
 

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