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2001 Mercury Sable Problems and Repair Histories

33 TrueDelta members own a 2001 Mercury Sable. 18 of these members (54.5%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 93 repairs to 2001 Mercury Sables--an average of 2.8 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2001 Mercury Sable problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2001 Mercury Sable problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2001 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 2001 Mercury Sable repairs by problem area

28% of the 2001 Mercury Sable repairs were to the engine, 11% to the transmission, 11% to the brakes, 28% to the suspension, 16% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 3% to the body and trim, and 3% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 93 repairs.

2001 Mercury Sable repair cost distribution

Of the 2001 Mercury Sable repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 14% cost less than $100, 40% between $100 and $499, 37% between $500 and $999, 6% between $1000 and $2499, and 3% more than $2500.

Chart based on 35 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2001 Mercury Sable problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Alabama, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
240 R/R Passenger Door Panel and Installed Missing Panel retainer 
115000 0 Right front drive axle assembly; Right front axle seal; Left transaxle seal. Parts 889.05 / Labor 1168 
119500 2286 Ball Joint Assy; R/R Rt Frt Axle seal Rt Frt Drive Axle Assy Lft Transmission Axle Seal Ran diagnostics; R/R DPFE Sensor Replaced Serpentine Drive Belt 
135000 176 Car died while driving home from work. Son loaded it onto a flatbed and brought it to a local shop. That saved me at least $200 bucks. The problem was a bad FAL sensor. 
142000 268 Replace wiper pump hose Replaced front and rear struts; tie rod ends Replace MAF sensor harnessplug and sensor 
153000 815 Replaced faulty fuel pump 
159000 40 The A/C & Heater had not been working correctly for a while. Then on one trip home from work the car overheated. I took it to a friend that owns his own repair shop and he found a bad thermostat and replaced it. I expected a $400 bill 
167300 285 Replaced bad starter 
174000 0 Car died on way to work. Engine Light began to flash. Then overheated. While on side of road some parasite jacked my battery. Cut the cables to get it. Went through the grill to open it. 
Mercury Sable in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2009 73000    
73000 493 Pedal too soft. Bought radio from recycling yard, father (a mechanic) installed it. 
76000 80 The Right Rear weight bearing Stabilizer bar snap in two. Due to age as I bought this car used back in January. Repaired the right and the left side to eliminate any future repairs.  
77700 400 AC compressor clutch broke. 
83000 280 Alternator light came on first cold night in VA. New Alternator ordered from Dealer in NY where Father works. Unfortunately the rebuilt Alternator was defective. Renting car until Father returns with new alternator. 
83700 668 Ford Supply Company SCREWED ME 3 rebuilt altenators 2 shipped from NY and 1 from here in Virginia and NONE OF THEM WORKED. Bought a used 2001 Altenator from Salvage yard. It worked drove Sable back to N.Y. to have repair completed. 
96000 0 Both Front headlights had small crack allowing moisture in clouding up the lenses. I put off long enough since I bought the vehicle and finally had both replaced with OEM's. 
106000 800 Brake Cylinder Booster FAILED 
114000 85 Replaced Front End Transmission Mount. 
135000  
Mercury Sable in Kentucky, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2011 120000    
123000 200 Changed master cylinder. Was leaking fluid 
128000 200 Replaced bypass hose, very expensive part. 
135300 300 Replaced calipers, rotors and pads on front wheels. 
136000  
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. 
 
Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2009 94000    
102000 80 DPFE sensor replaced 
109000 650 Replaced front pads, rotors, right rear wheel cylinder Replaced right and left lower ball joints, left outer tie rod end, alignment 
117000 0 Recall for front coil springs. Both replaced. ****** NOTE***** Both rear coil springs also found to be broken- not covered under recall even though they are the same springs by the same manufacturer. Thousands of other complaints... Recall for brake light switch. Brake lights staying on and going off and on by themselves with car off. Kept draining the battery until we found out about the recall and had the problem fixed. 
119000 600 Replaced 2 rear coil springs that were broken like the front but not covered under recall. Because of this problem it caused the strut mounts and 2 broken sway bar links to be replaced. 
121000 250 Two brake lines rusted through, had to be replaced between proportioning valve and rear. 
134700 630 Replace both sway bar links Replace both ball joints 
138000 428 Replace both inner tie rod ends replace left front strut and strut mount 
 
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 
 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Ohio, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Apr 2010 132000    
134000 286 Sway Bar Links making clunking noise, replaced links on both front axles 
151000 411 Axle broke. Towed car.  Mechanic suggested tie rods be replaced as well due to excessive play. 
Mercury Sable in Indiana, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2010 92000    
92000 615 Brake drums (rears) and hardware shot. Needed to replace them. I can handle disks, but drums are out of my ability. 
 
Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 39000    
50000 0 Driver's seat belt would not retract properly. Belt was found to have a twist inside the trim, which precluded proper retraction. This was an assembly defect. Remounting the belt by the vehicle owner removed the twist and restored belt retraction. 
52000 50 Erratic idle, idle air control (IAC) motor was sticky. Replacement of IAC motor solved the problem. 
52500 50 I disassembled and cleaned the rusty contacts of the remote mirror switch. The car lurches when shifting from park or neutral (idle problem). Car also will not return to idle quickly after lifting foot off gas pedal. Idle air control motor was replaced. There was no improvement of the problem after repair 
56000 230 a/c clutch was worn and needed to be replaced The stabilizer link ends on each side had grease boots that were shredded from age. This opened the lubricant to corrosive environment. Failure was imminent. 
59000 175 Fuel pump stopped working. New fuel pump repaired the problem. Vinyl panel delaminated from inner door panel on 3 of 4 doors. 
63000 40 Rear stabilizer link end corroded and broke. Both link ends replaced. 
63000 92 Worn ball joints 
63000 55 A schraeder valve in the a/c system became leaky, causing all refrigerant to vent. Both valves were replaced with new ones. 
63000  

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