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2001 Mercury Sable repairs by problem area

Engine (31%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (10%)

Brakes and Traction Control (10%)

Suspension and Steering (25%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (18%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (3%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 110 repairs.
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2001 Mercury Sable repair cost distribution

$2500+ (2%)

$1000 - $2499 (11%)

$500 - $999 (43%)

$100 - $499 (32%)

< $100 (11%)

Chart based on 44 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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2001 Mercury Sable

Engine not specified

Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
Jan 2013

161000 mi

US $400
Car turns over but won't start. Spark Plugs and accessories changed. 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
May 2010 - Aug 2014
Oct 2013

251000 mi
temp sensor 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Ohio, United States
Jan 2010 - Jun 2013
May 2013

79300 mi

US $28
bad ignition coil pack 
Mercury Sable in New York, United States
May 2015 - Jul 2016
Jan 2016

143700 mi

US $160
o2 sensor went bad 
Mercury Sable in California, United States
Feb 2012 - Jun 2015
Nov 2012

304000 mi

US $125
Replaced leaking PVC tube 
Mar 2014

321000 mi

US $800
Replaced all tie rods 
Mercury Sable in New York, United States
Dec 2012 - Jul 2014
Apr 2013

79700 mi

US $1300
replace transmission pan gasket, fuel pump, cooling system relay housing, rotors locked up replaced and pads. struts,tie rod ends,rear springs,ball joints,stablizer bar 
Nov 2013

83700 mi

US $900
struts front and rear ball joints torsion bar sway bar and all links 
Jan 2014

84300 mi

US $1000
fuel pump,transmission gasket 
Jun 2014

86000 mi
replace gate for heat/air stuck closed no cool air just hot air,5 hrs labor,remove dash,etc 
Mercury Sable in Connecticut, United States
May 2014 - Feb 2015
Sep 2014

175000 mi

US $1000
Had front axle and front CV joints replaced. Front brakes were replaced. 
Feb 2015

180000 mi
Car was jerking/bucking while cruising at highway speed between 50-70mph. It was an intermittent occurrence. 
Mercury Sable in New Jersey, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2015
Apr 2015

132000 mi

US $900
coil pack, plugs, and wires 
Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
Mar 2012 - Jun 2016
Dec 2014

52000 mi

US $75
Replaced coil pack to alleviate engine misfire. 
Mercury Sable in Iowa, United States
Feb 2012 - Aug 2013
Jun 2012

52000 mi

US $103
Car was misfiring, coil pack went bad. Replaced with Motorcraft part. 
Dec 2012

54000 mi

US $67
Sunlight sensor failed causing the lights to constantly remain on day and night with headlight switch in the "Auto" position. Ran EATC self test to determine failed sensor. Sunlight sensor replaced. 
Aug 2013

55000 mi

US $55
ABS ring on driver's side axle rusted and lost a tooth. Axle replaced. 
Mercury Sable in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Jun 2016

109000 mi

US $597
Heating system doors were stuck and needed to be replaced. This required dismantling the dash to access the problem. 
Mercury Sable in Minnesota, United States
Jan 2009 - Dec 2014
Aug 2011

52000 mi

US $525
Passenger axle was leaking grease. RR axle and replaced rear drum brakes for maintenance. As well as a coolant and brake fluid flush. 
Apr 2012

57000 mi

US $30
CEL for EGR valve. Ended up replacing DPFE sensor and solved the problem. 
Jun 2012

59000 mi

US $300
Rear spring broke. Replaced with quick-struts and new endlinks. 
Aug 2012

59700 mi

US $550
replaced front springs/struts with Monroe Quickstruts. replaced sway bar endlinks at same time. 
May 2014

72000 mi

US $60
Replaced coolant overflow tank, low coolant sensor was bad.  Replaced dash instrument cluster light bulbs. 
Jul 2014

73700 mi

US $600
Replaced ignition coil and spark plug wires. 
Mercury Sable in New York, United States
Dec 2009 - Mar 2015
Feb 2010

73000 mi

US $493
Pedal too soft. Bought radio from recycling yard, father (a mechanic) installed it. 
Jun 2010

76000 mi

US $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.  
Jul 2010

77700 mi

US $400
AC compressor clutch broke. 
Dec 2010

83000 mi

US $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. 
Feb 2011

82315 mi

US $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. 
Oct 2011

96000 mi
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. 
Jun 2012

106000 mi

US $800
Brake Cylinder Booster FAILED 
Nov 2012

114000 mi

US $85
Replaced Front End Transmission Mount. 
Jun 2014

136000 mi
Was getting heat instead of A/C. Somehow electronically the system was stuck in heat mode. 
Mercury Sable in Alabama, United States
Jan 2006 - Dec 2013
Mar 2006

85157 mi

US $240
R/R Passenger Door Panel and Installed Missing Panel retainer 
Mar 2010

115000 mi
Right front drive axle assembly; Right front axle seal; Left transaxle seal. Parts 889.05 / Labor 1168 
Nov 2010

120316 mi

US $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 
Jan 2012

135000 mi

US $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. 
May 2012

142006 mi

US $268
Replace wiper pump hose Replaced front and rear struts; tie rod ends Replace MAF sensor harnessplug and sensor 
Oct 2012

169800 mi

US $815
Replaced faulty fuel pump 
Mar 2013

159000 mi

US $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 
Aug 2013

167400 mi

US $285
Replaced bad starter 
Dec 2013

174000 mi
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 Michigan, United States
Jun 2009 - Sep 2012
Jan 2010

102000 mi

US $80
DPFE sensor replaced 
Jul 2010

109000 mi

US $650
Replaced front pads, rotors, right rear wheel cylinder Replaced right and left lower ball joints, left outer tie rod end, alignment 
Dec 2010

117000 mi
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. 
Mar 2011

118600 mi

US $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. 
Jun 2011

121000 mi

US $250
Two brake lines rusted through, had to be replaced between proportioning valve and rear. 
Apr 2012

134700 mi

US $630
Replace both sway bar links Replace both ball joints 
Jun 2012

138000 mi

US $428
Replace both inner tie rod ends replace left front strut and strut mount 
Mercury Sable in Texas, United States
Jun 2008 - Mar 2010
Jul 2008

73000 mi

US $100
Noticed transmissionwas leaking in Garage. Torque converter had "blown up" 
Jan 2009

76000 mi

US $45
Replace AC/Radio dash assembly. Replacement purchased at a wrecker and installed by shop. 
Mercury Sable in New York, United States
Jul 2008 - Jun 2010
Mar 2009

67000 mi

US $65
Window washer hoses leaking-replaced all. Door agar light on-Interior lights stay on. cleaned & Lubricate drivers door latch 
Sep 2009

70000 mi

US $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 
Dec 2009

72000 mi

US $763
Oil pan leaking-Gasket N/G L/F axle seal leaking-replaced seal 
Mercury Sable in California, United States
Mar 2011 - May 2011
May 2011

112000 mi

US $450
Upon starting car engine starting over but engine does not start or dies after briefly running 2 seconds [ Like engine is starving for Fuel ] 
Mercury Sable in Kentucky, United States
Mar 2011 - Oct 2012
May 2011

123000 mi

US $200
Changed master cylinder. Was leaking fluid 
Oct 2011

128000 mi

US $200
Replaced bypass hose, very expensive part. 
Jul 2012

135300 mi

US $300
Replaced calipers, rotors and pads on front wheels. 
Mercury Sable in New Jersey, United States
May 2008 - Jan 2011
Sep 2008

67000 mi

US $600
Rear wheel brake cylinder had locked up. 
Sep 2010

81000 mi

US $30
Squeaky suspension. Asked mechanic to squirt grease with needle grease fitting into any rubber covers. Now silent. 
Dec 2010

82000 mi

US $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. 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Mercury Sable in Michigan, United States
Dec 2007 - Jun 2016
Dec 2009

50000 mi
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. 
Jun 2010

52000 mi

US $50
Erratic idle, idle air control (IAC) motor was sticky. Replacement of IAC motor solved the problem. 
Oct 2010

52500 mi

US $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 
Sep 2011

56000 mi

US $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. 
Mar 2012

59000 mi

US $175
Fuel pump stopped working. New fuel pump repaired the problem. Vinyl panel delaminated from inner door panel on 3 of 4 doors. 
Jul 2012

63000 mi

US $40
Rear stabilizer link end corroded and broke. Both link ends replaced. 
Oct 2012

63000 mi

US $92
Worn ball joints 
Sep 2013

63000 mi

US $55
A schraeder valve in the a/c system became leaky, causing all refrigerant to vent. Both valves were replaced with new ones. 
Mercury Sable in Indiana, United States
Feb 2010 - May 2011
Mar 2010

92000 mi

US $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 Nebraska, United States
Jun 2012 - Jun 2016
Jan 2013

93000 mi

US $550
part broken in front left hub, new rotors and pads 
Jun 2013

103000 mi

US $400
front ball joint replaced, also corrected rear sway bars which were installed incorrectly resulting in worn bushings. 
Oct 2013

104300 mi

US $100
installed new water pump 
Aug 2014

108300 mi

US $1500
Rear springs cracked on strut assembly. Thermostat New heater blower motor 
Jan 2016

127700 mi

US $700
broken front strut, both front struts replaced, and a ruined tire replaced. 
Mercury Sable in Ohio, United States
Apr 2010 - Mar 2011
May 2010

134000 mi

US $286
Sway Bar Links making clunking noise, replaced links on both front axles 
Mar 2011

151000 mi

US $411
Axle broke. Towed car.  Mechanic suggested tie rods be replaced as well due to excessive play. 

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