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Mercury Sable vs. Volvo S40 Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2009 Mercury Sable   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 Sables, 10.0 months of data per Sable, average 113000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2008 Mercury Sable 72
57.6923076923% 57.6923076923% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  65 Sables, 9.8 months of data per Sable, average 102000 miles

Common problem with corrosion on leading edge of the hood.

 

2007 Volvo S40   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 S40s, 10.8 months of data per S40, average 89600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2006 Volvo S40   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 S40s, 10.1 months of data per S40, average 97600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2005 Mercury Sable   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 Sables, 10.4 months of data per Sable, average 118700 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Volvo S40   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  23 S40s, 7.9 months of data per S40, average 122600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Mercury Sable   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Sables, 9.3 months of data per Sable, average 113800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2003 Mercury Sable   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Sables, 7.8 months of data per Sable, average 140900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Mercury Sable   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  13 Sables, 8.5 months of data per Sable, average 136700 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Mercury Sable   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 Sables, 9.4 months of data per Sable, average 121300 miles

* Small sample, members only.

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Volvo S40 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 160hp 1.9L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
After 75k miles the dealer who sold it to me and where I had been servicing it told me I should get rid of it. The problem is sludge due to infrequent oil changes. The check engine light keeps coming on. This first happened before 40k miles.
2002 4dr Wagon turbocharged 160hp 1.9L I4
5-speed automatic FWD
In general the car is well built, durable, and for the most part reliable. However, The electrical/electronic system is over-engineered, prone to failure, and expensive to repair (alternator $800!).