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Mercury Sable vs. Volvo S40 Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mercury Sable or Volvo S40 reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mercury Sable and the Volvo S40 truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Mercury Sable and Volvo S40 reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Mercury Sable and the Volvo S40 were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Mercury Sable and the Volvo S40 have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2009 Mercury Sable   11 Sables, 9.5 months of data per Sable, average 93600 miles

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2008 Mercury Sable 64 Sables, 10.1 months of data per Sable, average 86800 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S40   16 S40s, 9.0 months of data per S40, average 71000 miles

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2006 Volvo S40   13 S40s, 9.1 months of data per S40, average 80800 miles

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2005 Mercury Sable   15 Sables, 9.3 months of data per Sable, average 105400 miles

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2005 Volvo S40   20 S40s, 9.7 months of data per S40, average 117000 miles

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2004 Mercury Sable   14 Sables, 9.1 months of data per Sable, average 104400 miles

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2003 Mercury Sable   20 Sables, 8.7 months of data per Sable, average 132000 miles

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2002 Mercury Sable   17 Sables, 8.6 months of data per Sable, average 125000 miles

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2001 Mercury Sable 28 Sables, 9.4 months of data per Sable, average 136500 miles110
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Mercury Sable   23 Sables, 7.7 months of data per Sable, average 153200 miles

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Volvo S40 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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!).
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.