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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   12 Sables, 9.4 months of data per Sable, average 87700 miles

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2008 Mercury Sable 61 Sables, 10.0 months of data per Sable, average 83800 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S40   14 S40s, 10.3 months of data per S40, average 68900 miles

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2006 Volvo S40   11 S40s, 9.9 months of data per S40, average 84300 miles

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2005 Mercury Sable   15 Sables, 9.9 months of data per Sable, average 107300 miles

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2005 Volvo S40   19 S40s, 10.0 months of data per S40, average 113100 miles

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2004 Mercury Sable   13 Sables, 10.1 months of data per Sable, average 99900 miles

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2003 Mercury Sable 25 Sables, 7.2 months of data per Sable, average 134000 miles93
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Mercury Sable   15 Sables, 8.9 months of data per Sable, average 121700 miles

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2001 Mercury Sable 27 Sables, 8.9 months of data per Sable, average 129700 miles115
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2000 Mercury Sable   24 Sables, 8.5 months of data per Sable, average 151500 miles

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1999 Mercury Sable   10 Sables, 9.4 months of data per Sable, average 134200 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.