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Mercury Sable repairs by problem area

Engine (34%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (8%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (23%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (22%)

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

Other (3%)

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Mercury Sable transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (30%)

$500 - $999 (23%)

$100 - $499 (23%)

< $100 (20%)

Chart based on 30 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2009 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

32000 mi Transmission cooling lines were replaced under original manufacturer's warranty. The vehicle was making a slight grinding noise when shifted from one gear to the next at approximately 35 mph at part throttle only. 

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2008 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

40000 mi

US $35
Erratic transmission operation. Long delay or slip between 1st and 2nd gear, worse when cold. Sometimes "thuds" into 2nd. Problem has existed since last July. Dealer won't admit there is an issue. 
47000 mi

US $1400
Cooler for automatic transmission had leak. Replaced by dealer 
49000 mi turbine speed sensor failure. Second time same issue in 12 months. causes transmission to kick gears b/w 1-2. no codes appear until transmission failure and car needs tow. 
106000 mi

US $420
the transmission turbine speed sensor needed to be replaced 

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2004 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

201-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

66000 mi

US $991
Replaced flywheel 
57000.0 mi

US $800
Transmission pump & torque converter. 
59000 mi

US $1500
Transmission pump shaft failed. Torque converter failed. 

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2003 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

132000 mi

US $2300
Trans failed while going down the freeway at 78mph on cruise. Lost power, felt like the car was in neutral. Nothing but... 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

79500 mi

US $1300
replace transmission pan gasket, 
79200 mi

US $1000
fuel pump,transmission gasket 
115000 mi Right front drive axle assembly; Right front axle seal; Left transaxle seal. Parts 889.05 / Labor 1168 
119000 mi

US $458
Transaxles leaking. I believe this problem was caused by a result of earlier work done poorly on the car. 
175000 mi

US $1000
Had front axle and front CV joints replaced. 
163000 mi Transmission slipping, makes car unsafe to drive. 
72000 mi

US $763
L/F axle seal leaking-replaced seal 
297600 mi

US $2621
Rebuilt original transmission (first time). Unknowingly, a piece of small plastic somehow got into transmission after fluid change and clogged value for overdrive gear. Transmission stopped shifting past 3rd gear. Discovered in rebuild. 
73000 mi

US $100
Noticed transmissionwas leaking in Garage. Torque converter had "blown up" 
108000 mi

US $300
Transmission line rusted out, new one created and installed. 
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. 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

151000 mi

US $411
Axle broke. Towed car.  

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2000 Mercury Sable 4dr Wagon

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

221000 mi

US $1900
Transmission begun to slip in 2nd and 3rd gear. Fluid change made problem worse. R/R with rebuilt trans from ETE/Rockauto.com at Performance Acura. 

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2000 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

233000 mi

US $1300
all CV joints and boots replaced 
129000 mi

US $986
Mechanic found a torn CV joint boot during inspection. Since the price was the same for a new OEM boot or a new aftermarket halfshaft, I had the halfshaft replaced. 
141000 mi

US $982
Car suddenly developed a front-end clunk and grinding noise. Shop diagnosed the problem as a failing CV joint and replaced the halfshaft. 
141000 mi

US $120
Replaced the transmission fluid and filter. Only dropped the pan. Did not flush entire system. It fixed my hard shift from park to drive and park to reverse, but I didn't actually expect that. 

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1999 Mercury Sable

Engine not specified

116560 mi

C $2000
trans started making noise and puking oil; needed complete rebuild! 

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1999 Mercury Sable 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

75000 mi

US $700
Intermittent failure to engage 1st gear when transmission warm. 

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1996 Mercury Sable 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

168000 mi car was in safety mode disengaging first gear. 

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