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Mercury Sable repairs by problem area

Engine (42%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (7%)

Suspension and Steering (24%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (3%)

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Mercury Sable transmission repair cost distribution

$2500+ (4%)

$1000 - $2499 (38%)

$500 - $999 (25%)

$100 - $499 (29%)

< $100 (4%)

Chart based on 24 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

turbocharged 250hp 2.7L V6 6-speed manual AWD

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

turbocharged 250hp 2.7L V6 6-speed manual AWD

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. 
88000 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

64500 mi

US $700
Replacement of right and left lower balljoints 
66000 mi

US $345
replaced starter 
66000 mi

US $991
Replaced flywheel 
87000 mi

US $725
Crank - no start. Replaced fuel pump and filter. 
59000 mi

US $1500
Transmission pump shaft failed. Torque converter failed. 
64000 mi

US $100
AC clutch & bearing failure. 
81000 mi

US $100
Plugs, & other maintenance performed. One coil appears to be failing as indicated by an intermittent 'miss'. Replacement coil obtained but not yet installed. 
82000 mi

US $600
Replaced all four worn struts & sagging springs. 

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2003 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

132000 mi

US $2300
Trunk wouldn't automatically open, it always had to be unlocked with a key. Also, my front headlight was dim--not burnt out, just uncharacteristically dim. 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

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. 
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. 
142000 mi

US $2600
Very Bad shake. Replaced frt and rear struts, tie rod ends 
153000 mi

US $815
Replaced faulty fuel pump, PCV. Replaced inner tie rod ends and purchased 2 tires. 
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 
167000 mi

US $285
Replaced bad themostat Replaced Bad starter 
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. 
298300 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. 
304000 mi

US $125
Replaced leaking PVC tube 
321000 mi

US $800
Replaced all tie rods 
175000 mi

US $1000
Had front axle and front CV joints replaced. 
180000 mi Car was jerking/bucking while cruising at highway speed between 50-70mph. It was an intermittent occurrence. 
67000 mi

US $65
Window washer hoses leaking-replaced all. Door agar light on-Interior lights stay on. cleaned & Lubricate drivers door latch 
70000 mi

US $241
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 
72000 mi

US $763
Oil pan leaking-Gasket N/G L/F axle seal leaking-replaced seal 
73000 mi

US $100
Noticed transmissionwas leaking in Garage. Torque converter had "blown up" 
76000 mi

US $45
Replace AC/Radio dash assembly. Replacement purchased at a wrecker and installed by shop. 
79700 mi

US $1300
replace transmission pan gasket, fuel pump, cooling system relay housing, struts,tie rod ends,rear springs,ball joints,stablizer bar 
83700 mi

US $900
struts front and rear ball joints torsion bar sway bar and all links 
84300 mi

US $1000
fuel pump,transmission gasket 
86000 mi replace gate for heat/air stuck closed no cool air just hot air,5 hrs labor,remove dash,etc 
52000 mi

US $250
Passenger axle was leaking grease. RR axle and replaced rear drum brakes for maintenance. As well as a coolant and brake fluid flush. *dup Replaced leaking CV axle. 
57000 mi

US $30
CEL for EGR valve. Ended up replacing DPFE sensor and solved the problem. 
59000 mi

US $300
Rear spring broke. Replaced with quick-struts and new endlinks. 
59700 mi

US $550
replaced front springs/struts with Monroe Quickstruts. replaced sway bar endlinks at same time. 
72000 mi

US $60
Replaced coolant overflow tank, low coolant sensor was bad.  Replaced dash instrument cluster light bulbs. 
73700 mi

US $600
Replaced ignition coil and spark plug wires. 

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2001 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

134000 mi

US $286
Sway Bar Links making clunking noise, replaced links on both front axles 
151000 mi

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

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2000 Mercury Sable 4dr Wagon

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

184700 mi

US $1350
Front end making noise while turning, handling very loose on highway. Replaced struts/springs/mounts, tie rod ends and ball joints, aligned. 
190000 mi

US $33
Cold starts were followed by rough idle. Remove and replace PCV valve and hose assembly. 
191000 mi

US $240
Lower intake manifold gaskets leaking, r & r 
199000 mi

US $150
Misfire was caused by sparkplug electrodes missing, replaced and tightened spark plugs 
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/ at Performance Acura. 

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2000 Mercury Sable 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

233000 mi Power steering pump/hose compressor replacement all CV joints and boots replaced leaking water pump,replaced it myself alternator had a 8.5amp discharge internally,replaced myself,will never return to repair shop used 
238000 mi

US $93
end links were lose at struts and also replaced struts. February: now same noise is back, must be mount surface, and end links lose again,must find the reason 
102000 mi

US $767
A/C compressor failed. Dealer installed remanufactured unit, evacuated system and filled with refrigerant. 
110000 mi

US $147
A/C would not cool. Shop found low refrigerant level, but could not find a leak. System evacuated and charged. Tracer dye left in system to assist mechanic if problem recurs. 
115000 mi Engine stalled, stumbled and had limited power after a 30-mile drive. Check Engine light did not come on. Problem cleared up en route to the dealer, and the shop was not able to replicate the problem. It has not recurred. 
120000 mi

US $324
Replaced worn left front wheel bearing. Mechanic discovered problem on a previous service visit and stated that it didn't need immediate attention, so I chose a convenient time to have it fixed. Mechanic replaced an exhaust system clamp that had rusted and fallen off the car. He checked the exhaust system for leaks after installing the clamp. 
123000 mi

US $234
I discovered a rotted rubber elbow in the PCV system that was leaking blowby gases near the HVAC fresh air intake. I bought a replacement part at the dealer and installed it myself. Engine sagged, stumbled and stalled immediately after refueling. This happened twice during April. Shop found a weak PCV hose that collapsed at high vacuum. I paid for replacement of the hose and the valve, and the problem has not recurred. 
125000 mi

US $48
Car brought to shop with a grinding noise. Shop diagnosed problem as loose exhaust heat shields. Repair consisted of aligning shields, tightening nuts, and road-testing car to confirm that the problem was solved. 
129000 mi

US $986
Intermittent hard starting traced to failing fuel pump. Pump and gauge sender unit replaced. 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. While crawling under the car to inspect the CV joints, I found a large quantity of oil on the outside of the oil pan. Shop replaced the pan gasket, front main seal and an oil-soaked crankshaft damper. 
143000 mi

US $1000
Car developed front-end noise and a slight steering wander. Ball joints, front struts and front stabilizer end links were replaced to correct the problem. 
146000 mi

US $385
Water leaked into the front passenger footwell during a rainstorm. Shop replaced the RH cowl screen and installed a rain hat over the cabin air filter as described in a Ford TSB. Check Engine light came on with no drivability symptoms. The problem was an evaporative leak caused by a cracked and rusted fuel fill pipe. 
149000 mi Low Coolant sensor began giving false positive indications after 15 miles or so of driving. I unplugged the sensor to clear the light and will replace the degas bottle and sensor assembly myself at a later date. 
156000 mi

US $70
PCV valve was leaking oil. Part replaced. Mechanic found and replaced frozen rear wheel cylinder. 
170700 mi

US $132
Replaced all five instrument cluster illumination bulbs. One of them had burned out and the other four were factory-original parts that would probably have failed soon. 
173000 mi

US $19
PCV line elbow rotted out and leaked blowby gases into the climate control fresh air intake. This was a repeat of a problem that I diagnosed and fixed in 2010, so I bought the part and did the repeat repair. 
180000 mi

US $141
Muffler was rusted-out internally and was noisy. Shop replaced the muffler and re-used the exhaust pipes, which were still in good condition. 
141000 mi

US $120
Ball joints replaced. Still suspension problems. Wheel speed sensor drivers front has bad signal. 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

110340 mi

C $300
new right side ball joint 
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

70000 mi

US $213
Rear brake caliper frozen 
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

158000 mi Passenger window rolled down, would not roll back up. 
163000 mi Constant power draw on battery, battery would be drained within 12 hours. Fixed by pulling the fuse for the daytime running lamps. 
163000 mi Unrepaired problems were the air pump, ignition actuator rod,  catalytic converters. Transmission slipping, makes car unsafe to drive. 
161000 mi

US $266
Driver aide wheel bearing needed replacing. 
161700 mi

US $500
one cylinder had a miss that was corrected. 
168000 mi car was in safety mode disengaging first gear. 
104000 mi

US $287
Hydraulic brake fluid line crimped; replaced by dealer. 
108000 mi

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

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