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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#3370 of 3389 Good quality assessment after 113,000 miles and 7 years.
Feb 24, 2008 (6:37 pm)
I was reluctant to buy a mercury in 2000 but decided to go with the sable LS premium sedan. I have owned it for seven plus years now and can report that I am very pleased with the quality of the car and its reliability. There have been no major issues at all. It feels like it still has about 80-85% of the pep it had when new and there are no noises or squeaks (except the driver window seal whistle). I average about 23 mpg mostly city. For $20K it had all the features (keyless entry, automatic headlamps, etc) and they have all held up. Most remarkably I have not had to replace the exhaust pipes yet which pleases me. They must make them out of good quality stainless steel. My fords used to need tailpipes (everything below the catalytic converter) every four years or so. So I write to say I am pleased and have respect for the mercury engineers. Good job.
Jun 29, 2008 (2:47 pm)
Purchased used from Lincoln dealer 22k miles $11.5k out the door. Its a retro 1967 Galaxie we sold when it was 21 years old. Similar color - Windveil Blue. We owned an 87 Sable GS until March 08. Gave it to my daughter in excellent condition. I can make a Ford run and that's why the 05 Sable for my wife. My ride is an 05 Accord EXL V6 coupe. The 05 Sable is about 75 percent engineering to the Honda. That's why Ford is in trouble.
#3372 of 3389 1999 Ford Taurus Problem
Jan 19, 2009 (1:11 pm)
I have a 1999 Ford Taurus Wagon. To avoid a wreck I put the car into reverse from drive and accelerated hard. The tires squeaked and all of the sudden the car made a grinding noise. When I put it up it into any other gear it made the same noise. I can only put it in park or neutral. When I jacked it up onto stands and put it in drive it makes the grinding noise only when my foot is on the brake. When I release the brake the wheels spin. I was thinking the problem could be a broken halfshaft either on the left or right side, but I am not sure. If you are experienced and have any knowledge on this please post back.
#3373 of 3389 94 sable transmission problem
Jul 13, 2009 (3:47 pm)
94 sable w/3.8 engine and 72000 original miles. transmission last serviced at 69000 miles with no problems. system flushed and new filter. the transmission seems to slip or is sluggish after getting up to temp and in overdrive. Problem not present when not using OD.
#3374 of 3389 1993 mercury sable
Jul 20, 2009 (2:51 pm)
have a problem with a 1993 mercury sable 3.8 v6 rev up to 2000 rpm and car shts down even while driving otherwise runs great help please
#3375 of 3389 What exactly constitutes overdrive?
Dec 16, 2009 (7:56 pm)
I noticed that whenever the temperature dips below freezing the overdrive
won't engage for the first 10-15 minutes of driving. I asked my dealer if I was having
the stuck solenoid problem mentioned on the maintenance & repair
discussion. They explained that the torque converter needs to be at a
certain temperature. This seems odd that the overdrive is actually the
locking of the torque converter. My old Regal had a separate overdrive
gear ratio from the lock up feature. This is rather annoying since I have
a short highway commute and it impacts my winter mileage.
2001 SEL Duratec 24V
#3376 of 3389 front end suspension
Feb 28, 2010 (10:09 am)
I heard a lound clunk only to find outthat the spring or strut in theleft front end had broken and that the left front tire was loose. There may be a problem with the ball joint and now, I guess I'm looking at a costly repair. Any comments on a loose stut or ball joint collapse?
#3377 of 3389 quality of 2000 mercury sable ls premium sedan
Mar 11, 2010 (4:33 pm)
Almost ten years and 138,000+ miles and I must compliment the engineers at Mercury (Ford). No major problems and what is most remarkable is what I have not had to do:
1) no unexpected major repairs except fuel pump replacement in subzero weather with a low tank (I have since learned not to let it go low since the gas cools (or in this case warms) the pump. Probably my bad.
2) one brake job.
3) one serpentine belt
4) no bulbs replaced or electrical problems
5) original headlights and lamps
6) good power and pickup (about 85% of new performance).
7) still the original fuel filter (I am going to change it since I recently learned that change is recommended every 15K miles--gads am I lucky to get 140K?)
8) the original spark plugs.
9) I changed the transmission fluid and brake fluid once at about 100K.
10) The leatherette drivers seat and back window panel are creased, broken and falling off but that's easily covered or fixed.
11) one battery replacement.
12) new front stabilizer links and lower ball joints at 130K.
13) original exhaust system with no issues (remarkable).
14) original air conditioner charge and ice cold air delivery.
15) good fuel economy approx 20 city and 30 highway with cruise control at 65-70mph.
16) no complaints ergonomically or otherwise.
If you get the idea I strongly endorse the product and the engineering at Ford. I am very pleasantly surprised. I used to own a BMW and expensive repairs and replacements were the rule not the exception, even the drive shaft needed to be replaced, brakes every 25K, horrendously expensive.
#3378 of 3389 Re: quality of 2000 mercury sable ls premium sedan [pod]
Mar 11, 2010 (6:39 pm)
I have 127K miles on 2002 Mercury Sable and did not have any problems at all.
Fuel filter has to be changed every 30K miles. I did not change serpantine belt, brakes though. Changed battery once and tires also once (better change because stock tires suck).
Spark plugs must be changed at 100K and it is expensive. Do not forget to replace also wires.
#3379 of 3389 Re: 1993 mercury sable [goldbond1]
Mar 21, 2010 (4:24 pm)
Did you ever find an answer to this? It's happening to me also and the tranny has been replaced.