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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
71,447 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. installed a custom headlight switch (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
1997 Mercury Sable electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #2

May 022008

Sable GS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Its really a pain in the butt, when you are sitting in the house watching tv and you look out the window and your headlights are turning on and off. The neighbors come over and tell you your lights are on and you go out to see if you left them on and, of course, you didn't. Somebody please tell me if I can fix this problem myself.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #1

Apr 202007

(reported on)

Sable SE 3.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,894 miles

People I know really like these Mercury sables, but I find that they are "dare I say it" all LEMONS!!! I have dealt with transmission problems, expensive parts, electrical problems and after all of this there are always other things waiting in the wings to deal with.

Sables suck. If it seems like a good deal at the lot for something relatively spacious and luxurious, please hesitate on the purchase because you will pay down the road if your car is anything like my 97 SE.

- , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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