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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine: Gasoline Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Mercury Sable engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #4

May 202002

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Automobile 1998 Mercury Sable engine RPM surges fixed several times at dealer replacing sensors and other parts still surges periodically in 2002 the engine surged and the brakes did not hold collision with another vehicle the car was in the shop 5 times before the crash for the same problem since 2002 another 4 times and the problem is still not fixed also after shutting off car, the fan still runs also fixed 4 times now only reason we did not buy a new, and other brand vehicle is lack of funds to purchase a new car this car is dangerous not sure of accident date exactly will check police report.

- Summerville, SC, USA

problem #3

Jul 161999


  • miles
Manufacturer refuses to investigate air bag defect, along with the other problems. However, I am concern about driving around in a vehicle I thought was safe. Me and my children could have lost our lives to that 18 wheel truck. The truck struck both the fron and rear of my 1998 Sable and the bags did not deploy. Ford Consumer Affairs department stated to me that the vehicle was never on a call back and the manufacturer warranty expired. I had an extended warranty on my car at the time of the accident. I had this car tested when I first purchased it. It had some electrical and engine problems of which I held on to the invoices. I feel that the manufacturer is responsible for this defect. It undetermine if the car was defective at the time of purchase. But I can say it had electrical problems. Which may have affected the air bag sensors.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 262001

(reported on)


  • miles
Engine stalls, causing loss of steering and power, vehicle has been in for repair 13 times within the last 7 months.

- Deming, WA, USA

problem #1

Sep 231998


  • miles
When stopped at a traffic light with the vehicle in "drive", the engine suddenly roared and the vehicle started to move forward. Driver shifted to park and the vehicle returned to idle speed.

- Southampto, NJ, USA

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