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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,192 miles

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1998 Mercury Sable engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Jun 231998


  • miles


Engine accellerates when you come to stop the car; you can not stop the car and can not put it in neutral. Almost crashed 2X and almost ran over children in church parking lot. Please help

- Dayton, NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 011999


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Locked torque converter seems to disengage when going down hill. Also, speed control cannot control speed of car going down any slight hill. Seems to be not locked up, etc. Cannot use engine compression, etc, to slow vehicle. Cruise control us is useless on any type of downgrade! is this a design flaw or can it be repaired? vehicle is a leased car through wheels, Inc. Thank you.

- New Freedom, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 191998


  • miles
When brakes are applied to stop car, the engine roars and car accelerates. Requires addititional effort to stop car and the engine races until car is put into neutral or park. Processor failed completely on 12/19/98 and was replaced with a new unit.

- Southampton, NJ, USA

problem #1

Sep 221998


  • miles
Coming to a stop engine will begin to race, causing sudden acceleration which could result in an accident.

- Tinton Falls, NJ, USA

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