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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

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #3

May 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


While consumer's wife was traveling at approximately 5 to 10 mph and slowing down to make a turn, brakes would not completely engage to stop vehicle. Engine accelerated while brakes were being applied. Dealership could not determine that there was a defect in vehicle. Then, on May 14th, 2001 consumer's wife went to stop vehicle while approaching a red light and brakes did not work/ would not bring vehicle to a complete stop. Engine acted as though it wanted to accelerate. The brake had failed twice.

- Olney, MD, USA

problem #2

Mar 232001

(reported on)


  • miles
After coming to a stop vehicle would accelerate and rev up engine. Would take off when foot was off brake. Has happened 5 times. Contacted dealership, and informed consumer vehicle was out of warranty. Problem was intermittent.

- Hatboro, PA, USA

problem #1

Oct 011999


  • miles
While stopping at an enter section vehicle accelerated out of control. Consumer finally stopped vehicle by putting foot on brake.

- Yardley, PA, USA

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