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10.0

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

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1998 Mercury Sable engine problems

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Apr 022012

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 1998 Mercury Sable. The contact had been parked for two hours in the parking lot of a small community park. As the contact was driving approximately 5-10 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated at a high speed. The contact did not have time to check the speedometer before the turn was completed. The vehicle failed to slow down when engaging the brake pedal and because the turn had not been completed the contact veered off to the left of the road and then crossed the road to the right. As the contact tried to get back on the road, she drove over a two-foot boulder and several smaller boulders and then crashed into a fence of tall bushes and came to a stop approximately ten feet past the boulders that had been dragged in the middle of the driveway. The air bags deployed as the vehicle came to a stop. This all took place in a matter of seconds. There were no personal injuries. The vehicle was completely destroyed and towed to an authorized Ford dealer. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximately failure mileage was 93,300

- Quackertown, PA, USA

problem #23

May 162010

Sable

  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the vehicle would accelerate independently when driving at various speeds. In addition, the horn would sound independently. The contact further inspected the vehicle and stated that there was a buildup of corrosion found on an unknown pin inside of the steering column. The contact believed the failure was caused by the corrosion of the steering column components. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 12,000.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #22

Sep 172007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,933 miles
1999 Mercury Sable accelerated without warning. The customer stated the vehicle accelerated as he was attempting to brake at an intersection to make a right turn. The consumer was able to get the vehicle under control after putting it in neutral. Updated 03/22/10 updated 05/28/10.

- Cortlandt Manor, NY, USA

problem #21

Feb 142006

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On February 14, 2006 as I drove up to my neighbor's garage door, my 1998 Mercury Sable wagon had 'a mind of it's own'. it would not respond to the brake but accelerated 'on it's own' causing me to go through the door and hit the side brick wall of the garage. The insurance company totaled the car. After much research, I found many such stories with several makes of cars. The cruise control causes an 'sudden involuntary acceleration' which does not allow the brake to work these are only a couple of the links I found. www.safetyforum.com/fordsua/ www.antony-anderson.com/cruise/9.5-links.html#Ford many people have been injured or killed. Fortunately, I had no injuries except to my emotions. I can still see myself going through that garage door and not being able to stop it. Lorraine barnicle.

- Eugene, MO, USA

problem #20

Jan 082006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,273 miles
: the contact stated while driving in stop and go traffic, the vehicle lurched forward without prior warning. Although brake pressure remained constant, the vehicle continued forward motion. The vehicle gently tapped another vehicle on the rear bumper. The driver turned off the key in the ignition and the vehicle stopped. There was damage to the Sable's bumper, grill and headlights. No physical injuries were sustained. The police were on the scene and a report was taken. The vehicle was seen by a dealer. A diagnostic test was performed, but the test did not detect any failure codes. Upon further inspection by the service department, the throttle plate and air motor were carbonated and it was suspected that this possibly caused the throttle to stick causing the sudden acceleration. Updated 2/13/2006 -

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #19

Dec 292004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,090 miles
While sitting at a stop sign, the consumer's vehicle accelerated, resulting in a rear end collision the vehicle in front. The consumer's vehicle proceeded to knock down a stop sign. The vehicle was totaled. (sudden acceleration) there was a repair for the same problem in June 02, 2004. The problem would occur when the brake was released and there was a strong pull when in reverse. This problem was diagnosed as an idle air control issue.

- Decatur, GA, USA

problem #18

Jul 252004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving at any speed overdrive light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. This caused the speedometer to drop to zero, and the SRS light illuminated on the dashboard. Also, horn became inoperative. Vehicle was taken tot he dealer for inspection.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #17

Aug 102001

Sable

  • miles
When vehicle is in park or foot is taking of gas pedal to brake, it will accelerate.has to apply a lot of pressure to brakes to stop vehicle. This causes brakes and rotors to warp. Replaced part; however, problem reoccurred.

- Downingtown, PA, USA

problem #16

Apr 242002

(reported on)

Sable

  • miles
When applying brakes vehicle revved up which caused vehicle to surge forward. Consumer had to apply brakes even harder to stop vehicle. Dealer contacted.

- Southampton, PA, USA

problem #15

Oct 252000

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that the vehicle would accelerate while in park and would lurch forward when shifted into drive. The dealer has not been able to correct or duplicate the problem. Nlm dealer reprogram the engine processor, however the problem still exist. Consumer also states the seat belt does not engage properly and consumer does not realize it, until leaning foward.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #14

Mar 042001

Sable

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Engine increases RPM in park or neutral without accelerator being pressed. This condition is very dangerous because if you don't notice the engine is increasing in RPM, and you place the shift lever in drive, the car leaps forward.

- Milan, MI, USA

problem #13

May 302001

Sable

  • miles
Driver had braked to turn into parking space in parking garage. Vehicle rapidly accelerated and slammed into garage wall. No injuries, but both air bags deployed.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #12

Oct 012000

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle accelerates when coming to a stop and applying brakes, engine revvs, consumer hit building on one occasion.

- Blue Bell, PA, USA

problem #11

Jan 192001

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Coming to a stop, engine started to race while applying brakes, and caused vehicle to move forwad. Consumer had to turn ignition off, and it restared as normal. Consumer took vehicle to dealer, but could not determine cause.

- Foxboro, MA, USA

problem #10

Oct 262000

(reported on)

Sable

  • miles
Consumer had come to a complete stop when the vehicle slowly started to move forward and would not stop until the ignition was turned off, consumer nudged the vehicle in front due to loss of brake control (no damage).

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #9

Oct 262000

(reported on)

Sable

  • miles
Consumer had come to a complete stop when the vehicle slowly started to move forward and would not stop until the ignition was turned off, consumer nudged the vehicle in front due to loss of brake control (no damage).

- Strongsville, OH, USA

problem #8

Oct 241999

(reported on)

Sable

  • miles
When going downhill with foot off accelerator the vehicle accelerates unreasonably and excessive braking is required. This creates a dangerous situation in controlloing the speed of the car especially in wet or other slippery conditions.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #7

Oct 051998

Sable

  • miles
Vehicle surges forward when trying to stop, this happens occasionally. Was told by Ford that when the windshield defroster or A/C is operating and when driver attempts to come to a stop, there is a reaction in which compressor causes this forward acceleration. Consumer contacted manufacturer, and dealer has not offered to repair. It has been to the garage the 4th time.

- Madison, CT, USA

problem #6

Feb 141999

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration of several occasions, one incident resulting in vehicle rear ending other vehicle. Mjs

- Pontiac, IL, USA

problem #5

Apr 161999

Sable

  • miles
Stopping at intersection with brakes applied, engine began throttling and caused racing and subsequent collision with another vehicle in front. Standing on the brakes did not control the car and disengaging the transmission into "N" left the engine still racing!

- Livonia, MI, USA

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