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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,987 miles

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2001 Mercury Sable body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 032015


  • 89,789 miles


The engine cradle/frame supporting the engine & transmission and suspension and steering assemblies failed due to excessive corrosion causing the rear mount at the body connection on both sides to separate and drop about 3" causing a loss of steering. The drop of the cradle and engine and transmission pulled down on the steering shaft universal joint under the dash causing the steering to bind up and also causing the entire steering and suspension geometry to fail. The vehicle was not garaged, was purchased new by me, was not in involved in any flood damage, was not in close proximity to salt water and the undercarriage was sprayed each time I frequently washed the vechicle. The engine cradle in addition to the rear mount failure has extensive rust and corrosion thruout the structure. As someone who pays attention to my vehicle I began to notice rust/corrosion on the engine cradle about 5 years after purchasing the vehicle and have searched the internet for similar complaints without finding any. I'm wirtting this after finally seeing a complaint on a 2001 Ford Taurus cradle/frame failure and think this dangerous condition should be made public. Thankfully I was going at a slow speed and was able to veer the vehicle to the side of the road. Had I been traveling at highway speed the event would have been catastrophic not only to me but others on the road also. Loved my vehicle it runs great and was looking foward to more miles with it, unfortunately the repair would be a major undertaking and expense and my Sable is to head to the junk yard on a flatbed.

- East Freetown, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 042010


  • 80,549 miles
The front driver door will not shut in cold temperatures. As I was trying to leave for work the door would not latch shut. Ended up holding the door shut while driving down the road. I went and bought a ratchet strap to secure the door in place as it is often cold in Wisconsin.

- Merrill, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 252009

Sable 6-cyl

  • 75,622 miles
1-spring -wife was driving locally, heard loud noise like hitting something; pulled into friend's driveway; walked back into roadway and found spring; towed to Ford, bothsprings replaced under recall 04M04 2-fill pipe - 11/12/2010- at routine service dealer said rusted (90672mi) parts had to be replaced - $428. 3-subframe -07/19/2012- routine service (106097mi) dealer said car not road worthy; left front subframe rusted thru, L frt control arm assembly about to break away from subframe - astonishing!!! - had just completed 300mi trip, was about to leave on 700mi trip - would probably have been killed along with drivers of nearby vehicles on interstate; have photos; Ford subframe no longer available, never any after mkt mfg; would be crazy to trust used part! can't believe how close I came to major accident/death - [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New London, CT, USA

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