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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,219 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.

2001 Mercury Sable brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 232006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,190 miles


Brake and accelerator pedals on -2001 Mercury Sable was checked in August 2003 without finding any problem with the car. I had just bought the car a couple of months prior. I informed the dealer (roundtree-moore) that I wanted to wait until later for this because if this is a certified car then it want show any thing until later, and I wanted to know that I could bring the vehicle back without a charge to repair. Now I'm being told there will be a service charge to repair and a diagnostic fee of $90. I got a diagnostic from an independent mechanic which they will not accept.

- Jasper, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 262005

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer 2001 Mercury Sable brake system caused 3 accidents. The consumer had already had the accidents by the time the recall was issued. The consumer requested a full report relating to the recall.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 142004


  • 64,000 miles
Recall no.#04V106000, brake light switch: The consumer complained that the dealer charged for the recall work. The manufacturer explained to the consumer that the vehicle was not taken to a Mercury dealership, which was the reason the work was charged.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

May 072003

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


There is a defect in the configuration of the steering wheel.. in the process of turning left at an intersection or parking lot, the steering wheel brushed the top of the consumer's leg and with slight motion it caused the consumer' foot to move over to the accelerator. The consumer stated when he attempted to brake, his foot slipped off the brake pedal and hit the accelerator and crashed into a wall. The consumer stated the brake and accelerator pedal were designed too close together. The manufacturer did acknowledge there was a defect and a recall had been issued.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #6

Mar 042003

Sable 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The vehicle experienced the same defect as stated in recall 02 V 266000.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Nov 132002

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states she received a recall #02 V266000, which states she needed to take her vehicle to her dealer and have her brakes pedals adjusted, but the dealer told her that she did not need her pedals adjusted. She states she asked him why because that is what the recall called for, and he said that he was going by Ford's specification, which states if the brake pedal and the gas pedal is 2 inches from each other then no adjustment is required. Consumer states she took her auto to Liberty Lincoln Mercury 790 rte 3, clifton, NJ 07012- 973-473-6455. She would like a call to find out if that is true. Mr due to the design of the gas and brake pedal consumer's foot will get stuck between the two.

- Velleville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Nov 102001

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The brake and accelerator pedal was designed too close together, when consumer attempted to apply the brake, the accelerator was also applied and therefore the vehicle continued to increase in speed and ran over a cement parking block. Ts. consumer suffered injuries.

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 052001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer states when applying the brakes, if consumers foot touches gas pedal, the vehicle accelerates instead of stopping. Consumer feels pedals are too close together.

- Hilton, NY, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When brakes are applied brake pedal is depressed and it goes down flush with accelerator pedal, causing unintentional acceleration. Brake pedal sits higher than accelrerator pedal. So acclerator does not cause a problem, untile brake is applied. Ford sent a letter stating it was within design specifications for the vehicle. The consumer depresses the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal at the same time unintentionally due to faulty design of the pedal.

- Lynchburg, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 302001


  • miles
A feature that was used to sell car, made for taller drivers, did not work well. When pedal was in the high position driver's foot could go under pedal. When in low position it couldn't go under pedal. There was not enough foot room for left foot.

- Annapolis, MD, USA

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