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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,600 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.

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2001 Mercury Sable electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 052005


  • 19,000 miles


For over ten (10) years the headlights (but not the side driving lights) have been going off (for about 3 minutes) and then coming back on. This does not occur every time the lights come on and seems to be more frequent in the summer time when it is warm or hot outside. The date below is just approximately when this problem started and is not the only date/'time it has occurred, it has occurred sporadically but continuously since that date.

- Va Beach, VA, USA

problem #7

Sep 232013


  • 189,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the alarm system and interior lights would activate independently and recurringly. The vehicle was not taken for diagnosis or inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the incident. The approximate failure mileage was 189,000.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #6

Nov 162012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 207,800 miles
There was a recall on my car back in Mar 02 2004 (Ford recall number 04S12) for an exterior lighting:brake lights:switch, which was (according to Ford) done Jan 10 2005. I had failed again on 11/15/2012 leaving me without brake lights and not being able to get it out of park. Had to put it in neutral first before I started my car so I could drive it to get fixed.

- Waupaca, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 232012


  • miles


Whenever I turn on the air conditioner or heater my car accelerates suddenly in a randomly manner for no reason by itself, when heater or air conditioner is turned off the problem stops, there's no check engine light on and an inspection yielded no problems, I am not sure if the problem is electrical or anything else and a local Ford dealer has refused to fix the issue.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 262011

Sable 6-cyl

  • miles
This car only works whenever it feels like it and took it to every shop N cant find the problem..been stranded so many tumes and the dealer aint gonna do nothing about it knowing that im still paying for it or trade me a car need help here.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 202004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The vehicle stalled intermittently while driving at any speed. The vehicle was at the dealer for repairs. The condition maybe due to an electrical problem.

- Fredericktown, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 102002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Electrical system shut down, loses all power. The auto has accelerated on numerous occasions while stopped in traffic. Teh air conditioner shut down while traveling, twice the vehicle experienced complete electrical shut down, on one occasion requiring the vehicle to be towed. Consumer is requesting a vehicle replacement and for the failures to be recalled.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 122001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When at a complete stop vehicle will suddenly accelerate without applying gas. A/C shut down while traveling. Consumer unable to start the vehicle, the wipers, A/C and blinkers failed due to electrical system failure.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

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