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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,712 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 242009


  • 56,900 miles


2001 Sable with 57000 miles. Vehicle will start, kill and then cannot be restarted for at least 1/2 hour. Sometimes will not start at all. Service people have hooked up to sensors but cannot find what is wrong. Problem is sporadic, happening about 1 to 2 times per week. Scoped fuel pump but said it was working properly. Said fuel filter and all other systems checked out ok. Don't know what to do next. Feel uneasy about driving the car anywhere far from home.

- Fridley, MN, USA

problem #4

May 212006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,019 miles
No real signs of distress until the main bearings failed. At 33,000 miles, proof of service and oil changes covering the first 29,000 miles. Vehicle developed a bad knock. Had it towed to a Ford dealership for inspection. Told me that the main bearings on the cam went bad. One Ford dealership tells me Ford will help with the cost of total engine replacement, unfortunately, not the dealership the car is at.

- Mclouth, KS, USA

problem #3

May 152005

Sable 6-cyl

  • 60,642 miles
2001 Mercury Sable oil pan gasket failed.** answer required***. the consumer feels that the dealer should have notified her of the service bulletin during her routine maintenance which stated that the oil pan gasket had been redesigned.

- Shoreline, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 012001


  • 13,000 miles
The vehicle had a consistent oil leak since purchase. The dealer stated the engine gasket cylinder heads leaked....

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 242001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When trying to start vehicle, the key would stick, dash is completely inoperable, consumer could hear something running and vehicle would become very hot, dash did not light up, so there was no warning, vehicle made a grinding sound. Took to dealer, ignition has been changed twice.. consumer states the power windows were inoperable, the radio did not work, there was no air conditioning or heat, the windshield wipers were inoperative, there was a noise coming from the flywheel, and the dashboard did not light up.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

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