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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,248 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 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 232006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,190 miles

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

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 #10

Mar 132005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Mercury Sable had acceleration while using cruise control at highway speed. Car continued to accelerate in spite of turning off cruise, pulling up the accelerator, and only stopped when the car was put into neutral, stopped and the engine turned off. Could not stop with the brakes to the point of the brake pads smoking while the car kept accelerating.

- Blue Earth, MN, USA

problem #9

Mar 022004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,542 miles
I have a 2001 Mercury Sable ls with 9000 miles. I was attempting to park the car in front of a store in a shopping plaza located in cocoa beach, fl. When I applied the brakes to park in the parking place, the brakes failed and the engine made a revving noise and the car leaped forward jumping the curb and crashing into a brick support column. This car was recalled for the brake pedal and accelerator problem and was supposedly fixed at the Mercury dealers. I was transported to the hospital by the emergency squad. I was treated for a large gash in the forehead and xrays were taken of the chest, back and ribs which were not fractured but severely bruised. I also sustained two black eyes caused by my sunglasses hitting the steering wheel. I was wearing my seatbelt, however, the airbags did not deploy. Estimated cost to repair my car is $7048.

- Cocoa Beach, FL, USA

problem #8

Oct 192002

Sable

  • miles

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

Consumer states that the new brake pedal that was install due to a recall is now to big and to high for the consumer to reach causing their foot to go under the pedal. Dealer notified

- Depew, NY, USA

problem #7

Mar 152002

Sable

  • miles
On three occasions I have unintentionally hit the accelerator pedal because it is too close to the brake. After backing out of a parking place. I applied the brake and moved the gear lever to "drive". at the same time my foot also hit the accelerator causing the car to move forward. The engine was racing. I turned off the ignition. If I had not had my foot on the brake, the car would have lurched forward out of control. Another time I was slowing down for a red light and my foot momentarily hit the accelerator.

- St.Helena, SC, USA

problem #6

Mar 152002

Sable

  • miles
On numerous occasions, while attempting to depress brake pedal in my vehicle, I have inadvertantly depressed the accelerator at the same time. At first I thought it was my big feet, (size 13), in conjunction with me purchasing a smaller car than I was used to. But after hearing about your investigation into the matter based on other complaints, I had to add my concern as well.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #5

Apr 232002

(reported on)

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Accelerator pedal and gas pedal are so close together when the brakes are applied consumer mistakenly steps on accelerator. Consumer has come close to having a collision due to this design.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 092001

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying gas pedal it would get stuck, gas and brake pedals on this model are too close together, allowing the gas pedal to be accidentally engaged while applying the brake to stop, and has been involved in 3 accidents..

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #3

Sep 022001

(reported on)

Sable

  • miles
Brake pedal & accelerator are too close together. Manyt times both are depressed when only the brake was meant to be applied. Vehicle was almost involved in 6+ collisions due to this problem.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012001

Sable

  • 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

Feb 092001

Sable

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While at a stop light engine started to rev. Then consumer crashed into another car. Recently, authorized mechanic's foot accidentally engaged the gas pedal while applying the brake pedal and drove consumer's vehicle into a work bench causing extensive damage to the vehicle. The gas pedal and brake pedal are too close together and are a dangerous safety hazard. This problem was a design defect. Consumer has experienced 3 accidents due to the design of the gas and brake pedal. By inspected dealership and dept. Of highway administration, the brake and gas pedal assemblies were replaced.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

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