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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles

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2001 Mercury Sable exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 042005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles


Car would stall while idiling. Brought the car in and they determined that the plastic manifold had cracked. They replaced the manifold and the dealer and Ford paid for the repair after I agreed to pay $200.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 112005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Vehicle was parked in the garage. Owner turned on the ignition switch and there was a loud bang like a shot gun went off. The owner later discovered that the intake manifold blew apart. The manifold was made of plastic. The owner contacted the dealer, and was informed that what happened was not uncommon. The dealer was familiar with the defect, and the estimated charge of repair would cost about $600.

- Harrisonburg, VA, USA

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