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NHTSA — Fuel System, Gasoline: Storage: Tank Assembly Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,333 miles

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2001 Mercury Sable fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152010


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable wagon. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph. As he drove over a road bump the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise. The contact stopped the vehicle and discovered that the fuel tank had fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they informed him that the rear axle was fractured and caused the fuel tank to fracture. The vehicle was not repaired and was deemed as salvage. The manufacturer was also contacted and offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Forplaines, IN, USA

problem #2

Jul 052005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51,000 miles
The consumer said the fuel tank vapor storage canister had a plastic cover that cracked. The consumer saw something hanging down under the vehicle and saw that it was pieces of the plastic cover and the bracket that held it in place. Dealer said the only ones that he saw that had problems were on police cars. Manufacturer has not been contacted yet. Caller had concerns about this piece being made out of plastic. The consumer no longer owns the vehicle.

- Cape Coral , FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 212002


  • miles
The gas tank leaked due to a defective "0" ring and fuel pump. I was told this automobile could blow up.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

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