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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,100 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced the torque converter (1 reports)
2002 Mercury Sable drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2002 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #1

Nov 172012

Sable LS 24 valve

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,100 miles


While on vacation the car lost power on the highway and I coasted to a stop on a Saturday night, 1,000 miles from home in an area of no cell phone coverage. Since I was stuck in a hotel for two nights after having the car towed, I got online and found this site. Thanks, Monday morning I knew about as much as the dealership and they replace one of these per week. So why is Ford sticking it to us. I have owned four of this model car, two Taurus, two Sables, this is my first problem, but it looks like a common problem otherwise. I am thankful the dealership was reputable and only replaced the torque converter and did not try to stick me with a new transmission. Cost of the repair was $866, they could not find a Ford part for we used a $170 after market rebuild.

Hope this helps someone else, this is a real pain when it happens.....

- , Traverse City, MI, USA

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