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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,180 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2002 Mercury Sable engine problems

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2002 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 082005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,900 miles


While driving at 35 mph vehicle hesitated when attempting to accelerate. Consumer was concerned that she will be rear ended. Vehicle had be repaired ten times, however the problem recurred.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #4

Feb 052004

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 20 mph vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. Consumer applied the brake pedal and was able to maintain control of the vehicle. It was taken to the dealer for inspection, but mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Newtown Square, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152004

Sable 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
While applying the brakes the vehicle accelerated. Mercury suggested that nothing was wrong with the vehicle.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #2

Sep 182002

(reported on)


  • miles
While traveling 5 mph and attempting avoid a crash consumer depressed brake pedal with force to floorboard resulting in accelerator pedal being depressed at the same time. This caused a crash.

- Waterford, CT, USA

problem #1

Apr 242002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 30 mph and upon stopping, consumers foot got stuck between brake and accelerator, almost causing an accident. Manufacturer contacted.

- Clayton, IL, USA

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