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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,754 miles

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2002 Mercury Sable lights problems

lights problem

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2002 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles


My left headlamp housing has water on the inside of the protective housing around the headlamp and parking lamp. The moisture is increased to the point where nighttime lighting has been adversely diminished. There are no cracks, stone chips, or other visible evidence of damage to the exterior of the protective cover to the light housing. The moisture was first noticeable in May 2005. The vehicle has 30,000 miles and I have owned it since new. I can supply photographs of the defective housing if needed. The diminished nighttime visibility from the headlight is compromising operational safety. The vehicle VIN number is: [xxx]. updated 07/19/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #1

May 212003


  • 7 miles
While driving at any speed intermittently headlights malfunctioned without any notice. Also, on several occasions, when the dimmer switch was used the headlights failed.

- Corry, PA, USA

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