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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,000 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #2

Jan 112005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,000 miles


Gear shift lock sticks and does not always engage allowing shift lever to move the full range of transmission positions while driving. The orange position indicator is loose and floats freely so you never know what position the transimssion is in.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer noticed shift indicator light was not working on the floor shift as he shifted gears at low speed. Gear shift cable had come loose, dealer replaced the cable.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

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