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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,050 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.

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2003 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 012005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mercury Sable. The vehicle was leaking water through the windshield. The dealer stated that the water leaking through the windshield was leaking and staying on the passenger side floorboard. The leaking caused the blower motor in the cooling system to fail. He also stated that there was a related recall; however, the VIN was not included. The vehicle is currently being repaired at the owners expense. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Crowley, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 152006


  • miles
Mercury Sable 2003 leaks water onto the passenger floor board also causing my ac blower motor to short out.

- Crowley, TX, USA

problem #4

Mar 172007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Mercury Sable blower motor failure due to water leakage. Ford issued a tsb on this in 2004. Defroster and heater will not work. My vehicle [xxx] it has 27,000 miles and the dealer is charging $400 for the repair. There is a similar bulletin 03V087000. Not having defrost in the North East is extremely dangerous. Thank you. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Munhall, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 152007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles


Heater blower motor on 2003 Sable took on water from leak in wiper cowl and ceased to function. Extended warranty did not cover water leaks so dealer wanted $400 to seal leak and fix motor.

- Bellevue, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 202006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,300 miles
On a 2003 Mercury Sable the blower motor quit working. For several months prior to the failure, water could be heard sloshing around under the dashboard and the carpeting became wet. The fan motor and resistor had to be replaced because of water damage. The mechanic who repaired it told me that this is a common problem and that Ford is aware of it. The fan motor literally sits in a puddle of water. Fortunately there was no sparking which could have led to a fire. It cost over $300 to repair. Ford Motor Co. Is aware of this design defect and should pay for the repairs.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

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problem #1

Feb 042005

Sable 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Mercury Sable has problems with heater fan equipment. The dealer told the consumer water leaked into the blower motor and destroyed it. Water also leaked into the compartment cabin filter. A newly designed cowl piece was installed that would prevent water from leaking into the fan.

- South Grafton, MA, USA

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