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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,450 miles

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2003 Mercury Sable engine problems

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2003 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 032008


  • 35,850 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated beyond 7 rpms when she depressed the accelerator. She stated that she had to depress the brake extremely hard then shut off the vehicle before it would stop. In addition, she stated that she lost control of the vehicle. The dealer stated that the cruise control cable caused the failure. They disconnected the cruise control. As of May 19, 2008, the dealer had not repaired the vehicle. The contact stated that she noticed an oil leak. The mechanic the oil seal pan needed to be replaced. The mechanic replaced the oil pan seal and there had been no further occurrences. The failure mileage was 35,850 and current mileage was 36850.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 182007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The car has a throttle over run problem. When I lift my foot off the gas and the apply brakes, it feels as if the engine is not returning to idle completely. The brakes are in good condition. I have had numerous close calls with rearend collisions. The dealer never found a problem.

- Winston, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 152005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,969 miles
Dt the consumer had difficulty stopping the vehicle. When the consumer attpemted to stop, the engine started to race. Dealer replaced iac valve assembly.

- Glens Falls, NY, USA

problem #2

Mar 082005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,429 miles
While turning right into a parking space with my foot on the brake the vehicle suddennly accelerated, jumped a concrete wheel barrier and scraped a post. I took it to the dealer the next day. The could not duplicate the problem.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #1

Feb 142005

Sable 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While applying the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The driver was able to maintain control of the vehicle and pulled over. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic can not duplicate the problem at this time.

- Blackwood, NJ, USA

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