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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,500 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 012009


  • 60,000 miles


Heater blower motor not working in 2003 Mercury Sable. Mechanic stated that there is a leak in the firewall. I noticed online that this happens to a lot of Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable owners. Another Ford owner is tracking all the complaints he can ( Ford recall number 03V087000 and his complaint 10184014). Dealer wants $300 to fix leak.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #4

Oct 262007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercury Sable. When it rained, the windshield leaked water above the driver side top corner. The repair shop stated that the windshield was very loose and improperly sealed. The windshield was replaced. The manufacturer stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 03V087000 (visibility: Windshield). The current and failure mileages were 32,000. Updated 3/4/08

- Potts Town, PA, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Feb 092007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,500 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the windows fogged up and the defogger failed to activate. The driving visibility was reduced as a result. Prior to the defogger failing the contact noticed water on the driver's side floor. The vehicle was still having this failure, and vehicle has not yet been inspected by the dealer. There was recall # 03V087000 concerning visibility:windshield, but the contacts vehicle was not included. The current mileage is 42,000, and failure mileage was 40,500. The consumer stated the fan motor caused by consistent water intrusion into the vent. The consumer provided a copy of the repair invoice and receipt. Updated 07/06/07

- Davie, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 012003

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2 miles
I recently purchased a 2003 Mercury Sable ls and prior to leaving the dealership in philadelphia I noticed the front windshield did not have the factory tint glass which was stated on the window sticker and windshield as having tinted glass. I returned to the dealership and spoke with the sales person, sales manager & service manager and after comparing other Sable of 2003 in the lot, all stated in the front windshield as having the tint but some did not appear as having the darker band running across the top of the front windshield. No one could address this as to why some did or did not other than they were different supply vendors Ford used that day. It appears that whomever Ford supplier are at this point has a process error in the manufacturing application of the tint process since Ford dealership management could not answer or willing to find out the answers to the problem.

- Shamong, NJ, USA

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