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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,933 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.

2004 Mercury Sable engine problems

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2004 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 092015


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mercury Sable. While driving at high speeds, the rpms increased without warning. The vehicle surged forward and exhibited rapid acceleration. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 135,000.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #2

Oct 092014


  • 143,300 miles
Started sudden acceleration while driving at 25 mph. Pressed hard on brakes to stop, put it on park mode. Still RPM was around 4000. Turned off engine. When cranked back, RPM kept on increasing without foot on accelerator. Tapped hard on accelerator couple of times, RPM went back to normal.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #1

Jul 132012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 99,500 miles
My Mercury Sable 2004 began accelerating on its own. The first time I was cruising at 35mph and had trouble stopping at a stop sign. Braking caused a vibration the RPM's were not going down. Driving further I noted the car would accelerate by itself. Tapping the the gas pedal quickly sometimes caused the RPM's to go back to normal. I took the vehicle to a local garage and had the throttle (cables, etc) checked. All were reported ok. The issue has happened off and on but yesterday (11/28/12) was the worst. I did some research and my issue is exactly the unintended acceleration issue reported by many other Taurus/Sable owners. I have two children and am now concerned for my safety and the safety of my family. I contacted Ford and got a case number assigned. I am waiting to hear back from them.

- York, PA, USA

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