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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,500 miles

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2005 Mercury Sable electrical problems

electrical problem

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2005 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 152014


  • 150,000 miles


The check engine light keeps coming on. Each time I have the part repaired or replace only to have it come again with a new code. I have replaced numerous parts and have spent over $2000 so far. The check engine light still keeps coming on. The car runs good. Sometimes the transmission acts up but everything seems to be working fine. I just cant stop the check engine lite to stay off.

- Columbia, TN, USA

problem #5

May 312014

Sable 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
This was the third incident in which the car stopped on me. Once before I was leaving my apartment and another time when I was driving on my way to church. During all three incidents, I had to coast to the side of the road and try to restart the car. The third time I was driving on the highway, the dash board all of a sudden lite up and one of the messages was "low pressure". the steering wheel locked up and so did the gas pedal. I had just enough times to coast to the side of the road (good thing there side strip. I had my 5 year grandson in the car so that was really scary. The car has been parked ever since, I had it towed to a repair shop, the diagnostic suggests replacement of the ignition switch, ignition cylinder, anti-theft and ignition.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #4

May 312014

Sable 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
This was the third incident in which the car stopped on me. (one other time when I was leaving my apartment and one Wednesday evening on my way to bible study; both times had to coast to the road side and try and get it to start again). The third time I was driving down the highway at the speed limit of 40 mph. The car's dash board lite up; gave me one message that said "low pressure. The steering wheel locked and the gas pedal locked; I was able to coast to the side before it completed locked up and stopped one me. Had my year old grandson in the car with me. I let the car sit for a while and was able to get it started again. Drove it back to my apartment and parked it. Have not driven it since then - had it towed to a repair shop where it is right now - they want too much to have it repaired; they say there is a problem with the cylinder inside the ignition and that I also need a new key - want $1200 to repair it. I have been having problems trying to get it to started for about the past 6 months - have taken it to several repair shops; paid them but no one has solved the issue. Ford states that my car is not included in the recall (or though one lady there said it was). I believe that if it isn't, it should me. Is there anything else I can do to get this issue solved? has cost me lots of money, time and frustration and I am still walking.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #3

Nov 062012


  • 68,000 miles


While driving recently, my 2005 Sable suddenly accelerated, forcing me to brake and put the car in neutral while at speed. This has happened 3 or 4 other the past. Now the cruise control does not work anymore.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 042013

Sable 6-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
2005 Mercury Sable with only about 60,000 miles car accelerates by itself nearly causing an accident. The acceleration is so strong that it overpowers the brakes and happens while driving at any speed. The only way to stop the car is to shift to neutral and hope for the best. Ford dealership said it was a faulty speed control line which they want nearly $500 to replace.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 232011

Sable 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The engine suddenly quit running while cruising at 60 mph in darkness on a heavily traveled congested 6 lane interstate highway. The time was 6:50 pm and there was no unusual weather. The car shook for a few seconds at the time of shut-down. I attributed the shake of the car to a loaded semi flat bed truck running in the next lane at approximately 65 mph. We were at normal spacing between vehicles. There was neither contact with this truck nor any other vehicle. The incident occurred on I270 near bridgeton, mo. We merged onto mo 340 and continued coasting until we found a safe place to pull over to call for help. I tried to restart the engine several times while coasting, to no avail. While waiting for help to arrive, I tried to understand what may have caused the engine to quit running. The fuel tank registered one-half full. I recalled reading in the owner's manual years ago about a fuel shut-off reset. I raised the trunk lid, readily found the reset. The red button was up--I pushed it down. I was able to immediately restart the engine. The engine was let run for at least 10 minutes without finding any problem. We continued on to our destination about 8 miles away. The car has been driven on 4 days since then for a total of about 250 miles, with no apparent problem. I write this because I find it extremely dangerous to have an engine shut down on a very congested interstate highway, after dark, with most traffic running 65 - 70 mph. During this incident, I feared being rear-ended as there was limited opportunity to get off the road.

- East Peoria, IL, USA

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