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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,444 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.

2005 Mercury Sable transmission problems

transmission problem

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2005 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 152011

Sable 6-cyl

  • 83,215 miles


Driving a 2005 Mercury Sable gs at 30 mph, transmission comes out of drive gear and will not shift into any gear but park. Stuck in the middle of a major intersection for hours, needed to be towed. Repairs include rebuild of transmission and torque converter. There was no warning, lights, or strange behavior just suddenly occurred.

- Clemmons, NC, USA

problem #3

Mar 142011


  • 92,563 miles
Driving down street, stopped to turn, then accelerated when transmission went out, no warning signs just went out, no reverse or forward use. Sent car to repair shop and told no codes show up on computer no signs of leaks or damage to transmission, bad torque converter. Keeping old converter after hearing of similar problems with other vehicles that share same transmission. Called several transmission shops and Ford dealerships and it seems to be a fairly common problem.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 042010


  • 70,000 miles
I was driving home from work when my car told me to have my transmission checked. I took it to the shop and the mechanic told me that I have to have my transmission rebuilt. The car only has 70,000 miles on it, and I bought it when it had 31,000 miles in 2007. The mechanic proceeded to inform me that the make and model of my car has continuous problems with the transmission, and that he alone had fixed at least 10 or 12 within the past few months.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

May 042008


  • miles
While driving and after coming to a complete stop the automatic transmission would not change gears. W/O warning no previous car problems, regular vehicle check-ups and the transmission goes out. I have been told by a transmission repair shop that it is the converter. After calling that shop and a Ford dealership they all have had stories about this piece going out in the transmission and basically indicated that I need a new transmission or a rebuilt one. Keep in mind this is a 2005 Mercury Sable.

- Memphis, TN, USA

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