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NHTSA — Electrical System: Instrument Panel Problems


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,508 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.

2008 Mercury Sable accessories - interior problems

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2008 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 122006


  • 3,000 miles


Human machine interface is defective in sunlight. The instrument panel is composed of gray background with silver numerals on tachometer and speedometer and green led readout of odometer, direction, and miles to empty. Sunlight washes out the instrument panel making it unreadable. Driver must shade instrument cluster and lean close to determine data thus taking attention from roadway, an extremely dangerous practice on high-speed, multiple-lane highways. Under certain conditions, even this effort is fruitless. Manufacturer acknowledges problem but states it is not their policy to reengineering such defects.

- Bedford, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 022008

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Sable. The day after the vehicle was purchased, the contact could not see the instrument panel gauges. He stated that in the mornings he cannot see how fast he is driving, but in the evenings, when the instrument panel lights illuminate, he can see the speedometer. The dealer stated that nothing was wrong with the instrument panel and could not provide a remedy. The failure mileage was 15. Updated 5/19/08 updated 05/19/08. Updated 07/30/08.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

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