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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,082 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 drivetrain problems

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2008 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 252016


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Sable. While driving approximately 60 mph, the engine, throttle, wrench, and air bag indicators remained illuminated simultaneously. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road and the engine was turned off. The vehicle was restarted and the gear shifter was placed in reverse, and the contact heard a loud knocking noise from the transmission. The vehicle was driven to the dealer, but was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #7

Jun 012015


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Sable. While driving various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly hesitate to accelerate. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. The cause of the failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #6

Sep 122013

Sable 6-cyl

  • 37,808 miles
Transmission intermittently would stay in 5th gear and not shift -- limp home mode. Dealership replaced output shaft sensor and turbine sensor, and this resolved the problem.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 112013


  • 52,850 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked while driving 35 mph, the vehicle was taken to a mechanic where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the continuous variable transmission. The vehicle was repaired and the transmission was rebuilt. The failure and current mileage was 52,850.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that while trying to accelerate on an incline while at a stop sign, the vehicle continued to roll backward. The contact stated that the torque converter engaged and the vehicle stalled, causing the power steering to also fail. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis where they advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 79,000. The current mileage was approximately 81,000. Updated 6/4/13 updated 06/11/2013

- Alexandria, VA, USA

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problem #3

Nov 272011


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that when starting his vehicle in colder weather, it would jump or lunge from first to second gear without any warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised him they would look into the matter further. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000. The current mileage was approximately 59,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- White Stone, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 082012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
While driving last week my wife noticed that when turning into a parking spot the steering stiffened up and had to make a sudden stop as to not hit the vehicle to her left. I checked the car out and noticed it is mostly affected at low speed while making turns either left or right this had no warning and could be very is just luck that a walker or jogger were not on the streets at the time.this needs immediate attention I will attempt at repair myself as it is out of warranty possible rack and pinion also transmission slippage at times.

- Hanover, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 162011

Sable 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
Car would jerk going interstate speed of 70mph. Felt like it was going into neutral and back in to gear. Did this about four times and I mean it is hard, will scare you to death if your in the car. After it did this about four time over an hour, the traction control and service light came on and stayed on the rest of the trip. This is a used car I just bought, so im not sure if it will continue to do this. But I am afraid to drive it on the interstate now.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

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