fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,800 miles

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1998 Mercury Sable electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 312009


  • miles


My check engine light came on. I took my car to a repair shop to retrieve stored engine control codes PO443 and PO455. I replaced the part and there is still the same code PO443 and PO455. I keep my old part.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #4

Oct 272002


  • miles
For years I have had electrical problems on 1998 Mercury Sable--the dome light, floor lights and door lights constantly on. I keep the dome light off. The floor light bulbs were removed. Door lights are constantly on. However, 1.5 years ago, I lost all headlights at night upon entering a highway. I could risk using high beams by holding in place. Multifunction arm was replaced and the dial on dashboard. Then both dials were replaced for fan and heating, defrost and air conditioner. Then told my computer chip needs to be replaced. I have no defroster, heat, fan or air conditioner. Also, last year after dealing with service engine light on and off then staying on for years, had to replace the emissions sensor for car to be inspected. Would a dealer be willing to give me a defroster fix and/or heat. Many people have told me that Ford and Mercury are known for electrical problems. And over 1500 dollars later and I still have a defective, unsafe car.

- Hicksville, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 252003

Sable 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
While the cruise control was set at 60 mph, the vehicle stalled then restarted by itself. The dealer could not duplicate or determine the cause of the problem. The cause of the problem was in the switch and a loose wire. The vehicle restarted on it's own and was sometimes hard to start. (hard to start, hot or cold) when the vehicle died at low speeds, it did not restart and was hard to start immediately after but would start within 2-3 minutes.

- Egan, LA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012002


  • miles
While exiting vehicle after driving for about twenty minutes, vehicle caught fire. Cause is unknown. There were no warning.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

Oct 011999


  • miles
The vehicle is experiencing an electrical problem, the radio has been replaced 2 times because of a short, the battery is draining causing the vehicle to be inoperable.

- Shorewood, WI, USA

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