NHTSA — Suspension: Rear Problems

2001 Mercury Sable (Page 1 of 2)


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,149 miles

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2001 Mercury Sable Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #40

Aug 092011


  • 48,836 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. The contact noticed that the rear coil springs were fractured. The dealer replaced the rear coil springs and the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 48,836.

- Chickopee, MA, USA

problem #39

Jan 102011


  • 101,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. The contact drove approximately 20 mph over a road bump and heard a knocking noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians stated that the rear coils springs were fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 101,000.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #38

May 242011

Sable 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Rear spring broken.

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #37

Dec 152010


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable wagon. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph. As he drove over a road bump the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise. The contact stopped the vehicle and discovered that the fuel tank had fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where they informed him that the rear axle was fractured and caused the fuel tank to fracture. The vehicle was not repaired and was deemed as salvage. The manufacturer was also contacted and offered no assistance. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 130,000.

- Forplaines, IN, USA

problem #36

Jul 132010


  • 32,000 miles
Failure of rear struts, broken springs on a 2001 Sable with 32,000 miles. Advised by garage and personal experience that all Taurus and Sable models break. Springs can break and puncture rear tires causing serious injury. Replaced both sides one side broken in two places. Labor was intensive due to stripped and broken pinch bolts.

- Akron, OH, USA

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problem #35

Apr 152010


  • 76,000 miles
Took my 2001 Sable in to get wheel alignment but they found both rear springs were broken. Had 76,000 miles on car cost me $ 670. To have repaired by dealer.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #34

Aug 012009


  • 57,800 miles


My 2001 Mercury Sable has now failed me over 8 times without warning. I would drive turn the car off then try to start it again and it would not start. It was completely dead. I called aaa had the car towed. I took it to the dealer and they charged me for everything. A battery, an alternator, wiring, the works then, the same thing happened. The last time my car was at the dealer for a week before I was told it needed a fuel pump. I have now decided to never buy another Mercury after being a long time customer. I never received a notice of a recall and just now found out the rear springs which I replaced was also happening to other customers. They have not fixed my problem and the car is sitting because I'm to frighten to drive anywhere. It's sad. All the money spent could gone toward some other car where service people care of course, now the warranty is expired. The miles on my car is 58,000.

- Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jan 152008


  • 98,000 miles
Real coil spring broke was in a accident not sure if the accident caused the real coil spring to brake replaced one on driver side, insurance paid to replace it, but could not afford to replace passenger side. Have replaced the front coil spring. If the front one broke Ford should be forced to replace the back one so there is no car accident or death from this as they could puncture the tire. How many complaints need to be done before they are responsible for this repair?

- Mankato, MN, USA

problem #32

Sep 192009


  • 89,940 miles
Daughter was driving her car from school at approximately 35 mph. Left rear coil spring broke, puncturing tire. Broken end of coil spring was high enough to allow using the doughnut spare to drive to service shop. Local mechanic is replacing both rear coil springs. Approximate cost for replacing tire and coil springs is $395.

- Kearney, MO, USA

problem #31

Aug 142009


  • 104,233 miles
Noticed that car was low in rear (both sides), brought car in for oil change, had mechanic check rear suspension, he found two broken rear coil springs.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #30

Jul 182009


  • 84,000 miles


I have 2001 Mercury Sable with 84,000 miles. Both rear springs broke and have to have them replaced.

- Camby, IN, USA

problem #29

Jun 162009


  • 78,100 miles
Back in 2004 a safety recall (04S71) was issued for in certain 1999-2001taurus and Sable. The issue was that the front coil springs could potentially fracture when operated in high corrosion areas where salt is used on the roadways during winter months. There is a potential for a fractured spring to move past the spring seat and contact a front tire. If a spring should fracture and come in contact with a tire, the tire may rupture resulting in a rapid air loss, which could increase the risk of a crash without warning. With that said, on June 16, 2009, this exact scenario happened to my back coil spring on my 2001 Mercury Sable. Fortunately, a crash did not result in my case. However, I believe the same protective spring shields that were placed on the front tires to prevent this from happening should also had been and still should be placed on the back to prevent this from happening to avoid a potential unsafe situation.

- Warren, NJ, USA

problem #28

Jun 062009


  • 117,000 miles
I took my daughters 2001 Sable in for it's annual safety inspection and was advised by the mechanic that the passenger side rear coil spring was broken and needed to be replaced. He advised me that this was a common problem on these vehicles and he thought there was a recall. I called my local dealer and was advised that the recall only covered the front coil springs. I will be checking into the replacement of the front springs under the recall. Since we purchased the vehicle used approx. 1 year ago it's possible the prior (original) owner had them replaced previously. I believe based on the number of complaints that the recall should be expanded to include the rear springs. Since discovering this issue I have purchased replacement springs and struts at a cost of $330 and will be installing them asap.

- Troy, NY, USA

problem #27

Apr 182009


  • 81,228 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. While driving approximately 71 mph, the contact heard a loud noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. She took her vehicle to a local dealer and they stated that the rear coil springs fractured and punctured the tire. The repair would cost $756.52. The manufacturer did not assist. The failure and current mileages were 81,228.

- Rolla, MO, USA

problem #26

Apr 302009


  • 64,000 miles
Coil spring fractured due to corrosion. The fractured spring moved past the spring seat and made contact with the rear driver's side tire. The tire ruptured and nearly resulted in a crash. Manufacturer recall specific to front coil springs only.

- St. Charles, IA, USA

problem #25

Apr 222009


  • 45,000 miles
Rear springs broke ruining a brand new tire. Replaced springs.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #24

Apr 072009


  • 51,876 miles
Both rear coil springs broke made car unstable coil springs were replaced by dealer on 4/07/09 and billed to me.

- Millstadt, IL, USA

problem #23

Feb 112009


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Mercury Sable. While driving 55 mph, the contact felt the vehicle move sideways and nearly crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an auto repair shop and the mechanic stated that the rear coil spring failed and punctured the tire. The contact is waiting for the parts to become available to have the vehicle repaired. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 30,000.

- Southwindster, CT, USA

problem #22

Dec 082008


  • 170,000 miles
Rear coil spring has broken and has the potential to puncture the tire. I caught it early enough that it didn't.

- Rushville, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 122009


  • 59 miles
Heard a loud bang a couple of weeks ago and did not find anything wrong and then heard a loud bang again on 1/12/2009 and took car in to find I had two broken coil springs in the rear. I am finding this to be a problem and why don't they make it a recall.

- Taylor, MI, USA

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