really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
136,800 miles

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2003 Mercury Sable body / paint problems

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2003 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 172016


  • 131,000 miles


The vehicles stock jacking locations are no longer considered as safe. They have deteriorated due to corrosion and rusting away. Should someone decide to trust any one of the affected jacking locations, the structural integrity of the frame may crumple and break causing the vehicle to drop onto anyone performing work underneath, which may result in severe injury, or even death.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #4

Feb 072016


  • 131,000 miles
Passenger floor rusted out completely in two spots on the front right of floor. Two major holes. The remainder of the floor is showing signs that it too is deteriorating. This is a safety concern as the structural integrity of the floor has been compromised and can allow someone to fall through should excess weight be placed in any of these weak places and or holes.

- Mchenry, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012015


  • 60,000 miles
Car was completely stopped. When engaged into reverse, car made loud noise, tires squealed, engine raced and crashed into parked car behind it at high rate of speed. Parked vehicle that was struck then struck car next to it since impact was so great. Car was uncontrollable, could not be stopped via brakes.

- Shavertown, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 132015


  • 150,000 miles
Floorboards rusted through, I was getting splashed while driving through an unavoidable puddle in the road. Looks to be four separate spots, all four seating areas affected.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 102015

Sable 6-cyl

  • 212,000 miles
The floor boards on my vehicle are rusted through.

- Marshall, WI, USA

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