hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
105,000 miles

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2003 Mercury Sable brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 032015


  • miles


I own a 2003 Mercury Sable, I replaced the brakes, and an assortment of problems followed. First they began locking, then the car would not stop at all. I replaced pads.rotors.tires, bleed the breaks all in an effort to find the problem. I could not, so the car has been sitting about a year. Then I received the recall on the breaks, now everything makes sense.

- Kirbyville, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 032015


  • 220,000 miles
My car is trying to kill me! I was driving at approximately 40 mph, when I started to brake for a stop before turning. The car slowed down, as I held my foot on the brake, but suddenly the car started to accelerate. I already had my foot on the brake, and the brake held, but I had to take the car out of gear, and shut the engine off. The engine was racing at a speed I would estimate at 80 mph. It was a frightening and dangerous experience. I checked to see if a floor mat was pressing on the gas pedal. It was not. The same incident happened on two more occasions. My mechanic has not found the problem. I no longer drive the car.

- Holtsville, NY, USA

problem #1

Jul 142012


  • 95,000 miles
I went to leave from a local park on a Saturday evening, but my vehicle would not move out of park. I had to call a tow truck. The tow truck driver showed me a trick how to get the vehicle to start, by turning the ignition key ever so slightly and then trying to move the shifter to neutral. Once in neutral I started the vehicle and drove home. After driving the vehicle for almost a week by starting in neutral, I was stopped on the following Friday by police. I was informed that I didn't have any working brake lights. I drove home and looked on the internet if there were any recalls on this vehicle. Well, there was a recall done in 2004 (NHTSA action number: RQ03008), but I was informed by Ford Motor Company that my vehicle based on its VIN was not apart of the recall. I requested to speak to a supervisor and was instructed that someone would contact me on that following Monday. I was indeed contacted by Ford Motor Company and informed again, that based on my VIN, that I did not qualify as a part of the recall. I was told if more complaints were made, then something could possibly be done. I told the Ford representative that I was not interested in having my vehicle repaired as I had the repair done based on the recall information for approximately $50. The issue was exactly as it was described on the NHTSA's website, motortrend and Ford Motor Company's. the repair took approximately 15 minutes and then I was able to start the vehicle in park and the brake lights were functioning. My concern is that for almost a week I drove with no brake lights in a vehicle where I drive around with my wife, a toddler, and an infant and at any point I could have been rear ended because of this defect in the vehicle. The vehicle is 10 years old, it will never have enough complaints. However, it does not diminish the potential for loss of life from this detect.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

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