hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
102,692 miles

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2004 Mercury Sable engine problems

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2004 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #13

Jun 092015


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mercury Sable. While driving at high speeds, the rpms increased without warning. The vehicle surged forward and exhibited rapid acceleration. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 135,000.

- St Charles, MO, USA

problem #12

Oct 222014

Sable 6-cyl

  • 105,003 miles
While driving on the freeway the engine keeps constant speed even after removing foot from accelerator pedal. It's like a stuck throttle. The only way to stop it is to apply brake and shift to neutral and stamp on the accelerator. Traffic had come to a stop and my engine was still revving at 3500 rpms pretty scary, only thing holding car back is brakes.

- Norco, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 092014


  • 143,300 miles
Started sudden acceleration while driving at 25 mph. Pressed hard on brakes to stop, put it on park mode. Still RPM was around 4000. Turned off engine. When cranked back, RPM kept on increasing without foot on accelerator. Tapped hard on accelerator couple of times, RPM went back to normal.

- Cornelius, NC, USA

problem #10

Jan 162014


  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the vehicle surged forward and exhibited rapid accelerated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on several occasions, who was not able to replicate. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #9

May 252013

Sable 6-cyl

  • 11,867 miles
While driving and I go over 50 mph my car will speed up which cause the throttle cable to come apart an D the engine or transmission speeds up.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #8

Nov 262013

Sable 6-cyl

  • 54,296 miles
I received a panicked phone call from my 16 year old daughter after a life threatening experience. She was driving at 35 mph when the car began to accelerate on it's own, the engine raced to 4,000 RPM and stayed there, while she frantically pressed the brake. Thankfully she was able to contain control of the vehicle as she pulled off it the road. She immediately turned off the engine, after waiting a few minutes she started the car, again it raced to 4,000 RPM. After trying this multiple times I had the car towed home. A call to Ford verified there has been no recalls or recall work done on this vehicle. I researched this issue online, to my amazement there are many people who have experienced this same issue.in fear for my child and anyone else who might drive this vehicle I have removed it from use, and feel stuck with unsafe vehicle. I am highly disappointed in the lack of response/resolve from the manufacture.

- Southgate, MI, USA

problem #7

Feb 022009

Sable 6-cyl

  • 65,775 miles


Throttle gets stuck. This was repaired in February of 2009 and has occurred again now in October 2013. Statement from Ford dealership Nov 4, 2013: Speed control cable broken needs replace may be causing throttle linkage to bind. Dealership indicates that a recall on the 2000-2003 Mercury Sable covers the exact repairs that are necessary on my vehicle but my vehicle is not covered as it is a 2004. Contacted Ford at 1-800-392-3673 and they are currently not willing to pay for repairs to my vehicle.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #6

Dec 012012


  • 76,794 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 30 mph, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The contact was able to merge to the shoulder and turn the vehicle off. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the speed control cable had failed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 76,794.

- Oaks Park, MI, USA

problem #5

Feb 012013


  • 198,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that the vehicle suddenly accelerated independently while the contact was sitting idle at a traffic stop. The vehicle lunged forward and the rpms increased before the sudden acceleration occurred. Failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 198,000 and the current mileage was 203,000.

- Uniion City , NH, USA

problem #4

Jan 092013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Mercury Sable. The contact stated that while attempting to brake, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact had not depressed the accelerator pedal. The contact had to shift into neutral and engage the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 82,000.

- Highland Ranch, CO, USA

problem #3

Jul 132012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 99,500 miles


My Mercury Sable 2004 began accelerating on its own. The first time I was cruising at 35mph and had trouble stopping at a stop sign. Braking caused a vibration the RPM's were not going down. Driving further I noted the car would accelerate by itself. Tapping the the gas pedal quickly sometimes caused the RPM's to go back to normal. I took the vehicle to a local garage and had the throttle (cables, etc) checked. All were reported ok. The issue has happened off and on but yesterday (11/28/12) was the worst. I did some research and my issue is exactly the unintended acceleration issue reported by many other Taurus/Sable owners. I have two children and am now concerned for my safety and the safety of my family. I contacted Ford and got a case number assigned. I am waiting to hear back from them.

- York, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 082012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 176,459 miles
Throttle got stuck and car continued to accelerate on its own and now its a constant problem every time I drive the car I can get it to stop momentarily by quickly applying pressure to the gas pedal where it will stop accelerating for a moment but once the rpms drop as low as they are going to go it starts accelerating all over again when in park it revs out at up to 5000 rpms I know you are already aware of this problem in the 05 & 06 models but I haven't seen anything about 04's also everything I've researched says its the cruise control cable being disconnected which was the first thing I checked and mine is still connected.

- Jensen Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 272012

Sable 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
I noticed that the car did not decelerate when I removed my foot from the gas pedal. When I braked, the engine continued to race. I put the car in neutral and I could hear the engine race even faster. At the light I kept it in neutral and gave it gas while braked. Then it went back to normal idle speed. It has done this several times since that first incident. Previous to that first incident, I noticed that the cruise control no longer worked.

- Highland Park, NJ, USA

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