2009 Mercury Sable engine NHTSA complaints: Engine

NHTSA — Engine Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,746 miles

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2009 Mercury Sable engine problems

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2009 Mercury Sable Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 202016


  • 40,665 miles


While cruising on interstate highways, on three occasions, the engine has quit running. The first incident occurred October 12, 2012 with about 18,000 miles on odometer.the second incident occurred during may, 2014 with about 34,000 miles on odometer. The third incident occurred on April 20, 2016 with 40,665 miles on odometer. It is interesting to note that while this vehicle is used primarily for out-of-state travel, all 3 incidents have occurred while returning home from out of state trips and within about a 70 mile radius in central Illinois. The engine will readily restart after a shutdown. The engine ran smoothly both before and following each shutdown, as well as all other times during the life of this vehicle. The Ford dealer checked the engine this week and found no cause for engine shutdown nor vehicle recalls. I am inclined to believe that this engine shutdown issue is not isolated to this one vehicle. I fear that such engine shutdowns will lead to a catastrophic crash particularly when the vehicle is operated on crowded interstate highways in large metropolitan areas in rush hour traffic. We travel on these highways around indianapolis, cincinnati and St. Louis. (we have already experienced an engine shutdown on another of our vehicles while traveling on a very crowded interstate during rush hour.)

- East Peoria, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 182015


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Mercury Sable. When the contact turned the steering wheel while driving 15 mph, the vehicle felt as if it would stall and an abnormal noise was heard. The traction control warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, but could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Rock Island, IL, USA

problem #3

May 172015


  • 70,000 miles
While driving down the highway the engine just stopped running, this happened on several occasions. Another time all of a sudden the fuel gauge marked empty and I had just filled it a few miles before that.

- Ankeny, IA, USA

problem #2

Nov 102010

Sable 6-cyl

  • 5,500 miles
Driving down highway at 55 car goes totally dead. Was able to put in park and restart. After this happened on 3 other occasions the next 4 months took to a local, they couldn't find anything wrong and said to bring it back if it happened again. About 3-4 wks later it happened again so I was taking it back to the dealer that I brought it from 60 miles away, on way to dealership it died on me to more times once going 55 and then on the interstate doing 75. The mechanic there said it needed to have its computer updated. He did and I have not had anymore problem with it now the past 2 1/2 years.

- Drasco, AR, USA

problem #1

Jan 142014

Sable 6-cyl

  • 37,565 miles
In cruise control--speed set between 37 & 39 mph I engaged brakes to slow car--eng stopped running --all lites on console lit..lost pwr brakes and steering. Almost hit car coming in opposite direction. Happened again in April, 2014 plaza Lincoln cannot find problem--scales Ford cannot find problem--several independent professional mechanics cannot find problem--no computers will identify problem--I'm afraid to drive car 32159, ,I have reported this to Ford Motor Co and ntsb. Need help --please

- Lady Lake, Fl 32159 , FL, USA

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