1989 Mercury Sable Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1989 Mercury Sable 3.8 6-cylinder from Mexico

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.8 6-cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1 kilometres
Most recent distance60000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Suburban


Nightmare, a headache and a lemon all together


The fan blower failed at 20,000 kilometers.

The radiator blew at 25,000 kilometers.

The fan failed again at 30,000 kilometers.

The engine overheated almost every week.

The Air Conditioning was not cooling at 30,000 kilometers.

A second radiator was required at 35,000 kilometers.

Head Gasket blew at 40,000 kilometers.

Oil pressure problems.

General Comments:

It was a nightmare after the first 30,000 kilometers.

The car almost never worked from that point and it's a money pit.

It will let you down almost everytime.

Overheating problems every week.

Horrible service from dealer.

Stay away from this lemon if you want to avoid a major headache and ruin your life.

I can't sell it because nobody wants to buy it, because it got so many problems.

Most mechanics don't know how to fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th January, 2002

1989 Mercury Sable LS Wagon 3.8 gas eater from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 gas eater Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance136000 miles


A luxurious crap-heap


Transmission - replaced twice.

Power steering - trouble until the day I got rid of it.

Power windows - stopped, started, then stopped again. It worked the last time I checked.

Heater - died.

Cracked windshield - my brother's fault.

Motor mounts - made the power of the 3.8 useless unless you wanted the whole car to jolt.

Rear window wiper/defroster - stopped working shortly after purchasing, disconnected due to an electrical problem it was causing.

Paint - clear-coat got all messed up (I've heard it's somewhat common for these cars).

Leather seats - no complaint.

General Comments:

It was a boat. Couldn't stop too quickly, but I was willing to ignore it while sitting in the comfortable leather seats.

Couldn't start too quickly (broken motor mounts), but the sound system was decent (no CD), so I dealt with it.

I would've kept the car if I thought I could've fixed it for good. It was nothing but trouble for my mom, so when it was passed down to me, I decided to try and sell it. That's when I found out what a used 1989 Mercury Sable LS wagon is worth. I was offered $200, $400, even $700! Fed up, I finally donated it because frankly it wasn't worth my time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 8th May, 2001

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 8 reviews