1990 Mercury Sable Reviews

1990 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired139400 miles
Most recent distance145620 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Value and reliability, all rolled into one!

Faults:

A/C Clutch seized.

Voltage Regulator went bad.

Brake light switch went bad.

Grille bar lights burned out.

Radio volume is intermittent high/low.

Wiper delay switch needed replaced.

Headlight burned out.

Plugs/wires were bad.

General Comments:

This has been an all-around great car for me. I commute 60 miles a day and she fires right up and purrs like a kitten.

Aside from the A/C clutch going south, I've had no major problems with the vehicle. I've yet to replace the A/C compressor, as it's a very expensive procedure due to the retrofit for the new coolant.

The other things that have gone wrong have been very minor and I've been able to perform the repairs myself. The preventive maintenance is inexpensive and easy to do on your own and parts can be had for a very resonable price.

Overall, the Sable has been a great car for the money I spent and continues to churn out the miles for me on a regular basis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2004

1990 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired153000 miles
Most recent distance157000 miles
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Great car even with Ford's rep

Faults:

The radiator hose broke after a week of ownership.

General Comments:

I only drove this car about a month, once from West Virginia to New Jersey and back. It LOVES the mountains. A week after returning from NJ I hit a deer with it. I needed a new hood, radiator and some lights. That's it!

I think this car is the safest I've owned. I'm getting it fixed as we speak to drive it again.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2003

1990 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 V6 OHV from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 OHV Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance101325 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Caution: Constant Electrical Failure

Faults:

Don't even get me started. Brakes were completely shot when we first bought the car (the front brakes had a crack in the passenger side caliper, and the rear brakes were powder.

Ongoing electrical problems, fuel pump failure, Powertrain Control Module failure (old computer had the year 1998 on it when the car's a 1990), blown fusible links.

Cap & Rotor has carbon all over it, the ignition coil had half the tower remaining.

Burns oil due to leaking valve oil seals (at only 100,000 miles?!)

General Comments:

It's a comfortable car with leather seats and a freezing A/C (thank God), and it brakes well (bare-bones Cobra brakes), as well as it accelerates. I just wish the car was more reliable. The electrical problems have been a nightmare, my '82 GT never had electrical problems. The fenders are weak too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th June, 2003

12th Apr 2006, 15:17

Well what did you expect out of a 11 year old car with 100K miles on it? I mean, come on... brakes are going to wear out. Didn't you check them BEFORE buying the car? DUH!!!

1990 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance198000 kilometres
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

The 3.0 liter/AX-OD power train is indestructible, very best ever made

Faults:

Largest problem with these cars is rust.

General Comments:

Car is very smooth on the highway, relatively easy on gas and extremely reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th April, 2003

11th Jul 2003, 10:53

I own a 1990 Ford Taurus that I purchased new and it now has over 200,000 km on it so I feel qualified to comment on this review.

The comment on the drive train being indestructible is ridiculous. Ford replaced millions of transmissions in the 3.0L models because of faulty design. I had one replaced on warranty and was told it was very common. I had it rebuilt at 180K and the tranny shop said they do very well off of these cars.

Ride and mileage are OK, but there are a lot more reliable cars out there. If you haven't had your tranny replaced yet I guarantee that the previous owner did or you will soon.

1990 Mercury Sable GL 3.8L from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.8L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance101000 kilometres

Summary:

Comfortable, but a lemon

Faults:

Air conditioning.

CV boots.

Many other things.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable, both in seating, and ride. The air conditioning went a few summers in a row, which cost $2000 to fix everytime, and it was fixed by the Ford dealer. Lately has been mysteriously leaking antifreeze. You fill it up, and a couple days later its all gone, with not marks on the driveway. Transmission has gaps sometimes, when you put it in reverse, if you give it a fair amount of gas, even if letting it get into reverse fully, the transmission makes a clunk. All around decent car, but has cost more in repairs in 13 years then it did to purchase the car brand new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th February, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 9 reviews