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1990 Mercury Sable GS Sedan 3.0 Liter 6 Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 Liter 6 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles

Summary:

A comfortable and reliable car

Faults:

All passenger power window switches went bad (including the 3 on the driver's main override).

The water pump seized (also needed new pump belt).

After running the car with the air conditioning on, sometimes it will not start back up. You have to rev the engine in neutral for about 2-3 minutes.

Needed a new exhaust pipe O-ring. The car became extremely noisy when this became loose.

There is some bothersome shaking when the car reaches speeds between 55 and 60 MPH, but other than that it drives well.

Remote gas tank latch became inoperative (I belive it was badly rusted on the inside).

Minor rusting on the body (hood, trunk, front doors).

General Comments:

The previous owners left the car completely dry of oil and it still operated perfectly for about 500-1000 miles!

Very clean-looking vehicle, has a nice long-lasting shine to it.

Very spacious, my sedan seats up to six people (3 front - 3 back) with the arm rests up.

Reliable car - I drive it every day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th May, 2002

1990 Mercury Sable GS from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired106000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles
Previous carFord Granada

Summary:

It runs but that's about it

Faults:

Radiator cracked, as I've heard is common with that particular kind of radiator, and I replaced that myself.

The tires had to be replaced.

The power seats stopped working.

The stereo stopped working.

The transmission was slipping.

The CV joints in the front end were wearing down.

The distributer cap had to be replaced.

The headlights had to have new bulbs put in.

The air conditioning and heating belts went.

General Comments:

I bought this car from my uncle for very little money, because none of my cousins wanted it. I soon realized why they wanted nothing to do with the car. I didn't repair everything, however there were a lot of things wrong with the car from the time I bought it to the accident that killed it (not my fault).

I was going to get rid of it anyway, because the transmission was starting to slip and the CV joints in the front end were giving me problems. I would not have gotten more than $600 for it, trade in or a private sale. It did its job, but I was glad to see it go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2001

3rd Jun 2002, 17:59

I was given the 1993 Mercury Sable by my parents. That was the best part about owning it... The fact that I didn't have to pay for it in the first place! I have already spent more in maintenance within the first two years of ownership... than the car is worth!

24th Jan 2003, 23:08

I bought a 89 Mercury Sable 3.8 V6 a year ago. I had to replace the upper head gasket and its cooling water pump. It just recently showed some new problems. They are:

1- " Engine Check" light turns on and off.

2- It has surge and it shows itself significantly when it is on drive (D).

3- It cranks well when it is cold, but hardly when it is hot.

4- I had to change the radiator because it had leakage.

5- I had to change the transmission pan gasket because of its leakage and consequently filter and transmission fluid.

Although it has good mileage for 3.8V6 car, but maintenance cost and time is really annoying.

1990 Mercury Sable GS 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 3.8 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.4 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Most recent distance115000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

A big fat lemon

Faults:

Power steering hose broke.

Radio broke.

Air conditioning compressor broke.

Struts broke.

Power seats broke.

Tie rods broke.

General Comments:

This is the worst car ever made. I have owned 20 plus vehicles and this one has the distinction of being the worst rated one ever.

If you do not own one of these and are thinking of buying one, do yourself a big favor and find another vehicle.

I now understand what FORD stands for: Fix OR Repair Daily.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 13th August, 2001

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