1993 Mercury Sable LS 3.8 Liter from North America
A good reliable family car that needs some reasonable service and care.
A/C blew at 100k and took out water pump plus serpentine belt.
Radiator inadequate to cool in 100 F plus and low humidity (<30%)
Look for signs of excessive heating on the engine block, where the hoses connect and at the water pump. Must use coolant with no water.
Starter and Engine mounts required replacing at 90k..
Serpentine belt replaced for third time, about every 25,000 miles.
The two-piece hubcaps keep losing one of the pieces. Just replace the set and save yourself a bunch of headaches.
The car drives smooth with a nice comfortable cabin for four big people.
Car has great acceleration, travels well at high freeway speeds, and is easily maneuvered in traffic and parking.
We service the car regularly especially with oil changes every 60 days or no more than 6,000 miles.
Radiator needs flushing every year or two especially for commutes that are stop and go, or in high heat/low humidity areas. Fill with coolant.
The Air Conditioner lasted 100k miles. However, we replaced the serpentine belt every 30k miles which may have something to do with it.
The Dealer did two factory recall replacements. One was for the ignition switch and the other for the drive train. The ignition switch works excellent.
Overall, the car has been very good to drive. The service has been less expensive than other luxury cars, but the car needs quarterly oil changes and annual radiator flushes plus an occasional serpentine belt if you want to confidently run it at high speeds or sit in stop and go traffic.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th July, 2002