1993 Mercury Sable SE 3.8 liter from North America
A purchase I have regretted
At 83,000 miles the head gasket blew. This cost about $1500 and took about 2 weeks to fix.
The starter needed to be replaced at 85,000 miles.
Both catalytic converters needed to be replaced at 90,000 miles.
The muffler and entire exhaust line needed to be replaced at about 92,000 miles.
The radiator needed replacement at 100,000 miles.
The water pump needed replacement at 100,000 miles.
The timing chain and gears and the cover to them needed replacement at 100,000 miles.
Transmission is not broken, but it is lazy when shifting between park and drive or reverse and drive.
The car has a surprising amount of power, handles relatively well, and rides quite comfortably.
There is a constant worry that something else will need to be repaired.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th May, 2002
14th Dec 2002, 02:17
No way you must have be hard on your car mine has 107000 miles and it still runs like a dream and I'm only 20 years old.
22nd Feb 2004, 10:40
I am currently replacing Both head gaskets on vehicle at 90000miles. Major Dealer service was done at 60000 which consisted of replacement of all heater hoses. Serpentine belt and water pump, motor mounts, front struts, brakes, radiator. I also replaced the transmission shifting cable (that was a eight hour job). I've had to replace the alternator once.
The sable has great power, comfortable seats, good ride, and ample room interior wise. Unless your somewhat mechanically inclined...I'd think twice before buying this CAR.