1997 Mercury Sable GS from North America
I love this car
Bought used, I have had this car for about 5 years. It has been a really good car.
The only significant repair was a speed sensor that cost about $25.00. The rest of the repairs have been brakes, tires, oil changes, and spark plugs - all the usual stuff.
But lately I have noticed something that really worries me. The car seems to be having some kind of electrical problem. It only does things occasionally/intermittently. The battery light will flicker on and off. The dash and radio lights will brighten and dim, and my headlights will brighten and dim. The electric windows and locks will work and then they won't.
I have been driving down the road, and all of a sudden the car will lose electricity (not when I'm stopped, but while I'm moving). I'll turn the key off and on and it will start back up again. My radio settings will erase every setting and I have to reset everything. This happens for maybe a day or two and then will stop for weeks, then it will come back again for a few days.
I have had the battery checked and the alternator checked and I have been told by four places that they are in working order. Obviously I am having some sort of short somewhere, but where do I take it to? The dealership says that they aren't equipped to look for an electrical problem, but that they could give it a look see. That scares me because their look see could cost me a bundle, and I could still end up not knowing the problem. Any advice from anyone?
Rides great and I love the size.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th February, 2008
I have been driving a 97 Sable GS as well for the last 5 years. I have kept it in great shape with maintenance and repairs, it has turned out to be a very reliable car.
I hit 180,000 miles just last week, and everything runs good. Also, lately I have been putting a large amount of miles on it, maybe 500 to 600 a week. I'm hoping I can get 245000 out of it.
I would say maybe 4 months ago, I had that same problem happen to me, where I was driving normally, coming to a yield sign, then all of a sudden all electrical power was lost, and car just died. I got it started after 1 or 2 minutes of playing with the ignition switch. I thought possibly my ignition switch was going out. Well it hasn't happened since then, so I really don't know. I had to replace my synchronizer maybe 3 and a half months ago, made a world of difference. It's been having idling problems maybe once a day, it's become more frequent now it's getting colder. I'm thinking it's a sensor, but the computer says nothing??? Any suggestions.
I'm just curious, how many miles are you rolling with on yours?