1997 Mercury Sable LS V6 DOHC from North America

Summary:

Ford/Mercury's are built to last

Faults:

Heating coiles at 90,000 (really cheap to do)

Seats starting to wear, but nice with covers.

And minor oil leak at 140,000.

Overall since I have had it new in 1997 its only had one engine problem at 90,000 otherwise that it. Amazing.

General Comments:

Overall the car is amazing. I don't think I will ever have a car that will please me better then this one. Its at 154000 miles now and still amazing is quite and you don't feel any vibrations. Under the hood is clean and it looks to make it well over 200000 miles before any problems. And also the transmission is still like new. Amazing car do buy if you have the chance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2005

1997 Mercury Sable GS from North America

Summary:

I will never buy a Ford product again

Faults:

When I bought the car in February of 2005 it had about 150,000 miles. Before the car was even drivable I had to replace the power steering pump twice. After the car was drivable we realized the transmission was bad and going out. Then they finally figured out it was the return hose to the power steering pump. Then the car started riding really rough. At 175,500 miles the struts need to be replaced and the power window wouldn't roll up so I had to replace the power window motor as well as the relay switch for the power window. Also at 178,000 miles the car started over heating, the coolant reservoir was all cracked so that had to be replaced, but the car is still over heating, I have put more money into repairs than I paid for the car.

General Comments:

I will never buy a mercury again, I will buy a Chevy or something, but not a Ford product of any kind. I have never had to put so many repairs into any other vehicle I have owned, I have owned a Saturn and a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am, there has been slight problems with them, but not near as expensive or as many problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th September, 2005

12th Sep 2005, 14:42

Wow, this review shows how stupid some people really are.

Honestly, what the hell were you expecting from a 150,000 mile car that's probably been beat on and not maintained. REALLY, what did you expect?

Idiocy, pure and simple idiocy.

12th Sep 2005, 20:29

You can really tell you guys are use to Ford products.

It that was a 97 Honda or Subaru it would just getting broken in at 150,000 miles.

150,000 miles should not be the end of a cars life if it has been maintained .

1997 Mercury Sable LS Wagon 3.0 Base from North America

Summary:

I plan to buy a fourth when this one dies

Faults:

Engine replaced with used unit at 60,000 due to undiagnosed over heating issue. Replaced with used unit from dealer (32,000 miles on used) $1850.

Rebuilt transmission at 134,000 $900.

Brakes as needed, rear discs need more attention.

Interior lights on mostly due to wet conditions.

General Comments:

Very happy with Taurus/Sable line. This is my third one. Car is great on long drives, effortless cruising. The transmission is a known weak point and I would almost suggest budgeting for the job. Temp gauge on dash was not working correctly and a heating problem caused the engine to cook. I get 25 in town and 35 on the highway doing an avg speed of 75-80 mph. I am an aggressive driver and I love the Taurus/Sable line for their handling in corners. I have never found the limits of adhesion. Wagons get the uprated rear dics brakes and the whole braking system is better than any other car I have known. The car is a set and forget appliance. Change the oil, service the tranny every 30k and the car will run on and on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2005

14th Mar 2005, 22:58

I just wanted to let you know that your review has an unhappy blue smiley over it despite the good review.

31st Oct 2005, 22:38

Had to replace the radiator to the tune of $900.00 at 40,000 miles. Luckily the engine didn't burn up. It wasn't so much the cost of the radiator, (which was made out of plastic by the way), it was the labor the way the whole front end of the car has to come off in order to do it. I had to redo the catalytic converter at 110,000 miles, around $700.00, and now it's making noise again at 135,000 miles. The drivers window switch gave out so I leave it up and had to replace the timing belt cover gasket which cost $800. Otherwise its still going strong. knock wood.