1998 Mercury Sable Reviews

1998 Mercury Sable LX 3.0 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles

Summary:

Check the speed sensor before you rebuild the TRANNY!

Faults:

I thought the transmission was going. The speedometer stopped working, the wipers would go on at anytime. First put in a speed sensor, It fixes everything. One transmission place estimated me for $1900 and someone told me about a $40.00 part that fixed everything!

I also have a problem with the heat not working. Something is wrong with the front end also. My car only has 64000 miles on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd April, 2008

15th Dec 2010, 23:36

I had a same problem with the transmission, and the dealer gave me an estimate 2000-4000 dollars. I went to see a small garage for an oil change and they fixed the problem too. They changed the speedometer sensor, and the car is running like new now.

I had the same problem with heat; they disconnected the AC, and since then the heating is fine. Right now we have minus 15 C, and the car is heating OK.

1998 Mercury Sable 3.0 Duratec DOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Duratec DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100000 kilometres
Most recent distance178000 kilometres
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

An excellent highway driver

Faults:

The automatic transmission, which is the only available tranny on the Sable began to leak after about 150,000km.

Apart from this, only regular maintenance issues were apparent; tie rods went at 160,000 and the drivers side window stuck down after about 165,000km.

Although there were several problems, some being more expensive than others, the parts and labour was relatively cheap.

General Comments:

This was a very comfortable car, and was excellent on gas provided it had a 3.0 liter engine. It was fabulous for driving on the highway and if you plan to make long distance trips and want a reliable highway cruiser, this car would suit your needs.

City driving was much less comfortable as the car was heavy and required a longer stopping distance, but with four wheel disk brakes this wasn't that much of an issue.

Also, stop and go was much less efficient on gas, however the low end torque provided by the 3.0 litre DOHC Duratec engine made the car a pleasure to drive, in a straight line.

Body roll was a problem when cornering at high speeds, but this is no sports car by any means.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th March, 2008

1998 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 DOHC 24v from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 3.0 DOHC 24v Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired249000 kilometres
Most recent distance269000 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

The Mercury diSABLEd is awesome

Faults:

In the time I've had this car it has needed new breaks all around.

One ball joint.

Interior light never turned off even when the door was shut, so I had to remove it. I was willing to put up with that.

General Comments:

The car has been extremely reliable and comfortable for a car I bought a year ago at an auction for $500. Suspension is fully independent and provides a very smooth ride for a car of this timeframe. The Duratec engine is reasonably responsive, but has limited low end torque. Interior is roomy, good-looking and comfortable, however the outside of the car is ugly. The dual exhaust pipes are actually part of a Y pipe, which is disappointing. Trunk space is generous. The variable assist hydraulic power steering feels excellent. The four speed automatic transmission works well with the Duratec and it has overdrive, but would benefit from a fifth cog. The transmission is original, so it hasn't been an issue for me like it has for other people who own this model. The car does suffer from some road-noise at highway speed, but nothing too pronounced as to impede on conversation. The car has excellent acoustics and the factory speakers return decent sound. Braking is below average for this class, but acceptable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2007

4th Oct 2010, 22:02

I bought a 1998 Sable GS 3.0 litre V6 24V DOHC new in 1998.

For a large car, it handled very well and was quite powerful. As with other commentators, I had problems with the interior lights, but it was something I could live with. The ongoing maintenance costs were minimal. About a week and a half ago, it was totally destroyed in a collision. I was driving and alone in the car. The airbags deployed and the car saved me from any serious injury.

Overall, it was the best car I have ever owned. May the old Mercury RIP. Well done, good and faithful servant.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 17 reviews