2002 Mercury Sable Reviews

2002 Mercury Sable LX Premium 3.0 Duratec from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.0 Duratec Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance49000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

Good ride... once the major problems are fixed

Faults:

Transmission rebuild - at 44,000 miles???

Engine misfire - required major tune up. At 44,400 miles???

General Comments:

Beware of transmission problems with this generation of Taurus and Sable! We found our 2002 Sable LS Premium with only 44000 miles on the odometer. Really clean and fair price.

Five days after purchase, the transmission warning light flashed. Turns out it had a bad torque converter and pump shaft, which we since find out is a very common issue with these cars, and Ford refused to recall. $1600 to repair, and for an additional $400, might as well go for a complete rebuild. Fortunately the seller agreed to pitch in half of the cost (he claims to not have been previously aware of the problem).

A week later the engine began to misfire badly. Mechanic recommended a major tune up and replaced the coil. That took care of the problem.

Since the above two problems right out of the gate, the car has been great. On the good side, the 3.0 Duratec has ample power. The car is quiet, smooth and comfortable. Gas mileage not too bad for a full-size. And wow, what a stereo! (Mach Premium Sound system)

Here's hoping our initial bad experience was an isolated one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th August, 2012

2002 Mercury Sable GS 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance65000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Very nice car, recommended

Faults:

Left sway bar link is bad at 60000 miles.

Brake pads had been replaced at 50000 miles.

Alignment problem at 62000 miles.

Other than the above, no major problems.

General Comments:

3.0Lt V6 Vulcan engine is very reliable.

AX4N transmission is very smooth and reliable with regular ATF change (every 30000 miles).

Comfortable to ride.

Low maintenance cost.

Strongly recommend the 2002 Mercury Sable GS.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2009

2002 Mercury Sable LS 3.0 Duratec from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 Duratec Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired26000 miles
Most recent distance57000 miles
Previous carNissan Altima

Summary:

Very reliable and comfortable

Faults:

Front suspension parts failed, repaired under factory warranty. No other problems.

General Comments:

This car has been excellent so far. It is the LS wagon with all the the options available.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2005

2002 Mercury Sable LS 24v DOHC from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 24v DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance12432 miles
Previous carLincoln mustang

Summary:

Very good

Faults:

Radio would make static once in awhile.

General Comments:

This car is very quick and the engine is super strong.

The A/C is excellent.

This car is very reliable and it has been for the 2 years that I have owned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2005

2002 Mercury Sable GS 3.0L V6 2v from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0L V6 2v Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired44298 miles
Most recent distance53000 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Silhouette

Summary:

Only the LS is faster

Faults:

After an unintentional power slide, both front tires had to be replaced. 215/60R16 is a pretty rare size, so it wasn't cheap.

There's a suspicious rattle coming from the vicinity of the AC compressor (unconfirmed), possibly the result of the above-mentioned incident.

Apparently the fuel filter needs to be replaced, but, like the tires, it's a rare part, therefore expensive.

General Comments:

So far this car has been very reliable.

I sometimes make it do things it's not really made to do-- being an old-people car, it's not really meant to take corners at 30mph or rev to 5000+ before shifting-- but it does it anyway.

Decent mileage even when running the air.

I've left more than one ricer at the light in this car, and was even able to kind of keep up with a Buick Roadmaster (big honkin' V8), so there's no question of its abilities-- 155 horsepower, 160 foot-pounds torque... Very quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st September, 2004

8th Sep 2004, 11:20

HA HA HA-

Smoking the tires on an "old people car"! That's great! I just bought mine (over a real nice Mustang GT) because that's what the wife agreed to. I got the 200 HP LS model and it does have power. I can't believe how cheap these are used for such a nice looking car with the options-leather seats, rear view dimmer, sunroof, premium wheels (paid 13K with 24K miles).

Anyway, I pulled out in traffic this morning and had to get on it because there wasn't much room. The car smoked both tires for about 10 feet. It runs pretty nice.

I am currently looking into a chip, along the lines of what hypertech would put out to tune the performance. May custom dual exhaust, well see.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 5 reviews