1994 Mercury Sable LX from North America - Comments

6th Aug 2001, 19:37

My 94 sable is having its forth replacement transmission at 110,000. All were out of warranty by a few 1000 miles when they failed.

16th Jan 2002, 09:15

I have a 94 Sable LX and it has been a nightmare. The major problem I'm having is that the digital speedometer will go to 0 while I'm driving and the transmission will race before locking back into gear. It then stays at 0 and will occasionally "slip" out of gear. Sound familiar at all? I've had numerous repairs but nothing has fixed it. I did have a sensor put in it once and it fixed it for about a year, then went back to doing it again.

22nd May 2002, 21:36

My sable has been a nightmare! At 64,000 miles I had to replace my transmission. I have no interior lights and can only unlock my doors from the passenger side switch. Along with the wiring problem, I also had to replace my heater cord. My next trip to the garage will be to find out where my anti-freeze is leaking from. Hopefully it will be repaired quickly so that I can have the leaky sun roof fixed.

25th May 2002, 23:00

I had a 93 Sable LS which was torturous. Cost me so much money I'm just finally finishing off paying the debts it incurred. I dumped the junk and and moved over to the other end of the spectrum and bought a Toyota Camry. All this was 3 years ago. My advice to anyone reading this that currently has this Ford junk: GET RID OF IT QUICK. Its like a Chinese torture... slowly sapping you of your sanity and money.

10th Jul 2002, 13:30

I thought for a second this had been written by my husband until I read the last line about it doing again after a year.. Makes you wonder what the problem is and why we all just lay here and take it.. If I could I would get together with all these people and try to make the company do something about it. Or make it widely known that those particular cars with these transmissions are no good and to stay away. We bought thinking they were reliable cars.. guess we were wronged again.. why do we even bother anymore..?

13th Sep 2002, 22:24

I have owned a 94' Mercury Sable for a little over a year now and what an experience! Head gaskets reworked, a new radiator,transmission leaks and jolts, some locks will lock and others won't, the fuel system is clogged and sluggish.., What can I say?

I spend a fortune on this junk constantly, I might as well throw money out of the window, but they are failing as well!

I find myself sitting at red lights wondering if it will stall or overheat again and praying for it to get me home, to work or whatever! I hate it, but I am stuck with it, for now. Stay away from this pile of garbage!!

20th Sep 2002, 14:55

We own a 93 Sable... Have you seen the movie the "money pit". Our ownership of this 93 Sable has been a mirror experience. We have had to replace the head gaskets twice. The second occurrence of blown head gasket damaged the motor. The new motor cost us $4,000.00. During this time it was necessary to replace the water pump four times. This all occurred within a four month period. The car was in for repairs more often than on the road. We thought, look at the bright side, with a new engine, we should get a couple of years of trouble free driving. We were very wrong! The continuing mechanical problems include faulty wiring, even the ford service department was unable to properly repair. Despite spending hundreds of dollars trying to fix the wiring problem we are left with a very unreliable vehicle. Don't ever buy a Sable!!!

28th Jun 2003, 08:06

I have had my 94 sable for over 5 years, with very few problems. I bought it with 60k miles, Ford did replace the Engine at 92k miles under some warranty. (I did have to pay for a motor mount that was broken.) The car now has over 120000 miles on it, and it runs great. Granted the moon roof leaks, but I ran a small hose to drain it. It has been a very good car. I plan on driving it for a few more years.

20th Nov 2004, 11:53

I have had this car, 1994 Mercury Sable SW Lx for a year. Bought it in 2003. It had 130,000 miles, but looked well maintained and ran excellent. I figuered my four thousand dollars was well spent, until last month, that is.

I was returning home to California from Oregon on Ashland pass on I-5. The transmission gave up in high (both speeds). I shifted to low and thankfully? it worked. I pulled to the extreme right slow truck lane and hoped to get the next 11 miles to home at 25 MPH in low gear. Didn't happen! Within a half mile the radiator started steaming. Being no fool, I immediately pulled to the emergency lane and shut the engine off. A few minutes later a road crewman called my hometown wrecker on his cell phone and I was towed home. By this time the Mercury had cooled down. I checked the oil and coolant levels...OK. I started the engine...Thunk! Thunk! Thunk! Sounds like a rod knock. The wrecker driver thought so, too. I can understand this happening if the auto had been abused or not maintained, but this was not the case. The entire malfunction happened with no warning. I now have discovered, through Internet postings, that Ford had a problem with transmissions on this model and neglected to straighten the mess out. Thanks Ford!

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