Mercury Sable - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Mercury Sable owners have reported a total of 3,399 problems for their cars built in the 13 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Mercury Sable. The 2000 Mercury Sable cars have the most problems reported (571 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Mercury Sable

Model Year Number of Problems
  2009 Sable
27
  2008 Sable
65
  2006 Sable
2
  2005 Sable
105
  2004 Sable
70
  2003 Sable
245
  2002 Sable
533
  2001 Sable
521
  2000 Sable
571
  1999 Sable
300
  1998 Sable
242
  1997 Sable
322
  1996 Sable
390

  Common problems of Mercury Sable

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Mercury Sable cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (814 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (372 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Mercury Sable

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Suspension
814
  Vehicle Speed Control
372
  Power Train
322
  Engine And Engine Cooling
284
  Service Brakes
278
  Electrical System
168
  Visibility
165
  Air Bag
157
  Steering
143
  Exterior Lighting
131
   
  Structure
111
  Seat Belt
102
  Gasoline Fuel System
66
  Equipment
62
  Tire
55
  Unknown Or Other
48
  Other Fuel System
25
  Interior Lighting
23
  Seats
19
  Wheel
19
  Latches/locks/linkage
19
  Air Brake
7
  Electronic Stability Control
4
  Parking Brake
3
  Child Seat
2

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Mercury Sable of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Sable model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Mercury Sable model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Sable Model Years

Sable
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2009 276,14710    
0.44
  2008 6526,43011    
0.22
  2005 10536,14314    
0.21
  2004 7042,26415    
0.11
  2003 24564,50116    
0.24
  2002 533105,44917    
0.30
  2001 52199,03818    
0.29
  2000 57193,51419    
0.32

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Mercury Sable is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2008 Sable
8
  2004 Sable
5
  2003 Sable
8
  2002 Sable
15
  2001 Sable
48
  2000 Sable
73
  1999 Sable
23
  1998 Sable
20
  1997 Sable
14
  1996 Sable
46


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