Door Latch Problems of Mercury Sable

Mercury Sable owners have reported 9 problems related to door latch (under the latches/locks/linkage category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Mercury Sable based on all problems reported for the Sable.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Mercury Sable 1
Failure Date: 12/15/2006

The contact owns a 1997 Mercury Sable. In cold weather, the driver's side door will shut, but not latch until the vehicle is driven 3-4 miles with the heater on full blast. The failure has occurred for the past two winters. The dealer stated that it was the contact's responsibility. When the driver's side door is shut, one of the trim panels detaches from the interior door panel due to deterioration of the plastic attachments (christmas tree). He was informed not to worry about the failure because it was not harmful. The rear driver's side door does not latch because the plastic mechanism does not work properly. The contact has to manually work the door handle to reactivate the latch. The dealer stated that this was not an issue, and that the door needed to be taken apart and relubricated at his expense. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 95,000 and failure mileage was 94,000. Updated 04/21/08.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 2003 Mercury Sable 2
Failure Date: 10/22/2006

Do any new cars offer an automatic release of the rear door child lock device. This means that the child lock will automatically un-set upon impact of an accident so people in the back seat can quickly get out. I had an incident in a Mercury Sable where the back seat passenger was nearly burned because they could not get out of the back seat (get the rear door open). . Read more...

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1998 Mercury Sable 3
Failure Date: 02/28/2004

Persistent problem with many Mercury/Ford cars and trucks. Faulty door sensors indicate unsafe condition (doors not close/latch). Two very serious safety conditions result from this false indication: (a) the driver ignores the false indicator which puts the driver and all occupants at risk when an actual unsafe condition does exist. (b) the interior lights are illuminated while driving and cannot be extinguished. This restricts night time visibility and causes an unsafe condition to exist. (c) the driver's door cannot be locked. This presents a potential security issue to the driver. These faulty sensors (or faulty design) have been installed in Mercury/Ford products for a number of years.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1999 Mercury Sable 4
Failure Date: 01/10/2004

The incident I am writing about relates to the electric door locks on the 1999 Mercury Sable. After many months of having passenger side door locks not responding to the driver or passenger side controls, I took the car in for repairs to my local mechanic. $450 later the mechanic was able to replace the problem parts with the statement that Mercury was having a lot of problems with this series of locking mechanism's and it appeared Mercury had a wide spread, pervasive problem. I consider this an unsafe condition as it prevents the driver from insuring that all doors are locked when transporting young children without the driver exiting the vehicle or crawling across to the opposite side to lock the passenger side doors. What can be done to track this problem and how can Mercury be required to consider this a recall issue and take steps to correct and replace the door locking mechanism?.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Mercury Sable 5
Failure Date: 04/03/2003

The driver's door lock did not function properly. It constantly jammed not allowing consumer to open the door.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1997 Mercury Sable 6
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

When driving vehicle overheated which prevented clutch from going into gear. Also, passenger's side rear door would not open from either inside or outside. Consumer has contacted the dealer. The cam shaft sensor was broken. The torque converter failure.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 2000 Mercury Sable 7
Failure Date: 01/01/1901

2000 Mercury Sable and 2002 Ford taurus door latch freezes in the winter. Consumer states that the door latch freezes and will not latch closed after being opened. ***** the consumer stated later in the day, when the weather warmed up, the latches operated normally.

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car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Mercury Sable 8

Interior system warning light comes on, indicating that the door is open when door is actually shut. Dealer has been contacted.

car image   Door Latch problem of the 1996 Mercury Sable 9

Anytime the weather gets under 32 degrees outside door handles freeze up. The dealer has tried to correct this problem four times. Door handles continue to freeze up, replacement of the inner door switch mechanism necessary to complete repair, design of the plunger that is metal results in freezing, replacement of the plunger with plastic rectified situation.

Other Common Latches/locks/linkage related problems of Mercury Sable

Problem Category Number of Problems
Door Latch problems
Latches/locks/linkage problems
Hood Latch problems
Hatchback/liftgate Lock problems

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