Mercury Sable owners have reported 23 problems related to transmission failure (under the power train 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.
The contact owns a 2003 Mercury Sable. While the vehicle was operated, it lost engine power without warning. The vehicle was towed to dom's getty service station (308 mercer st, hightstown, NJ) where it was diagnosed as a transmission failure. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 57,000.
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In 2014,. My power train (transmission) stopped propelling my car. Several years earlier, my friend who owned a Mercury Sable (the same type car as I am writing to you about), had the same transmission failure while on an interstate highway. He had approximately the same mileage on his car that I had when our transmissions failed. This type of failure is dangerous yet the Ford motor CO. Advised me there had not been a recall. Please advise.
While driving at 40 mph transmission suddenly failed, no ability to move car out of traffic. Driver and passengers almost were rear ended by following traffic. Unable to move car off of roadway. Engine ran but car would not move.
The contact owns a 2005 Mercury Sable. The contact powered the vehicle on and attempted to shift gears when the vehicle would not shift. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the transmission had failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,200.
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My complaint is for a 2004 Mercury Sable sl prem wagon with a 4f50n transmission. It has approx 18500 miles. While driving close to home, the dash 'transmission' light came on, but almost instantly went off. I called the dealer, who I use for maintenance and repair. They advised it might have been a fluke or nothing, to see what happened next time. The next day I backed the car out of my driveway,no light came on. I started to drive, uo the hill, the light came on and immediately the car stopped moving forward. We had it towed to the dealer and have been told the transmission is bad, that it must be replaced at a cost to us of over $3,000. This transmission failed without expectation and suddenly. If this had happened in traffic, I could have had a serious accident. Vehicle is at the dealer. This seems to fit in with the problems indicated in NHTSA action no. Ea09016.
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After refueling at busy gas station, started the car and the car would not go forward or backwards as no gears were working. The car engine was working fine but the transmission died without any warning symptoms - no clunking, no grinding gears, no loss of fluids,. . . It just completely failed. The car was repaired with a used transmission. The same Ford/Mercury transmission model was recalled in another Ford vehicle. There are thousands of complaints online about this particular transmission in Sables and taurus vehicles it is a serious problem as the instantaneous complete transmission failure can easily occur in dangerous traffic situations. It previously failed with the car in motion on a highway! it's not clear as to why there is no recall nor warning. An investigation on the internet will clearly reveal thousands of failures and data is available at transmission and garage shops. Do something please.
Wife was driving vehicle on highway. The car engine kept running but the transmission died without any warning symptoms - no clunking, no grinding gears, no loss of fluids,. . . It just completely failed while in motion. Thank god she was able to coast towards the shoulder and avoid being hit. The car was repaired with a used transmission. The same transmission was recalled in another Ford vehicle. There are thousands of complaints online about this particular transmission in Sables and taurus vehicles it is a serious problem as the instantaneous complete transmission failure can easily occur in dangerous traffic situations. It's not clear as to why there is no recall nor warning. An investigation on the internet will clearly reveal thousands of failures and data is available at transmission and garage shops. Do something.
I have a 2003 Sable upon driving on the interstate, my car just stopped going forward. I had to have it towed to a garage and have it diagnosed. Come to find out the transmission failed and will cost me over $2700 to replace it. I have contacted every transmission repair shop in a 75 mile radius and they all give me the same price. They have also told me that every Sable they have run across around that year of production has had the pump in the transmission has failed. There is only 72,000 on this car and I do not have the money to replace the transmission. This is an issue that should be taken care of by the manufacturer.
The contact owns a 2000 Mercury Sable. While attempting to make a right turn, the transmission failed to shift into the proper gear. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and they replaced the converter, transmission fluid, bolts, and joints. One year later, while driving 30 mph, the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the auto repair shop. The mechanic made identical repairs and stated that because the converter was manufactured out of plastic, it would continually fail. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 75,000 and current mileage was 98,000.
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Transmission temporarily fails to shift when accelerating or braking.
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2002 Mercury Sable both front & both rear springs/ corroded & snapped. Front left tire punctured. No official recall for 2002. My father has a 2000 with same exact problem which was covered by recall my car needs rear struts/rear springs /sway bar links/front struts/& springs with link kits basically the whole front & rear suspension. Transmission failed a just over 80,000 miles.
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Transmission failed at 44000 miles without any notice at all. This car is two years old and just out of the warranty. Ford would not do anything about it. There is something very wrong about this!!!.
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Consumer stated that while driving at any speed and without the transmission failed causing the vehicle not to accelerate. Dealer notified. Ts.
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While parking the vehicle engage from drive to reverse and the transmission failure to move didn't work. Dealer fixed the transmission. Please provide further information. Ts.
My Mercury Sable 2001 LS wagon transmission failed in may 2002 (25 k miles). At that time Ford voided my warranty saying I had abused the car (drag racing). I had the transmission replaced by a transmission specialty shop, cost $3,000). That transmission failed in may 2004 (52k miles) and was rebuilt by aamco transmissions (cost $2,200). That transmission failed December 2006 (78k miles). It is currently in the shop for transmission repair. In July 2002 I had initiated an independent report done on the car, there is a serious defect in the transmission design. My cost for transmission repairs is in excess of $5,000 prior to this latest transmission failure.
Car is a 1996 mecury Sable, VIN 1melm50u4ta636032, with a defective transmission. Car would lunge and jerk as car would slow and then re-accelerate (such as going into and out of a curve in town, or approaching a red light that changed to green before the car completely stopped. ) car was first worked on 9/9/1999, at which time the car had 28,156 miles on it. The dealer replaced a sensor under warrenty. The symptons again started occuring about a year later. When serviced on 5/15/2001, the dealer could not find the source of the problem. Finally, the transmission failed in April 2002. The transmission was replaced 4/24/2002 with less than 47,000 miles on the car. The car had an extended warrenty from Ford. At the time of the failure, the warrenty had expired for time (greater than 5 years) but not mileage. However, the car was covered by the warrenty (time and mileage) during both the September 1999 and may 2001 services. Had the fault been properly diagnosed at either time while still under warrenty, my contention is that the transmission would not have failed. I currently have the transmission. The gearing system has notches in the teeth.
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Without any indication of approaching failure, the transmission failed on me. The car from parked position could be backed in reverse gear to the street, but would not go forward in "d" it does go forward, but takes up too much engine rpm - slippage?- to pick up speed. Then you can switch gears to 2nd and 3rd (d with overdrive off) and 4th (with od engaged) gear. I haven't risked topping 45 mph in my test run. Apparently there is some problem with transmission that does not allow it to move forward when put in "d" and seems like taking too much rpm to pick up load when gears are changed manually. I have browsed through this web site for complaints launched by other '97 Sable owners, but I could not find any one with similar problem.
Automatic transmission failed.
Control module for transmission failed, causing vehicle to slowly accelerate, also replaced transaxle.
Premature transmission failure.
Transmission failed. Yh.
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The transmission failed causing the vehicle to roll out of park and the vehicle will not go over 30 mph because the high gears were broken. Nlm.
The transmission failed causing the vehicle not to move while at a stop light.
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Automatic Transmission problems||
|Power Train problems||
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||
|Transmission Failure problems||
|Automatic Transmission Gear Indicator problems||
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||
|Automatic Transmission Park/neutral Start Switch problems||
|Transmission Not Go Into Gear problems||
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||
|Manual Transmission problems||