4th Generation (2000—2005) Sable Problems

This generations ranks 30th out of 33 Mercury generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (24%), engine (16%), and the electrical (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Not Engaging 9 complaints at an average of 91,767 miles in the 2003 Mercury Sable.
  2. Transmission Failure 9 complaints at an average of 75,917 miles in the 2005 Mercury Sable.
  3. Bad Torque Converter 3 complaints at an average of 87,333 miles in the 2002 Mercury Sable.

What Sable Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Mercury model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2005 14 1 26 7.44
2004 5 2 50 4.15
2003 33 4 63 14.88
2002 31 4 94 12.54
2001 9 9 101 3.83
2000 32 7 169 8.27

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