Noooo idea who this review is for, but what the hell...here goes. Just shy of 36K and all's well. My Sable GS has yet to experience a single mechanical failing (the starter issue I mentioned in earlier posts thankfully hasn't resurfaced), and the car rides as well as when new. Thusly, I've nothing new to report. My car's all one would expect; roomy, smooth riding and dull as your kitchen blender. Despite that dearth of flash however, I wholeheartedly recommend the Sable as a solid commuter tool, and accordingly as a "safe" used car buy.
Roomy interior, smooth and quiet ride over all surfaces, solid build quality/structure, lots of features for the buck
None - the Sable has been retired to that great Hertz fleet in the sky ;)
Just a bit more than 20K and rolling along! I'm well past the "new car" euphoria, and have settled in for what I plan to be a "long haul" relationship with my car. They stopped building Sables after the 05' model year, so not sure who this update's meant for, but what the hell... As stated before, I still enjoy the basics of my Sable; smooth and well muted ride, plenty of interior space, lotsa bang-for-the-buck (power amenities, trip comp, solid safety credentials, etc.)... Complaints are few, but focus on what could be described as "classic automotive Americana;" cheapo interior materials, the ominous threat of shakey long-term reliability (though, like the title says, so far so good!
Interior spaces (plenty of room in every direction for a 6+ footer), standard features and amenities (power equipment, trip computer, cruise, etc.), general feeling of heft and solidity, quiet and always smooth highway ride.
Sort of irrelevent as the cars are no longer in production, but if I had to make a suggestion (to Ford) concerning the Sable's successor (the Milan), it would be to build it in the U.S.!! A major reason for my Sable purchase was that the car is both U.S. engineered and assembled!
Nearly 12,000 miles and still rolling along! Not much new to report with my Merc, save for what I think will be usual (and on-going) praise and dismay. To the former; a spacious and comfortable interior, smooth ride (whether city or highway), and myriad amenities for the buck. To counter; (relatively) poor gas mileage (no more than 21 mpg overall), a dysfunctional starter "repaired" now twice in 11 months, and a generally unrefined feel throughout (poor interior fittings, rough idlying/revvving motor, random creaks, etc). Sables are no longer constructed as new, yet still abundant as wholly reasonable "pre-owned" buys. Despite stated shortcomings do I recommend the ol' Merc? You bet!
Spacious interior; plenty of leg/hip/shoulder room for a 6+ footer. Numerous standard amenities, including trip computer, cruise, power everything, etc. Smooth, well-muted ride under nearly all conditions. Stately appearance? (K, I'm probably reaching there...)
Dash fittings, while seemingly well bolted together, showcase numerous cheap feeling/appearing parts that detract from the whole. More logical fuel mileage from the Vulcan (20 mpg don't cut the mustard in 2004-05). Banish the (standard) column shifter to the anals of history. Part IV soon!
6,000 miles/3 months and so far so good! My Sable continues to impress with its smooth ride, comfortable seats, and generally polished demeanor. Truly this car speaks volumes as to why Americans buy millions of mid-size sedans each year - they really do just "fit!" Certainly not exciting, hardly sporty; but without a doubt, comfortable, quiet and eminently faithful in their daily motions. Complaints in my case are few thus far. Gas mileage is hardly stellar (avg is about 20 or so mpg; all highway), and the standard stereo emits nothing but dull and flat noises. Finally "quality," that ever looming threat, has remained perfect - no glitches to report! Stay tuned - Part III to come!
Interior spaces (leg/head/shoulder/trunk spaces), amenities for the money (power equipment, trip comp, etc.), torquey standard V6; well muted, smooth and comfortable ride under almost all conditions
Improve (standard) stereo performance/add CD player as standard in GS, improve city/highway mileage (though this suggestion may change - my Sable remains new),(finally) ditch the damn column shifter - such lay-outs faded with the 70's!
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