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1997 Mercury Sable GS 4dr Wagon
Car has 170,000 miles and still going
strong. Only a few minor issues that
you might expect after 100,000 miles.
Camshaft sensor went out, rear wheels
have gone out of alignment requiring
some filing and the transmission acted
up at 130,000 miles but then corrected
itself (go figure). Overall a great
vehicle and believe it will go well
past 200,000 miles. Would buy another.
Great handling, style, comfort, quiet
Style, handling and roomy.
Better air conditioning distribution in the rear.
1997 Mercury Sable LS 4dr Wagon
I have now owned three Taurus/Sable
wagons and will buy another for many
reasons that make the car work for me.
Comfort, Great roadholding, safety, and
the ability to hold a ten foot long
piece of wood or pipe from Home Depot.
The cars almost never need any work on
them but can be expensive to fix as any
new car can be when the do break. The
big weakness to these cars is the
transmission is very weak and will
generally require a rebuild around 125-
140k. The rebuild is not expensive as
trasmissions go (between 900 and 2k
depending on the shop).
I own and restore British sports cars and this wagon can take a curvy road like no other wagon can in America. I look for the perfect back road sometimes. With Four wheel disc brakes (only in the wagon) it stops as well as it corners.
Stronger transmission, AC for the rear passengers. I would have gone for the larger V-6 for passing but am happy enough with the base engine. Console in the middle sits an inch+ above the two seats when folded making it hard for my wife to sit next to me :-(
1997 Mercury Sable GS 4dr Wagon
I bought this vehicle because my old
car was a peice of crap and dying and I
needed something quick. This car was a
very good price and in excellent
condtion from the previous owner.
It has wonderful room and a very well planned interior with the exception of the ashtray placement!
Im sure nowadays the ashtray is optional, but that would have been my only improvement.
1997 Mercury Sable GS 4dr Sedan
I have had this car for several years
now, and have had nothing but
problems with it. I have replaced the
O2 sensors, the cam shaft position
sensor, and now it needs a new
transmission. All of the interior A/C
control knobs have broken off. The
flip out cup holder is a pain, you have
to hold anything in the cup holders to
complete a turn unless you want your
drink in your lap. NEVER AGAIN will I
buy this car or its twin, the Taurus.
The seats are comfortable.
Cup holder design is the worst I've ever seen. A more mechanical reliability would be good, too!
1997 Mercury Sable LS 4dr Sedan
I bought the car used with 82,000 Kms
(50,000 miles) on it and have had some
issues. The day time running lights
don't come on. The high-beam
indicator only works sporadically
(causing me to blind people from time
to time). These two problems
may be related; not sure. The biggest
issue was a cracked transmission case
causing loss of fluid. This perhaps
isn't a workmanship issue with the
vehicle; possibly damaged by debris or
something. I replaced the
transmission with a used one a few
months back and everything seems
fine. The car is a pleasure to drive
and after 7 years still looks
immaculate; no rust.
The auto head-lamp feature and the automatic climate control are great. I never have to think about headlights or temperature. This is the first car I've had with a sunroof; nice. Power seats. Leather seats! ABS. Heated mirrors.
Power antennas don't work well in Canadian winter conditions. I thought I'd like the 6 pack CD changer in the trunk, but there's never a CD in there that I feel like listening to and the moment!