hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,422 miles

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problem #9

Aug 172007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car not handling properly. Brakes squealing. Very poor gas mileage. Car riding lower in back. Sounded/felt like I was riding on a flat, tire pressure was down, but not badly (3 lbs). Took to mechanic for tuneup. Advised rear tire bad with flat spots. Purchased tires to be installed. When mechanic pulled tire/wheel to install, noticed rear spring was broken. Pulled tire/wheel from other side. It too, was broken. One break was new, the other older as ends were rusted over. There are rub marks and wear on the rubber covering over both springs as well as the coating coming off. I have the broken springs and have taken photos that show brakes and discoloration. Two (2) new tires, two (2) rear springs and alignment cost $614.68. I frequently have my grandchildren with me. Either one or both of them could have been severely injured has the pieces come through the seats.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #8

Jul 022007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Mercury Sable. While the tires were being rotated, the contact was informed that the rear springs had failed and punctured the rear tires. The mechanic stated that this should not have occurred on a vehicle of this year, make, and model. There was a recall for the front springs on the 1999 and 2001 models. The dealer stated that nothing could be done since the VIN was not related to the recalls. The contact sent an email to Ford motors and was informed that she would hear from them in three days. The rear tires were replaced. The contact has the invoice for the tires. The rear springs have not been replaced. The powertrain was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 83,000. Updated 02-01-08. Updated 02/01/08

- Hilliard, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 012007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,156 miles
My 2002 Mercury Sable, which has 104000 miles, had a second broken rear spring in less than a year. The first one, at 92000 miles, was not covered by a recall and comprised replacing the rear strut as well, both at my expense, $382. I don't believe a spring should break under normal driving conditions. It looks as if I may have to go the same way this time, as I haven't see a recall on rear springs for this vehicle. Or is there?

- Widham, CT, USA

problem #6

Feb 222007

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles
Rear springs on a 2002 Sable have broken. Nothing is being done by the companies despite numerous complaints.

- Clarence, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 142006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,459 miles
Rear springs on my Mercury 2002 Sable purchased in December 2001 needed replacement and I have discovered there was a recall on the issue on 2001 Sable.

- Duxbury, MA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012006

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles
The kost tire store told me that my right rear spring appeared to have been broken for some time, and the left rear spring had a crack in it, on my '02 Sable with 50K miles they informed me the car was a danger to drive, and that it needed new struts and springs. I returned it to the dealer immediately, and was told there was no known problem with springs on that year Sable. The dealer replaced both springs for $350, not covered under the Ford extended warranty, and informed me that there was no need to replace the struts. I picked up the car on July 6, and realized there was a further problem because of the loud rumbling going over bumps, and a loud bang when hitting a bump at highway speed. It went back to the dealer July 7, and they determined the struts needed replacing. By then, the car had bounced on the rear tire so much that it had two bulges and also had to be replaced.

- Manlius, NY, USA

problem #3

Jun 232006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
I own a 2002 Mercury Sable with 58,000 miles on it. The right rear spring broke while the car was parked. The end of the spring was now rubbing the sidewall of the tire which made a loud noise so I didn't drive it. The repair shop estimates $400 for repair. There is a recall on other Ford springs, including 2001 Sable, but not this car. I think they have a larger problem.

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 042006


  • 89,000 miles
Rear springs broke. About 1 year ago I replaced the front springs. Although my car is a 2002 this should have been involved in the 2001 recall related to suspension. This is a safety issue that Ford should take care of before anyone does get hurt.

- New Boston, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 182005

Sable 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,979 miles
2002 Mercury Sable left rear coil spring broke. The rear coil spring failure also caused damaged to a new tire and the left rear strut.

- Livonia, MI, USA