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1996 MERCURY SABLE 65,000 MILES ON SPEEDO. TRANSMISSION STARTED TO SLIP ALSO RUST UNDER VEHICLE. LINCOLN MERCURY STATED REPAIR WOULD COST 4 TO 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL JUNK THE VEHICLE

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Transmission problems are an issue with Sables. If you Google transmission and Mercury Sable you will come to quite a few complaints. There are actually a few posts on this website where folks are having issue too. Personally a cheap o-ring in my 1999 Sable went out resulting in a $1800 transmission repair bill. I literally gave the car away about three years ago. In almost 20 years of owning vehicles the two years I had the Sable was the most expensive and busiest in the way of repairs.

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No drive or reverse on 2003 mercury Sable


If that transaxle has been in the car since
2003 & never been rebuilt, it is due now

Taurus transaxles avg is about 65,000 miles
over the last 25 years or so,that info is avail
on the internet

I also owned a trans repair shop & over 50% of
my work was caravans & close behind taurus

Mar 02, 2013 | 2003 Mercury Sable

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My son inherited a 1994 Mercury Sable with 12,000 miles that hasn't been driven since 2006 and sat outside in snow and sun. Repairs will cost $2,300. What are odds transmission won't work eith


Well anything is possible, but I would expect the transmission to work given the time and mileage.
Is there any way you could drive it a short distance before spending much money ?
I am assuming you are having the fuel tank drained and the cooling system flushed among other things.
I would change the fluids and try to drive it a few blocks before spending money on much else to see what it will need.

Jan 14, 2013 | 1994 Mercury Sable

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Overheating transmission


It's done

No fix but to replace or rebuild

Why would you drive it with a leaking condition?

At best, the avg life of that transaxle is 65,000 miles

Jun 12, 2012 | 1999 Mercury Sable

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I have a 1995 mercury sable. I've it for 5 years with no transmission problems until June, 2011. I've noticed that when I drive short distances, the car drives great but if I do 12 miles on the...


The average life of a taurus or sable transaxles is a
surprising 65,000 miles,then you have to rebuild it
I only recently read that

In the early 1990's I owned a trans repair business
& over half my work was taurus & caravans
The rest was japanese

I can not see that being the original transaxle from
1995, but I wouldn't hold out hope of any type of
simple fix

There are non to my recall ,other than a cable on
the throttle body & I don't even know if they still exist

Aug 04, 2011 | 1995 Mercury Sable

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2003 Mercury Sable - transmission jerking


This is a front wheel drive vehicle and has no power-train components in the rear of the car. The noise coming from the back is not related to your transmission. I would highly reccommend going to a ford dealership as these are typically trust-worthy and always use OEM parts. I also have an 03 sable with 101k miles it has always been reliable and has original transmission. It is possible something else is hard ****.

Mar 26, 2009 | 2003 Mercury Sable

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Does the speedo have a fuse


I am not sure.  I know my brother in laws 2000 ford taurus speedo quit working and come to find out it was the sensor on the transmission.  Cost 15 bucks and is working now.

Mar 02, 2009 | 1999 Mercury Sable

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I am getting i miss on my #'s 1, 3 and 4 cyl.s


Coil pack failures are pretty common on these vehicles. If your vehicle has less than 100k miles they maybe covered under Customer Satisfaction Program no. 07M07.The repair would have to be performed at a Ford or Lincoln/Mercury dealership.

Jan 12, 2009 | 2005 Lincoln LS

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Got a 96 mercury sable with a transmission problem I would like to replace it but dont have any manuals to describe process. Can you help? Thanks Pat


To replace the transmission you will need to:

lift the vehicle
support then engine using a hoist
Support the transmission using a hoist
Unbolt the motor mounts (There are 4 of them)
Lower the engine 8 - 10 inches
Unbolt the transmission
Lower the transmission
Raise up the new transmission and follow the steps in reverse.

Trust me, this is NOT fun :( the top transmission bolt is REALLY hard to get to.


Jan 03, 2009 | 1996 Mercury Sable

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1996 mercury sable speed hand and drives in strain and ****


I hace a 19196 sable-the problem is the transaxle speed sensor-this part sends all speed info to the computer ..-First symptom(speedometer stops working and then transmission shifts erratacially and power steering becomes hard and engine light comes on..The computer on this all eletronic car cannot send proper signals to the speedo-trans-power steering and other functions without knowing how fast or slow the car is going..Have the SPEED SENSOR mounted on top of the tranaxle replaced and all will be well.Part is not to expensive.labor can vary depending whether you have 3.0OHV or DOHC engine-some cars have to have exhaust dropped to get at it-Good Luck All

Jun 17, 2008 | 1996 Mercury Sable

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