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Extraordinary Family Car by Heather from Rochester on 07/17/2007. Trim: 2000 Mercury Sable Wagon GS, Owned 3 years.
Pros: The car has good amounts of power, plenty of braking power also. The styling is nice but not overdone, and after trading wheels with a 2003 Taurus, it was even better. The interior is cool and roomy, and when the car's fuel is on E, you can drive another 30-50 miles. Good fuel mileage when you coast, and the stereo is OK. I liked the easy door installation. (I accidentally ripped it off when backing out of the garage) It has a progressive brake feel, and the steering makes an OK, but not great turning circle. Even at 60 mph, downshift and you're gone. The engine has a really cool sound at redline in the Vulcan engine, especially when you're standing next to the car. Runs fine at 150K
Cons: At 80,000 miles I had multiple engine failures, including the belt ripping, and coolant getting into the oil, and oil and exhaust getting into the coolant. No CD Player, not many features, interior panels are coming apart, paint chips under the chrome, though it is hard to notice. When you coast it'll keep going for a long time. Stains are very hard to clean. About when I got to 135,000 I noticed the transmission hesitating, and I think it's starting to go. The air conditioning takes forever to get the car cold, even after I had just recharged it. I think the right rear window motor is starting to go. Rear end wagon styling is not very good. Very long dash, and huge windshield.
Overall review: I got this car from my parents in 2004 with 65,000 miles on it, worked perfect. Never had any problems with it. I don't really like the Dark Brownish/Purple color. At 150K it is starting to wear out. I like the ride quality. I drive a lot and it gets good gas mileage, around 23 mpg. Soon after we got it, we had to start using 89 gas, because the engine was constantly popping and knocking and running poorly. It runs fine with 89. Before this, I had a 1993 Taurus Wagon, which we recently had towed off to the junkyard, and there were things that I did like better about it. It had a more comfortable feel. I loved the green color. I just didn't like not having a tach. Overall this is a very good car. The dog loves the roominess. I love having the wagon for extra cargo and passenger space. Gas mileage is good, reliability is as expected, and I would recommend it to anybody.
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