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Fit and Finish Poor and Problematic by An MSN Autos Consumer on 02/25/2005. Trim: 2002 Mercury Sable Wagon LS Premium, Owned 3 years.
Pros: I've had many problems with this vehicle, eventually settling out of court with Ford. At only 30 miles a belt in the tire blew. For nearly a year no dealer could balance the tires properly. The headliner was incorrectly and poorly installed, had to have it replaced. Numerous unreasonable squeaks and rattles. The tires had to be replaced to try to resolve the shimmy problem. Blower motor fan replaced THREE times. Several items replaced due to Technical Service Bulletins. Jarry ride, nice on smooth road. Dual visors for each side are nice. Decent mach stereo but cumbersome to use - too many buttons. Storage galore. 6 CD changer is nice. Cruise buttons well placed.
Cons: Duratec engine has to revved high to get torque. Struggles over slight inclines in Overdrive. Sags badly when people are transported and bottoms out noticiably whether loaded or not over sight dips and where pavement meets bridges. Slips on pavement occasionally even when traction control is ON. Does not handle cornering or banking on cornering well. Fog lamps do little to increase visability.
Overall review: Do not recommend. No longer made. Several other wagons that are less problematic are available.
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