1996 Sable

Consumer Reviews

1996 Mercury Sable

$676 - $2,928  MSRP Range
1996 Mercury Sable

Review Score

3.6 out of 5 stars

3.6

5 Reviews
Score Breakdown
4 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.8 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4 out of 5 stars Reliability
3.6 out of 5 stars Performance
3.6 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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4 out of 5 stars

Gas mileage

by J-money from Wisconsin on Mon May 18 2009

This is the perfect starter car for a kid with their license. the gas mileage is amazing and you feel like you can drive forever. If you are looking for a great car with better gas mileage, pick up a sable or a taurus

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Difficult to fix.

by Looking for a car that will treat me right! from Rosemount, Minnesota on Tue May 01 2007

My Sable never left me on the side of the road (knock on wood, I still own it) but I have been very unhappy with this vehicle. Fixing it was always quite expensive and when I asked the mechanic why, he said it was because of the "special" necesity required to maintan a Mercury. Something always seems to be wrong with it, and the car is only at 133,000 miles. My advice to anybody thinking about this car is to pay close attention to who previously owned the car. I am the third, and final owner of this car. My Sable is on it's second transmission and from what i've heard from my mechanic is that the mercury sable/ford taurus vehicles are known for needing major transmission work.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

The Third Gen Sable

by BradZnavy from Virginia Beach, VA on Mon Sep 10 2007

I kind of think that the Third generation Sable was a bit of a stepchild. The first generation Taurus/Sable was a revolutionary car, the 93 model was just a bit more refined, but by 96 Ford didn't live up to the hype. My mother was driving a Dodge Caravan when she passed by a Mercury lot and saw a beautiful Green car coming off of the car hauler. Needless to say, my father and I are car guys and we went to investigate the next day. it was a nice little car, and my mom really liked it. So we bought it that same day. Then the problems began. I fault these mostly on the dealership in our town. The steering column would make a clicking noise when the car was turned hard to the right and the wheel would be released to the normal straight position. The dealership couldn't figure out what was wrong. So we finally decided to live with it. We moved to a different town and the dealership there downloaded some info the computer and she ran perfect. Other than that the air compressor died on it about six years after we bought it. The dashboard swelled out of place due to the heat and the front nose on the car had a bad paint fade. Other than that the large arm rest between the driver and passenger seats wore out really quick. Also, I was never able to convert the radio to a CD player due to the odd shape of it. It had it's positives, but the overall quality of the car wasn't as nice as the second generation. It didn't the power seat, or the extra controls for the radio. It drove great on the highway and it had plenty of cargo space. OVerall it was a good car. Still, I'd take a second generation over the 3rd any day.

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

long lasting. cheap to fix.

by cheap and long lasting cars from BUFFAL on Wed Jul 11 2007

Good car. not a good resale. but i have had it 8yrs and put 125,000 miles and had to but about $900 in to it.and it still has no rust on it. make some noies. but it drives nice.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Still drives like a champ.

by Buy Japanese from San Diego, CA on Tue May 15 2007

I inherited this car from my grandparents in 2000 with only 11,000 miles in it. I think that it was rarely driven over 45mph until I got it. It's very comfortable and a smooth ride. The biggest problem I've had with it is dealing with it is the dealership. The turn signal/ wiper switch wore out. I went in to get it replaced and they refused to do the repair without a $270 electrical diagnostic test. The test revealed..surprise...the signal/ wiper switch needed to be replaced. That is the only reason I won't recommend this vehicle.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does not recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Mercury Sable

Not one to miss out on a good thing, the Lincoln- Mercury Division brings to market a 1996 model that fundamentally is the counterpart of the Ford Taurus.

The car is the 1996 Mercury Sable. Even though the sedan and station wagon have been given a major redesign, the Sable is not a carbon copy of its sibling from the Ford Division.

The new Lincoln-Mercury Division's Sable sedan is a little bit bigger and the wagon is fractionally smaller than the Taurus. The Sable sedan also bears a more traditional rear window.

Major mechanical components of the two nameplates -- engine, drive train, suspension systems -- are virtually identical.

"We go head-to-head with the Taurus," said Jeff Roush, general... Read More