2003 Mercury Sable consumer reviews

$20,625–$21,925 MSRP range
side view of 2003 Sable Mercury
88% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.4
Explore the 2003 Mercury Sable
5.0

Reliable

Great for road trips! In less than 2 years I drove from Iowa to California to Idaho to South Dakota without a car problem. Good mileage, too.

4.3

reliable, comfortable, great value

The car was great for everyday use. I've owned quiet a few, and I like how she ran smooth, quiet and reliably. Frankly, I'm not too into cars for their features or the bells/whistles, but I enjoyed the convenience this fully-loaded sable had. I'd like another for my child in a few years.

5.0

Underestimated vehicle

Extremely comfortable and reliable took us from CT to South Florida several times with absolutely no issues If well taken care of they’ll last well above 150 000 miles

4.0

The best car (out of 9) that I have ever owned!

Older style, but dependable, low maintenance and safe! Once it is fixed it will be a great car for someone else. All offers will be considered.

4.7

Owner Maintained and cared for

Rides and handles well, safe car and performs well. A/C cold as ice, comfortable to sit in while driving. Steering very responsive. Interior has great accessibility.

4.9

Excellent reliability, comfort and price....

It belongs to my 95 year old mother w/a few garage parking paint scratches and under 130k millage....

3.1

Good as a first car, but really only as that

While this car is a simple design, it is quite roomy inside! I have also never had problems with the AC or battery, but have had numerous problems with the transmission... I have only owned this car for a year and a half and haven't driven her very far but have had quite a few problems with transmission and this car needs regular maintenence, not even I suggestion, just more of a requirement. However, it is built like a tank and will keep you save if hit head on, found that out the hard way.

4.0

Good Value, but not perfect

I bought the vehicle from my dad at around 130,000 miles, who had bought it from my grandpa at around 70,000 miles. It is now at close to 145,000 miles. It takes a fair amount of upkeep, as the transmission gave out at 65,000 miles and the shocks all needed to be replaced. Just recently the brake system needed to be replaced. It doesn't have great gas mileage, but overall it is a good car. Sturdy, reliable (though it regularly, slowly eats up parts), and decently sized, not too big or too small. Not much to look at, but good for commuting.

4.3

Great Car!

I purchased a 2003 sable with 150,000 miles on it, and it is still in fantastic condition! There's some rust, but that is typical for a MN car. I've had no problems with this car and I'm very happy with it!

2.7

Died after 100,000 miles.

Like every other American car I've owned, this one's transmission went out at 100,000 miles. Prior to that, it was noticeably a bit sloppy, which is a common complaint with these cars. I bought the car in 2010 and had it for under two years. The engine ran very strong. I had the LS Premium with the DOHC. It felt like it provided a lot more than 200 horses. I had no problems with the engine, other than some minor stuff--a leaky oil pan, for instance. Another thing--this car feels a lot bigger and heavier than it appears. The doors feel like they're 200 pounds when you open them. It's kind of a tank. I had the premium stereo and the multi-disc player. It was okay, but nothing special. A couple of the lights went out on the stereo and I would have had to replace the whole thing to fix them. Too much bass caused the speakers noticeable grief. Good for 2003, I guess. I also liked the adjustable pedals--pretty cool. There's a switch next to the seat that raises or lowers the gas and brake pedal. The seats are very comfy and the interior is roomy. It's great on the freeway and not bad-looking, but if you run into a major problem, it's not worth the cost of repair, so I can't recommend it. I ended up selling mine with a busted transmission for $500 or so to a mechanic. All things considered, you might as well buy an old Jaguar.