2004 Mercury Sable

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Mercury Sable. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-23 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    155-hp, 3.0-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Crash-test rating
  • Quietness
  • Highway stability
  • Driving ease
  • Automatic-transmission operation

The Bad

  • Ride comfort on rough surfaces
  • Visibility
  • Resale value

Notable Features of the 2004 Mercury Sable

  • Choice of two V-6 engines
  • Two trim levels
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • Seven-passenger seating option in wagon

2004 Mercury Sable Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Little changed in 2003 on Mercury’s midsize front-wheel-drive Sable sedan and wagon. The sedan models get a revised rear fascia and taillights for 2004, while a fresh grille and fascia with new fog lamps go on the LS Premium. New six-spoke aluminum wheels are standard on the LS Premium, which also gets a new steering wheel with lighted speed controls.

The Sable and its close cousin, the Ford Taurus, were last restyled for 2000. Ford’s version is by far the stronger seller. The base V-6 engine in the GS version generates 155 horsepower, but the Duratec dual-overhead-cam engine in LS Premium models makes 200 hp.


Exterior
Except for the four doors, all of the Sable’s exterior panels were new for 2000. Even though it is closely related to the Taurus, the Sable exhibits a more conservative and traditional appearance that is led by its chrome-plated vertical-bar grille. With a wheelbase of 108.5 inches and an overall length just below 200 inches, the Sable is one of the longest midsize cars on the U.S. market. All Sables ride on 16-inch all-season tires.

Interior
Either five or six people fit inside the sedan models. Five-passenger sedans have a floor-mounted gearshift and a front console. Six-passenger models have a flip-fold center seat and may be configured for a front center armrest with cup and coin holders.

Standard GS equipment includes a cassette player, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and power mirr...
Vehicle Overview
Little changed in 2003 on Mercury’s midsize front-wheel-drive Sable sedan and wagon. The sedan models get a revised rear fascia and taillights for 2004, while a fresh grille and fascia with new fog lamps go on the LS Premium. New six-spoke aluminum wheels are standard on the LS Premium, which also gets a new steering wheel with lighted speed controls.

The Sable and its close cousin, the Ford Taurus, were last restyled for 2000. Ford’s version is by far the stronger seller. The base V-6 engine in the GS version generates 155 horsepower, but the Duratec dual-overhead-cam engine in LS Premium models makes 200 hp.


Exterior
Except for the four doors, all of the Sable’s exterior panels were new for 2000. Even though it is closely related to the Taurus, the Sable exhibits a more conservative and traditional appearance that is led by its chrome-plated vertical-bar grille. With a wheelbase of 108.5 inches and an overall length just below 200 inches, the Sable is one of the longest midsize cars on the U.S. market. All Sables ride on 16-inch all-season tires.

Interior
Either five or six people fit inside the sedan models. Five-passenger sedans have a floor-mounted gearshift and a front console. Six-passenger models have a flip-fold center seat and may be configured for a front center armrest with cup and coin holders.

Standard GS equipment includes a cassette player, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, and power mirrors, locks and windows. The LS Premium gets automatic air conditioning, heated mirrors and a six-way power driver’s seat. Options include an 80-watt Mach audio system with a six-CD changer. The Sable’s trunk volume is 16 cubic feet, and the 60/40-split rear seatback folds for additional cargo space.


Under the Hood
Sable buyers have a choice of two 3.0-liter V-6 engines. The base GS engine is a 155-hp version with overhead valves. A more powerful dual-overhead-cam V-6 is installed in the LS Premium sedan and produces 200 hp. Both engines mate with a four-speed-automatic transmission. Mercury also offers a version of the 155-hp V-6 that runs on a mixture of E-85 ethanol and gasoline, or either substance alone.

Safety
The front airbags deploy at one of two inflation levels based on crash severity and whether or not the seat belts are buckled. Side-impact airbags for the front occupants are optional. Antilock brakes combined with all-speed traction control are a no-charge option. Front seat belt pretensioners and retractors remove slack in crashes.

Sable Wagon
Mercury’s midsize wagon differs little from the sedan in performance and interior fixtures. Cargo capacity totals 81.3 cubic feet when the second-row seat is folded. A rear-facing third-row seat is optional.

Driving Impressions
The Sable sedan might not generate much driving excitement, but it has a lot to offer. This car appeals to consumers because of its practical virtues, which include strong V-6 performance, ample load capacity and a generally comfortable ride — and you get all this in a reasonably refined package.

The Sable has a very quiet engine. It is stable on the highway and easy to drive. Its acceleration is smooth and refined. The automatic transmission is effective, downshifting promptly for passing or merging, and it yields close-to-gentle upshifts. The Sable’s ride comfort is pleasing most of the time, but it can hit some bumps and holes rather hard. Over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t the best, and the mirrors could be larger.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The LS Premium is a great riding and reliable car.

by Szromme from Bel Air, MD on June 18, 2018

The 200 HP engine in the LS Premium gives this car pick up and go. The Leather interior is very comfortable and the MACH sound system is top notch; the heated mirrors were very much appreciated in the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very low cost of ownership

by Mr. Milt on November 22, 2017

The car meets all the needs of any middle class owner interested is economy, reliability, functionality, and a product that will do the job when required of it. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Mercury Sable currently has 2 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2004 Mercury Sable has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sable received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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