2008 Mercury Sable

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17 reviews
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Available Price Range $2,952-$11,840 Trims4 Combined MPG 20-23 Seats 5

Our Take on the 2008 Mercury Sable

Our Take

Mercury's full-size Montego sedan has been caught in Ford's nameplate switcheroo. It's now called the Sable, recalling Mercury's twin to the Ford Taurus of 1990s eminence. Ford ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Occasional transmission delay before upshifting
  • Non-telescoping steering wheel compromises comfort
  • Significant gas mileage penalty with AWD
  • Gauge legibility in daylight
  • Bland looks

Notable Features

  • Previously known as the Montego
  • New 3.5-liter V-6
  • Mild styling changes
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional Sync entertainment system


Our Expert Reviews

Mercury has dusted off one of its well-known names and affixed it to one of its lower-profile cars. For 2008, "Montego" is out and "Sable" is in for the brand's full-size sedan, which also sees some minor cosmetic changes as well as a new, more powerful V-6 engine under its hood. Even with the extra power, though, its gas mileage is similar to the engine it replaces and competitive among f... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

Based on 17 reviews

Mercury Sable used

by Lots of bells and whistles from Newark Delaware on May 6, 2010

I've been happy with my used 2008 Sable Primier. It has all kinds of options and good performance for the money. I think it looks good too, better than the comparable Ford Taurus. The only thing I don... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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NHTSA Ratings

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NHTSA Ratings

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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