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2008 Mercury Sable
2008 Mercury Sable
Available Price Range $3,076-$10,464 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 20-23 SeatsN/A

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 says 60 percent of customers remember the Sable, and it's hoping to cash in on those memories w... 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 for the 2008 Mercury Sable

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Consumer Reviews


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Best car for the money

by Sensible car buyer from North Carolina on May 1, 2009

Purchased a 2008 Sable (base model) late in the 2009 model year after doing lots of research/reading/test driving... I feel that I purchased the best car in this class for the money at the present tim... Read Full Review


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There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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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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