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What year model and what engine? The 3.0L V6 engines seem to hold up better than the 3.8L V6 engines. The 3.8L engines are more likely to have head gasket problems. Also I've found that the 96 and newer Sables are a bit more reliable than 95 and older. Also the Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable are basically the same car. All mechanical parts are exactly the same. The engine, trans, and so on are the same. The interior is the same depending on the trim package, aside from the Sable or Taurus name badges. Most sheetmetal such as hood and fenders are different as are most lights. But all in all they are the same car. Hope this helps. If you have more questions contact me at

My collection was/is:
  • Brand new 1987 3.0l wagon sold at 190,000 miles - "Red" was a great car!
    The 3.0l 'normal'/Vulcan engine is a *workhorse* - little maintenance and easy to work on

  • 1991 Wagon - never got to know it - lost it to a drunk when it was parked in the street after only a few thousands miles ;(

  • 1993 Sedan, 3.8 - really nice, served me well with little effort/$$

  • 1998 Sable LS, 24valve DOHC - I LOVE this CAR!
    Owned it now for about 80,000 (has 170,000 now). Has its share of maintenance and parts replacement - ball joints (bear of a job), struts & wheel bearings, alternator (comes out the bottom ;)) - brakes of course. Plugs were cumbersome to access but not horrendous.
    Body is so far avoiding major rust - but I wax my cars which helps more than people ever appreciate.
    Parts are widely available (not surprisingly) and not expensive
It was the #1 selling nameplate for years for very good reasons.
Needless to say, I'm a great fan of the Taurus/Sable family
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