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I'm considering buying a 1993 Mercury Sable GS, the car is in real nice condition-
125,000 miles, all the options. Has the 3.8 motor that had new head gaskets put in this past fall. The tires are like new, newer brakes and exhaust. The car runs and drives very nice. They are asking $2250.00 or b.o.
I'm also looking at a 93 Taurus, with 164,000 miles (Ouch) Also in real nice condition.
It also has the 3.8 motor that had new head gaskets put in by the recall. Also in the past
2-3 years it has had new brakes, exhaust, radiator, (all the usual matainince things)
They are asking $2000.00
I would like to hear what others think about these cars, if they are asking to much for them and also what I should look out for before as far as trouble spots on these cars.

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On KBB the Sable retails at about $3300 (dealer retail) and private party sale is $2300. You didn't tell which Taurus model it is, but an LX retails/private party just about the same.

I don't know though, around where I live Taurus/Sable between 90-96 seem to be a dime a dozen. If you REALLY want the Sable, I would see how low they would go. As for the Taurus, well.....the Sable you described seems to be nicer.
 

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Well, the only thing I can thing of that will go wrong with those cars are the head gasket (which seems to be taken care of) and the tranny. $2k doesn't sound bad if they're in good condition. My 3.8L Sable was $3600 w/ 93k miles. I say go with the Sable because it has a tach standard and it has less miles and it's not that big of a price difference over the Taurus.
 

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I'm not sure about those.. but I have a similar question. Whats the usual selling price for a 94 SHO with 75000 miles on it? A dealer here wants $6000.. Another one wants $5000 for a 95 SHO with something like 135000 miles on it..
 

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even after the headgaskits are replaced theres still a chance that the rod bearing can fail six month to a year done the road if antifreeze contaminated the bearings, and you don't no if the engines where badly overheated. Plus these year cars transmissions are shaky at best . 500$ to 1000$ max is all I woud pay.
 
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what i would recommend that you go by the kelly blue book suggestions. But price doesn't sound too bad. Offer about 2000 for the sable...the sable's most likely the better deal...imo


Good luck, keep us updated
 

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Thanks for all of the replies, I'm definitely leaning towards the Sable, but I have one major concern with the Sable, the owner says that the car has aprox 125,000 miles on it, however the odometer shows over 200,000! He claims that since about 115,000 miles the odometer has been inacurate, that it jumps ahead why to far. However the speedometer seems to work ok, has anyone ever heard of such a problem with a odometer or is he feeding me a line of bull?
 

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In that case with the odometer actually being "off" or working improperly...... I would forget about that car. Just my opinion.
 

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Originally posted by Xmann01@Jan 11 2004, 04:58 AM
In that case with the odometer actually being "off" or working improperly...... I would forget about that car. Just my opinion.
 
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Originally posted by 95GL@Jan 11 2004, 04:50 AM
Thanks for all of the replies, I'm definitely leaning towards the Sable, but I have one major concern with the Sable, the owner says that the car has aprox 125,000 miles on it, however the odometer shows over 200,000! He claims that since about 115,000 miles the odometer has been inacurate, that it jumps ahead why to far. However the speedometer seems to work ok, has anyone ever heard of such a problem with a odometer or is he feeding me a line of bull?
That makes the car almost worthless. It's known as TMU (total mileage unknown) on the title, and a very hard car to sell for the price they're asking. The most I'd pay for it is $1000.

Honestly, I'd look for another car.
 
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