I just acquired a very low mileage 2004 Mercury Sable LS with the 3.0L DOHC
(Duratek) engine. I have always been a shade tree/weekend mechanic
Do-It-Yourselfer and have worked on a number of other family vehicles, but
in nearly 35 years of car ownership, this is my first Ford product.
I have found and downloaded the maintenance schedule for this vehicle, but
would appreciate feedback from existing Sable/Taurus and 3.0 DOHC engine
owners based on their experiences. Specifically, what are the known areas
for failure and what additional maintenance procedures are recommended?
Thanks in advance for any and all thoughts. So far, I very much like
driving this vehicle. It has good acceleration and seems to handle very
well. It also got 27-28 MPG out on the open road and through the Rocky
mountains despite driving mostly 75+ MPH.