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1997 Mercury Sable
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4-Door Wagon GS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan GS 20 28 $17,864 $19,555
4-Door Wagon GS 19 27 $17,864 $19,555
4-Door Sedan LS 19 28 $20,164 $22,140
4-Door Wagon LS 18 26 $20,164 $22,140
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2-Door Coupe LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe LX 18 26 $16,318 $17,885
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,864
$16,318
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,555
$17,885
Monthly Payment Estimate
$326 / month
$298 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Station Wagon Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
6 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.6 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.5
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 35.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.3 38.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
104.1 101.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.2 56.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.4 59.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 37.5
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
49.0 -
Height, Overall (in)
57.6 52.5
Liftover Height (in)
NA 24.4
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 60.2
Wheelbase (in)
108.5 113.0
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
27.2 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.0 73.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.6 61.6
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.4
Length, Overall (in)
199.1 200.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
38.3 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
46.5 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
38.4 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.0 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
80.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
81.3 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 15.1
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x 0.5 10.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x 1.0 10.8 x 1.0
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
16.0 18.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.0 36.6
Steering Type
Variable Power Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.96 2.75
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.0 14.1
Tires
Spare Tire Size
T135/70R15 T125/90R15
Front Tire Order Code
T32 T37
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/65R15 P215/70R15
Rear Tire Order Code
T32 T37
Front Tire Size
P205/65R15 P215/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
110 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1100 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3476 3506
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 4 15 x 4.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.6 12.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 540
Engine
Fuel System
SEFI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
170 @ 3250 215 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
99U 994
Displacement
3.0L/182 3.8L/232
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
145 @ 5250 145 @ 4000
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.77 3.27
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD, Automatic w/OD,
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.77 2.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic Electronic
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.32
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.56
Trans Order Code
44L 44L
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Wagon GS 2 Door Coupe LX
Vehicle Name
Mercury Sable Ford Thunderbird
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Independent H-arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30.0 30.2
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Short Long Arm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.55 0.94
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
36.0 30.2
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.75 1.06

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