Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak on Mercury Sable

The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.

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Average mileage: 106,148 (13,500–200,000)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
94 people reported this problem
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Last year, during inspection, a note was placed on the report about the oil pan gasket leaking. This year, they say it needs replacing due to leaking and that that will cost $450. Is that a correct cost?
1999 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 50,000 mi,
Oil dripping onto garage floor after driving the vehicle and has a burnt oil smell while engine is still hot. Noticed the drips are going onto the exhaust. Looks like I need to get it repaired.
2003 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC 125,000 mi,
Why no recalls
2001 Mercury Sable 150,000 mi,
Oil pan gasket leaks, bolts were checked but this didn't help. The gasket was replaced and the leaks have started again but not as bad. The original leaks started before 50K miles, fixed around 90K but started leaking again though not as bad.
2002 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC 63,000 mi,
Oil leak is usually minor, but replacing oil pan gasket doesn't often repair it as many times the leak is coming from the timing chain cover or lower crankcase to block seal and the oil runs down, appearing to be the pan gasket. In any event, it is expensive to repair.
2000 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC 100,568 mi,
Mechanic found oil all over spark plugs and wires from oil leak. He replaced a gasket and said the next thing will be the oil pan or pan gasket. Starting to have that same oil burning smell again when driving. :(
2000 Mercury Sable 100,000 mi,
the pan gasket liked and was replaced
2001 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC 140,000 mi,
Same as described - mechanic noted the seal on the engine oil pan gasket seemed to be leaking. Noticed because of drippings and strong burnt oil smell coming from the exhaust (also comes through vent when car is stationary).
2003 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC
Not fixed I wanted to no if there was a recall on this pronlem
1990 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 51,000 mi,
leaks oil from oil pan gasket
Oil leaking after oil change was told to change oil pan. Still checking on this
2001 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC 151,000 mi,
Never again will I buy a sable. To many problems. I've put almost 3,500$ in my car and it still needs work I'm about done I got screwed. You want to give me one fine. I refuse to buy. I'd rather drive a flipping metro. Ha-ha. Anywho my gasket don't leak bad they won't fix it
2001 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 176,000 mi,
slow oil pan leak.
2005 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 122,000 mi,
oil pan gasket transmission pan gasket both leaking
2004 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 117,530 mi,
Severe engine oil leak the transmission fluid leak i have a lot of oil leaking
2002 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 100,000 mi,
Leaks mostly in the winter months. The smell drives me crazy.
2004 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 140,000 mi,
Engine oil pan gasket leaks. No fix.
1998 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 150,000 mi,
Burning smell. Tech said it was an oil pan gasket leak. Can't afford $400 bill for repairs.
2001 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 DOHC 200,000 mi,
leaking oil from oil sending unit and oil pan poor design
2005 Mercury Sable - 3.0L V6 67,000 mi,
Oil smell when the engine gets good and hot. Does not spot on floor concrete.